We love these photos and we wanted to share them with you all. They date from the days before Port Vale had one, official mascot…
In those days, Vale did not have one mascot as they do nowadays with the ever-popular Boomer.
However, several prominent supporters took on the role of entertaining the crowd.
From 1954, the famous Iron Curtain days, we have the following photo courtesy of the Valiants on the March exhibition. It shows various mascots in action during Vale’s FA Cup clash with Blackpool (hence the Sir Stanley Matthews references). We’re particularly fond of the clown (third from the right):
And from 1961, courtesy of Angela Fox, we have a photograph of Port Vale fans on their way to the Fulham FA Cup game. The gentleman with the Port Vale umbrella was a well-known character at the time (we cannot remember his name but if you can recall it please post a comment):