Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Port Vale - Vale Park

Port Vale FC
Vale Park
Hamil Road
Stoke On Trent

01782 655800
Official Website

Matchday Number: 52
Saturday 30th September 2000
Port Vale 1-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Nationwide League Division 2

My first visit to Port Vale came in September 2000 when a goal from Andy Rammell saw Wycombe win 1-0. I have actually been there on all occasions when Wycombe have played there, the latest in 2010 saw a 2-1 defeat whilst the 4 meetings in between my first and last were 1-1 draws. The games have generally been unremarkable dour affairs, though it has always been an enjoyable day out.

VALE PARK is a modern all-seater stadium where 3 of the sides are very similar in size. Away fans are allocated the Phones4U stand, located behind one goal which offers good views and a decent atmosphere can be built up under here. Completing the 3 stands are the Railway Stand to the left and the Big AM stand, with a small section of seats joining the 2 stands together. The one remaning stand, the Lorne Street stand has been being built from my first visit in 2000, right up until my last visit in 2010 and had still not been completed, with the latest estimate "by the end of 2012"!

If there is one thing you must try whilst you are in the Stoke On Trent area, it is oatcakes. These are beautiful pancake like bread things which come filled with assorted fillings like sausage and bacon. They are available in various outlets, though your best bet is to turn right out of the ground, where you will also find the brilliant Bull's Head pub in the town square, this does a good range of drinks at fair prices and is away fan friendly.

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