Port Vale: Fans vote to adopt new crest
PORT Vale supporters have voted to change the club's crest to a design similar to the one used in the 1950s.
The club received nearly 900 unique votes over a two-week period, with 75 per cent of them in favour for the change.
As a result, the crest will be on all home, away and third-team kits next season.
Vale's current crest has been in place since 1986, but supporters voted for a design similar to the one first introduced in 1956 and used for the majority of club legend Roy Sproson's playing days at Vale Park.
The club has also taken on board comments from supporters regarding the Staffordshire knot and Port Vale's founding year of 1876, and these will both be incorporated in the proposed crest.
The newly-designed badge will be unveiled to supporters early next week, before being adopted for Vale's 2013-14 campaign.
Port Vale chairman, Paul Wildes, said: "We thank all of the fans who have taken the time to vote, and welcome that the proposal to change the crest for next season has been so convincingly supported.
"We always wanted this to be a two-way consultation process, and with this in mind we have decided to amend the crest further to incorporate the changes requested by our fans.
"We are looking forward to seeing the crest on the kit next season, which we hope will go on sale to supporters at the end of this campaign."
The club wanted to change the crest to signal a new era at Vale Park with the arrival of Wildes and business partner Norman Smurthwaite in November.
However, they made clear they would only make the change with the blessing of Vale supporters.
The 1956 design is derived from the Burslem coat of arms and is regarded by many supporters as the "classic" Vale crest.
It has won approval even though the current crest was in place when the Valiants pulled off FA Cup upsets against Spurs and Everton and spent the majority of the 1990s in what is now the Championship.
The club have also promised that the change will only be for 12 months initially.
They will then consult supporters again to see if they want to make the change permanent.