Port Vale: Fans asked to rule on new crest
PORT Vale's new owners are asking for supporters' permission to change the club's crest.
Paul Wildes and Norman Smurthwaite want to replace the current crest, which has been in place since 1986, and instead bring back the design which was introduced in 1956 and used for the majority of Roy Sproson's playing days at Vale Park.
Supporters can vote on the change by emailing the club. If a majority are in favour, the crest will change from the start of next season for a trial period of 12 months. Fans will then be asked if they want to keep the badge for the long term.
The 1956 design is derived from the Burslem coat of arms. However, the proposed new badge will also feature the slogan: "For all those who have gone before."
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Vale chairman Paul Wildes said: "We wanted something which could be the start of reconnecting the club to supporters.
"We walk past the Sproson statue every morning and it triggers memories of when the club was more successful than it has been for the last 10 years.
"The crest we would like was used for most of Roy Sproson's career and we would like to bring it back.
"We hope it evokes memories for fans. That might be of a special player or of fellow supporters; it might bring back memories of going to your first game with a loved one."
Fans have until 5pm on January 24 to vote on the crest.
Wildes added: "We only want to do this if it is something the supporters want.
"It is a vote and we are under no illusions that we will get opinions, both positive and negative. But if we did make the change, it would only be for 12 months. After that, we would come back and ask people if they wanted to make the change permanent."
The club have already consulted the supporters' club committee.
Chairman Pete Williams said: "I think the change is a good idea. We have new owners and this is a new era, so it is a good time to change.
"The design the club want to reintroduce is the classic Vale crest and I feel the majority of supporters will support the change.
"But I am delighted to see the club are consulting supporters about the change. It shows they are already thinking of the fans more than some other owners have."
Vale historian Phil Sherwin is also in favour of the change. He added: "In my opinion, the badge they want to reintroduce is the best the club have had."
To vote on whether the new crest should be adopted, fans are asked to email email@example.com stating simply "yes" or "no" in the subject line.