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VALE PARK
 
Vale Park has been a League ground for 69 seasons;
from June 1st, 1950 to the current day .

Vale Park was the 162nd
ground to be used for a League game.

Current Capacity 19,052

Year opened 1950

 
GROUND HISTORY adapted from "The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds"
 
Port Vale FC purchased the site, a former marl pit, in 1944 but post war shortages of building materials delayed the opening until 1950. Although it was terraced on three sides there was no cover whatsoever with temporary changing facilities being provided on the east side and some uncovered seating at the north end. Within a few months of opening a second hand roof was installed at the north end and around the north west corner, whilst in 1954 a 4,500 seat stand opened on the west side.

In 1959 the north end was terraced and the record attendance of 50,000 was set in the following year at the FA Cup 5th Round tie v. Aston Villa (1-2) on February 20th. The ground remained unaltered for over thirty years with the planned main stand on the east side (only the paddock and tunnel being built) not finally materializing until the ground saw wholesale improvements in the 1990s.
In 1991 the west side was fully installed with seats and in 1992 the roof from Chester City FC’s main stand at Sealand Road was purchased and re-erected at the south end. Subsequently a new cover and seating were installed at the north end, a seated corner stand constructed in the north west corner and the south end fitted with 4,550 seats. Finally the long-awaited 5,000 seat main stand was partially constructed on the east side in 2001 which gave an all-seat capacity of 23,000 by the start of the 2007/8 season. The pitch size was 114 x 77 yards.
 

GROUND DETAILS adapted from "The Extreme Groundhoppers Guide"
 
Ground address: Vale Park Hamil Rd, Burslem, Stoke On Trent, ST6 1AW
Main phone number: 01782 655 800
Ticket office: 01782 655 832
Ticket prices: Adults Ł19, OAP's Ł13.50, Under 19's Ł8, Under 9's Free
 
If driving to ground: The ground is located in the town of Burslem in Stoke on Trent so leave the M6 at junction 16 and take the A500 towards Stoke on Trent. Follow A500 until Longport Junction then exit and take first left on to the A527 Tunstall/Burslem. At the next roundabout follow the sign for the Moorcroft Factory, then at the cross mini roundabout take the second exit into Newcastle Street. Continue on this road up the hill, crossing another island and into Burslem town centre. Continue straight on over the traffic lights at the cross roads and then take the left into Hamil Road which takes you down to the ground. There is a large car park located outside a superstore next to the ground which costs Ł4, otherwise street parking.
 
If using Public Transport: Take the train to Stoke then get the 21 bus to Burslem Road (First Bus) or 7 First Potteries from outside the station and then get off at Hamil Lane and follow the signs to the ground Walking it from Stoke station is a 47 minute 2.86 mile walk down Station Road and turn right into College Road at the end turn right into Broad Street at the roundabout continue straight on into South Marsh Street for 600yards at the Y junction turn right into York Street past the construction site when you get to Vale Place turn left cross over when you get to the Mercedes Dealership turn right into Elder Road just after Colebridge Park cross over and take a left into Sanbach Road, continue on at the next cross roads when you come to the next park turn up Nevada lane through Hot Lane industrial estate this will take you to Burslem Park just before the ground and take the short cut through the park to the ground.
 
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