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  1. Still very young and inexperienced.

    Adjusting to being a full time professional, both physically and mentally.

    She'd just finished her A Levels a year ago. Before winning the US Open.

    A very talented tennis player, but still a work in progress.

  2. 1 hour ago, valefan16 said:

    Travelled up for this, decent, wife hasn’t been for years mentioned the long queues in the shop… this is the new Port Vale! Loads of fans back.

    Pleasing to see how many children there and the season ticket cards for them looked to be hundreds. That’s positive for our future that’s for sure. Daughter loves her Vale shirt, son who’s never wanted to come with us wanted a top! Got him the green one and will see if he likes it opening day first… if he does that’s another hooked.

    Interestingly the new kit in the end has black shorts not white as originally mentioned in the press release with the Vale Park sleeves image in reverse on the trim. Looks really smart as a full kit and probably better than all white.

    Great to get a picture with the trophy. All positives!

    Are there any images of the kit?

  3. 1 hour ago, valiant_593 said:

    I can’t see us going into a season in league 1 with Worrall as starting RWB personally. Cass will play RCB and I think we will sign a starting RWB 

    Wozza has become the type of player who is always there, always does a job.

    So it's hard to imagine him not being first choice in any system.

    Looking forward to seeing who we bring in to challenge him for rwb.

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  4. 10 minutes ago, Warren said:

    If we play 433 Worall is one of the three in the front line because he can play wide comfortably and he has the engine to close down from the front. He also gets in my 442 team. The issue I have with Worrall, given injuries to others last season, was he looked drained at the end of the regular season because he had been asked to do too much. 

    With those formations, he's a shoo in.

    But we mostly played 3-5-2, and there was so much debate about this sacrificing one of our best assets.

    I don't see that changing.

    Do you?

  5. 13 minutes ago, Hitcher said:

    Still a few signings to be made in my view. Overall I think our squad lacks pace. I have concerns that our attacking threat is so reliant on getting our wingbacks up the pitch. Pace up top could make other teams sit deeper. Some creative cover for TC would be great too.

    Signings we have to make in my view:

    1. GK (first 11): I'd love a dominant number one. Yes i know this is harsh on stone.

    2. CB (squad player): I'd be looking for a Martin upgrade. Maybe a similar style player but with a bit more pace.

    3. RWB (first 11): Think we do need a specialist rwb. No idea what robinson offers, but RWB it's not cass, ojo's or worrals natural position and i think it'll be a problem in lg1.

    4. AM/FW (capable of first 11): With TC injured I worry about our attacking creativity from midfield. I also don't think we have natural cover for wilson. So an attacking player that can play in those pockets of space and has a bit of skill. Yes garrity can play AM but he's more the type of player to arrive late in the box for a cut back or hound a goal through force of will. We need more types of goals in our squad and a creative player could do that.

    5. FW (first 11): I think we will still be managing proctors game time. I'd love a strong and pacey striker. 

    Other than that i would like to see more loans from Prem teams in the following categories:

    - 20 year+ players

    - Last year of contract

    If a prem loan player is ever going to make their first team squad in this age bracket then they will being loaned to championship teams. There is a good opportunity to repeat what we did with Cass and have good footballing players on loan that we could realistically sign. It's a good model to follow until our own youth team starts producing better players.

    I agree with much of this. Dominant keeper for me. Martin upgrade. More upfront; Harratt's pace was a big factor in our play off success imo.

    Where would Worral play in the system if not wing back?

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  6. 1 hour ago, Jgpvfc said:

    Mixed bag of comments from the Aberdeen fans with some saying not good enough and some saying good squad player. Hes had a decent career at clubs in and around the level we will be at this season. He also gives us options in different positions. The Aberdeen fans seem to think his best performances came at right back.

    Simon Mills?

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  7. 7 minutes ago, rsb said:

    Does the 4000 include the junior valiants last season the 5000 included them and the flexi ten tickets there is no news on the flexi ten for this season until july when early bird tickets finnish and there must be alot more like me  am i being forced to buy a full season ticket even though i know i will not be able to go all the home games because of heath reasons/working shifts/living out  the area and cannot get tonight games come on vale/ticket office you have two and half days left two let us know if there is a flexi ticket or not for next season.

    Every year the same. Some parts of the club still need improving it seems.

