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  1. Hi gents, I come again in peace. Firstly I'd like to congratulate you all and your club and wish you good luck in the final. The game itself on Thursday, we didn’t didn’t deserve anything from it, you deserved to win. After the initial and expected fast start, I started to get concerned after 30-35 mins because we simply didn’t get going. Being honest at this point I expect it to be 3-0, which would have been preferable over penalties which got me hoping again. Let’s be clear here, I will concentrate on the performance of my own team because, well, they’re my team and as a fan it’s the first thing you look at and watch. I’ve only seen you guys play 4 times this season, so it’s hard for me to pinpoint any subtle changes in tactics or similar. What I will say, whatever you changed on Thursday, it appeared to work wonders. Fans really need to stop getting so het up when a fan from another team makes an off the cuff comment, joke or whatever, most of the time things like that are just that, nothing. A lot has been said on both sides, fans, players, managers, for me it all got a little cringey - speaking from our side that is. When our manager makes comments like he did, cringey. When the captain makes statements like he did (especially given that he’s usually the most likely for an on the ball mistake), it seemed stupid to me. Reading between the lines they were trying psych up the players (ours). Either way I think they’ll both be regretting those comments now and rightfully so. Penalties - cruel but a necessary evil. It was in our hands somehow and we blew it. I knew McKirdy would miss, it was obviously going to happen. The reason afterwards, embarrassment, fear, panic - people do react differently in these circumstances (my Mrs smiles when serious stuff is happening) so I don’t have any issue with it personally, even though it must have looked bizarre. Davison, again I was surprised to see he step up over some others, I had zero confidence. The phrase including a barn door comes to mind. It is what it is though, we lost, you won, I’ll get over it (eventually). The nonsense after the game…. Any comment I make here i do so to both sets of fans, ours and yours. <ovf censored> disgraceful from all involved. I’ve been following and attending games at Swindon for 35 years now, not once in that time have I felt the need to run onto a pitch. I simply don’t get it?! It’s something that’s definitely been on the rise this season/post Covid, it’s as if civil unrest is building (different subject entirely) and also the social media aspect of this it’s as if people want to film it, maybe get a celebrity (I don’t mean this just in relation to Thursday), to do something or say something that can then be sold to a paper or used to sue or something - it’s <ovf censored>! It happens everywhere now, I’ve had two separate arguments this season with my own fans, once away at Stevenage where coked up kids were smashing things up, secondly a couple of months ago to a pair of young ‘fans’ trying to stick flares down their pants. The only way to stop that <ovf censored> is from within I’m afraid. The difference on Thursday appeared to be that a few and I do accept it was only a few, a minority of your fans, made a beeline for our players. It’s like a couple saw the Billy Sharp incident and thought, good idea… It really needs stamping out because we’re only one idiot away from what, a player getting stabbed or something. I hold no Ill will, all clubs have these individuals I’m afraid. Throw the book at people involved in the serious stuff (and yes I include Swindon fans in that), we’re trying to create an environment where young kids, boys and girls can enjoy coming to games, events like this will not help these future fans I’m afraid. All of the above aside, I’m proud of my club this season, we still exist (which was really in question a few weeks from the season starting) and we are moving forwards. Disappointed yes, but I do still have a club to support.
    44 points
  2. Nearly 1 year to the day since DC was appointed as manager, at a time when we were staring into the abyss of non league, yet again, we have managed to completely transform the squad from one that were perennial relegation contenders to a squad that is on the verge of the playoffs and plays the most exciting and dominating football (most weeks) I have seen at VP since the Rudge days, all on a wage bill reduced from last season (at least it was, not sure after the January window). Instead of being grateful for the rare decent performance over the course of a whole season, we now expect it, and are disappointed when we perform below par. In Wilson, Proctor, Hussey, Walker, Hall and Pett, we have managed to sign players who could easily thrive in L1. The rest of the signings may well do but, at worst, are very good L2 players, not non league players masquerading as L2 players. Behind the scenes, we have a wholly professional outlook, with improvements to the infrastructure being made all the time, by owners who actually love the club. These are great times to be a Vale fan. After all we have had to put up with and suffer over the last 20 years, DC DF Carol and Kevin have joined together to give us that shining light at the end of the very dark tunnel that we have been travelling down. Long may it continue. UTV
    39 points
  3. Well done Vale, we battered you but didn’t really open you up much and you defended well. Great finish by the big lad up top. Good support too, couldn’t hear you much because of the acoustics but heard you loud a few times and could see you clapping even when we couldn’t hear you. Gutted we didn’t get the championship but it seems FGR deserved it in the end. Shame we couldn’t have got a draw off you to clinch it, but there you go, it’s still a brilliant season for us. Good luck in the play offs, hope you join us in league 1. Class for your players to give us a guard of honour when we returned to the pitch. Nice to see the mutual pitch invasion end well with shared support, clapping each other, etc and no bother, the way it should be. All the best 👍
    37 points
  4. Stags fan here. Good things happen to good people. When you turned us over at your place in March, your staff couldn't do enough for us, we'd lost our tickets and the lady behind the window couldn't have been more helpful if I was her own son, the steward at the turnstile came across to the window and took it upon himself to ensure that we got in, at half time we saw one of your stewards playing football with a balloon with one of our young fans. We actually looked at each other at this point and said that it was a nice club and wrote to the club then to tell them that they were good people. That culture doesn't happen by accident, it's by design and comes from the top. Your owners are clearly good people, and David Flitcroft is a good person - when David Flitcroft was our manager a lot of us felt re-engaged with our club in a way that we hadn't in years - and I can see that you have with your club a similar thing to what we had with him - and fortunately we still have. We all know about our links with Darrell, who is one of our own, and Sir Mal, who, somehow, is even more revered now despite scoring against us, in a play off final, at Wembley. We had a lot of fun with your fans yesterday, I was ambushed on the train down by a family of 9 (hi Andy and Sarah) and we shared beers, jokes, songs, piss taking, and we swapped numbers to meet again at some point in the future. It was everything lower league football should be (apart from the result) I hope you do well next year, and look forward to crossing paths soon.
