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  1. So this happened today.... My Dad's ashes are buried at the Bycars End and every year on the 5th November Mum goes up there with my brother and gives the plaque a little polish and takes a few flowers...she knew the Owd Man hated flowers! Anyrode, I've Skyped her tonight and she's told me she's been up VP and she was on about how nice and fresh it looked compared to the last couple of years...seats cleaned etc...it looked like it was well looked after. Then she says whilst she was there this lovely woman came up to her and started speaking to her . My Mum started saying how it changed sin
    48 points
  2. Everything spot on. Tactics, performance, subs, support, result. We've beaten two teams who were top of the table when we played them, away from home; and arguably deserved both results. We're 2 points off the playoffs, 5 points behind Crewe (who you'd think were peak Barcelona by the way people go on about them), and 6 points off the top. We've beaten 3 of the top 4 in FGR, Crewe, and Bradford. We've lost 1 in 9, missing our first choice central midfielders. We haven't conceded a goal in open play in 4 games. This is a very decent Vale side, full of likeable, hardworking player
    23 points
  3. Evening All, long time reader, first time contributor. Want to say a big thank you firstly to all of you lot for keeping me informed, entertained and something resembling sane regarding all things Vale over the past few 'trying' years, and for all that many of you did in helping get rid of N**m. Anyway, it's so good to be able to make my first post after a game like that. Thought in all honesty that it was a fairly even game in most respects, the difference being they missed their chances whilst we had two wonderfully executed goals, but we do look like such a well-drilled, organised squ
    22 points
  4. I hope this is Ok...... Ive pinched this from Facebook........Just how lucky are we ? Carol Shanahan — feeling thoughtful at Port Vale FC. 9 hrs · Stoke-on-Trent · As it so often does Facebook reminded me the other day what an enormous difference a year (and especially this one) can make in your life. Last year I was corralling all the family to watch a Vale game as a start to Christmas, defining a draw as a win, having to begin to except that, as things were going
    22 points
  5. I never expected us to make this much progress, so quickly. When a football club is being so severely misrun it doesn't take much to make things appear on the up, but they have genuinely made a huge amount of progress in 6 months. V2001 did this club a lot of damage, over a significant period of time. Smurthwaite came staggering in and really messed things up to an incredible degree. Reminder, the players nutritional plan was, genuinely, left over pies. The depths that pathetic little worm sank to are nothing short of pitiful. It'll all come out one day. So the point is C
    21 points
  6. I am saddened to learn of the passing of OS. My first encounter was during my first and was meant to be my only Fans Forum Originally it was my intention on that night to announce l was winding up the Club and refunding all ST monies When the meeting starting l recall a very passionate bearded guy giving me a grilling due to failures of stock in the shop I realised that night the passion of OS and many others and the rest as they say is history OS or Mike as l learnt later was one of my biggest critics but always presented himself with passion and at times with restrai
    20 points
  7. I am loving that these friendly matches are on Youtube. It's grate for me as I am blind that they have Phil Bowers doing the commentary. I just cant wate to get back down VP with my kids as soon as we can. My little girl keeps asking me when we can go again. I hope it is more about the games and not the sweets and pies she makes me get her lol.
    19 points
  8. We weren't great. It was a reserve side plus Bernardo and Aguero. I knew Vale fans would be distinctly unimpressed with the atmosphere from City fans. Our popular end is the stand which you had. Whenever we have a Cup game that end gets broken up. The atmosphere is very different when we have a big game in the League. At least we turned up though unlike most FA Cup games. I watched the highlights yesterday and there were some very poor crowds. The FA Cup still represents a great opportunity to get to Wembley but their must be a logical explanation for low crowds. It seems th
    18 points
  9. A lot of Vale fans will never truly know how much they owe Mike Lakin for the existence of their football club. Would love to have something commemorated for him at the ground, and would be more than happy to contribute. The man was at every single meeting, march, and event organised in an effort to save Port Vale. He was absolutely instrumental in removing both V2001 and Norman. When football returns, we'll only have a club to return to thanks to Mike sacrificing hours of his time, taking the stick, driving to isolated far-flung pubs for meetings, turning up at the ground early to distri
    17 points
  10. I’m a firm believer in the psychological phenomenon of a winning mentality. As applicable in football as it is in anything else. Tom Pope, 2012-2013, 33 goals. Bang. League player of the year. Vale player of the season. Records set. Opposition managers like Evans seething. Some of those were outrageous. Pressing the backline for his 3rd or 4th against Evans, predator on the hunt unsettling the defenders...Hunt, terrified, then predictably turned the ball over under pressure. Wimbledon away. Two fcüking cartwheels to propel himself forward a few yards over the keeper and then slotted home
    16 points
  11. Stayed overnight in Manchester and just got back. I actually went in the East Stand and your comment that vale supporters didn’t make much noise is completely different from what city supporters were saying around me. They say from ‘words from out of babies’ two young supporters behind me asked their dad ‘why are vale supporters singing so loud others teams don’t sing so loud’ I think vale supporters should be proud of their support.
