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  1. We (the Fielding family) are matchball sponsors on Saturday. It was my 50th during lockdown so it's a delayed birthday present to be in the posh seats. I'm really looking forward to the behind the scenes tour as I've heard lots about the improvements to the tunnel area, dressing rooms etc. I'll try and put some photos on here if I get any good ones.
    26 points
  2. Some absolute idiot vale fan racially abused there keeper on instagram after the game. What is wrong with people like seriously. Why tarnish the win with something like that. No place for it all hopefully he gets banned from vale park for life as I certainly dont want to be associated with people with them view points.
    20 points
  3. Really looking forward this as it will be my 100th away ground I have seen the Vale play at.
    17 points
  4. I might be sticking my neck out here but i dont think we will get relegated
    17 points
  5. This is DC when he joined Bristol Rovers on an Adams at Tranmere style great escape mission but couldn't stop their relegation to non-league. This is DC a few years later after taking them to their second consecutive promotion He's from Mansfield, nothing to do with Bristol. He's lost the plot in those photos not because he's a fan or has links but because he really cares. There also definitely a hell of a lot of vindication at play from the work and long hours he puts in throughout the season. That could be us at VP in the last two pictures. I really wish the minority elements at VP who are waiting for him to slip up out of a personal dislike/infatuation with the last manager let it go and start getting behind him and Flitcroft. That 8/9 game winning run at the end of last season could be the long overdue beginning of a steep, tall peak.
    16 points
  6. Just weird that every defeat is met with deep, reactionary analysis to work out what the causes are, when in reality football teams lose games for often random, uncontrollable reasons. We're never going to achieve the level of control that, say, Man City have, who minimise the risk of losing games by overwhelmingly retaining possession in safe areas and shoot only when the chance of scoring is good. Even with these tactics and the most expensive squad ever, they still lose games via chance and fluke. Football is a low-scoring game and chance plays a large part in goals (around 50% of goals in football are a result of random influence). Saturday was emotionally tough and an absolute travesty of a result, but it doesn't warrant the level of scrutiny and analysis, and subsequent change, that people are calling for. We have a good evidence base that we're a good side, but we're also a League 2 team capable of poor twenty minutes every week. We're missing our two aerially dominant defenders and, as a consequence of a deflection and a fluke own goal, were made to pay for not clearing our lines well enough. If we'd got regularly pulled apart I'd be concerned, but we don't.
    15 points
  7. If he's going to win September, he might as well win October too. A great run of results after a predicted slow start and even though I'm not one to say I told you so, it's becoming harder and harder to quieten that voice in my head. It's going to be a bumpy ride this season but what the fans need to do is resist that temptation to be overly critical and press that big panic button when we drop points. If you can't get behind this team (manager included) after the last 4 league results and that feeling after the Orient game then I don't think Port Vale is for you. 10 games in and Clarke is fully justified in releasing the players during the summer.
    14 points
  8. To the racists - you have no place at Port Vale and no place in society. To the Leyton keeper you were a massive jerk after your second but added to an entreating game. We all stand with you against racism. Leyton are a horrible side but play to their strengths and won’t lose many. They are very well equipped to get out of this division. Great day marred by a brainless moron.
    14 points
  9. Just lovely! Love the fact that half the team is celebrating with the crowd!
    14 points
  10. Agree! And the professionalism comes from the very top - Carol and Kevin! Those delusionals on here who suggested Carol had had her head turned by a chancer, and been overly-impressed by techno-babble and a snake oil salesman really ought to be coming on here and issuing grovelling apologies for doubting her knowledge, experience and integrity!
    13 points
  11. Also, I liked seeing the huddle at the end before the players came over to the Paddock. As with DC deliberately including his entire backroom staff including the kitman in his manager of the month award photos, the team spirit he promotes is paying dividends.
    13 points
  12. I know it's a game of opinions, but anybody slating Tom Pett hasn't been watching the same games as me. He's pivotal to our midfield, great touch, vision and workrate, top player
    12 points
  13. I think we need a systematic and existential analysis of what's going on. Root and branch. This spell of poor form simply cannot be allowed to continue. 11 changes minimum, ideally 13-14. Only look at the last game; the other games offer no insight. Violent u-turns on a weekly basis is the way forward for me. If we don't win this week, it's time to consider liquidation. Don't even think about 4 of the goals we've conceded in the last two weeks being OGs and deflections, and another being from a fraudulent free-kick, and that football is a fairly random game with many variables you can't account for. Drop them all. Shut down the Matrix. Vale Vale.