    35 points
  5. Congratulations on promotion. What a way to get promoted.Daryl and your fans deserve it. get royally drunk this weekend See you next season. UTG
    34 points
  6. Wow, what a night. Not just in football terms, but in my life honestly. I’ll remember that night forever regardless of the Mansfield result. We have been so professional all the way through this tie. We refused to be dragged into mudslinging, player comparisons, arrogance and tit-for-tat nonsense with a team that would do well to learn from his experience and come out as better people and football professionals. We complimented them when they mocked our style and player quality, we humbly and quietly went about our preparations while they scoffed and soaked up media coverage in the most cringeworthy and unjustifiable way. Meanwhile we were making changes, managing Proctor’s injury and adjusting to the sad news that he couldn’t play and utilising a belief that has clearly been built over a long period. Also bearing in mind, they have totally misunderstood and overlooked our style. We pass and overload on the wings, play into Wilson’s feet and pass it out from the back. We passed and moved better than them on the night, and if anyone was hoofing it forward trying desperately to find their only mobile striker, it was them. Don’t believe your own hype, watch the game without ego-blinkers. Dazzler getting sent off was not needed, I thought. Yes he’s out of his technical area, but the instigator, as always, often and uncalled for, was the nasty opposition captain and inspirer of much unneeded bad blood. Shamefully in the write up it says DC obviously lost his head due to family bereavement catching up with him. This comment should be complained about and subsequently an apology issued, because that is plainly wrong. In reality, it is what standing up to bullies looks like. That’s what giving an entitled group of egotists their own medicine is all about. Well done Darrell, you fight for us with a passion we haven’t had in a manager in my lifetime. Every single player to a man was superb. I think we were clearly the better side. Did Stone have to save a real, clear cut chance in the whole game? I mean a real opportunity like the 3 or 4 we should have put away? We held possession, overlapped like the Vale that seemed unbeatable on our winning runs and stood up firmly and strongly in the tackle for 2 hours. Absolutely fantastic. It’s not really right to mention individuals, but Smith as a defender is as good as they come. That back 3, in the right positions, doing the right jobs, is our best 3, and we’ve got it right just at the right time. The mentality of this group is genuinely inspiring. Any of the many personal and professional issues that have plagued Vale this season could have caused them individually or collectively to throw in the towel. We are with you and you are with us, the players have been, to a man, a credit to Carol and the club. They are going to want to drag this game out in the news for weeks; they have a lot of free time now after all. But we should not be sorry about the pitch invasion. Every club does it and it was 99% celebratory. Those fans that tarnished the evening with their antics should be found and banned and prosecuted, no doubt. But where is the protection against the abuse, goading and underlying inappropriate behaviours that rile the fans up? The club should just issue a blanket, ‘we don’t condone XYZ’ response and then move on. Don’t get bogged down in a war of words, let it go. For me this game is separate to the Mansfield game. This is a moral victory for the players, a cultural victory for the club, and a testament to the real work that is going on behind the scenes. It’s a new club, and all the people involved in taking us on this journey have my permanent gratitude. I’m sure if we lose against Mansfield all the little people behind their club badges, on their keyboards, cackling in the shadow of hate (Walsall, Crewe, Swindon, Stoke and whoever else wants it) will kid themselves that our pain is a win for them that blots out their greater and deeper flaws, shortcomings and delusions; but I say leave them to it. We are building so much, so fast, with amazing staff that will drive us forward season after season. I am so proud to be a Vale fan and our long term aspirations. I went down the route of trying to pre-numb the hurt and disappointment by expecting the worst throughout the game. I barely celebrated when we scored, I clapped quietly when we went close, I ignored McKirdy to the point of not looking in his direction while all those around me hurled abuse whenever he was within 100 yards. I wanted solemn contemplation upon defeat or humble grace in victory to be my only prescribed options. I didn’t blink when we missed 2 penalties in a row, I stood cross-armed, unmoved when McKirdy blazed over. But when Iandolo missed, I think I literally blacked out for 2 minutes. The relief, the joy, the intensity, everything I had be holding in just came out all at once. I’ve never spontaneously hugged a stranger before, and certainly not 10, while crying and singing, but now I have. What a night. Thank you football. Thank you Vale.
