Silence as latest Ryder deadline passes

Silence as latest Ryder deadline passes

There is still no news on whether prospective owner Keith Ryder has delivered on his latest promise to deposit the money for his takeover with solicitors on Tuesday.

It was announced in Monday’s Supporters Club meeting that there were mitigating circumstances for Ryder’s previous delays which have been caused by “extreme personal circumstances.” According to administrator Bob Young, Ryder would try and deposit the money with his solicitors on Tuesday.

What’s going on at Vale?
Confused by the situation at Vale Park? The club entered administration in March and Keith Ryder was soon named as the club’s preferred bidder. But his period of exclusivity ended in July with Ryder still unable to complete his bid. Now other bidders have entered the frame with Vale’s future still very unclear. You can see how events unfold in our day-by-day diary here

Fans can be forgiven for being somewhat cynical about Ryder’s latest promise and Bob Young summed up the mood when he told the Sentinel: “If he [Ryder] does come up with the money now I think he will have to satisfy the Football League again that it is his own money and not someone else’s.

“And he will also have to win back the trust of the fans and that is not going to be easy.”


A reminder that the Port Vale Supporters Club have launched an urgent appeal for help to prepare the ground for the new season. Volunteers and tradespeople are needed Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10, from 8am to 4pm, and Saturday, August 11 from 9am to 1pm. Fans can also help out between Monday and Friday of next week between 8am and 4pm.

Anyone wishing to help should contact Supporters’ Club Chairman Pete Williams directly on 07522 679886 or report to the Railway Paddock entrance of Vale Park during the dates and times listed and seek out groundsman Steve Speed or another member of the club’s staff. If you’re unable to find a member of staff then please call the club’s reception on 01782 655800 to ask for guidance.

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