Defender Carl Dickinson has been grateful for the “brilliant” support he has received following the sad death of his mother.
Dickinson understandably missed the game against Brentford due to his bereavement but he earned universal praise when he returned to the side for the crucial cup replay with Plymouth.
Dickinson told the Sentinel: “I am not going to lie, it has been horrible. Football has been a bit of a release for me, to be honest.
“I did the same when my dad passed away. I couldn’t sit at home because I might have ended up doing something stupid. It has been horrible.
“But I have a good wife, a beautiful little boy and a little one on the way as well.
“I have good friends and my brothers around me too, and I also have the lads and the staff at Port Vale.
“Everyone has been brilliant with me, including the fans. I want to thank them all for the messages they have sent my wife on Twitter.
“They have been absolutely amazing, and the reception I got here against Oldham was amazing. It pulled on the heart strings.”
It’s not too often that you compare a player to Vale great Neil Aspin but in Carl Dickinson’s case we are happy to make an exception. Dicko and Aspo are fully committed on the pitch and admirable blokes off it.
It’s also not often that manager Micky Adams is drawn to make sentimental comments but you felt just how much the Vale boss meant it when he said Dickinson was a “magnificent pro, one of the best I have ever worked with.”
Port Vale is often likened to a family and I hope we continue to show “Dicko” just how much we care about him and offer him our continued support.
He deserves it.