    32 points
  7. I've been reading this forum daily for quite some time now, but never posted. I feel now is the time to make my first contribution. We all adore the bones of John Rudge and rightly so. We're also extremely fond of Micky Adams for what he did for this football club during an exceptionally tough period. However, everything, for me personally, feels different with Darrell Clarke. It's a strange feeling. Quite surreal. It's just so special. The club is unrecognisable to what it was just a few short years ago. Staring into the abyss of non-league football, a poisonous and egotistical man single-handedly decimating our beloved football club before our very eyes. A divided fan base. A fragmented and neglected club. Many fans feared it was game over. Many had given up and found something else to do. A scary time for PVFC, on and off the pitch. Fast forward a couple of years, and it's astonishing how far we have come. Wonderful owners who care deeply and passionately about the football club. Not just the squad of players, but the management, the staff, the supporters, the community as a whole. We're no longer the laughing stock of the Football League. People want to sponsor us and put money into our club again. People want to come and attend games, spend money in the shop and are proud to say they're a Port Vale fan. Clubs around the football pyramid are no longer reluctant to send us their players due to the toxic reputation we had under previous ownership. A new PVFC. Clarkey is fantastic, IMHO. From his very first few interviews, I instantly warmed to the guy. I loved his brutal honesty, his rashness and his bite. He never shies away from taking responsibility. Treating every single game as a 'project'. Never taking sole credit for anything and reminding us it's all about the whole setup and not just about him. He's so likeable and I adore the bloke. He's brought this football club together so wonderfully well and his personality is infectious for me. There will always be some that can't drop their agendas and refuse to credit him and that, sadly, will always be the case. They're entitled to their opinions but I really hope they can get on side and we can all fight together. We're all Vale. It just feels so, so special this season does. The injury crisis, losing a couple of top players, but instead of the same old, same old, we recruited intelligently in January and improved the squad. Unheard of at Vale in recent years. Such a pleasant change. And that's because of the hard work going on behind the scenes. Every single member of staff is playing their part. Then, DC suffers a family disaster, and you'd think it'd all fall apart. Far from it. The togetherness and unity built into this squad by DC was there for all to see. No downing tools, no giving up, no moping about. We dug in and battled on. Crosby deserves tremendous credit for the job he's done since DC's period of leave. He's done a sterling job. Realised the 3-4-3 wasn't working, changed back to what we knew best and we've gone from strength to strength. The outpouring of love, affection and well wishes for DC has been heartwarming and so emotional. I'm absolutely ecstatic to learn of his phased return. That displays the true character of this man. I bloody love him to bits. He's going to get one hell of a reception upon his return, that's a given. Anyone else think it's all set up for a truly emotional homecoming for the Easter Monday fixture against Bristol Rovers? There won't be a single person in that ground, home or away, that won't be singing his name from the rooftops. It'd be pulling on the heartstrings for sure. With everything we've dealt with this season, I think we deserve this success. Let's go out there and be the 12th man in these final 8 games. No bickering, no moaning. Full and total support. Loud and proud. Let's get behind the lads and do it for the Super Dazzler. He deserves this. UTV.
    32 points
  8. I feared at some point Carol would be accused of not "Splashing the cash" personally I think it's grossly unfair, I notice that the WUM's are starting to dig Carol out, she does not under any circumstances deserve that. She is building a club from the bottom up after years of neglect and don't forget liquidations, for goodness sake we don't need that scenario again. I realise it wont be popular but patience is the key.
    32 points
  9. 😂😂😂 The lack of faith shown in a management team that overhauled a squad and got us the promotion we were so desperate for is shocking to see. So many people told us they were messing it up last year… we should have signed this player… shouldn’t have loaned these players… should have played 442… should have broken the bank…. They have missed the chance… we won’t get promoted. Outcome… promotion. The VERY FIRST opportunity for people to have faith in them this season… the very first one and the barrage has started. I’m all for people having an opinion, I wish the summer had gone differently myself… but I 100% back them to get it right eventually and talk of them being a “shambles” or “not planning properly” are disrespectful in my eyes.
    30 points
  10. For anyone being envious of Brizzle just take a look at the magnificent improvement the Shanahans have made to the quality of our squad, physical infrastructure improvements, reputation of our club. Anyone saying we can't compete with Brizzle needs to take a look at themselves. Gibbons was made an offer for what the club thinks he is worth. That is very different from making an offer that is restricted by what we can afford. Up the Vale. Onwards and Upwards!!
