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  1. Email to the EFL. Sir, I would like some explanation as to why Gary Bowyer, manager of a team which dropped seven points during the month, including a home defeat, has been awarded League Two Manager of the Month for April. The record of Port Vale's Darrell Clarke, whose team dropped only two points and conceded only one goal in their six games, is clearly superior. The fact that Salford played two more games to get one more point than Vale should not make their record worthy of the award. I would be interested to know the criteria used to establish the winner of this award. If
    36 points
  2. Hello from across the pond, I've been knocking this idea around in my head for a little. I think the one thing the modern Vale embodies is community - this was and has once again become a community club focused on the fans. As you can imagine from the States, I don't get to watch the Vale nearly as much as I'd like to (especially in person). That being said, if possible, I'd happily pay to sponsor two season tickets for the community at-large for the upcoming season to make sure some well-deserved Vale fans can bring the passion I wish I could to Vale Park. I know its not much, but who kn
    25 points
  3. I genuinely feel sorry for fans of the Super Six tonight. Their clubs are in the process of global humiliation. Meanwhile in the meaningless football pyramid we’ve just witnessed a lad discarded by Stevenage, born in our city, and whose great grandad and great great grandad played for the club, score an absolute wonder goal and score both goals to win the game. They will never know how that feels and what that means. The beautiful game at its very best. Viva the beautiful game and viva Port Vale.
    22 points
  4. Smith played 46 league games for us in L1, in a season where if Norman hadn't flogged two of our best players, we would have stayed up. Despite one bonkers and one useless manager., and an acid fuelled recruitment policy. And won the EFL Young Player of the Month, and winning player of the season, players’ player of the season, young player of the season, away fans’ player of the season and supporters’ club player of the season to boot. And no, before Breadwinner chips in, his form has not fallen off a cliff since. In fact he's added mazy runs into the box (winning the penalty vs Bradford
    21 points
  5. My opinion on this is that what has happened today is what many have been crying out for in an age. Since Adams left we have promoted from within apart from the Bruno experiment. How many of us have bemoaned about doing stuff on the cheap with an old boys network of ex players and coaches ? We now have people running the show on the playing side with no bias and fresh eyes and ears . This is exactly what loads of us wanted. I'm very sad not to be able to say goodbye to Popey, Browny and to a lesser extent Monty and Joyce. The rest , well footballers come and go. It's a
    19 points
  6. Here is my reply from the EFL: Hello Jean, Thank you for your email. The Manager of the Month is shortlisted by experts in the industry and a judging panel will then decide on the eventual winner. The panel take into account various different things - though results play a strong part, there needs to be consideration of the wider context of performance and other factors taken into account, otherwise there would be no need for a panel or a shortlist and it would just be given straight to the manager of the team with the highest number of accrued points. W
    18 points
  7. Very sad for Scott Brown and Luke Joyce. They go with my thanks for their efforts. Losing Tom Pope is equally sad but that’s the right decision.
    18 points
  8. I know supporters are happy that the "deadwood" have been released and it is exciting for new blood to come in but whether you think they hit the required standard for the club or not, they are people effectively losing their jobs today and may I suggest some think on that sentiment.
    18 points
  9. That’s dead sound of you mate. At £10 for a junior valiant membership/kIds ST you could get 50+ of the kids from the Hubb foundation free meals list signed up and down VP every game for the cost of sponsoring two adult ones, perhaps that would go even further for the community? Just an idea, didn’t know what/who you had in mind.
    16 points
  10. I'm sorry, but I'm getting a bit tired of this. As much of a Vale legend he is, he's still a 36 year old player, like anyone else. So of course he should be treated like anyone else! As much as I like Tom, this is the right decision and I'm sure he knew himself, before he went into the meeting. If he couldn't read between the lines, then he really doesn't have all the experience, everyone is using as an argument to keep him. Everything comes to an end, and releasing a soon to be 36 year old, is hardly the biggest surprise ever in football. Come on, let's be rational here 🙂
    15 points
  11. I'm very proud of OVF over the years. Over that time it's been controversial and criticised at times, but I do think it's made a valuable contribution, especially when it comes to remembering and assessing Port Vale's history. It's also allowed me, a mere Vale fan, to speak to many of my heroes (Andy Jones, Darren Hughes, Steve Guppy and the amazing Ray King spring to mind). However, I think today ranks as one of the highlights in the site's 25 odd years of existence. Back around 2001 or so I wrote a piece on John Rudge and what he meant to me. It was just after the Rudge Tribute Dinner a
    14 points
  12. Tom Pope 33 goals compilation 2012-2013.mp4
    13 points
  13. Ruthless. He’s even got rid of three spectators that sit behind me in the Railway Paddock. Thank you DC
    12 points
  14. It has been awarded on the basis of a last minute goal against Bradford to win in their EIGHTH game of the month. Salford dropped seven points, we dropped two. I am in the process of writing a strongly worded letter to the EFL!
