Five of the best: memorable images from Port Vale’s 1982-83 promotion season

In our latest “five of the best” features we look at five of our favourite images from the memorable 1982-83 promotion season.

Bob Newton in front of an adoring Bycars terrace

Top scorer Bob Newton celebrates a goal in front of Vale fans.

Port Vale striker Bob Newton in front of fans 1982-83

Steve Fox leaves a defender in his wake

The late winger Steve Fox was one of the stars of the promotion season.

Steve Fox

The match which sealed promotion

This image shows one of Jim Steel’s two goals from the away win at Stockport County on the 6th May 1983. It was the result that mathematically secured Port Vale’s promotion.

Jim Steel scores against Stockport County, 1983


The Port Vale players celebrate

Delight shows on the faces of first-team trio Geoff Hunter, Steve Fox and Colin Tartt.

John McGrath is congratulated by a gorilla

Four down… which leaves our favourite image of the whole season. The final home game against Northampton Town was a scene of celebrations with a motorbike display and fans in fancy dress. In this image, victorious Vale manager John McGrath is congratulated by a fan dressed as a gorilla.