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Port Vale supporters call for new ticketing and loyalty scheme

The supporters’ club of English League Two football club Port Vale has urged owners to introduce a new ticketing and loyalty scheme next season.

The owners are reportedly looking to offer a system that gives ticketing priority to fans that attend more games.

The club ran into issues after its FA Cup 8,000 ticket allocation for Manchester City away sold out before it reached general sale.

Port Vale has also sold out of passes for games at Salford, Macclesfield and Crewe this season, and as a result fans are requesting a new ticketing system.

The Supporters’ Club’s fan liaison officer Malcolm Hirst has emailed fans on the Supporters’ Club’s database. He said: “This season has been a breath of fresh air. The positivity around the club is a huge step forward when compared with previous seasons. But the Shanahans’ ‘to do’ list at Vale Park is extensive and the tricky part will be setting the priorities.

“There were some fans who were disappointed at not getting tickets for the FA Cup match against Man City. So it was good to hear that one priority for next season will be a new ticketing system along with a supplementary loyalty scheme that will benefit non-season ticket holders who attend matches regularly.

“It is hoped that long queues and unanswered phone calls may become a thing of the past. However, before a scheme is introduced it would be good to hear views from the fan base on what our expectations would be for such a scheme, experiences of other similar initiatives and any potential problems fans might envisage.”

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