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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. Pete
    24th June 2022 @ 9:45 am

    Sad , that no young players are not breaking into the first team., means more loans, transfers etc

  2. Tim
    24th June 2022 @ 3:58 pm

    Unfortunately deemed not good enough for the Vale – one of the players release J Clarke (LB) signed for Reading FC as Pro this week..hmm

  3. Warren Park
    26th June 2022 @ 12:01 pm

    There is an economic line of enquiry, a sporting line of enquiry and an ethical line of enquiry. If we very rarely get a player taken on professionally and even more rarely a player who becomes an established first team player then economically and sporting wise the academy is failing. From an ethical point of view it is also failing leading young people down a blind alley and possibly setting up very adverse emotional situations around failure and the need to find a new way in life. I accept that football and all professional sport has some aspect of that which can’t be avoided.

    So should Port Vale invest instead in scouting and bringing players through from non-league and even the local league game. But, to be fair, that is exactly what we have done in 2021/22.

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