    15 points
  12. Has anyone blamed Ryan Lloyd yet?
    15 points
  13. Nothing wrong with getting just a little carried away at the moment, as long as we all remember that it's The Vale we're talking about. But then again this is the New Vale and it feels amazing, even though a ball hasn't been kicked yet. We've got a totally different feel, backed up with great PR hype. Be honest when have we ever had video with that production quality, let alone for the launch of a shirt - an away one at that? That S.O.B Smurthwaite turned us in to a failing pub team/club, now in comparison, Carol and Co. have made us feel like Vale Madrid WNE is amazing and I can't i
    14 points
  14. It's a year since our ex owner was mysteriously knocked down on the Friday evening prior to Carlisle. Demonstrations were planned, the club was a shambles. An ok performance resulting in a red card for Ricky Miller and another home defeat . A January window resulting in numerous signings, Edser, Trickett-Smith, Elliott, Whelan etc . We leapfrog 12 months , lost only one home game, I actually enjoy attending now. Stability from new owners who actually give a toss instead of a self centered sponge. Steady progress on the pitch. Two unexpected away wins at MK and Cheltenham resulting i
    14 points
  15. Mentions specifically that he wasnt having a good time personally when he was here last time. This place is a different world these days, he will supported as a family man, he has moved back to Birmingham and he buys into our ethic. If we support him, back him and don't moan our sacks off just because we didnt get Maynard then there is every chance he could be a very valuable asset. A champions team not a team of champions. In Askey we trust. Stop moaning you grumpy barsstewards 🙂
    13 points
  16. People make me laugh on this website , slagging a player off who wants to play for port Vale while lording over Maynard who doesn't . Seen his you tube interview where he states he and the club are in a better place than last time he was here . Oh his goal stats are poor , have you seen popes directly before joining us ? shocking !! I think its not a bad signing and any signing is a risk , but hey don't let that get in the way of a knee jerk reaction . welcome Theo and I hope you make some on here look like proper melts!! Viva Revolution !!!
    13 points
  17. I honestly despair with some Vale fans... Is it bred into our DNA that we have to seek out negativity???? As I'm typing this, we've have just launched the nicest football strip I can remember, designed by an international superstar, we are linked with a top name striker and everything should be positive. The club and its directors are responsible for this positivity. They also try hard to engage with fans via social media to keep us updated, something we all cried out for in the past. At the VERY worst, there has been crossed wires over a tweet Martin sent out late last night. All this ta
    13 points
  18. I got an email notification sound on my phone earlier just as I was getting into my car. I said out loud to myself "hopefully that's more about Mike" as I was closing the door as there was good news sent out earlier in the week about him doing a little better. It wasn't good. Fcuks sake man. As Joe mentioned Mike was at every single meeting. He was responsible for the coffin march. He was an instrumental part of the B&G surgical team fighting to stop Norman disease killing the patient. I must have hundreds of impassioned emails from Mike where his unwavering commitment to the clu
    13 points
  19. I'd just to thank the marvelous Mr Edge for reaching the remarkable milestone of 500 Guess the Crowd competitions: I am certain he has entertained hundreds of you with the competitions and his hugely generous prizes. Not only that but the prizes bring in revenue for the club shop as they are mostly sourced from there. I am sure it takes loads and loads of time and dedication to manage the competitions but I don't think the OVF forum would be the same without them. On behalf of the OVF family I'd like to say - thanks Barry! 🏆
    13 points
  20. Where to start? Unfair to single individuals out as every single player was absolutely outstanding in quality, workrate, and organisation. They all did their jobs perfectly. Colchester are a damn good team and we've played them off the park. The commitment to play good football in atrocious conditions is testament to how confident these boys are. We had half a team out and the lads that have come in all knew their jobs down to the smallest detail. If one pressed, the team moved as one to close off passing lanes and to limit space. If the ball was won, the transition onto the front fo
    13 points
  21. I posted this in another thread but to cut and paste... Sure absolutely terrible decision to pick a fit player over two players recovering from injury. After all, we've not just had recent experience of rushing people with injures back too soon (*coughs "Manny Oyeleke"). What an appalling decision by John Askey to pick a squad so poor they can only pick up three points against Carlisle and their fourth win in a row. He's clearly lost the plot..
