A look at some connections on the pitch between Port Vale and Fleetwood Town including one with an unusual nickname…
Veteran Ryan Taylor (right) was released at the end of last season after a spell with Fleetwood. The former Wigan and Newcastle man had two brief spells with the Valiants playing 25 games and scoring five goals.
Goalkeeper Chris Neal had a four year stay with the Valiants during which he won promotion. After the emergence of Jack Alnwick he moved on to Fleetwood where he made 36 appearances.
Former Vale defender Joe Davis also had a spell on loan at Fleetwood in 2014 while self-proclaimed “best player at the club” Paul Edwards had a brief stay at Fleetwood after leaving the Valiants.
Scott Brown, the underwhelming midfielder rather than the outstanding goalkeeper, also had spells with both clubs.
The possessor of one of the finest nicknames in football, Charles “Jazz” Rattray also had spells with both clubs. Charlie obtained his nickname not due to any prowess with a musical instrument or for unpredictable genius but rather because in parlance of the day the winger used to “jazz about with the ball.” So, a kind of 1930’s version of John Jeffers.