    12 points
  14. Re their celebration after the final goal. The Laws clearly state that "A player must be cautioned, even if the goal is disallowed, for: • climbing onto a perimeter fence and/or approaching the spectators in a manner which causes safety and/or security issues • acting in a provocative, derisory or inflammatory way" Their whole team should have been yellow carded!!
    12 points
  15. That was a bit like loosing a £10 note and finding an old penny...... then realising it's a 1933 George V penny worth about £70,000. Bloody great result.
    12 points
  16. Wow what performance yesterday!! We played really good football and deliberatly not played the ball in box without Proctor in the middle. I watched with immense pride our 3 local lads - Wilson,Gibbo & Conlon who each destroyed Colchester. I thought those 3 where outstanding. I'd go as far to say Gibbo was 10 out of 10. I really love our manager - I think he's going to be a legend at our club.
    11 points
  17. Yeah, but Phil is making a very fair point that while no one is actively waiting for Wilson to fluff something, unfortunately there's a few about who just can't let it go regarding Covolan and are poised ready for him to make a mistake. I'm not saying you are but it's all over that daft facebook group, and was aired on P&G yesterday. That's just how it is though. We were only 17 odd minutes into this 46 game season when the anti Clarke/Flitcroft abuse started at Northampton remember. I remember it well because I was stood in front of three muppets at it for about 80 minutes of the game, it does your head in listening to that constant negative drivel. DC has said in a few interviews now that he's a good manager up until he loses two games and then he's crap and he's right, some of us are too fickle. Won 7/8 in a row last season, won 6 out of the last 8 this season, there's a few around who need to hold their hands up instead of disappearing to try to save face. Again not you.
    11 points
  18. I don't get this criticism by some of Pett. He's doing the 'Joyce role', and a lot more effectively than Joyce ever did, plus he can actually pass a ball. Yet Joyce was lauded on here. Baffling
    11 points
  19. Looking forward to this one, Sutton is about 10 miles away from where I live. I called on Monday, finally got through to the office and ordered a couple, only the lady on the phone told me they'd just sent the post out for that day and couldn't guarantee that they'd arrive in time. I ordered them anyway. They turned up yesterday having been sent by express delivery, which they hadn't charged me for. It's probably cost The Vale money to get my tickets to me. I've just sent them a box of chocolates.
    11 points
  20. Phenomenal! THAT is what we love about this beautiful game. Where else can you get that kind of buzz.
    11 points
  21. God damn it I wish I was there to enjoy that last few minutes! Stupid cocking Covid. Never mind, sat here confined to my bedroom with a big grin on my face, absolutely made up for the lads, and for Proctor especially. Judge it after 10 games is the old cliche; well, we're up into the automatic places, with a few players still to find their best form, Politic just making his (incredible!) introduction to the first team and having played most of the teams around us at the top. Thank God I haven't lost my sense of taste and smell, as the beers are going to taste so good tonight! UTV!
    11 points
  22. Currently third having beaten 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th
    11 points
  23. I'd absolutely love it if we could sign Politic. He's a talented maverick. The fans seems to have taken to him already. I was a little concerned we didn't have that 'special' player at the start of the season, someone that can turn a game with individual brilliance, like JMW used to do in our promotion season. But he just looks a bit "too good" for L2 sometimes and looks like that player!
    10 points
  24. I keep seeing how poor their defenders were and yes they looked that way BUT was that because our play made them look poor? They had the 3rd best defence up until yesterday. To some(not saying its you by the way) always seem to say that when we win the opposition has been poor,i just think sometimes our play makes teams look poor.
