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  • Birthday 24/04/1949

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    Born at Haywood Hospital, school at Stanfield (now Haywood) High, Vale are in my blood.

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    Dallas Texas

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    Music, football, church, family - not necessarily in that order.

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    Marketing professional, business owner, dogsbody.

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  1. I posted on Facebook, on our SuperValeAbroad group. The 20th anniversary of Ian White's passing just went by a couple of weeks ago. He will not be forgotten by those of us that were around in the 90s. For many reasons, whilst thinking about my beloved Port Vale, Ian White crossed my mind today. Young fans will not remember him, but he was the most passionate Vale fan of his era. That was the most memorable of all times for most of us older fans, the 1990s, when we got to play at Wembley Stadium - three times - when it was rare for lower league clubs. We rose to glorious heights and had a team, a group of players, we were proud of. None was more proud than Ian White. Yet Ian was an exile. He didn’t walk every day, up Hamil Road. He fired up his aging Vauxhall Cavalier and, on a wing and a prayer, he drove all over the country to many away grounds. The Sheffield Valiants flag was often seen amongst visiting fans. During that time, the early days of the internet, we still relied on very basic communication. We looked forward to the Sentinel reports and the Green ‘Un. Then instant messaging became popular, Yahoo groups, and chat rooms. I recall many a session with Ian and his passion filled the pages of the early forums. Ian White left us on May 15th, 2001, just 20 years ago. He left behind a young son, Henry, who also bears the name Rudgie, and a brother Mark. God rest your soul, Ian.
  2. The most important question about all this, is does the business have a plan? And does everyone from top to bottom know what it is, and buy into it? The what follows from that, is the need to communicate that plan to “stakeholders”. That’s where fans come in. How do we know, if all we hear about is the (excellent) charitable work being done?
  3. I accept that some here argue that the club should keep quiet. But communication is not just about what you do and say in public. We have all witnessed the wonderful work the Port Vale Foundation has done. That deserves all the accolades received. We are, most of us, thankful to have decent people owning the club, who have expressed a desire to take us forward. But we all knew, in the back of our minds, that one day things would get tough. When the team wins, we are sky high. When we lose, it makes for a depressing week ahead. In a situation where we go from being promotion contenders, to being dumped out at VP by a non-league team and failing to get more than a handful of points from the next ten games, patience quickly wears thin. Football fans are fickle. We want to see our team winning. Those that dismiss the entire squad as being useless are not worthy of mention. The team has a core of good players, some of whom we accept are sidelined. That is a test of the manager, coaches, and the squad. It seems our squad does not have enough strength in depth. The club need something positive to say. Not a defence of the manager, or a response to criticism, so much as a statement of what they are going to do, as a club and board of directors, to address the freefall. Like making a signing or two (we can surely start to do that even if players cannot be picked until January?). Something positive needs to come out, to address the negativity, not to simply acknowledge it. The club also needs to improve their relationship with supporters groups, not least of all the Official Supporters Club. I will leave them to comment in more detail. Otherwise, the season ticket holders in particular will start to get very angry, or should I say, even more angry. And the time when the club needs to start talking about next season will soon be here.
  4. Although I don’t participate in debates on OVF these days, I just wanted to add my condolences to all those who knew Old Sage. We are all getting older and it is obvious from the number of Valiants who have passed lately, that we won’t last forever. God’s mercy on Mike’s soul and comfort for his family.
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