    30 points
  11. I just thought after this win, it was worth a thread in praise of Andy Crosby. He's stepped up in incredibly difficult circumstances, had to take on extra things like the media press conferences and (as yesterday showed) been prepared to make some key decisions on the pitch (Aidan Stone, for example). It can't have been easy to take on all that extra workload and to get the squad focused away from events away from the pitch and purely on training and matchdays. He's conducted himself throughout with great dignity and I think he deserves a lot of praise for stepping up to the interim role.
    30 points
  12. Flitcroft “But as soon as we got through, we got contract negotiations delivered to the players. I have a face to face meeting with Gibbo and his agent on Tuesday. I am currently negotiating with Jamie Proctor and his agent, and with Mal Benning. “We are just trying to do something that is the right deal for the player and the club. I think one thing we have always shown at the club since I have been here is fairness. This club has been brilliant at looking after players and their families. It is the best I have known and the players say that as well. “You want that fairness on both sides. When either side gets greedy then it doesn’t become a sustainable deal. “Honestly, a lot of players want to sign for Port Vale. I am getting inundated with players and agents. We are in a really exciting time of recruitment but keeping the core of the squad together is key. We had a really big destabilisation at the end of last season (the club released all their out of contract players) and another in January really. But it was needed. “This is a case of trying to keep a brilliant core of players, the momentum and spirit and adding to that. We have some really exciting clubs that want to work with us. We worked with Leeds (for Edmondson), Huddersfield (for Harratt), Newcastle (for Cass) and also with Bolton with Dennis Politic. “There are Championship clubs that players have gone to where they have put on weight, they have lost muscle mass or speed over distance, their GPS figures are down on what they should be. “But the way Port Vale looked after players, and this goes back to Carol’s values, and the way they have been supported makes it miles easier for recruitment. “Also, we have gone a league higher. A lot of Premier League clubs don’t really send players to League Two when they can send them out to Vitesse Arnhem or the Belgian and German leagues. “But we are currently speaking to clubs and doing presentations. I did two last week and am doing two next week to say this is what we can offer. It is brilliant, as the Port Vale director of football, to be able to present to some of the best clubs in the country. It has even surprised me, and not much does in football. “I think the word has gone out that Port Vale looks after players – technically, tactically and physically but also psychologically with that social support for players.”
    29 points
  13. I've seen a few posters saying that Charsley should be ditched or loaned out. I thought he was one of the successes of the transfer window. He never let us down, never had a bad game and has a fantastic work rate. It's a squad game and to me he is needed in the squad.
    28 points
  14. Stags fan in peace, best team won yesterday, no complaints. Your fans were a credit to you, I spoke with a few of you around the ground and you’re a club from an area like us, working class, proper fans. But I knew that anyway, I’ve been a Stags season ticket holder for almost 40 years and fondly recall the ding dongs we’ve had with you, especially in the 80’s when you had Earle, Walker, Andy Jones etc. Gutted of course, but delighted for Clarkey and Mal. All the best next season, lads.
    28 points
  15. Here we go again. Lose, we're awful. Draw, we're awful. Win, we're awful. Sick to the back teeth of the constant moaning of some. We're 7 points off the top 2. 7. With games in hand. We're unbeaten in 8. Yet still the moaning continues. Unbelievable
    28 points
  16. Not sure if Iv mentioned this, but I went corporate for the Exeter home game. As we were walking out through the main dining / conference room, Carol was presenting Kians grandad with a framed and signed vale shirt as a thank you for driving him down to sign for us on deadline day in January - I just think its wonderful the thought that goes into touches like these that make me so proud to be a Vale fan now - fantastic, just fantastic 👍👍👍👍
    27 points
  17. Rovers fan come in peace. I really hope you win the play offs. DC is one of the best managers around (we love him) and I’ve enjoyed many games against Vale. Top fans and club. Northampton will be on their arse and Swindon’s manager is clueless. you turned over Exeter so momentum is with you good luck see you next season
    27 points
  18. Long time reader, hardly ever post, but how can I scroll past without saying something tonight😅 Absolutely outstanding performance from The Vale tonight… Every single one of them, Benning sticks out, Willo with another insane shift, Proctor, Wozza, Charsley (goal obvs but also for the running), Stone made a couple of decent and then one absolutely class save. Garrity I thought worked ridiculously hard, as we now expect from him, but some of what he tried didn’t completely come off for him - to no detriment of the team, though. But Smith, Martin, Walker and Hall collectively formed a mountain range. Those 4 tonight were the difference between being bullied or being 3 pts clear in 3rd spot. Immense. IMO the team’s best all round performance of the season, especially considering the importance of the game, albeit Salford were a horrible hoofball side educated by the Pulis school of rugby. I hope DC managed to raise a glass tonight. The whole club & fanbase are behind him, Crosby and the team. We might just be on the cusp of doing something quite special here. UTV
    27 points
  19. Hi All, Finally made it back to Leicester, trains were a bit of a pain. We have thoroughly enjoyed the day, we had kept tabs on your results recently and seen you had hit a bit of form... it showed today, other than one off the post you guys outplayed Sutton and the second goal a cracker. The stadium for me was a throwback to the good old Filbert Street days - I loved it, we were suprised by the atmosphere you guys create - would've have given a couple of the soulless bowls in the PL a run for their money today!! I had to laugh when the lad looked surprised to see a person at the turnstiles instead of a machine... just a small hint that the young generation have missed out 😆. We tried out 3 local pubs all with great atmosphere with both home and a few away fans, the fan zone, got a scarf from the club shop and yes managed to get oatcakes 👌👌 bacon and cheese for me!! The lad is buzzing just knowing he played a small part in contributing to your club, Thank you @Jacko51for including us in your article. Thank you all on here for your help, we wish you luck for the rest of the season and we'll keep eye on your results. Never stop believing!! We have decided to continue this venture by visiting the opponents of the teams each time, so we are off to Sutton next. We'll always remember where we started though.
