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🚘 Away Day Guide: Port Vale (13/4/24)

Our helpful guide to Vale Park

10 April 2024

Club News

🚘 Away Day Guide: Port Vale (13/4/24)

Our helpful guide to Vale Park

10 April 2024

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 trip to Stoke on Saturday, here is a handy guide to Vale Park.

Match Tickets

We have been allocated 500 tickets in the Bycars Away Stand at Vale Park, on sale at following prices:

  • Adult - £25
  • Seniors (62+) - £20
  • Young Adult (18-21) - £17
  • Young Teen (13-17) - £12
  • Under 13 (0-12) - £2
  • Carers - FOC

On the day purchases: 

Tickets are available on the day via a QR Code which can be found outside the away stand. 

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

Travelling Supporters who are visiting from the 2023/24 season will notice that away supporters are now housed in the Bycars Stand. The Hamil Road Stand and Car Park are now for home supporters only and away supporters will now need to park at Dimensions Leisure Centre (ST6 4ET) .

Parking can be pre-booked by going to The suggested route (below) takes roughly five minutes and is signposted, well-lit and will have stewards along the way to guide you to the stadium (please note that entry into the stadium begins up to 90 minutes before kick-off).

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

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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, will be available for City's trip to Port Vale.

  • The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 8am for a fare of £35.

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 Simon Carnall on email at:

East Devon Travel

East Devon Travel, completely run by the East Devon Travel group, indpendent of East Devon Grecians, and not for profit, will be available for City's trip to Port Vale.

  • The coach will depart from Honiton at 7.45am for a fare of £36.

Other pick-up points include: Honiton Road Park and Ride at 8am, Cullompton, Tiverton and Taunton pick up on request!

For more information or to book please contact Di Lee on email at: or by calling 07753313153.

Inside the Stadium

Away Fanzone

Away Fanzone located inside the bycars stand (enter through the turnstiles) where you can buy alchocol, snacks, hot food, etc (within the stands you will find the toilet facilities). Here you will find a specific container for draught beer and cider.

Please note that Tommy Cheedle’s and the Staffordshire University FanZone are predominately a home supporter area however look at more information before attending the game.


Food and Drink

Turnstiles will open 90 minutes before before kick off. In the stadium you will find refreshment kiosks with a hot and cold menu in all three home supporter stands (Lorne Street Stand, Railway Stand and Bycars Stand).

Please note Vale Park is a cashless stadium.


Match Programme

Programmes, priced at £3, are on sale from the club store and can be purchased from sellers located in all stands.

Physical and digital copies of the programme can also be ordered from

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.

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