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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. Thomas Hughes
    20th July 2021 @ 4:47 pm

    Depends how you view Pope’s legacy. If you view him, as I do, as keeping us in the Football League and being the main factor in a promotion season, then I’d say he is every bit as big a legend as the others mentioned.

    As great a player as the 2nd tier greats? Probably not.

  2. Wootter
    20th July 2021 @ 8:17 pm

    Almost single handed kept us in the football league for 3 or 4 seasons
    Without him we would be still in oblivion
    Legend for me

  3. Fred
    21st July 2021 @ 9:29 am

    Sorry previous commenters I agree with Rob that while his contribution was excellent it was in a struggling side, so he stood out against some mediocre teammates. A very good player but if he’s not one of the top five forwards to appear in a Vale shirt then I don’t think he can be considered a legend.

  4. mike rennie
    21st July 2021 @ 12:43 pm

    Tom is a very local hero and should not have been discarded ,a years contract needed.

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