vale_park_thumbThe facts.

– Port Vale Football Club, Hamil Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, ST6 1AW
– Stadium size: 18,947 all seated
– What is the stadium like: A large round for L2. Gone through some upgrades that haven’t yet been completed.
– POTG or ticket entry. Ticket office. Adults (19–61 years) £21.50, Senior Citizens £16.00, Junior (9-18 years) £10.00, Under 9s FREE
– Ticket information can be found on the official site (nearer the time) – Here.
– Bar inside the ground? Yes.view_from_away_end_port_vale
– what is the away end like? Seated in the Phones4U stand off of Hamil Road, which can accommodate 4,500, so away fans tend to look a little lost in it! Supporting pillars may hinder the view. Electronic scoreboard above the away fans. The stewards outside the away end must be the most stupidest stewards you ever want to meet, arrogant, rude and unhelpful as well!
– arrangements for disabled supporters. 28 spaces in with home fans. Check for information here port_vale3

Getting there.

– Sat Nav post code: ST6 1AW. Directions from St James Park to the Hamil Road here.
– Mileage: 202 miles each way, fuel costs in the region of £74. Likely travel time 3 hours 24 minutes each way.

– if travelling by train you will need to go to Stoke-on-Trent station, and catch a bus to Burslem Town Centre port_vale1(make sure you have plenty of time). I don’t the cost of a taxi, but suggest it should be considered if there is enough of you.
– Train from Exeter St Davids. 2 singles at £28.50 each, total £77.00. Departing Exeter St Davids at 08.23 arriving in Stoke-on-Trent at 12.19, via Birmingham New Street. Returning from Stoke on Trent at 18.08 arriving home at 21.42 via Birmingham New Street. Changing at Stoke for Longport station which is nearer may be an option, but that is still quite a walk.

– more information on travel can be found here – Ground Guide.bulls_head
– Tourist Information Board website: VisitThePotteries.

Any decent pubs? The Tommy Cheadle pub in the away end car park maybe a possibility. For a Wetherspoons, try The Wheatsheaf which is about a 10 minute walk from Stoke station.

The Bull’s Head in Burslem is supposed to be a good real pub. Route from Longport station to the pub, here. Then route from pub to the ground here.

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A guide for City fans on travel costs to the 23 other League 2 teams can be found at http://www.exeweb.com/2012/06/05/the-cost-of-supporting-exeter-city-in-league-2-next-season/

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