Football must wait – Port Vale Supporters Club chairman



Port Vale Supporters Club chairman Mark Porter has welcomed ground improvements at Vale Park but says the football season quite rightly has to wait while the nation deals with the coronavirus crisis.

Vale fans will see their stadium looking completed when the season does eventually return. The club has installed seats in the unfinished half of the Lorne Street Stand that had been empty since the stand was built 20 years ago.

Those seats can’t be used for games until a concourse is built in that part of the stand at a cost of at least £100,000.

The owners say they can’t put a date on when that will be because they are having to be prudent since the season was suspended last month.

Porter says that’s the right approach. The supporters’ club has raised close to £10,000 towards that project on their GoFundMe page, but he says that is taking a back seat for now.

He explained: “The page is still there but we are not actively pushing it. It’s not the right time to do that, there are far more important things going on, a lot of charitable efforts going around the whole of the UK.

“So if someone wants to go on and donate that is entirely up to them but as a committee we aren’t actively pushing that at the moment.”

Meanwhile, the supporters’ club chairman has welcomed the club’s work to help the community during the crisis.

Port Vale and their Foundation Trust have joined forces with the Synectics Solutions and Summit Hospitality businesses also owned by Carol and Kevin Shanahan, and the Hubb Foundation charity of which Carol is founder and a trustee.

They have pooled their contacts, experience and resources to deliver hundreds of food and care packages to the community.

Porter added: “This is a massive effort from a lot of people. You only have to look at Carol and Kevin at the top, the directors and Adam Yates right through to the coaching staff and volunteers.

“It’s fantastic. We always said Port Vale was a big part of a community. Right now, when communities need to come together, Port Vale is doing so much good in the local area.”

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