    27 points
  20. DARRELL CLARKE'S BLACK AND WHITE ARMY I wanted to put this in a seperate thread so it doesnt get mixed in with all the pre match talk. When the game kicks off on Saturday, let's get every one of us in the ground singing this. From the Lorne Street, to the directors boxes, to the Bycars, to the rowdy lot in the Railway. Let the gaffer know we're all behind him at such an awful time. It might not be much, but let's show him we're thinking of him. DARRELL CLARKE'S BLACK AND WHITE ARMY
    27 points
  21. A word on Charsley, there are some who would ship him out,I thought he was immense today.
    26 points
  22. Do some fans deliberately not listen to what the Manager and DOF say? It's simple, they are looking to improve the quality of our squad. We have let some go off the bottom of the squad on terms that are good for PVFC. The quality incoming will come the nearer the window closure comes and players demands ease towards our budget. If it means going with what we have till then, so be it. Just trust the people running and working at the club. Look at the backroom staff structure. Do you think a DOF, Manager, Recruitment Analyst, etc etc etc know less than us supporters? We are no longer in the V2001, Smurthwaite eras. Please look back to the announcements which from Day 1 of the close season have said 'be patient. As I keep quoting on here Pullis made all his best signings on deadline day or thereabouts. We are still nearly 50 days away from then. To say there isn't a recruitment plan is simply not correct. I am sure it's an ever rolling plan. No club signs every player they are monitoring. IMHO the club's making wholesale signings are the ones in trouble. As they know their players are not good enough and who is to say the incomers will be any better? We have a squad who our Management think are good enough for league 1 so we have retained them. We have hopefully improved the first team squad with two quality signings. More will follow. It's not the quantity of signings that will decide our season it's the quality and sometimes we don't appreciate what we already have.
    26 points
  23. Really? You're worried because we haven't signed more than one player by June 24th. Does the season start on June 25th or end of July? There's plenty of time left. There's plenty of players available who, for all we know, we may well have already agreed deals with and are announcing later. There's no reason why we should compete with Crawley and their Bitcoin craziness. They are this season's Bury in my opinion. I hereby predict that come the start of the season which is the time (not now) when we should have the majority of squad assembled all will be well at Vale Park. A bit of patience is all that's required I feel.
    26 points
  24. From the official site: On Amoo’s departure from the club, Director of Football David Flitcroft said: “Before I arrived at Port Vale, I had heard about the amazing qualities David has as a person, and I’ve been able to see first-hand what he’s about, and he really is an outstanding man. “Wherever he was asked to play, he did so with a positive attitude and always gave his all on the pitch; the way that he carried himself both on and off the pitch was exemplary. “He was loved by all the lads in the dressing room, and he is fully deserving of his League Two promotion medal. “We all wish him nothing but the best in what he does going forward.” Sad to see him go but I'm sure the fans are united in wishing him all the best. Will probably be best remembered for setting up that Pope goal at the Etihad but made lots of other massive contributions over a very strange period for the club. Good luck David.
    26 points
  25. At 61 I am old enough to recall many memories of the Vale since my first game circa 1976. What I will say now is that should we qualify or NOT tomorrow is that we have and ARE totally transformed today. We ALL owe the new owners an enormous debt of gratitude and I thank them both........🥰
    26 points
  26. Not a vale fan (yet) but have a connection to Mansfield and live in Southampton (Saints fan) not too far from the Clarke's family home . What he and his family have been through is beyond devastating -As i posted on another stream, having the Vale players at the funeral was just the most an amazingly supportive gesture on an extremely emotional day and time .Like I said I'm not even a Vale fan but even I was proud of them.❤ The Poor man has literally been broken, but i know the support shown by everyone concerned in football and especially the fantastic PortVale fans is felt and is helping him slowly heal to a point of being able to be part of just living again ..it will never be the same ofcourse so keep supporting him, by supporting your wonderful football club. I will Cheer you from afar .
