There have been calls for the Port Vale versus Stoke City friendly game to become an annual event after a healthy 3,844 crowd turned up for Sunday’s game.
The match was organised by former Vale striker Tony Naylor to raise funds for Potteries-based Alzheimer’s charity and was well-attended by former players and celebrities for both sides. Denis Smith and John Rudge managed the two teams.
The Valiants triumphed 8-0 thanks to goals from van der Laan (2), McCarthy, Bridge-Wilkinson, Wilkes, Naylor (2) and Corden.
If for any reason you could not attend the game but would still like to support the charity then donations can be made by text through Just Text Giving. by sending a text to 70070 and using the word APPR30 followed by the amount you would like to donate.
e.g. “APPR30 £5” would see £5 donated to the charity.
Several fans also turned out for both sides courtesy of a competition in the Sentinel newspaper. The players on show were:
Representing Port Vale: Grew, Musselwhite, Sandeman, Aspin, Swan, Kent, Bogie, Wilkes, Van der Laan, Corden, McCarthy, Bridge-Wilkinson, Walker, Taylor, McGuinness, Cunningham, Haynes.
Representing Stoke City: McDonald, Thomas, Humphreys, Wooliscroft, Lewis, Regis, Ruggerio, P Heath, Pejic, Chamberlain, Sergeant, Brown, Higgins.
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