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View Poll Results: Who should partner Roy Sproson in central defence in your Ultimate Port Vale XI?

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  • Tommy Cheadle

    7 10.94%
  • Neil Aspin

    27 42.19%
  • Dean Glover

    14 21.88%
  • John Nicholson

    8 12.50%
  • Anthony Gardner

    3 4.69%
  • Terry Alcock

    1 1.56%
  • Peter Swan

    4 6.25%
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    Ultimate Port Vale XI: the centre-halves

    This links in with our feature which is here - http://www.onevalefan.co.uk/2017/06/...centre-halves/

    OK, this may be controversial for some of you but I have invoked editorial privilege to do the following...

    Important note #1

    If you've been following this series you may be aware of the debate concerning the club's greatest-ever player, Roy Sproson. Rob has decided (and he is invoking editor's privilege as creator of this vote to do this) to give Roy Sproson the only bye into the final eleven. Roy Sproson is therefore through as one half of the centre-half pairing and we are now asking you to vote for his central defensive partner.

    Important note #2

    Rob is aware that some of you may think it's unfair that with so many great contenders it may be unfair to only be able to select one central defensive players so we'd like to also announce... at the end of the vote we will also be looking for SEVEN substitutes to join our greatest ever eleven. It means that any short-listed player who isn't voted into the top eleven can then be voted for in our substitutes vote which will follow the completion of the starting eleven.


    Rules:
    1. This thread will have a poll attached containing the list of our shortlisted players. This makes it fair (one user one vote) and stops any outside influences (Stoke fans, we're looking at you!) from trying to influence the poll as only registered forum users can vote.
    2. OVF will provide a shortlist of players that we think are suitable candidates. However, if we have missed a candidate out and you make a compelling case for their inclusion PM robf and if agreed he will add them to the poll.
    3. A player will appear in their most common position (e.g. Neil Aspin played right-back but is more familiar as a centre-half; Robbie Earle played as a striker but is best-known as a midfielder)
    4. The formation for the best-ever XI is a classic 4-4-2 formation
    5. A player must have played 50 first-team games for the Valiants to qualify

    The Shortlist:
    Remember you can PM robf if you think we've missed a candidate out!

    Roy Sproson: a one-club man who served the club for decades as both player and coach, Roy has received a bye into the final eleven and you will now be voting for his partner...

    Tommy Cheadle: Captain of the 1953-54 record-breaking team and Roy Sproson's defensive partner.

    Neil Aspin: Never-say-die defender who was a certain starter in many of John Rudge's greatest teams.

    Dean Glover: Aspin's regular counterfoil, Glover was renowned as one of the classiest centre-halves to appear in Vale colours.

    John Nicholson: Consistent defender who made a club record 208 consecutive appearances for the club.

    Anthony Gardner: Towering product of the youth academy who went on to play for England while at Spurs.

    Terry Alcock: Another local lad who came into the team in the 1960's and was sold for a club record fee to Blackpool. He also had a second spell with the club.

    Peter Swan: Towering centre-half who played in the Autoglass Trophy final and won promotion in 1994.

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    Got to be Aspin for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperValiant1876 View Post
    Got to be Aspin for me.
    I think it's a tough one and I'm expecting people to say "how can we choose just one?" but the nature of ultimate elevens is that it will be tough and some great players will be left out. After all, we've got central midfield and strikers to come (and those four positions will be contested by a whole host of great players)...

    p.s. I agree with Aspo too...

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    Got to be Tommy hasn't it?
    The defensive record of that team in 53-54 will never be beaten by a Vale side.

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    Neil aspin was probably the best out of the ones I saw play.

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    I still think the decision to put Sproson through on a bye is sycophantic to the Sproson family, smacks of autocracy and defeats the object of who is truly, in the eyes of ALL Vale fans taking part, the greatest Port Vale 11 of all time. In my eyes Aspo and Deano are by far the best two centre halves followed by Michael Walsh and Anthony Gardiner. I think Rob should rescind his 'bye' decision and allow democracy to reign otherwise it makes the 'best' eleven a laughing stock. If Sproson gets through on merit then fair enough but not this way.

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    its Robs bat and Robs ball so we have to play by his rules
    Quote Originally Posted by Class personified View Post
    I still think the decision to put Sproson through on a bye is sycophantic to the Sproson family, smacks of autocracy and defeats the object of who is truly, in the eyes of ALL Vale fans taking part, the greatest Port Vale 11 of all time. In my eyes Aspo and Deano are by far the best two centre halves followed by Michael Walsh and Anthony Gardiner. I think Rob should rescind his 'bye' decision and allow democracy to reign otherwise it makes the 'best' eleven a laughing stock. If Sproson gets through on merit then fair enough but not this way.

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    Ive voted for Aspo he would walk into any Vale first 11, presumably through a brick wall

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    Quote Originally Posted by Class personified View Post
    I still think the decision to put Sproson through on a bye is sycophantic to the Sproson family, smacks of autocracy and defeats the object of who is truly, in the eyes of ALL Vale fans taking part, the greatest Port Vale 11 of all time. In my eyes Aspo and Deano are by far the best two centre halves followed by Michael Walsh and Anthony Gardiner. I think Rob should rescind his 'bye' decision and allow democracy to reign otherwise it makes the 'best' eleven a laughing stock. If Sproson gets through on merit then fair enough but not this way.
    If you ever saw our roy play you would not post such drivel without doubt he was not only the best centre back but also the best left back that i have seen playing for the vale.Anyhow seen all the centre halves since 1955 without doubt in my mind Tommy Cheadle should be alongside him again look at the records there is no one to compare to them.

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