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About Tone

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  • Birthday 24/04/1949


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


  • Location
    Dallas Texas


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


  • Occupation
    Marketing professional, business owner, dogsbody.
  1. I am not sure which section this belongs in, but I wanted to just remind you OVFers that SuperValeAbroad is continuing to raise funds to support the work of the Port Vale Foundation. Our goal is to encourage youngsters to become the next generation of Vale fans. During this season we have been sponsoring Mascots and providing Matchday Experiences for kids. With the season long since over and abandoned, we switched our funding to providing Activity Packs for the children of families receiving meals via the Hubb Foundation. We have opened up donations to all fans and we have secured a signed home shirt as a prize for one lucky donor before the end of June. Owt or nowt, your support is appreciated. Donate via PayPal http:// paypal.me/supervaleabroad https://portvalefoundation.co.uk/news/super-vale-abroad-provides-further-support-to-community-initiative/
  2. 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.
  3. Whoever we play, we’ll be up against a Robins team we haven’t beaten away since 2005. It’s #ANewEra so it’s going to be our year. Round 3 here we come. Now I’ll go back to lurking...
  4. David Parton covered Stevie Wonder’s song and had a huge hit. But he also wrote a song which had previously been a hit for Sweet Sensation called ‘Sad Sweet Dreamer’. Saw him and the Cyril Dagworth Players at Strikes in Burslem.
  5. Despite the distance, I’ve got to know Mark quite well in recent years. A better man you could not find, to head the supporters club. He has shown his integrity, perseverance and character, over the last year. Top bloke.
  6. Tone


    Ian Donaldson - CEO Autonet and Carole Nash Ian co-founded Autonet in 1998 in Stoke-On-Trent, and successfully led the business to achieve turnover of one million pounds after just two years. Since then he has grown Autonet to become one of the UK’s largest insurance brokers handling over 1.2 million calls a year and relationships with over 30 leading insurance providers. In 2010, Autonet launched a van price comparison site for moneysupermarket.com and in 2016 he oversaw investment from Highbridge Principal Strategies and Madison Dearborn Partners before becoming part of The Ardonagh Group. In January 2018, Ian was appointed CEO of Carole Nash in addition to his leadership of Autonet. (From the Ardonagh Group website)
  7. I'm happier that our squad is occasionally very good, even though inconsistent, rather than being consistently bad.
  8. Are you Eddie, in disguise?
  9. Such sad news. God bless Gavin, his sisters, and all the family. The love that is shown in the tributes I’ve read so far, are a great testimony to Errol’s life.
  10. There's a difference between a budget for a financial period and cashflow. The chairman was, somewhat clumsily and unadvisedly, referring to cashflow, in my view. You can be on budget and have no cash in your account.
  11. There's the small matter of £10k for a win and £5k for a draw. Winners in Round 2 get £20k.
  12. That is sad to hear. It gives support to the contention that every single player is a human being. We never know what's going on in someone's life. Be considerate.
  13. The attendance on the day will be influenced by several things. Firstly, how many Mackems make the trip. Then, the weather. Last but not least, Vale fans will be persuaded one way or the other by our results in the meantime, starting this weekend. There’s nothing better than a bit of consistency and a few Ws to get fans off their backsides.
  14. I've been thinking along the same lines. Especially as it is on TV, how many extra Vale fans will get off their sofas at 10 quid? I doubt more than 1,000. Whereas 3-4,000 Mackems will probably turn up either way. On the other hand, we need to not be embarrassed by a low turnout of home fans and, if we are to stand any chance, we need fans to get behind the team. It's a tough call. It's interesting to consider the share of gate money (45% to each team)- might add up to 60k each, or half that if the tickets are reduced below 12 pounds. Each club gets 75k TV money. In contrast, Sunderland received a parachute payment of 45 million from the PL for failing in the Championship last season, will get another 34 million this season and 15 million next season.
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