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🚗 Away Day Guide: Port Vale

Helpful guide to Vale Park

15 February 2023

Match Previews

🚗 Away Day Guide: Port Vale

Helpful guide to Vale Park

15 February 2023

City are back on the road on Saturday in EFL Sky Bet League One action at Vale Park in a 3pm kick-off.

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

Match Tickets

We have been allocated 500 tickets in advance and they can be purchased at the following rate:

  • Adults: £24
  • Seniors (62+): £19
  • Young Adults (18-21): £16
  • Youung Teens (13-17): £12
  • Under-13s: FREE
  • Carers: FREE

Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day of the game via the Port Vale website, please note they cannot be directly purchased at the ground.

Disabled supporters

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

Port Vale also have a dedicated stand for supporters with disabilities whcih is a mixed area and is situated at the opposite end of the ground to the away stand which is suitable for ambulant disabled who require accessible facilities and all wheelchair users. Tickets for this stand must be booked via Port Vale by calling 01782 655821. Car Parking is £10 for this stand and can be booked in advance if needed, with tickets.

How to Buy

Tickets are available via your online ticketing account or in the club shop.


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.

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.

Car Parking

Car Parking is available for £7 at Vale Park and is not bookable.

Car Parking at Syntectics (next to the stadium) is pre bookable by clicking here.

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

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Please click here to plan your journey. Please note that Rail strikes are planned for Saturday.

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 8:30am for a fare of £37.

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.

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.

Total Distance

The distance from Exeter to Port Vale is 202 miles and will take roughly 3 and a half hours each way.

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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