Being one of only a handful of teams in the English league not to be named after a town or a city, it is said that the name Port Vale FC came around after a meeting to discuss a football team at Port Vale House…
Founded in 1876, Port Vale are currently a League One team, based in the North West in the town of Burslem, which makes up part of the city of Stoke-On-Trent. They play at Vale Park, a 19,052 seater stadium. Being one of only a handful of teams in the English league not to be named after a town or a city, it is said that the name Port Vale FC came around after a meeting to discuss a football team at Port Vale House. Port Vale have always been a nearly club, spending forty one seasons outside of the top flight, without ever reaching it. Their most notable success came when reaching the FA Cup semi-final in 1954, however recent years have not been so kind. In both 2003 and 2012 the club entered administration and its future looked bleak, but was saved by new owners who came in and steadied the finances. The improved foundation of the club was reflected on the pitch when Micky Adams guided The Vale to automatic promotion in the 2012/2013 season.
Port Vale’s local rivals have always been Stoke City. When it has been played, the matches have been fiercely competitive, with the encountered labelled ‘The Potteries Derby’. However, with significantly stronger finance, Stoke have been an established Premier League team in recent years and the last time The Potteries Derby was contested in the league was in 2002.
Despite having a 19,052 seater stadium, Port Vale have averaged around just 4000-5000 for home games in recent seasons. This is mainly due to their low league position and their local rivals Stoke City’s success, which has seen them capture more fans from the local area. That being said, Port Vale enjoyed the best away support in proportion to home attendance in the 2012/2013 season, indicating that they may not have the most fans in the country, but their supporters are extremely loyal. Port Vale also boast a couple of famous supporters, namely pop star Robbie Williams and multiple darts world champion Phil Taylor. Both have been public in their admiration for their home town club and Robbie Williams even invested a significant sum to help the club prior to their administration.
Due to the famous fans and healthy rivalry Port Vale have with local neighbours Stoke City, fans can be found dotted round not England but also around the world. Robbie Williams even founded a team Los Angeles Vale FC in homage to his home club, so The Vale even have a presence in the USA. On Johnnybet’s social site, Port Vale FC fans can connect with each other and discuss potential transfer news, signing and general information regarding the team they love.
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