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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. geoff stanley
    10th May 2021 @ 1:07 pm

    brutal but just been some very poor performances over the season the finger has been pointed.

  2. Gilbert Adams
    10th May 2021 @ 1:44 pm

    Well what a follow up to ‘Can’t wait to get rid of the deadwood’.I have got full confidence in Darrell & staff and I am sure he is well under way with his recruitment of some quality signings for next season. I wish Tom all the very best and I am sure that a number of National League sides should and will come knocking. I have heard Wrexham have got ambitions and hey you never know with there connections Tom may well end up doing a Vinnie Jones and getting himself a career n Hollywood.

  3. James stubbs
    10th May 2021 @ 1:48 pm

    Getting of the best at the tom pope anonther clueless mananger

  4. Michael Amison
    10th May 2021 @ 3:31 pm

    Brilliant well done Clarky

  5. Kenneth Rigby
    10th May 2021 @ 3:41 pm

    Let’s hope that not too much experience has not been released.

  6. Ronald James Howells
    10th May 2021 @ 4:06 pm

    Why would you get rid of both keepers one of which is one of the best keepers still in that lge at least should have been our number 2 so now no keepers popey i think most expected it but think he deserved better deal if possible

  7. Andy
    10th May 2021 @ 4:39 pm

    Brown has been a bit hit and miss this year. Maybe the result of playing behind an inadequate defence which I believe was caused by centre backs trying to cover up for dreadful full backs. Once Monty and Gibbo were back then Smith and Legge were back to their old selves. He’s been a good servant, no doubt about it but cracks are appearing.

  8. Andrew odonoghue
    10th May 2021 @ 5:21 pm

    Very surprised to see 1 off the best keepers in Scott brown that vale have had in recent years go

  9. Neville Kirkland
    10th May 2021 @ 5:21 pm

    This was needed,I want to see Tom get a testimonial so the fans can thank him properly for his service to the club we owe him that much ,wish Robinson had been on the release list not looking forward to watching him not score for 12 matches then score 1 and not score again ok I will be fair probs 2 ‍♂️

  10. Kirk Thomasson
    10th May 2021 @ 6:52 pm

    Shocked! Pope and Brown sent packing. Two of the best we have had in their positions for some time. Age catches up but experience and desire to win don’t fade – surely they still had plenty to give.
    The rest that’s fine, we needed a clear out! The likes of Whitehead, Robinson and Amoo need to be shown the door also. If fact, I’d pay out their contracts and get Pope and Brown back.
    Time will tell if this works – managers live and die by their signings.

  11. Chris B
    10th May 2021 @ 7:25 pm

    Surprised that Scott Brown has been released. I’m not surprised about the others. Let’s hope we can get the recruitment right and rebuild the team spirit that we currently have.

  12. Bob Norbury.
    10th May 2021 @ 8:13 pm

    Really surprised that Scott Brown has not been retained and a bit miffed about Montano too, but most of the others were strong candidates to pack their bags. Having said that there probably was a case for keeping Brisley because on the whole he, Smithy and Leggy were quite a good central three but the manager obviously had his reasons.

    I cannot see much of a future at Vale Park for Whitehead and Robinson although they are not by any means certain to stay.

    Tom Pope has been a very good player and a great servant at Vale but he has reached the point when it is time to say goodbye. I would certainly attend any Testimonial Match for Tom. and will never forget the great partnership with Lee Hughes, and also his goal scoring feat in our last promotion season.

  13. Joe Howle
    10th May 2021 @ 9:21 pm

    Pope & Scott Brown Should Not have been kicked out !
    I’ll wait to see which Club signs them, Div 2 or (Non League promotions ?)
    Then I’ll watch Tom get a hat trick against the Vale ! (he won’t celebrate it)
    And I’ll watch Scott get a Clean Sheet against the Vale ! – I will applaud both of them ! ! – Great Players !

  14. Jacko
    10th May 2021 @ 11:09 pm

    Can’t believe that they’ve let Montano &Brown go. Pope and Joyce I think had another season left in them and hope that they give Tom a testimonial and his chance to say goodbye to the club and fans.

  15. Les Bailey
    11th May 2021 @ 8:25 am

    Something needed to be done & we have to trust Darrell Clarkes judgement because they simply are’nt good enough to get us out of this league.Only time will tell so time to get behind him & the club.Thank you & all the best for the future to those who are leaving

    11th May 2021 @ 9:50 am

    Fair play, ageing squad, time to recruit younger, fitter players. Pope, Brown, Joyce take a bow and good luck for the future.

  17. Martin Knockavelli
    11th May 2021 @ 7:52 pm

    He’s made a big mistake letting Brown and Pope go. I can only think that they wanted silly wages. I hope he’s got players lined up to improve us already.

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