A long long trip, but can’t complain about access. The ground isn’t really signposted until you’re right on top of it, but parking was spot on, free street parking literally a 30 second walk from the away end. Getting back was less fun thanks to lane closures and the longest ever diversion on the M6…
Mosaic outside Plainmoor's Family Stand
Food & Drink
The Boots n Laces bar is on site at the ground, or you can head towards the beach where there are plenty of pubs and places to eat. We went to a chippy near the front on Princes Street, about 10 minutes walk from the ground. Typical seaside chippy with small portions and big prices, but they were bloody good chips though! My dad had a burger inside the ground that didn’t exactly come recommended…they also sell chips in the ground, which is rare these days, but no idea what they were like having already ate.
The Family Stand, before kick off
Inside the Ground
Good little mix, with the all seated Family Stand behind one goal, the seated Main Stand with paddock at the front, and the all terraced Popular Terrace and away end. The ground is fairly up to date all around, with the only obstructed views coming in the Main Stand (or the crossbar if you happen to sit level with it!)
The players walk out in front of the Main Stand
Absolutely none where I sat, though I kind of knew that sitting in the Family Stand! All the atmosphere from the home fans came from the Popular Terrace, which was a bit hit and miss, but pretty good when it got going. Likewise the away end, which seems to have excellent acoustics, because the Vale fans could be heard loud and clear when they got going.
The Popular Terrace celebrates Elliott Benyon's goal
Elliott Benyon scored with his first touch just seconds after coming on as a substitute for Torquay, must be a personal record at least as one of the fastest goals Ive ever seen from a player!
Port Vale fans in the Warbro Road End