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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. Brian
    4th January 2021 @ 5:01 pm

    What were the strange goings on that Askey talked about?

  2. Ray Drakeley
    4th January 2021 @ 5:51 pm

    Tat Tar John Askey you can go back to Macclesfield now you will be good for them.

    I have been a Vale suppoter for 76 years i was 5 years old when my father took me up.

  3. Stephen
    4th January 2021 @ 7:49 pm

    Very sad that John Askey and Dave Kevan have gone. They deserved better.

    They did a great job 2 years ago to save us from relegation. Had no luck last season with the virus, and this year have had injuries to key players. They should have been given at least a few more games.

    Please not Sinclair to take over.

    Football is so ruthless

  4. John
    4th January 2021 @ 7:56 pm

    The man was hounded out , in my opinion. He was treated badly by players who’d had someone whispering in their ears , and they bought it . Disgraceful. I have followed Port Vale for a long time , and I’ve never seen a manager treated like that. The change in form came about as a result of it. Of that I am convinced. Good luck to you John, and to Dave Kevan also.

  5. Ads
    4th January 2021 @ 10:15 pm

    Dont talk wet, no manager survives such a poor run of form at any team.

  6. Bob Norbury
    5th January 2021 @ 12:10 am

    It would be very interesting to learn what strange things were going on as suggested by John Askey ? I am not a hire and fire them sort of person but six points from twelve games is in anybody’s language a poor return from a team that earlier in the season had played good football and looked as though they could beat any team in Div 2 home or away.

    They have slipped to being the team that gives away late goals and the defence is easy to penetrate. On top of this problem they also have strikers who are not scoring goals. This in my mind means that somewhere along the way John Askey has lost the dressing room as the players don’t seem to be playing for him. In such circumstances you have to sack somebody and it obviously cannot be the whole squad so the Manager has to go and a new face should be brought in with firm ideas and stricter control of the players intentions – and get them playing the way they can and should play or else ! They are on decent wages so they have got to start earning them.

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