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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. Stuart Dean
    19th January 2021 @ 11:11 am

    Didn’t Robbie Earle join from Stoke?

  2. Rob Fielding
    19th January 2021 @ 12:03 pm

    Hi Stuart,
    As I said in the article, I’ve only included players who made senior appearances, not who joined from the youth ranks. Rob

  3. Mike Rennie
    19th January 2021 @ 12:30 pm

    Harry Oscroft a wi ger who often scored with headers

  4. bill Minshall
    19th January 2021 @ 1:09 pm

    What about Terry lees?

  5. Brian
    19th January 2021 @ 2:39 pm

    I enjoyed watching Harry Oscroft and Peter Ford after they came from Stoke

  6. David John Berry
    19th January 2021 @ 4:21 pm

    Bill Bentley and Jimmy O’Neill served us well too

  7. John
    19th January 2021 @ 9:35 pm

    Jimmy Greenoff

  8. Rob Fielding
    20th January 2021 @ 9:51 am

    Again, like Robbie Earle, I’m only including direct transfers between Stoke and Vale and he came to Vale via Crewe/Toronto Blizzard

  9. Lindsay Whitehouse
    20th January 2021 @ 9:58 am

    Terry Lees was a fabulous buy. He had just over a season with us, and we sold him at a profit of about 700%. There are three players who started out at Stoke as amateurs or schoolboys. All of them had a little bit of impact on Port Vale. Ken Hancock, Robbie Earle, oh and that man called Roy Sproson. I am left to wonder why none of those players were mentioned in the top five list.

  10. Lindsay Whitehouse
    20th January 2021 @ 9:59 am

    Ooops, Rob has explained why the last three were not included, I should have paid more attention, sorry!

  11. Lindsay Whitehouse
    20th January 2021 @ 10:27 am

    Oh I forgot a fabulous signing Tony Lacey

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