    12 points
  15. Press reports were true 2 years with an option on a 3rd Good luck to him.
    11 points
  16. People on social media do amaze me. Seen some people basically saying we should’ve kept Pope just for sentimental reasons and to give him a chance to say bye to the fans. But then these same people will moan about not getting promotion because we’ve pissed a wage up the wall on a striker who isn’t good enough for the first team. Let’s not forget, Pope left us years ago for the money at Bury. Which is fair enough, it’s his job. But then why do some people expect the club to keep paying him for another year when he’s past it. He can’t have it both ways.
    11 points
  17. Just a quick note to thank all of the members of the squad for their efforts in a somewhat trying season. Goodbye and good luck to those of you who may be leaving us. It may not have panned out the way we hoped but it's been entertaining as usual, one way or another. Many of the players have come in for quite a lot of criticism over the season and some of it may have been justified, we fans may never know the full story of how/why it all seemed to fall apart but that's by the by now. Fans sometimes forget that you are working men, trying to provide a home, food and a good l
    11 points
  18. Congratulations to John Rudge on receiving the EFL award last night. Is it now time that Carol proceeds with nominating the greatest manager Vale have ever had for a OBE,MBE or higher.Hopefully it happens ,before it's too late.Rudge has been part of the football community of the City of Stoke on Trent for many years. The guy is still on the training ground most days. Arise Sir John Rudge ,please🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
    11 points
  19. I went on Sunday and it was great to see so many folks there and the shop and ticket office busy. I took a lot of photos - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmVu7134
    11 points
  20. You know she had to put in another seven figure sum out of her own pocket this season right? Do you think she can carry on subsiding COVID losses forever? Businesses need revenue.
    11 points
  21. To be fair to Clarke his budget will be largely unchanged so he isn't going shopping at Harrods. He's trying to bring in better players on the same money. The question should be is he the wheeling dealing genius he claims to be. He signed a whole new squad at Bristol Rovers BUT they would have had a massive budget compared to many teams when they dropped out of the league. He failed to do it at Walsall where his budget would have been ok for this league. Similarly he did get an improvement from our current squad. How much of that was down to being able to get our best 11 out for 7
    10 points
  22. Bar Brown, I don't know which players people are so worried about replacing. Pope was, at most, a back up striker. Joyce was likely to face competition if he stayed. Montano would have been a utility left-sided player and many advocated for a specialist left back. Brisley is the third best centre-back at the club. We're talking about one regular starter and 4 squad players next season. The rest of the retained list weren't even decisions. No brainers. Brown will be a challenge, but bar that, we still needed mass improvement of the first 11. Nothing's changed there. If we'd retai
    10 points
  23. That referee was shocking I'm sure Vale should have had at least one penalty . Worrall through on goal ,Robinson lobbing over ,conlons shot well saved ,Rodney hitting post or goalie deflecting it onto post could have run back to Pope for a tap in rolls to defender ,Popes header ,Smith's header ,someone heading over when it was easier head in Brisley heading wide,Montanos volley ,come on we deserved win two games ,scoreline a joke . Give grimsby credit they played for there pride and got a lucky helping hand from Joyce ,but lets not beat the Vale up too much we deserved win . UTV
    10 points
  24. All things must end but Tom has given the best part of a decade in service to his boyhood club. It would be fitting if he got one in my opinion especially as the fans have not had the opportunity to say farewell.
    9 points
  25. If you think of a player's career being about 10 seasons Pope qualifies as a legend and probably our greatest player over the last 10 years. If you are looking at the best forwards of the last 50 years I don't think he was as good as Jones, Beckford, Aly Brown, Futcher, Slaven, Mills, Foyle, Naylor, McPhee, Brooker or Sodje. Really this list shows how much quality we had from the mid 80s through to the mid noughties. Pope is better than anything from the 70s and the last 10 years. If he'd had the players around him the 11 guys ahead of him on my list had maybe he would have been eve
    9 points
  26. When does your furlough end mate?
    9 points
  27. Don't really get the 'really loyal servants'. They've been very well remunerated at a good club with fantastic owners to achieve a target (top 7, which they failed). They were employees who did what was stated in their contract to a good-decent standard. Pope is the only player I'd label a servant. Brown, Joyce, Monty, a few others definitely didn't down tools, and they are welcome in Burslem anytime, but its hard to remember Mansfield away, Tranmere away, the humiliation against Kings Lynn, getting rinsed by Stoke fans daily, and fans of 50 years+ admitting to anxiety and sleepless night
    9 points
  28. Utter rubbish.... pathetic rambling from the most biased poster on here.....
    9 points
  29. Too many vale fans accepting mediocrity if they want any of this lot to be retained We have finished in the top 6 in any division once in the last 25 odd years , that is a travesty If we want to achieve promotion does anyone believe that any of the out of contract players will help us achieve it Burgess , whitehead , Amoo and Robinson need clearing out too Pope ( absolute legend ) but at 36 is he going to fire us to promotion 9 goals in his last 50 odd games and 3 of those were penalties Far far too much sentiment being given Let’s not just settle for mediocrity let’s trust DC to m
    9 points
  30. Dear playing squad Frig off. Best, Doha
    9 points
  31. There are some miserable bitter people on this forum.
    9 points
  32. Sorry to say but Joyce has been dreadful this season. I don't buy the narrative that "no one notices the unsung work he does". His legs have gone, and he passes to the opposition more times than his own. He's been a good signing but now is the time to let him go.
