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🚗 Away Day Guide: Port Vale

Helpful guide to Vale Park

20 March 2022

City are back on the road on Tuesday as we make the journey to Staffordshire to take on in-form Port Vale with a BIG three points on the line.

If you’re making the trip to Stoke on Saturday, here is a handy guide to Vale Park.

The Ground

  • Name: Vale Park
  • Capacity: 19,052
  • Year opened: 1950
  • Record Attendance: 49,768 (v Aston Villa, FA Cup 5th Round, 20th February 1960)
  • Address: Hamil Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 1AW

In 1944, Vale were evicted from the Old Recreational Ground by the local council and had to break ground in a former clay pit in Burslem. The development was known locally as the Wembley of the North due to the sheer size of the project which included and 80,000-seater stadium with a 1,000-space-strong car park. Ultimately, the stadium was finished in 1950 with a modest 40,000 seats instead.

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The capacity has of course declined over the years, most notably in the late-90’s when Vale’s continuous push for the Championship forced the club to renovated Vale Park into an all-seater stadium.

In 1981, the ground hosted a huge Heavy Metal concert consisting of Motorhead, Ozzy Osbourne and Lars Ulrich (Metallica) and in 2017 hosted its first full international game, when England Women played Italy. 

City fans will be housed in the Hamil Road Stand behind the goal.

Match Tickets


Ticket Prices

  • Adult: £20
  • Over-65: £15
  • 18-21: £12
  • 13-17: £8
  • Under-12: Free with Adult

Ticket prices are £2 more expensive on match day. CASH ONLY on the day from the away booth. 

All collections from Exeter City Club Shop Reception between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

Any not collected by 12pm on the day before the game will be sent with the supporters coach for collection at Port Vale before the game.

Disabled Tickets

Patrons with disability who are ambulant and are receiving medium or high ratings may have a helper with them free of charge.

These supporters should be charged the appropriate price for their age. They may sit in the away stand but please be aware there are no facilities for supporters with disabilities in this stand.

Port vale do have a dedicated stand for supporters with disabilities, which is a mixed stand. This is suitable for ambulant disabled who require accessible facilities and all wheelchair users. Tickets for this stand must be booked direct at Port Vale in advance calling the ticket office on 01782 655821.

Getting to Vale Park

By Car (202 miles: 3hr 39m)

Take M5 to Birmingham and merge onto M6(N).

Leave M6 at junction 15 and take the A500 north to Stoke-on-Trent. Continue on this road until you come to the exit signposted Tunstall A5271. Take the fourth exit, and after 0.5 miles turn right on to the B5051 (second exit, Newcastle Street) at the small roundabout.

Carry on up to the next roundabout and go straight across to the crossroads. Go straight across the crossroads into Moorland Road. Take the second left on to Hamil Road and Vale Park is on the left.


Port Vale offer pay on the day stadium parking.

Gate C parking prices:

  • Car: £5
  • Minibus: £15
  • Coach: £25

By Rail: (3hr 51m) Nearest station: Longport

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Exeter St Davids:

13:27 Crosscountry (toward Newcastle) Change at Birmingham New Street at 15:56

Birmingham New Street:

16:22 West Midlands Rail (toward Crewe) to arrive at Longport at 17:19.

When exiting the station, you can catch the 98 bus which goes to Vale Park, or follow the road by foot which takes you through the centre of Burslem to the ground, which takes around 30 minutes.

Grecian Travel

Grecian Travel, completely run by the Supporters' Club, and not for profit, is available for City's trip to Port Vale.

  • The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 1:30pm for a fare of £36 for adults or £31 for under-16s.

Other pick-up points include: Honiton Road park and ride (by Miller and Carter Steakhouse), junction 28 (Cullompton services). Junction 27 (Tiverton), junction 25 (Taunton.) All other pick-ups by prior arrangement.

PLEASE NOTE: Face coverings are required to travel on Grecian Travel. This does not apply if you are exempt.

How to buy

Currently Grecian Travel can only be booked directly.

For more information or to book please contact John Bishop on 07904 036334 or by email at: (after 6pm).

Pubs and Matchday refreshments

Just outside the away turnstiles is a Club Bar called the 'Vale Social'. Otherwise the choice of pubs for visiting supporters to drink in near to the ground or in the town centre is very limited, as many admit home fans only.

The Bulls Head is popular and welcoming for Away fans.

Hot and cold drinks are available in the concourse as well.

We look forward to seeing you at Vale Park and wish you all the safest of travels to Stoke-on-Trent. Vale Park is a very chilly ground, so wrap up warm and back the boys and make some noise!

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