    10 points
  25. 😇 Superb stuff from back to front. Every man class. Conlon looked better and more influential dictating from deep. Gibbons is an absolute diamond. Covolan safe as houses once again. His obsessive willingness to receive passes to feet is so, so useful. Their decision to stick with a 4 man defence (with a puddled CB at RB) 1st half was disastrous; he either tucked in to mark Politic and gave Gibbons freedom of Vale Park, or sat wide and allowed Politic to cut through with ease. Gibbons goal, then a Politic assist. It was comically easy and fantastic stuff from Clarke. Mullins got tactically spun and serious questions will be being asked of him. Total control in the second half with possession, and Amoo and Cass could have made it 5. We had our top-scorer out, subbed Worrall, and were bringing on players who stroll into 90% of League 2 teams. The squad depth is excellent and testament to a summer of well-planned and executed recruitment. It excites me to think what Flitters can do with this time, without the need for a systematic rebuild. You simply have to Trust the Pruhcess and You Matrix here. Stoke and Crewe in the mud. The Rampant Whites.
    10 points
  26. Politic's first touch for his goal. Oh my god. Port Vale 3-1 Barrow | Video | Watch TV Show | Sky Sports WWW.SKYSPORTS.COM
    10 points
  27. ? Pett has been excellent this season. He’s worked every season he’s played as a CM in this league so no idea where your going with that one.
    10 points
  28. Weird game today. Looked comfortable enough first half but struggled to create and then got done by a free kick, the only real shot of the half. Thought the similar formations cancelled each other out. DC changed it and then they couldn't cope with us. Full credit to DC. Special shouts out to both Wilson, who I thought was superb today, particularly after Proctor went off, and Garrity, who covered every blade of grass. Deserved win today. UTV
    10 points
  29. Look at the wheels on Bobby Dazzler. That back slide will be his statue in a few years. Where is Crosby going? Lovely to see the bench erupt, including the lads who hadn't played.
    10 points
  30. What a video! Remember when certain people were saying there is no team spirit in this group. Look how they are all over Politic. Absolutely love it. Up the Matrix Up the Pruhcess Up the Vale
    10 points
  31. In all the excitement, I missed the providers but a word for David Amoo and David Worrall for their delivery for those last two goals. Both kept their cool to provide perfectly weighted balls. With Amoo and the first glimpses of Politic, it definitely looks like we can call on people who can influence the game from the bench.
    10 points
  32. Club are all over this, posted very quickly to say they're investigating, so hopefully swift action will be taken. And as you say, a call to apologise personally to Vigouroux on behalf of the club and all us decent supporters would be a classy touch.
    10 points
  33. I'm absolutely fuming this idiots racist tweet is detracting from a cracking game and cracking win for us today. You know its going to be all over national news tonight and tarnishing the clubs name. Literally one idiot. Act swiftly now Vale to show this won't be tolerated. Send all details to the police, ban him for life, someone from the club phone Vigeroux and apologise on the clubs behalf.
    10 points
  34. Always thought he spoke well and fairly, and he did here. He must be gutted so it takes a big man to instantly give the opposition a bit of credit instead of being a sore loser and making up all sorts of excuses as most managers surely would.
    10 points
  35. Horrible scummy team are Leyton Orient. Got what they deserved. <ovf censored> all.
    10 points
  36. I don’t blame him for getting a bit touchy at that question, you see it in here so often when we win or play well, and yet you’ll still see comments along the lines of, “well the the opposition were rubbish though”, “another team would have scored 2 or 3 against us today” or “good job that we weren’t playing a top side today”. Let’s give us some credit for playing well so I get where Clarke was coming from and let’s face you will never go through any game where the opposition don’t have a chance to score at some point. We blew them away and played very well in large spells, they couldn’t recover from the opening half hour and they couldn’t handle us. They couldn’t deal with our seemingly simple game plan of pushing the wingbacks high and playing with pace and intensity to basically over run them. I think we saw some of the best football played down there for a long time and also one of the best individual performances from a full back in a long time too, as well as one of the best overall team performances where you couldnt say that anyone was below par. There are so many positives to take from that game instead of chipping away at that by criticising Colchester like it came across that Phil was trying to do in his interview, maybe we made them look so bad because we were so good.
