Update on Port Vale season ticket sales as new kit designed by Robbie Williams flies off shelves



Port Vale season ticket sales are well past half of last year – despite fans not knowing how or when they’ll be allowed back into the stadium.

The club has gone past 2,200 sales over the last few days as John Askey’s squad have finally been allowed to start contact training again and the new kit, designed in collaboration with Robbie Williams, has flown off the shelves.

League Two will launch on the weekend of September 12 but Vale will have a League Cup tie and Football League Trophy match before then.

It is hoped that supporters will be allowed back in some number the following month – but test events have been postponed in a bid to prevent a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Chief executive Colin Garlick said: “It has been really good. The ticket office is back open and by last weekend the count was 2,230, which is well past the half-way mark for last year coming up towards the early bird deadline at the end of August.

“The fact that fans do not know when they are likely to scan these tickets at a turnstile is an incredible show of support.

“We’re luckier than most in that we’ve got such a large stadium, going on percentage of capacity which could be allowed. But it’s got to be right, it’s got to work. I’m not complacent because the safety of supporters will always be paramount.”

The distinctive new Errea home strip has generated a lot of talk as well as visits to the club shop.

“We’ve had a really good shirt launch,” said Garlick. “It was obviously a shirt launch with a difference thanks to Robbie’s involvement and not everyone can say they’ve got a global superstar who has helped with their design. It’s uniquely Vale.

“The initial reaction has been very good and there was a lovely atmosphere at the weekend as people came to get their top. The Foundation was there, Boomer was there and it was a family event much more than queuing up for a shop.

“We haven’t really been able to have people in the building since March but now, with social distancing, it was a chance to engage with supporters. For them to be able to chat to Carol (Shanahan), directors and staff on a lovely day was great.”

He added: “Robbie’s got a different audience to the one we have week in, week out but a lot of his supporters are as loyal to him as our wonderful fans are to us. It’s great that he’s been able to join us and create such a positive vibe.”





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