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Birches Head Fred

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  1. Probably responsible for one of Vale's best ever team talks. RIP Greavsie.
  2. Agreed, I really like the look of the lad, one of the unsung heroes successful teams need, very steady game today, my man of the match. As to the game, excellent performance and saw the game out well. Superb strike by Worrall and nice to see Wilson off the mark - I think he's going to be one of those players who the fans aren't always appreciative of but who is by the manager for his role within the team. Plenty of things still to work on but you can't complain too much with a 2 - 0 win, definitely 'entertained today [emoji6]
  3. There has been plenty of negativity regarding recent results, none moreso than last Saturdays defeat at the hands of Rochdale and players underperforming. The funny thing from my point of view is that I came away from that game happier and in a much better frame of mind than the previous home game against Carlisle. I thought Carlisle used delaying tactics, feigned injury and generally did anything they could to stifle the game, aided by a ref who simply allowed them to get away with it. Converesly, Rochdale came to make a game of it, played some good football, didn't park-the-bus, neither did they sit back and hold out for a draw after our seond equaliser. Fans go to matches to be entertained, I realise it's business and people's lives/wages depend on results but the game just isn't the same anymore. To be honest I'd rather watch us play Rochdale and lose than Carlisle and draw - daft as it may sound but the way I saw it the game could have gone either way after the Vale scored their second and at least I was entertained with the fare on offer. Don't get me wrong - I want Vale to win every game, but I'm old enough and wise enough to know different, there's plenty of times I've come home from a game we have won thinking it was a poor game, and plenty of times we've drawn nil-nil and it's been a cracker. It's all too easy to criticise players when we concede, the opposition fans do likewise when we score, but it's rare to actually accept that other teams score well worked, good goals'. It's the same with players, wer'e 4th division but some folk seem to think these players should be World beaters, they play for the Vale and other clubs in our division because that's the level they are at. We don't seem to give them any leeway at all. On a slightly different plane, I went to the Fanzone on Saturday for the first time, it's a great idea and full credit goes to the club for putting it on. Long may it continue, although I don't see how it will go on on a cold night in December. Just my opinion - as usual
  4. Plenty of time yet do do a deal, players may yet still be keeping their options open. One man's dead wood may be another man's kindling, who knows we could sign a real gem, let's hope so.
  5. We don't call it the Stokinel for no reason
  6. Whatever happened to not giving them grief and getting behind them all [emoji848]
  7. Personally I think it detracts from your first home league gate. Let's say Tranmere are at home first game, then home in the cup on the Tuesday, fans Mayne reluctant to come Vale on the Saturday due to sheer cost. It's just my opinion bud.
  8. It annoys me that this game is played before we have had a home league game. It's the same for all teams obviously but I do think each team should have at least one home league game BEFORE any cup game.
  9. I've not seen any of the pre-season friendlies and couldn't pick the team if I tried. It's going to be virgin territory with regatds the players on Saturday but I look forward to the game and new season with my usual optimism. I'll take a draw now, I think it's a really tough start but if we go with the mental attitude I expect from a DC team then 3 points are definitely on the cards. UTV.
  10. We drink at the Squiirells in Duston, it's a quiet pub about 20 mins walk from the ground. Food is good as well.
  11. The extra go on sale 2nd August I believe, NOT tomorrow
  12. I'm hoping not Andy as Northampton is 98 miles away from Vale Park, I doubt we will see much of the action.
  13. Cheers Terry, looking forward to is as usual, always a good day out.
  14. I joined OVF in 2004, approx 2800 posts later and i've apparently earned the title of "Rookie" Lord knows how long i'll need to live to become a "Veteran" 🤨:
  15. Guaranteed at least two goals this season that's for sure [emoji849]
  16. Does anyone know if tickets are on sale yet. How many (I've heard a rumour it's 650) and are they to season ticket holders only ? I've seen nothing on the official website and don't do Twitter. Who's thinking of going, I think after being starved of live football for so long it could sell out quite quickly.
  17. Just hoping we can travel as there's plenty of grounds I want to visit this season if possible, Northampton as usual as my brother lives 10 minute from their ground and we always have a good day of it, Salford, Harrogate and Barrow along with Newport and Sutton as they will all be new grounds for me.
  18. Has anyone watched England at the Vale, is there food available and what's the dress code and atmosphere like ?
  19. That may have been a pre contract agreement ? He could stick with Pools now they are up ?
  20. Let's hope he can walk the walk like he talks the talk, we will know by Christmas I guess.
  21. 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 life for your families. Football's a funny game where things can change on the bounce of a ball. Games are won and lost mainly by mistakes by players - if goalkeepers and defenders never made mistakes then would any goals ever be conceded ? How often do we bemoan our team for conceding yet fail to see the flaws of others when we score? Here's hoping to sign off with a win today Anyway, thanks again, season 20/21 will long be remembered for various reasons, whatever the future for each and all of you I wish you all the best. Regards Fred
  22. First game I remember was Notts County away April 8th 1970, promotion year. Vale won 2-1, rained I think. I'm fairly sure I had been a few games before then, probably more than a few but that's the first game that sticks in my memory.
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