John Rudge and Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin and John Rudge return to Port Vale

Neil Aspin and John Rudge return to Port Vale

Former Port Vale playing legend Neil Aspin has been confirmed as the club’s new manager while John Rudge is the club’s Football Advisor.

Aspin played for Vale for ten years, making over 400 appearances, memorably scoring three goals and winning two player of the season, the Autoglass Trophy, promotion in 1994 and playing in many memorable games for the club.

He cut his managerial teeth at Harrogate Town before unearthing the likes of Jamie Vardy and Lee Gregory while in charge of FC Halifax Town.  He won three promotions while in charge at Halifax. He has managed over 600 games at non-league level most recently for Gateshead in the National League.

Rudge was in charge of the club for sixteen years and signed Aspin as a player. 72 year-old Rudge is widely regarded as the club’s greatest manager having guided the club to numerous cup giantkillings, three promotions and the Autoglass Trophy trophy.

aspin_owenNeil Aspin Factfile

Age: 52

Games for Vale: 410

Goals: 3

Playing Honours: Player of the year (2), Autoglass Trophy final 1993, promotion 1994

Management: Harrogate Town, FC Halifax Town, Gateshead

Games in charge: 625

Win percentage: 49%

Management Honours: Promotion 2010, 2011, 2013

Rudges-in-the-crowdJohn Rudge Factfile

Games in charge: 843

Honours: Promotion 1986, 1989, 1994, Autoglass Trophy Final 1993

Misc: Sir Alex Ferguson said of Rudge: “Every Port Vale supporter should get down on their knees and thank The Lord for John Rudge.”

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Take a look at our comprehensive list of Port Vale managers over the years


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