    9 points
  33. Knock-on idea Doha, I've just reached out to the Hubb Foundation to get the ball rolling. Now let's get jabs in arms and butts in stands!!!
    9 points
  34. The League Two table since Darrell Clarke left Walsall
    9 points
  35. Remember how abysmal these dossers were against Tranmere and Walsall? Half of them on the verge of being registered blind? We've conceded 3 in the last 10. How does he do it?
    9 points
  36. He's been a superb player absolutely no doubt, legend yes . Greatest striker ? You never saw Martin Foyle or Tony Naylor then playing two divisions higher ?
    8 points
  37. I think that's another load of nonsense. He's never taken any credit, always passes it on to the players. And what blame has he directed on to others? Your vendetta against Clarke, who saved us from non-league oblivion, is bizarre.
    8 points
  38. Will remind people that there is ZERO correlation between having a settled squad and winning promotion in League 2. Yes, some clubs do retain a lot of players and go up, but just as many go up with mass squad turnover. It really doesn't have an effect. What is more important is having good footballers, and this squad have had enough attempts at proving they're that without ever really succeeding. 'Time to gel', 'settled squad' is a bit of a cliche which we're all guilty of falling into. Good players and managers win games of football, and these players weren't good enough.
    8 points
  39. On a different slant it is good to see referee Graham Salisbury has retired. Now hopefully Trevor Kettle will do likewise.
    8 points
  40. 8 points
  41. Gosh, I think that's incredibly harsh. "Hasn't pushed on enough" - he made his league debut in DECEMBER! I would say he's done a lot of "pushing on" this season - going from outside of the squad to a regular squad member for a start and I would expect a rookie to be somewhat inconsistent as he adapts to a new level. I would imagine next season will be the time we will expect him to push on, not after just thirteen League starts. I thought he did OK on Saturday (he did hit the bar with a screamer) and there were others who had far worse games than him - and those performances came fr
    8 points
  42. Yep, cheers lads. Carol publicly supported you and talked you up, backed the club to the tune of £1m+ of her own pocket after spending £5m to buy it, the fans bought 11,000 shirts and 4,000 season tickets in a season many were furloughed/out of work, and sat at home watching a dodgy stream, watching in dismay as you completely crumbled to Kings Lynn, bottled last minute leads on a semi-regular basis, and gave more than a few fans genuine stress about our league status, before an entire football operations reset was implemented to organise you into competency and we finish bang in mid-tabl
    8 points
  43. Fantastic feeling to again sit in my Lorne Street seat. Really missed the Vale. Good atmosphere, brilliant to see so many families there with kids of the future for Vale. Free crisps and chocolate, walk around the whole stadium, banter with so many familiar faces. Carol and Kevin only too obliged to talk to each and every fan, super thanks. Welcome pack received with sincere gratitude and then renewed my 2 season tickets after a wait in the Burslem sunshine. Was told that we shipped out 800 season tickets yesterday and there were more there today to add to that. The Club shop wa
    8 points
  44. Spent a few hours there today. Nice to sit in my seat and gaze out over the pitch for a while. Lucky with the weather, although cold when the sun went in, and there was a bit of rain about 2:30 ish. Interesting that you’re given a socially distanced seat number along with your existing seat number. Hopefully the former will not be required. Special mention to Carol stood outside the ticket office door personally thanking every fan.
    8 points
  45. Monty had a good game. The second booking was a joke. He just went up for a 50/50 ball in the air. Not like he stuck an elbow in his face. Unlike their bloke did on Leon. I hope this will not influence DC's thinking. Ref today was a total pillock
    8 points
  46. In difficult times for supporters and owners consider what Smurthwaite would have offered, bankruptcy and no club, at the end of the day Carol didn't have to do anything. Damned if she does and damned if she doesn't.
    8 points
  47. What a complete load of rubbish. It is a retained list. We have just had another awful season of course the majority were going to be released. I wouldn’t go on the internet today if I was you as more will be leaving. It’s called rebuilding, something that has needed to be done for years. Of course it’s the best thing for port vale we have been desperate for a clear out for some time !! Also watch his interviews he hasn’t taken any credit for wins he has always put that praise onto the players. I get you don’t like him (no idea why) but it’s getting embarrassing now.
    7 points
  48. I appreciate where you're coming from. Consider the embarrassment of that 4-0 drubbing at some tinpot shed in Nottinghamshire in January though, after losing the last 327 games in a row. This lot weren't interested in the slightest. Legge got himself sent off. It's taken millions of pounds and two managers coming in to stop the nailed on slide into oblivion, thanks to Saint Carol. This lot, who had their wages topped up during the pandemic out of her own pocket didn't care until the sergeant major came in and started screaming in some faces. Get them gone.
    7 points
  49. Which team put us in that position in the first place? Was it “this lot”?
    7 points


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