    13 points
  22. Good manager. Best since Adams. Needs more time.
    13 points
  23. If we get locked down again next week then we should get promoted with 138 points.
    12 points
  24. To be fair when you've got Scotty Brown it's a big ask to challenge for the #1 spot. I too would also like to send my best wishes for the future to all the released players. Particularly Ryan Lloyd, who was on a hiding to nothing at Vale other than dog's abuse. Time to part ways but the stick that lad has had to put up with? Not on.
    12 points
  25. I'd tend to disagree. Firstly, haven't the owners said that their spending priorities are for the existing stands which is why they won't be putting money aside for the LS concourse. So not only will the club work to improve the other stands but that work and improvements is guaranteed (i.e. it is not dependent on reaching a donation total). I don't think fans fundraising for the LS concourse is going to stop the club spending elsewhere on the ground. So in effect this concourse is an optional extra. I may have a vested interest (as I have three kids who come to games now) but I
    12 points
  26. What an awesome interview with Monty tonight about mental health. Total respect for the guy. However to all you big mouthed moaning half wits who think it’s OK to bully our own players by hurling abuse at them. I would suggest that you need help. So shut the f up and get some counselling.
    12 points
  27. The surveys were done under the previous regime. There was one done in 2018. Norman didn't do quite as well it's fair to say. He got a 1.79 out of 10 for treatment of fans and an overall mark of 16 out of 100 so a mere 78 points down on the Shanahans. https://www.againstleague3.co.uk/2018/12/21/al3-ownership-survey-the-full-results/
    12 points
  28. it must be one of the most diverse boards in the Football League with four female board members. It's a great example and shows football boardrooms should not just be male dominated.
    12 points
  29. I think the point you’re missing Ernie is that in a season where we’re close to the play offs, are through to the next round of the EFL cup, are through to the 3rd round of the FA cup, are beating top teams away, are unbeaten in the league at home, where players cast aside by Aspin have come to fore, where some homegrown lads are becoming key players, where we have shown we are capable of playing some decent stuff and to be fair we’re looking better than we have done since the Page era ..... and amongst all the positivity and amongst all the good things happening all you do is clog threads by
    12 points
  30. Somewhere, Carol is sat, rightly proud and beaming; a good chunk of the extortionate fee she paid simply to keep us alive, to give us all something to do on a Saturday, to carry on the weekly traditions of the generations before us, is going to be paid back with one fell swoop. Revenue from cup competions will probably exceed £500,000 this season. The buzz for the City game will probably boost walk ups over the Christmas period. Genuinely couldn't be more pleased for the Shanahans. They well and truly deserve a heap of money and a day in the hospitality of one of the biggest clubs in
    12 points
  31. I for one think Askey did absolutely the right thing with the team last night. The League Cup has never been kind to us and we’ve had two difficult away draws, plus what’s the point of having a plum tie against Everton when you can’t go and see it?? Last year we had a good 11, this year we’ve got a strong 22+ and all of those players will want game time otherwise there will be some discontent which we don’t want. That is the trade off. Last night was arguably the least important game of the season for me but one where we’ve seen a battling generally performance against strong o
    11 points
  32. What a nasty piece of work you are. You do realise he is human and people can get things wrong? How do you know he’s stealing a living? He’s got a vast amount of knowledge about not only Vale but football in general. Totally unnecessary to abuse him, get a grip.
