Manager Micky Adams has heaped praise on Port Vale supporters and players for their response to the news that the club were set to enter administration.
Adams told the Sentinel: “The supporters were terrific and really got behind us.
“One lady gave me a cheque for £300 to put in the players’ pool to buy some petrol for the lads.
“I got another letter with a £100 cheque enclosed.
“This is a working-class area and these people don’t want their football club to die. They were fantastic gestures.
“The city council have done the right thing because they don’t want the club to die because it’s too important to the area.
“I’m especially proud of the players.
“I wouldn’t say the announcement knocked the stuffing out of the players, but there were a lot of disappointed people.
“It’s a real kick in teeth on the football side, but we’ve got to get on with it.
“The fans will have been proud of the lads’ performance.”