    26 points
  27. I'm also sending a sympathy card to the club on behalf of the whole OVF community.
    26 points
  28. 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
  29. Today I spent sometime watching Vale train. Whilst there JR was walking by and having exchanged pleasantries, he stopped and spoke to me about his time as our manager for about 20 minutes. What a true gent and I’d like to thank him for not only taking the time and trouble to talk to me, but it isn’t everyday I get to meet and speak to someone of his stature. I’d just like to say thank you, to him.
    26 points
  30. I wish we'd all unite and stop bickering. I'm sure plenty of folk aren't much for some of my posts . We've got superb owners, we've had 3 near misses with non league. A new manager got rid of the deadwood as he called it and was proved completely correct. Within 13 months of the win against Newport that started our move away from the relegation zone we were embedded in the thick of a promotion season. We've gone from a charlatan bringing his own pies in the boot of his car to a shirt reveal and season ticket collection day tomorrow with a bar, refreshments, photo with trophy and other stuff to attract folk. About to play Derby,Wednesday, Pompey etc instead of our usual 68 away fans in the Hamil. Yes the lack of signings and rumours of Injuries are a bit disconcerting but I'm sure we can all sing off the same hymn sheet. I don't agree with RZ on Clarke but I don't think we need to beat him with a stick about it any more. Let it go. We're league one . Valiant593 in my view has always posted well. I'm sure I've not agreed with everything he's written but I've certainly never had him down as someone to block. Be a lot happier place if we just agree to disagree. By all means offer a counter argument but personal stuff against posters isn't a good look is it. Let's get behind the club and it could be a difficult season who knows but it will be a lot easier if we all want the same goal .
    25 points
  31. I have said a few times… a small minority of fans will destroy the best thing that’s happened to this club for a long time. The moaning is baffling at a management team that have been nothing but successful. The wonder of you Facebook page is a skip fire of some seriously weird opinions. I notice one of their main negative posters (Mark) has awoken on here and started posting after a long quiet period… calling people delusional for backing a promotion winning management team. I read in disbelief on there the other day that we have a serious problem because we are in a trap where Carol won’t sack DC because they are too close. It’s just utter garbage. Before anyone hits me with the most boring “I’m entitled to my opinion” argument”… I fully agree. And I’m allowed my opinion that some of the stuff I read is downright stupid as best and dangerous at worst. KTF UTV
    25 points
  32. I know I shouldn’t and that everyone is entitled to an opinion but this sort of post/view really frustrates and annoys me. It’s the problem with the social media age, getting carried away with rumours. He was a Port Vale player already in some peoples eyes and then questioning where we stand financially against other clubs. It’s no secret that we don’t have thousands of pounds to pay every week to a player. What we have is organisation and a roadmap. The roadmap doesn’t include taking huge risks on a player that has had one good season. I’m actually thankful we haven’t signed Telford, it screamed single digit return. If you’re going to drop in that you’re regretting buying your season ticket then I’ll mention that if that’s how little you think of the club then it wouldn’t bother me if you didn’t buy the season ticket. We’ve just got promoted out of a dog 💩 league after the first try with a big squad rebuild. If the owners, DoF and management haven’t earnt your trust after the season we’ve just had then go and support Man City or Crawley because we don’t need you.
    25 points
  33. Congratulations great performance thoroughly deserved, good luck in L1. It should be an exciting season for you guys as L1 seems to get stronger each season as big Champ teams drop in and don't find it as easy as they think. It will be strange from a Bradford City fan view not having yous next season as recent history always seemed to have us joined at the hip 😁 I think you have got out of this L2 hell hole at just the right time as next season I think will be very tough with lots of teams being competitive, I think Mark Hughes will finally get our house in order and get us at the right end, the play off losers will all be strong, Stockport and possibly Grimsby coming up will both be solid, Crewe apart those coming down will be strong and horrible Salford I think will get it together at last and to add to that a few of this seasons failures should definitely improve like Orient and Tranmere. Good luck and all the best and hopefully see you in L1 soon
    25 points
  34. So early in the season and crazy Cov has got sent off, Gibbo injured and McKirdy back to his usual tricks. Maybe, just maybe, the Management team know what they are doing 😉
    24 points
  35. I'm not going to pull you up on this either Alsager Whites. I wouldn't feel comfortable doing that to someone who was so wrong and unnecessarily spread concern amongst the forum. I'm not that kind of person to highlight how wrong you were. I also just want to touch on previous comments about people confusing posts from forum members who are not complaining but highlighting where issues are. I don't think anyone has any problem with that, I don't think anyone sees it as moaning, I don't anyway. My issue has always been the posts saying that the transfer window has been a disaster and it was the middle of July. The tone of a message can also be misunderstood and when it's constant posts about the same thing it gets a bit tiresome hearing the same drum being beat when as has proven, you just needed to be a bit patient, which is what they have been told throughout. This is a rumours thread, it is based on speculation, wishlists and dreams, but you should still be held accountable for your opinions if you're posting with absolute certainty on that opinion. What tends to happen is someone has an outlandish view (we're not signing anyone before the season starts/Wilson is out until Christmas), they drill that view home for days, signings start coming in/Wilson reveals he is out for no more than a few weeks, forum member disappears or won't hold their hand up and say they overreacted and got it wrong. Which is what happens on Twitter. And me personally, I really like this forum, it feels very much a community for our passion - Port Vale FC. For the most part, it feels less disposable than Twitter where people just say toxic things without the need to be held responsible for what they say. Really excited for the new season, cannot wait to be in the ground tomorrow afternoon. Swindon at home and Wembley feels like a lifetime ago and not 8 weeks. And can't wait for 2pm when the team is announced and we get an idea of what Clarke is looking to do with the players from last season and the new ones that have come in.
