13th September 2021 is the tenth anniversary of the infamous “Blue Sky” investment into the football club. We remember those controversial events…
A selection of our favourite articles from the OVF archives.
Port Vale’s expulsion from the Football League was undoubtedly one of the club’s darkest days. We take an in-depth look at what happened and when…
The battle of Jutland in 1916 was the last major battle fought primarily by battleships. It must have been terrifying and a future Port Vale player was one of the sailors to take part in the conflict.
In years to come, when we mention football in lockdown, it’s likely youngsters won’t believe their ears. So, as a document for them to look at in the future, here’s what fans in 2020-21 had to become accustomed to.
John Askey at Port Vale: we take a look at the highs and lows of the managerial reign of John Askey at Vale Park.
Many younger fans never saw the legendary 1953-54 Port Vale side. Geoff Ainsworth did. He watched from the sidelines and here’s his review of the squad from that incredible season.
It is noticeable that current manager John Askey has been both highly selective and successful with his loan signings. Last season he made just two but they were both (Jake Taylor and Mitch Clark) a success.
Most important Port Vale giantkilling: Vale’s time as a League club may only have lasted four seasons if it wasn’t for an astounding FA Cup win in 1898.
In the 1960’s Port Vale FC embarked on two tours of Czechoslovakia and also hosted a home friendly against the national side, but what prompted this close relationship between Port Vale and Czechoslovakia?
Worst Port Vale XI: after much discussion and voting on the forum, here are the results of the worst-ever Port Vale XI.
Port Vale’s form at the start of the 1929-30 season was near-perfect. We take a look back at a memorable season in the Third Division (North).
Last summer we ran a series of articles asking for your all-time Port Vale XI. Sadly, the announcement of a winning formation was delayed due to the usual Port Vale crisis coming along and dominating matters. So, after a long delay, here are the results of that vote.
Often controversial and certainly full of incident – here’s our account of the seven years association between Norman Smurthwaite and Port Vale FC.
On Sunday November 11th 2018 the 100th anniversary of the end World War One takes place. Less importantly, Port Vale take on Sunderland. It’s then surely appropriate to celebrate a World War One hero who played for both clubs.
Since in the year 2017, Port Vale used an astonishing nine players in goal. We look through the list…
Here is a collection of older Port Vale hard men – players who als0 had a reputation as true tough guys…
Thanks to research by Phil Jennings, we have some vintage match reports which are mostly from the 1930-31 season.
Yes, it really did happen. Coverage of Port Vale’s only rock concert made the lead headline on one of the country’s leading music magazines. And we have the images to prove it.
Robert Firth was the second English manager of Real Madrid and guided them to their second league title. He also played for Port Vale.
In a lengthy eulogy to the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy, Lars Ulrich of Metallica recalls the legendary 1981 gig at Vale Park.
The 1893-1894 season was only Port Vale’s second season as a Football League club but it started as one of the most memorable.
Bela Guttman was hailed as a legend after guiding Benfica to two European Cup victories. So why on earth, just weeks after winning his second trophy, was he offered the manager’s role by Port Vale?
We were delighted to be handed this programme during the Vale Vaults exhibition. It marks the visit of Czechoslovakia to Vale Park, the first time a national side had played either of the Potteries sides. The next year, the Czechs reached the 1962 World Cup final.