‘Early signs are good’ – Port Vale season-ticket sales latest


Port Vale’s early-bird season ticket sales are more than double than at the same stage last year, chief executive Colin Garlick has revealed.

Vale are delighted with sales, for the 2020/21 campaign, and what appears to be a response to the club’s progress under new owners Carol and Kevin Shanahan and manager John Askey.

Vale have sold more than 600 season tickets so far. Supporters have until June 30 to buy them at the early-bird prices, but fans who wish to pay via the monthly instalment scheme must sign up and pay their deposit by Saturday. 

The Vale sold 4,000 season-tickets altogether for this season but look on course to beat that after freezing prices across the board, with the exception of those for young adults, fans aged 18-21. Their tickets have been reduced from £255 to £215.

Garlick said: “We have been doing the season ticket payment plans in January and February and this is our last week for the five-month plan. Compared to this time last year, there is an increase in the people buying season-tickets in this early part of the early-bird promotion.

Port Vale chief executive Colin Garlick and club owner Carol Shanahan

“Between now and Saturday is the last chance for people to take advantage of the payment plan, although the early purchase period runs until June 30 so you can come and buy any time between then.

“We are encouraged by those numbers, so much up on this time last year. It is probably more than double what we did last year.

“Those early signs are good and who knows where we are going to be. But everything is positive around the place.”

The Vale are up to eighth in League Two, outside the play-off places on goal difference, following a six-game unbeaten run.

They are hoping to climb back into the top seven when they take on Scunthorpe at Vale Park on Saturday. 

Supporters who buy a match ticket for the game against Crawley, on Saturday March 14, can get one for the Bradford game, on Tuesday March 17, for half price.

Meanwhile, chief executive Garlick, left back Cristian Montano and head of commercial Richie Bates will be guests at this Thursday’s supporters’ club meeting, at Tommy Cheadle’s pub, on Hamil Road (7.30pm). Admission is free and all supporters are welcome.

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