    24 points
  36. Morning all. As I said on one of the Vale FB pages, the sun comes and the sun goes down - players come and go. I would love to have seen Gibbo stay, but he's gone to Rovers. By the way, I too think Barton is vile, but the Gasheads think he's DC2 - think i'd hate to work under him. When Gibbo comes back I, for one, will not be booing him. That's not right in my book. We made him an offer, it wasn't the offer he wanted and now he's gone. There's no malice in this, its just life. Can't wait to see what other signings we make and, in just over an hour, we get to see the fixture list and get excited. I'm 60 years old and this is absolutely the best I've known it ever at Vale, even better than the Rudge years. What Carol/Kevin and their team have done makes me ache with pride; to think - just a few short years ago, we were being run by the Fat Controller and nearly taken out of the existence/the football league. Onwards and Upwards; for me I believe we'll finish in the upper half of the league next season. We have a great core and just a few players to add to it - 3 or 4 tops. When Conlon and Walker come back we'll be even stronger. Last year no one enjoyed coming to Vale Park - we play nice football - we scared teams last season and we'll do it again next season. Good luck Gibbo - thanks for all the memories. Next... UTV, KTF and TTP
    24 points
  37. Has the last 12 months not taught you anything? Some of the comments in here are so ridiculous. Gibbo would have gone in January if not for the injury. If he has gone we would have got a fee, but he stayed and he was vital in the last two games of the play offs and yes I’m speculating but if he hadn’t played in that back 3 against Swindon at home I think we would still be in League 2 so just for that alone I will always be grateful. I cannot believe that the club are being questioned over their wage structure. We are not a club that players come to for a big pay day. I doubt we ever will be. It’s clear that what we lack in money we make up for in development and success. Players come and go, but some “fans” need to open a window or go for a walk after the season we’ve had and are questioning what the club is doing.
    24 points
  38. @darren1810 I thoroughly agree with you on the management of players. I'm not sure if it only happens at Vale but I do find it odd that some fans expect everyone to go from zero to a hundred when they enter the pitch. We sign a loan player and he gets two days training with the squad - then there's complaints he isn't picked - it's because he won't be used to his colleagues to their runs etc. A player comes back from injury (such as Wilson against Brentford) struggles a bit and he's labelled "lazy" rather than it being him adjusting to the pace A player is playing through the pain (and probably horrible injections and all sorts) such as Worrall and Proctor and they are labelled as being "rubbish" during that time
    24 points
  39. MANSFIELD TOWN fans deserve full credit for showing huge respect to Daryl Clarke yesterday at Wembley. When they started the round of applause relating to Daryl Clarke. Football fans from whatever club regularly receive bad publicity. But a fantastic gesture such as what Mansfield Town fans started was first class. Good luck to Mansfield Town and their supporters for a successful promotion campaign next season. edit: robf - tweak to post headline
    24 points
  40. Mansfield inviting fans to give a minutes applause on 8 minutes ,for Dazzler ,on Saturday.Nice touch.
    24 points
  41. We are 1 goal down going into a playoff semi final AT home and people have given up on the club. ! You couldn't make it up.
    24 points
  42. I'm so pleased to see Darrell back, I'm also proud that our club has been as compassionate and caring as it has. Carol certainly has a knack of making everyone connected to the club feel special and reading Darrell's comments he very much feels a part of the Port Vale family. We've waited such a long time for a club we can all be proud of, all feel a part of and all move forward with. Welcome back Darrell, take it at your own pace and I hope the season brings us all what we richly deserve.
