To Port Vale Chairman Norman Smurthwaite

Subject: To Port Vale Chairman Norman Smurthwaite
From: John Ford
Date: 30 Jan 2015

Dear Mr Smurthwaite,

Crewe will always be a small club – but we don’t have a problem with that.

We thrive on being a small club – we’re not a massive club like Port Vale!

You questioned the levels of our away support on Twitter. Well, we may have only taken 1,384 supporters to Vale Park but hopefully that will help you pay for the extra police and stewards.

Many Crewe supporters don’t like the hatred before and after the derby.

We have had coaches stoned on three of our last five visits there and now have problems getting companies to transport us to Vale Park.

Plus, the £25 we are asked to pay to park each coach is the most expensive in League One.

The highlight of the day was achieving the double over our neighbours, even though on Saturday the lads had to play on a ploughed field. Maybe you would be better off growing potatoes on it?

So, Mr Smurthwaite, perhaps next time you go on social media you should engage your brain first.

Otherwise you’ll never have three letters after your name like our chairman, John Bowler MBE.

We will always be proud and happy to watch little Crewe.

John Ford