Fascinating newspaper clippings by Port Vale fan Ray Shaughnessy which appears to cast doubt on the club’s formation year.
The club crest contains the date 1876 as the club’s year of foundation and indeed in 1976, the club celebrated its centenary year. However, this newspaper article claims that the club was formed in 1879.
Here are OVF’s reproduction of the pages from the Golden Penny – and below these we have produced the full text of the article for you to read.
Our thanks to Ray Shaughnessy for providing this news clipping.