STOKE CITY’S ground-breaking free coach travel initiative is already proving to be a big hit, as Mark Hughes and his men will be roared on by 2,800 fans at their Premier League opener against Liverpool on Saturday.
Twenty four coaches will be setting off from the Britannia Stadium for Anfield for the top-flight curtain raiser that will see Hughes take charge of his first league game as Potters boss.
The Club has sold its entire allocation of tickets for the game and will have the backing of twice as many fans who made the trip to Merseyside for last season’s corresponding fixture.
Last month the Club announced plans to lay-on free travel to all 19 of their away league games – the first time any side in England’s top four divisions has undertaken such a bold initiative.
The Club made the announcement on the back of the increase in their income delivered by the new TV deals, in a bid to try and ease the financial burden on fans who follow City on their travels.
Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “It’s an exciting new era for the Club with a new management team in place, led by Mark Hughes.
“There’s great optimism ahead of the new season and I know Mark is appreciative of the fact that we will have the backing of almost 3,000 fans at Anfield, which is a magnificent level of support.
“We are also delighted that so many fans have decided to take advantage of our offer and will be using the free coaches to travel to Liverpool.”