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  1. 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...
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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    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)
  5. I'm happier that our squad is occasionally very good, even though inconsistent, rather than being consistently bad.
  6. Are you Eddie, in disguise?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. There's the small matter of £10k for a win and £5k for a draw. Winners in Round 2 get £20k.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Social media might appear to be free, but a lot of imagination and creativity goes into using it. Give credit where it’s due. Have you an idea, also, what excellent work is done by the team at the Port Vale Foundation?
  14. You do a disservice to the excellent work being done to promote the club. There’s plenty of imagination and creativity. There’s just a lack of leadership.
  15. Not only that, but he’s a young lad, trying to make a career. In what other work situation would an employee be forbidden to work? That he’s being paid (by someone) until the 6 months is up, is a small matter, compared to the fact that it is impairing his development.
  16. The shocking part of this is that, due to some insane rule (not sure if it is UEFA, FA or EFL) the boy cannot play for us or anyone else until January. How can that be fair or compassionate?
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    Max is a breath of fresh air in terms of communication and media work. He’s a really nice guy, too, who goes out of his way to be helpful.
  18. This question shows how badly the EFL have handled communications about iFollow. Everybody is confused. Thankfully, at least their contractor, NeuLion, seems to have got the technology almost right, after 10 games.
  19. Mick Ede told Baggers that the team should have done better. Senior players against U23 and U18s. Kanu played as a central striker.
  20. Some of you are too young to remember that John Rudge had a number of different assistants over the years. It’s an important role, but it’s inevitable that people move on. Aspin will take his time to find someone. Pugh is filling in, in the meantime.
  21. Some people might rush to blame Smurf. Or Trump....
  22. Why I rarely contribute to the debate these days.... [emoji849]
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