It's one of those games that stays in your memory banks same as the Derby County game and for me Liverpool 1964, the day I was passed from the front of the Kop to the back over the fans heads but that's another story.
Anyway back to 1990, I worked at Jcb in those days and if anyone left early the shop floor would start banging their hammers on their benches. As I left at 3.30 there was an almighty noise of hammers banging and shopfloor workers shouting wooooooow ! I was told the next day that there was a management meeting going on at the time and production manager stood up saying "what's that bloody noise and lifted his glasses and looked out of the office window then said "oh its Barny going Liverpool" 😂😂
Travelling back from Uttoxeter to Hanley I got stuck in a bit of traffic but managed a quick wash and change (Vale top on) and rushed up to get Tony Balls coach. I was one minute late but as I got on the coach Old Reg (bless his soul) gave me a right rollicking for being late and slapped me around the back of the head (softly). 😂😂
Anyway we got to Liverpool and strolled across Stanley park to Anfield, what an atmosphere from the Vale fans, brilliant !
Back in those days I was a smoker and as Vale were warming up and having a shoot in Andy Porter cracked a shot over the bar and it was coming right at me, I naturally put but both hands up to stop the ball, which I did but it knocked my fag out my hand and onto the bloke behind who was jumping about and cursing ! 😂😂
The game was great and I'll never forget that feeling when the equalizer went in right in front of us. Those are the moments that make you a lifelong fan and keep you coming back hoping for more.
Lets hope we get more !