Rob Fielding says the news of possible further action against Perry Deakin and Peter Miller will give fans a “welcome boost.”
Rob Fielding writes…
It’s good to see that some Vale fans are still striving for justice to prevail. It’s good to see that there is a steely determination to see the job through…
The news of possible further action against former directors Perry Deakin and Peter Miller is a welcome boost for everyone who wants to see justice done at Vale Park.
Sometimes being a Vale fan can be a somewhat thankless task – it was bad enough enduring the Glover and Gannon eras on the pitch without all the shameful shenanigans off-pitch that resulted in the club going into administration.
It’s still galling to many supporters that the directors who did so much damage to our club seem to have largely escaped unscathed (apart from the damage to their reputations) despite many fans (as shareholders) and local businesses ending up out-of-pocket.
So, it’s good to see that some Vale fans are still striving for justice to prevail. It’s good to see that there is a steely determination to see the job through regardless of how long it may take. It’s good to see that the actions of Deakin and Miller have not been forgotten.
Martin Tideswell’s statement at the Supporters Club meeting revealed that much work has been done by himself, Gary Benson and Pete Williams and I personally doff my hat to all three and thank them for their efforts and persistence. Similar thanks must also go to Begsbies-Traynor duo Bob Young and Steve Currie who are managing the process in their role as administrators for no charge.
After all the ill will and unsavoury goings-on in the Vale boardroom during Miller and Deakin’s tenure, many Vale fans will be hoping that all the hard work pays off and justice is finally seen to be done.
The board that nearly killed Port Vale FC....The "MOLD" (Miller, Oliver, Lloyd and Deakin) board (2011-2012) came perilously close to destroying Port Vale FC. Only the goodwill of Stoke-on-Trent city council, the hard work of the Port Vale supporters club and administrators Begsbies-Traynor prevented the club being wound-up.
MOLD showed little regard for Vale fans, deceiving shareholders with the "nil-paid shares" deception, re-mortgaging Vale Park and in process breaking the terms of the loan with Stoke-on-Trent city council while Miller and Deakin both drew large salaries which the cash-strapped club could not sustain.
Perry Deakin and Peter Miller were involved in the nil-paid shares controversy that infuriated supporters. In essence, during their attempt to join the board, the pair wrote to supporters saying that they had "purchased" £350,000 worth of shares and sought election on that basis.
But it was soon revealed by the Sentinel newspaper that neither man had paid for their shares and despite promises that payment would be forthcoming, there was no evidence of any money ever being handed to the club. In effect, Deakin and Miller secured election to the Port Vale board without any money coming in to the club accounts.
Miller invoked a storm of criticism when, despite being the first Vale chairman to draw a salary (over £100,000 per year and a rented Mercedes car), he failed to complete a reported "multi-million" investment in the club by Blue Sky Turf. Miller also arranged a remortgage of Vale Park in contravention of the rules of the club's existing loan with Stoke city council.
Deakin was involved in the Supporters Club being locked out of their meeting venue (he later claimed this was a misunderstanding, despite evidence proving the meeting had been pre-booked), refusing to sanction club hospitality to the legendary Sproson family (whose members have made over 1,000 Port Vale appearances) on the eve of the unveiling of the Roy Sproson statue, a bitter dispute with non-league neighbours Nantwich (after which Deakin admitted that Port Vale were in the wrong), agreeing to the remortgage of Vale Park by Peter Miller, disputes with both shirt sponsors and the programme publishers.
But most damning of all both were key members of the board which took the club into administration and perilously close to extinction.
Recently, the club's administrators Begsbies-Traynor, who were in charge of the club during 2012, announced that investigations into the "nil-paid shares" issue were continuing.
Administrator Steve Currie said in November 2012 that: "We recognise that the actions of the previous directors are of concern to fans – many of whom have lost out as a result of their investment in shares in Valiant 2001 – and we are doing everything we can to assist the police in their investigations. We continue to look at a number of areas where we may be able to recover funds – including the issuing of 'nil-paid' shares. These investigations are ongoing and the details cannot be made public at this time."
In January 2013, it was announced that there was the possibility of beginning bankruptcy proceedings against Deakin and Miller. The action would be in light of neither person apparently making any effort to pay for their 'nil-paid' shares.
Many Vale fans are still angry with the antics of the "MOLD" board and will be anxious to prevent any other football club having to go through the same torment that Port Vale FC fans went through.