Tributes and obituaries
OVF pays tribute to some famous Port Vale figures including John Rudge and the Sproson family.
OVF has received the sad news that former Valiant John Ritchie passed away on Thursday night. Ritchie described as a “tough, uncompromising full-back” joined the club in 1965. He became a regular in the side and is remembered by those who saw it for his forty-yard “goal of a lifetime” in a 2–1 win at […]
Striker Martin Foyle played for nine years, was the club’s second highest scorer of all time and is now manager. We pay tribute to his goalscoring exploits. Martin Foyle was one of only a select number of Vale players to win the club’s Player of the Year award twice.
Known as the “Hoddle of the lower leagues” Ray was one of the most gifted players to grace the Vale Park pitch. Walker initially joined the club on loan but a permanent deal was made for a fee of just £12,000. It was long rumoured that the deal included a massive sell-on fee should Walker […]
Ritchie Hawkins takes a look back at the career of Anthony Gardner, a former Valiant who moved into the heady world of the Premiership. Anthony is now a first team player for Spurs and is valued at well over five times the amount of which Vale sold him for in 2000.
We pay tribute to long-serving Port Vale fan Reg Dean, who passed away at the age of 85. Reg Dean, the club’s longest-serving supporter of some 85 years, passed away recently. This website would like to pay tribute to this grand old Vale fan who will be sadly missed.
Ritchie Hawkins reckons prolific Port Vale striker Tony Naylor was the “best £150,000 Vale ever spent” He also adds: “After looking through some old folders on my very first computer (brought in 1999), I came across this little article which i must have written for OVF that I had forgot to pass it on. It’s […]