    9 points
  37. Yes thanks, the Fielding family had a great time. My thanks to all the Vale staff who served us and Dean Martin (a great host) and Ritchie Bates from the commercial dept for looking after us so well. The meal was delicious and it was also a genuine thrill to have a chat with Carol before the match too. I loved the whole day of course (what a belated birthday present) but I think the children have also been hooked in now which is always a good thing. The whole experience is brilliant and I can't thank the club enough but obviously the display and result were icing on the cake. It's good watching the team from up high. You get a real appreciation of both the pressing, passing play and the work that the likes of Pett, Conlon put in. Gibbo was just brilliant when you watch him from up high. I just hope we keep him fit for the rest of the season now. I've got some nice photos to share from the stadium tour for a future article (while my youngest is delighted to have a signed match ball in her hands). Crawling up the M42 at 30mph this Saturday morning is now (almost) forgotten. At least this particular six hour round trip was worth it.
    9 points
  38. You can develop players for years in top academies, and they still won't learn the innate attributes that Gibbo has. He's an excellent player in a load of ways, but his seething aggression, work-rate, and borderline viciousness in everything he does isn't coachable. He looks perpetually fuming at everything and everyone and it reflects brilliantly in the way he plays. Him clattering their lad in the 2nd half, after the ball was out and the player was two yards off the pitch, was top drawer. Vintage Gibbo. Future captain.
    9 points
  39. As someone who was critical of Clarke's appointment, and his big man interviews, I have to say his interviews this season have been far more honest and constructive and easier on the ear. I have gone from being critical of the appointment to being a big fan, didn't stop me pointing out at half time today we were pedestrian and would never score from a deflection because we don't shoot. The subs worked great, but what is most impressive is the crowd ... it's not only getting bigger but the feel good factor has promotion written all over it. What's even more promising is once out of this league the quality of football being played, particularly James Wilson, will stand us in great stead in a higher league.
    9 points
  40. I will say it again........we wont go down
    9 points
  41. Think he deserves his own thread and a bit of praise. 5 in 10 in the league. 6 in 11 overall. You can't argue with that. It's already his highest scoring season for 4 or 5 years. He misses a few sitters but then again, the rest of his game is that good generally that if he didn't he wouldn't be playing for us in League Two, I suppose. Love his attitude, effort and his overall team play. Him and Wilson seem to be going from strength to strength together. I do like having a goal poacher in the team, and neither are that, but at the moment they look the real deal for us as a partnership, and long may that continue.
    9 points
  42. Just seen the table...Holy crap we are only 4th 5 points off the top with games against Barrow and Mansfield to come...Take our medicine like Orient had to do last week. 35 games to go...
    9 points
  43. It was certainly an entertaining game. Lloyd put in a lot of work but isn't a "fox in the box" type. We missed not having the likes of Proctor, Wilson, Rodney up there when there was cross after cross (though fair play they don't need to play in this competition) coming in. I thought Hurst grew into the game and put in a succession of good balls which on another day would have resulted in goals. Jake Taylor looks back to his old self and it was a real positive that he and Politic both managed 90 mins. I thought teenager Ellis Jones didn't look out of place and had a couple of good runs - that experience will probably do him the world of good. Similarly, Amos had a good debut and could have been the matchwinner but for the woodwork. He fitted in well in the back three. Johnson had a quiet start but made two vital blocks. Benning missed an absolute sitter but he also looked more composed in this game and was a threat on the left. So, all in all, I think Darrell Clarke will take a load of positives from that. With the first choice strike force we may have had a hatful. I think DC will be delighted to see the likes of Taylor, Politic, Amoo all complete 90 mins and for the likes of Hurst to push his claims. I definitely think there were more positives than negatives to take from that game.
    9 points
  44. He's always in great positions. Very intelligent forward, typified by his header across goal for Wilson's goal. He has a great touch, good feet, is handy in the air, and is mobile enough to run channels. A top signing and, as people have alluded to, he could have double his tally.
    9 points
  45. I like his total contribution even without the goals, very intelligent player with a great touch, good pro and nice man.
    9 points
  46. Have to ruin it don’t they. Embarrassing scum ban them for life. Sorry to their keeper racism is vile and never ok.
    9 points
  47. When was the last Vale winning goal in extra time. Over the whole game Vale deserved to win, great comeback and fully deserved. Their antics in the 2nd half stank and they got what they deserved.
    9 points
  48. Couple of posters will have been warning their typing fingers up… a couple even managed to get a post or two out. Back in your box boys!! Amazing… good sign that a team won’t give up. Real character. UTV
    9 points
  49. This threads quickly descended into an attention seeking farce. Luckily I don’t see most of the rubbish unless someone quotes it.
    9 points


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