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About the author: A Port Vale fan since 1980, Rob Fielding created this website in 1996. Originally called "There's only one Vale fan in Bristol?" it became simply onevalefan or OVF for short. You can get updates on Twitter through the account @onevalefan


  1. man in the pub
    17th December 2020 @ 9:27 am

    Before my time, a great read on what was a golden era for the Vale.

  2. Geoff Seabridge
    17th December 2020 @ 1:07 pm

    A very good article. I too had the privilege of seeing this side having been first taken to Vale Park in 1954 aged 6 years by my father, grandfather and an uncle–all ardent Vale supporters who attended home and away games (my grandfather even watched most reserve games too!) I always remember being gutted not to be able join them all at Villa Park for the semi-final! I too still have that famous programme safely stored for my 4 year old grandson for when he’s old enough to pick up the family Vale-supporting baton, joining my son, both my two brothers and 3 nephews who have all been ‘inculcated’ into keeping the faith!

  3. john alcock
    18th December 2020 @ 5:02 pm

    When I read Geoff Seabridge’s comment I thought I must have written it myself as my experience was exactly the same. Same age, same family party, same programme etc etc. I knew Geoff at school without comparing notes on this with him. My first match was Stockport County who we beat 7-0 and I was hooked. I thought that would be how it ended every time. Good to hear you are still around Geoff and I’ll look for you when we are back…

  4. David Gater
    17th January 2021 @ 3:49 pm

    I saw a good few of the Iron Curtain side’s matches in the 1953-54 season. That was a cracking side without a weak link and rightly viewed as the Club’s best ever season – I would confirm the analysis given at the top of the article. Sproson, Cheadle, Askey, Cunliffe and King were my favourite’s.
    I was 9 years old and was able to attend the famous 2-0 victory over FA Cup holders in the 5th Round (early 1954) in front of 42,000. We queued for nearly four hours to get tickets I recall! It was absolutely freezing, but exciting to get them.
    My first match was a 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town in April 1952. Albert Leake was the scorer. Shrewsbury had only just come into the Football League I think.

    Another memorable occasion for me, albeit a defeat by Aston Villa, was the FA Cup game(5th round again) in Feb 1960, in front of 49,000-odd. Sproson again, Steele and Poole were key men. The whole ground was rocking. Villa were very classy but the Vale were very close to getting a draw.

    You never forget a match you’ve been at, despite them being over 60 years ago – they’re fabulous memories. It’s still the Vale for me – always will be – I hope they get on a good run now, and there’s no reason why Danny Pugh shouldn’t be instrumental.

    David Gater

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