All of the OVF admin team were delighted to receive an image from Port Vale fans Steve Buffey and Pete Blakeman, who are currently stationed in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
We found out some more about the duo and would also like to give our users the chance to pass on your best wishes to Pete and Steve.
The pair sent us a photograph of themselves alongside a Stoke City supporting pal (above).
Steve, originally from Kidsgrove, and Pete, from Cheadle, are regulars in the Railway Paddock. Their latest deployment should see them back in the UK in time to take in Vale’s home game against Dagenham and Redbridge.
The pair are both in the RAF based at MOD Stafford in the UK and stationed at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. The duo’s job is to maintain refuelling sites for helicopters and often involves travelling around Helmand Province.
Both the Valiants fans are avid users of OVF in their sparetime. Steve posts under the username Buffwa and Pete is Ipstones Valiant.
Rob Fielding, founder of OVF commented: “I was delighted to receive the photograph from Steve and pleased to hear that OVF plays a small role in helping fans follow the Vale while in the most demanding of circumstances.
“I’m sure I echo the views of many Vale fans when I add how proud I am to hear of Steve and Pete’s work in Helmand Province and I’d like to ask any Vale fans reading this to post a message of support to the pair.
“I hope Pete and Steve and all the troops on active duty stay safe and as a token of our respect for the work they and other armed forces personnel are carrying out, OVF will be making a donation to the Help for Heroes campaign.”
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If you’d like to pass on a message of support to our Vale supporting pair or indeed to all our armed personnel, please post a comment below: