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  1. 12 hours ago, Biddulph_PV said:

    I’m really struggling to understand yesterdays gate. The Railway holds, what, 7,500? That picture suggests it’s at least 3/4ers full, but let’s say 5,500. So you’re telling me there were only 1,400 between the Lorne St and Bycars??

    I was looking at more in Lorne St, slightly more Bycars, 1,126 Brentford and 6K Railway. Would have been around 9,500 minimum. Could well have topped the 10,000 protocol rules. Tranmere was understated and there were considerably more Saturday. Reminded me of the old Bill Bell crowd days.

  2. 43 minutes ago, Paul6754 said:

    Not the best draw but could have been much, much worse. Prem Lge team at home, crock  Ivan Toney and we have a decent chance of winning. 

    Pens if level after 90 mins so anything could happen. Looking forward to this one, hope it's on tv but doubt it.

    Wouldn't worry too much about Toney if his performances in my fantasy league team are anything to go by!!!

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  3. 8 minutes ago, Portvale4 said:

    How can you not like Darrell? Could you imagine John Askey doing that? What a man. 

    The team spirit is second to none. I’ve never seen players who were on the bench celebrate so much. The scenes after the game tell you everything about this football club. 

    Who cares if we don’t have any forwards, we will make do and come out on the better side - I firmly believe that! 

    There's a winners mentality at Vale for sure. A strong League 2 side and more than capable of competing in League 1. Politic is class, should be playing at higher levels, I'd love him to come to Vale even for the interim.

    We need an experienced goalscorer to guide us through the next couple of months, similar to what Lee Hughes did.

    All positive and fantastic turnaround yesterday.

    Thank you lads and particularly Dennis Politic.



  4. On 26/11/2021 at 16:13, Guitar Ray said:

    We’ve got irons in the fire for January.

    Clarke: ”We are already on it. I have an unbelievable director of football, Flickers (David Flitcroft). We are ahead of recruitment. I know now what business I want to be doing. That is what this club should look like in my opinion, having one or two things that in every window needs to be freshened up. Certainly with one or two injuries in the front line, you look at, that needs to be freshened up. We are working hard. We have Tommy (Johnson) head of recruitment. He is a top man at his work. This is fair play to the owners yet again, backing this to keep building that profile so you are not making those last minute phone calls to try to get deals done. We are working hard to make sure the tweaks that need to be made in the window, in the next six weeks, we are ready for it.”

    Sounds promising.

    We should have enough quality defensively, Legge will come back in. Dealing with crosses is a coaching issue whoever plays. midfield is strong. Up top we need and experienced striker to push us over the line. trust the process. I don't normally but will this time. Investment in time, recruitment and scouting is apparent and looks pretty spot on.

  5. 27 minutes ago, Beech said:

    We're very unlucky to be without both him and Wilson at the same time. But anyone who thinks we'll be alright with Lloyd, Rodney and Amoo as our forward options for a number of weeks need to give their heads a serious wobble.

    Serious problems up top without Wilson and Proctor. Amoo should be out wide, Rodney through the middle. What is wrong with Devante, something is? Hope he works through things. Where was Politic?  Well short tbh and deserately in need of a 'proven' striker on loan.

    Today Gibbons, Pett and garrity were great

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  6. Just a quick random reply to the fella who was with me in the queue from 8.30am this morning (from Macc).

    We discussed many stories of our Vale (and other football) memories. I forgot the name of a particular player, knew his name was John  and he was a scouser for sure. Tried to get me to buy him bottles of water from the kiosk at Shrewsbury - said he'd pay me back after!


    It was 'John DURNIN' matey. He'll know what I mean if he's on here.

    He told me he had played in a corporate five a side comp with an ageing George Best!!


    My claim to fame was playing in the same side as Dave Harris, being coached by Frank Sharp and attempting to mark -  Mark Bright!

  7. 3 minutes ago, darren1810 said:

    Serious. Got there at 9-00 and was served at 11-10. It was snaked all across the car park. Anyone arriving from 10-00 onwards had the best idea as the queue was whittling down by then .

    As soon as stepped off the Hamil road onto the car park it was chock a block .

    He's right. I was in the queue at 8.30am, about 80 or so in front of me. Came out of the office around 9.45.

    Was given a nice brew and had a great chat with a fella about old times.

    A lot turned up around 9.15-9.30am and queue was big then.

    Will sell out if not by end of business today, for sure tomorrow.

    We may have more fans than Burton! Super Vale away....(I do hope so)

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  8. 42 minutes ago, Sandyford_Lion said:

    Agree entirely. On that showing today we are a team chasing promotion spot with Bradford behind pushing for play offs.

    Fair result for me.


    Reasonable assumption, however, something always seems to go wrong with Bradford. A solid outfit with decent manager. Pett was my MOM today. The Bradford lad No 19 Angol changed the game. Smith got battered.

    We need Legge back but not at the cost of him being pushed back too early. Rodney looks off the pace for some reason, I am concerned if we lose both Proctor and Wilson.

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  9. 15 hours ago, News Feed said:


    John Askey managed Port Vale for 23 months

    View the full article

    A decent man and manager at lower league level. I wish him well. I bet he has a few tales to tell towards the end of his Vale residency. We have moved on, John will too, however, in my opinion, he made a key contribution in what was a period of darkness at Vale. I wonder to this day how we managed to avoid losing league status. Hopefully, those days are gone.

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  10. 22 minutes ago, jeffers said:

    Two underrated players that have shone for me are Dan Jones & Jamie Proctor. Jones is the full monty of a defender fleeting between centre & left back / wing. Proctor’s hold up play is immense, defenders just bounce off him and yet he still has some lovely delicate touches. Wish his volley in the last five minutes had gone in to cap a really good team performance.

    Cass, Jones and Proctor are massive leg-ups to this Vale side. All superb today.

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  11. We looked solid today. Sign Cass he's class, cultured and assured performance from him. Jones too was immense.

    Need to perhaps be alittle more dynamic in attack, we do lack pace also but I'm sure Clarke will eventually play Amoo and/ or Politic to supplement Wozza's industry and desire. Keep it quiet but we may just be getting there.

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  12. I guess the jury is out on Clarke and the new team. I've only seen 2 games Tranmere and Rochdale. In both we had spells and looked great but seemed to lack ideas and yesterday in particular basic defending and closing down players. Could and should have been 2 up, which is worrying in itself.


    Stand out players from my first game were Legge, Worrall, Smith and Jones. Yesterday proctor, Worrall and Conlon. We lack a playmaker and are too dependent on Conlon. Proctor was great yesterday. Wilson has a lot to do imo. Football is a relatively simple game, it is players that win games aided by tactics. over complicating things and trying to be 'clever' rarely works at this level.

    Why no Amoo, Politic, we had no left sided threat virtually all game?

    The bottom line is that there has been major change and investment in both the playing and backroom staff.

    Expectations are high and should be. It is time to step up I'm afraid.

    I'll reserve judgement.....for now.




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  13. 2 hours ago, philmpv said:

    You must have spent the entire 90 minutes at that game counting fans emoji16.png

    Didn't need to count them individually you get a 'feel' for attendences after 40 years. However, there were parts of the game where I couldhave done chief!

  14. 20 minutes ago, CAVALIER said:

    They counted 5 bar gates but more walked in. Luckily nobody fell over or it could have been nasty

    Thought it was an awful situation, something that could have been managed a hell off a lot better given the climate or at any time tbh. Clowns on Radio Stoke saying stop moaning! Ridiculous situation that should have been managed from 2.15pm onwards. No or little stewarding of crowd, no tannoy announcement or anyone addressing the crowd. If people don't flag up this kind of situation how can things improve and be acted upon. I have actually seen £21 K in Vale park, although the gate was listed at £14K! Not moaning merely giving out facts as I'm sure are well and truly documented for action for the future.

  15. 1 hour ago, LancyTony said:

    Yes, he would! He was exciting...raw, but exciting and I've never seen one of our players fouled so often by so many different opponents. It's a crying shame we couldn't develop him on...he could have had a great career!

    Enoch Ando was a brilliant little player. You could see that someone was going to hurt him, he needed protection from the referee's. I believe a move to Spurs was on the horizon. Just shows how cruel the game can be.

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  16. 7 hours ago, Playa Amodores said:

    Joe, I agree with your point on Burgess. I thought that the 2019/2020 season him and Taylor complemented each other and it was a decent partnership. That’s why I was disappointed that Taylor went off to Scunthorpe at the beginning of last season. 

    Totally agree that both Burgess and Taylor were superb last term, a real bonus. What on earth has happened to the pair of them?The amount of quality work (and running) they did was epitomised at the Etihad, I do hope Clarke has a keeper in mind? brown in my opinion would have done a job, perhaps bring in a younger guy to share the workload?

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  17. 1 hour ago, darren1810 said:

    Maybe invite John Stones as a guest player ,  as long as Jonathan Wilkes doesn't turn up I'll be there 

    They used to say that Pele used to turn up even for the "openining of an envelope" same can be said of Jonny Wilkes! However the boy could play....

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  18. 19 minutes ago, valiant_593 said:

    Some deserve to lose their jobs. I’m sad for the likes of pope, Monty, brown, brisley and Joyce who always gave their best but players like mckirdy have leached off the club for long enough. 

    Some served us well particularly Brown and Joyce. Monty can play but has fitness issues. Pope a Vale legend.

    I wish them well. I have a soft spot for Adam Crookes, the lad has ability.

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