    11 points
  33. For those that have jumped on the "he was rubbish last time he played for us" bandwagon. Robinson was only signed by us on 25th January 2016, when he was released from his Motherwell contract. He fell out of favour at Motherwell due to a change of manager, so hadn't played much before us - and also hadn't had a pre-season either as he only joined them on 28th August 2015. He probably wasn't even fully fit. In early February (a few weeks after Robinson joined), the lunatic Smurthwaite had announced our playing budget would be reduced by £800,000 the next season, which Rob Page describ
    11 points
  34. Here we go with the bringing up of a player's record at a previous club. To me it bears no relevance. Even his spell at Vale a few years ago was when he was out of match practice and form. Let's look at some more examples... One player joined us with a record of one goal in 17 games for his previous club. That was Leon Constantine, who went on to get 38 in 85 for us. Another player scored ten in his previous season and that was Martin Henderson, undoubtedly one of the worst forwards of modern time for Vale. Did those records for other clubs have any bearing on their Vale
    11 points
  35. I think on the football side I’m fairly neutral if I’m honest. Smith is a very good player don’t get me wrong, better suited to L1 than L2 if you ask me. Look at Brisley’s performances and our results when he came in* (I’m ignoring Swindon because I convinced if we became the new Man City and them bottom of the EFL we’d still lose there). And also, you wonder what the financial cost is and whether that money could have been spent on that striker who really would make a difference...? HOWEVER..... the message this sends out is immense, both to players and (spit, spit) agents. Port Vale is
    11 points
  36. I think you're being very harsh. We have looked after him but he has also played his part by being a model professional for six years and being great for the Vale on and off the field. There's plenty of other players who have let their standards slip or been idiots when contracts started winding down but he has done nothing, hasn't agitated for a move, said anything bad in the press - he has been professional throughout. As for the time, to honour a contract and then look at other options when a free agent is entirely proper (far better than say going on strike when under contract or sul
    11 points
  37. Apparently just announced the the crowd over the tannoy 25,308 🤣🤣🤣
    11 points
  38. Stoke will still announce an attendance over 25,000
    11 points
  39. Struggle to see why so many appear so keen to replace Monty. He’s having a great season
    11 points
  40. Birchall said,'Why it is every time Tom doesn't play there is always a lot more crosses going in that he would have buried' Mmmm do you see a pattern developing there Birchy lad??? You sum it up correctly, Cullen was the instigator behind the build up to those crosses which wouldn't have happened without him on the pitch. I've been a bit critical of Cullen but he was excellent today. Deserves a run in the side like Pope and Bennett have had.
    11 points
  41. Getting to the point now where, regardless of level played at/individual quality, Tom Pope is amongst the most legendary figures of this club's history: Local lad and fan Record-breaking scoring season to secure our only promotion in 30 years Top scorer in consecutive seasons to keep the club in the Football League Record club goalscorer since 1945 Scored at the treble holders away, after tweeting he'd do so Scored the hat-trick to secure the tie at the treble holder 3 time player of the year winner League 2 player of the year 310 games,
    11 points
  42. This feels like the vocal minority causing a negative stink. We have roughly 4,000 season tickets... our average home league attendance last year was 4,431. Assuming that’s up this year and excluding away fans, we are talking about roughly 500 fans here. My guess would be that the VAST majority of them would have managed to get a ticket through friends with a season ticket. Some won’t have done, and it is a huge shame. But the club have not “let anyone down” on purpose and they shouldn’t be “ashamed.” Season ticket holders are the lifeblood of a league 2 clubs budget. The
    11 points
  43. Those having a pop at Lloyd... listen to the Clarke Carlise episode of the "Undr the cosh" podcast. He talks about his battles with Anxiety, his depression and his suicide attempt. He talks very eloquently about the impact people comments have and the way they can get to a player. The Lloyd vendetta on here has gone too far... and those taking part should be ashamed. Lloyd in the past has mentioned that he has fallen out of love with the game. The continual barrage of a few idiots, who are doing it to make themselves feel big, or to entertain themselves, has crossed the line into Bul
    11 points
  44. Very reasonable performance considering the 7 changes and them having a few decent names out. Played some good football and two well taken goals. I believe Taylor is out of contract in the summer and I read on a Forest website that its not thought he'll be given a new deal. Special mention to the utter freaks who cheered Lloyd getting subbed; he didn't play well but was far from disastrous, and actually had 3 decent attempts on goal in the first half. Absolute weirdos who shouldn't be allowed out on a school night. Have your little vendettas all you want but please do your very
    11 points
  45. Keep in mind Legge is vastly experienced, has played in a lot of successful sides, and will know exactly what 'character' is needed. Slightly baffled by the labelling of this as a 'purple patch', with some very interesting caveats put in to this current run. Despite us 'digging deep' and the like, Bradford were still top when we played them, Crewe were top and are now 4th. Very strange excuses. We've lost 1 in 12 and that was against Macc; only one team has lost less games than us this year; we've beaten 3 of the top 4; we haven't lost a single game at home; we've actually progressed
    11 points
  46. I wish the guy who sits in front of me in the Railway Stand bad mouthing Joyce would get himself to some away games so he could see how important Luke Joyce is to our midfield. Another immense performance from him today.
    11 points
  47. I remember Crewe fans slating Artell last season for being negative, with some saying they should of sacked him and gone for Askey. However despite all that the club stuck with Artell and now look where they are on a smaller budget than us. How many fans wanted Rudge sacked before that Finney goal v Macc and the rest is history. For gods sake, the club needs stability not another 15 ruddy managers and clear outs every Season. Give the bloke time for gods sake.
    11 points
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