Port Vale: Fans invited to submit ideas to take club forward
SUPPORTERS are being urged to come up with ideas to help improve the "customer experience" at Vale Park.
Preferred bidder Paul Wildes is keen to gauge public opinion about the club and is inviting fans to send in a wish-list of suggestions.
He wants to know what the short-term priorities should be and is calling on fans to submit their thoughts to the Supporters' Club, who will pass them on.
Ideas could range from the completion of the Lorne Street stand to something as simple as getting the clock fixed. It may be an idea to bring in additional income or just to improve the match-day experience.
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Meanwhile, Wildes has agreed to cover the cost of a special event to mark the unveiling of the Sproson statue at Vale Park, according to the Supporters' Club.
The long-awaited celebration of a former player regarded as the club's greatest servant will take place before the home game against York City on November 17.
Members of the Sproson family, including Roy's widow, Joyce, and former team-mates will be among those involved.
Organisers are now hoping to track down the oldest Vale fan who still attends games so he or she can unveil the statue with Mrs Sproson.
Supporters' Club chairman Pete Williams said: "The Sproson Fund to raise money to pay for the statue was set up as far back as 2001 and, over the years, has involved the support and commitment of thousands of supporters.
"We want the official unveiling to be a genuine celebration for all fans and a day when we underline the club's proud heritage.
"We will be selling 'Save The Vale' T-shirts on the day at reduced prices to help bridge a £3,000 shortfall in the overall costs of the project.
"Commemorative plaques can still be bought – at a cost of £100 each – for the fans' tribute wall which will surround the statue."
Williams added: "We'd like to thank Mr Wildes and Norman Smurthwaite for their offer of help to make the Sproson statue unveiling a day to remember."
Anyone with information about Vale's oldest fan, or who wishes to make a donation to the fund, can contact Pete Williams on 07522 679886.