    24 points
  43. That away day has broke me. I’m not going to another this season and will ONLY buy a stream after I have seen the line up.The same every <ovf censored> <ovf censored> each game yet we continue to keep doing it. How many times does Crosby need to watch it before he does something different? FFS stop playing 3 CB’s. We don’t have the players to do it.Smith cannot play as RCB. Play him centrally or not at all!! FFS Garrity is not a creative midfielder and does not have ability to play passes. He’s a <ovf censored> runner in a midfield 3. Play a midfield 3 or not at all!! FFS Stop playing Wilson as the central target striker. Wilson needs to play between the lines in space or not at all!! FFS Stop playing Edmondson left wing. Either play him centrally or not at all!! FFS Just play a <ovf censored> formation which suits players to allow them to play in their best position!!! FFS is there any chance we can play a pass with a bit of pace and play it forwards every now and then? Colchester should have been smashed today.They are the worst team I think I have ever seen play as a home team in this league.I accept loosing but not like that. Have a <ovf censored> go at teams and stop being safe. Only positives today: 2 derbies with Crewe to look forward to next year We can stop saying we are unbeaten to hide the fact when we all know we have been <ovf censored> ( except Carlisle) Rant over….And breathe.
    24 points
  44. Interesting fact of the day: weve beat as many league one teams this season as crewe 🤣🤣🤣
    24 points
  45. Last season Vale got their hands on a 25 yr old midfield player who had played next to no league football and no one had heard and paid sod all for him, I clearly remember some of the posts deriding this signing. that player then went on to prove all of his doubters wrong in the most spectacular way quickly adapting to league football scoring 12 goals from midfield and winning the player of the year award and was without doubt the fittest player in the squad. jump forward to the fourth game of the following season after a shortened pre season break and the whole team is looking slightly ring rusty that same midfielder is being sold on as not good enough for league 1. Has it occurred to anyone that he may need a few games to get himself bedded in and used the better opposition, maybe that playing against better opposition may just bring him on again. sometimes some of the folk posting on this forum are delusional to say the least, just to have a goal scoring midfielder in your squad is priceless in any league and to have one who is so young is a true commodity, what price 12 goals or the chance of them in a season ?.
    23 points
  46. James Wilson is a class above. Anyone thinking otherwise is deluded.
    23 points
  47. We pull in a record breaking 8,000 home fans. Derby got 31,000. Obviously Derby have the biggest playing budget but whose fans are happiest us or Derby? I, like most, look at where our club is now both on and off the pitch compared to the pre-Shanahan nightmares and thank God that 'we are where we are' to coin, and invert, an oft used Bratt phrase. Personally, I have never, in my 65 years of being a supporter, been prouder or happier with how our club is being run. Even the Rudgie glory years because deep down I knew they couldn't last because the club was not progressing off the pitch like it was on it. There's no doubt we will bring in a couple of strikers it's just whether they are the ones DC and DF really want.
    22 points
  48. I think Smith proved last night a million times over that he is nowhere near a non league defender some seem to think,the lad was immense
    22 points
  49. Jamie Proctor's record is ludicrous. As much as this has been a team effort, you can't deny that we are a completely different side with him. He's started 20 league games, and has basically played 20 '90s' when you account for all his substitutions on and off. He's got 11 league goals and 4 assists, a goal or assist every 120 minutes. In the 20 starts he's made, our record is: won 15, drawn 3, and lost 2 (the farcical Rochdale and Sutton games, in which he scored 3 and assisted 1 in those two games). A win% of 75% and a PPG of 2.4. That is 110 points over 46 games. In the 22 games he hasn't started, our record is: won 6, drawn 9, lost 7, a win% of 27% and a PPG of 1.2. 55 points over 46 games. Our record is mid-table without him, and record-shattering with him. His first touch, aggression, mobility, link-up, and finishing is beyond what I've seen at this level for a long time. I've seen excellent finishers (Mullin, Telford etc.) but not a player who so seismically transforms his team with his all-round abilities. You can add in his 'big-goals' against Orient and Tranmere, too. He's our player of the season by an absolute country mile, despite playing half the available minutes. We've not had a single player had this level of impact on a side since 12/13 Pope. A few weeks ago I foolishly lost faith, at a time when Proctor wasn't fit and we looked really poor. My fear was he wouldn't regain fitness, as he'd broken down in his comeback v Walsall, and his replacements were nowhere near his level. Thankfully he looks sharp and I look a bit daft, as per. If he'd stayed fit for 35 games, we'd have the title wrapped up by now. Jim Proctor FC. Wrap him in cotton wool next season.
    22 points
  50. We've seen almost as much of him since he's been out injured as when he was playing every week. Said some really nice things about Rudgie before the statue event and was pictured at it with a big grin on his face. Took his granny to the Golden Valiants coffee morning and played bingo with her. Celebrated on the pitch -whilst using crutches! - at Bradford and other games since. Just think he's such a great captain. I know Carol was recently praising the way he involves himself in the club and thought it should be commented on here.
    22 points


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