Port Vale’s owners have asked supporters for their feedback and suggestions after warning demand for tickets could exceed supply for Vale’s final away games this season.
The club has only been given an allocation of 1,400 for the game at promotion rivals Cheltenham on March 7 and so is offering them first to season ticket holders – one per person – who have until Saturday to buy.
Carol Shanahan said they may have to do that for other away games including the final match of the regular league season, at Plymouth on April 25. She has warned the Vale may get as few as 1,200 tickets for that but says they are trying to secure more.
That allocation is unlikely to satisfy demand if Vale need a result to clinch a place in the play-offs or even automatic promotion.
Vale plan to install a new ticketing system which will allow them to introduce a loyalty scheme to reward supporters who attend more away games. But they don’t have that information for this season.
So, as with the Cheltenham game, they are likely to give priority to people who have season tickets for the current campaign or have bought them for 2020/21.
Speaking at Thursday night’s supporters’ club meeting, Carol Shanahan addressed the issue of tickets for the remaining away games. She said: “There are not going to be as great a numbers for most of the matches now as to what we expect (demand to be).
“So, conversations have started on how do we be fair about who we give tickets to. I know this has caused huge debates and I really would like the view of the room about how we decide who gets tickets.”
Season ticket holders for this and next season have until Saturday to get Cheltenham tickets. They then go on sale on Monday, at one per person, to fans who have their tickets from last week’s Walsall game, before any remaining go on general sale on Tuesday.
Shanahan added: “We feel there has to be an advantage for being a season ticket holder. But we then looked at how else could be do it and felt the Walsall one was best because people would still have their tickets.”
Vale, who took 2,300 supporters to Walsall last week, have remaining away games at Cheltenham, Oldham, Carlisle, Cambridge and Plymouth.