Vale Park stadium
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About Vale Park stadium
The stadium, situated in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent has been Port Vale’s home ground since it opened in 1950.
Originally designed to be the “Wembley of the North” a lack of finances meant the original plans were never completed. Nevertheless, a club record attendance of 49,768 was recorded for a game against Aston Villa in 1960.
In the late 1980’s and 1990’s a number of stands were redeveloped as the ground was converted into an all-seater stadium. Work began on the Lorne Street stand in 1998 and has yet to be completed.
Modern capacity of the stadium is around 19,000.
A possible legal dispute over the ownership of buildings at Vale Park could take place in the near future.
Rob Fielding outlines his own personal wishlist of items that should be high on the agenda of any future Port Vale owner.
In a lengthy eulogy to the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy, Lars Ulrich of Metallica recalls the legendary 1981 gig at Vale Park.
A freedom of information request from OVF to Staffordshire Police has revealed surprising policing levels for games at Vale Park.
Port Vale fans may not know much about their FA Cup opponents Maidenhead United – but one of their supporters is more well-known.
Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis has commissioned an independent review into the way football matches are policed in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite says the building of up to five apartments in the corner of the Lorne Street and Hamil Road stands will save the club up to £40,000 in accommodation costs each year.
Rob Fielding thinks that the news that Vale are seeking to add the former Co-Op site could be the most significant move of the summer.
OVF editor Rob Fielding has been an advocate of a new ground for some time – but the sticking point would be funding the move.
Yes, hindsight is a fine thing, but Rob Fielding argues that an alternative design for the Lorne Street stand would have been a better option for the club.
Vale Park’s first floodlit game: thanks once again to Stuart Dean, we have the matchday programme plus a report from the Sentinel from this notable occasion.