    It's one thing keeping quiet about transfers, but surely, ways and means of accessing games should be transparent, simple to understand and well publicised.

  8. 48 minutes ago, Hoppers said:

    its a tricky one this🤔, but lets say for example, Chris Hussey (who I really like as a player for us), he is a well established 1st division player - does he stand head and shoulders above any of our (last season) league 2 players?

    also, we played numerous 1st division sides last year and were not disgraced by any.

    on top of that, many league 2 promoted teams are not relegated the season after.

    - so quality wise, is it going to be a big step up, I would say a not insurmountable step.

    We often performed better against better opponents as they come out and play, leaving space to exploit.

    I wouldn't be surprised if our home record is better, although 11 wins isn't bad.

    I think the level will suit us better, although we may well have a few bad days to learn from.

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  9. 48 minutes ago, connor hackett said:

    Gibbons departure seems to have sent everyone into meltdown. Its just one cloud on an otherwise very bright horizon. We've just been promoted, and we've finally got rid of sex man. Last seasons injury problems consisted of Gibbo missing half a season, Conlon missing half a season, both strikers Wilson and Proctor missing a fair chunk of the season. Cass missed half a season, Walker missed a chunk of the season, as did Dan Jones. There's probably a few I've missed, but with these players I reckon we would of gone up Automatically no problem. Clubs are always going to have injured players, but last season was exceptional. So there's no logic in paying top dollar to a player, albeit a very good one, to keep him at the club. I thank the Lord that Chris Birchall isn't in charge of our finances, or we'd be handing out contracts left right and center. The club looks a lot more professional nowadays, something we've all been begging to happen for years. Patience is the key here, trust the recruitment and let's stop getting sentimental over players. Everything is looking rosy at the club, the future looks bright, we don't need snap signings to please the masses, those days are thankfully gone, we need careful and solid recruitment. Enjoy the pre season, bask in the glory of promotion, let's leave the moaning until we've got something to moan about. We're heading in the right direction for once.

    I agree with you.

    There's something about the human psyche, or maybe the British, that we always look for weaknesses.

    It's actually part of our survival strategy, but it's overused to the extent that we are socially conditioned into being negative and, especially, highly critical.

    It has a place, but being critical is easy, and often lazy.

    Pride also comes into play. People are critical and then defend or elaborate their concerns rather than listening to other views.

    Fundamentally, criticism produces negativity.

    For a living example of how to produce a good environment, observe Carol Shanahan. She's a shining light, and we are absolutely blessed to have someone with such brilliant values.

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  10. 20 minutes ago, Osh said:

    Morning all.  As I said on one of the Vale FB pages, the sun comes and the sun goes down - players come and go.  

    I would love to have seen Gibbo stay, but he's gone to Rovers.  By the way, I too think Barton is vile, but the Gasheads think he's DC2 - think i'd hate to work under him.

    When Gibbo comes back I, for one, will not be booing him.  That's not right in my book.  We made him an offer, it wasn't the offer he wanted and now he's gone.  There's no malice in this, its just life.

    Can't wait to see what other signings we make and, in just over an hour, we get to see the fixture list and get excited.

    I'm 60 years old and this is absolutely the best I've known it ever at Vale, even better than the Rudge years.  What Carol/Kevin and their team have done makes me ache with pride; to thin - just a few short years ago, we were being run by the fat Controller and nearly taken out of the existence/the football league.

    Onwards and Upwards; for me I believe we'll finish in the upper half of the league next season.  We have a great core and just a few players to add to it - 3 or 4 tops.  When Conlon and Walker come back we'll be even stronger.  Last year no one enjoyed coming to Vale Park - we play nice football - we scared teams last season and we'll do it again next season.

    Good luck Gibbo - thanks for all the memories.


    UTV, KTF and TTP

    Excellent post. Balanced and realistic.

    Thank you. 👏👏

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  11. 3 hours ago, Jacko51 said:

    The Aussie A League is about on a Par with the Championship so not a bad move. 

    That's really useful to know. I had no idea, but as a former resident, I follow the fortunes of Adelaide United.

    I moved there aged 14. My best mates were from Norton, Lymm and Rotherham. 75% of the kids in my school were from the UK.

  12. 55 minutes ago, philmpv said:
    1 hour ago, Jgpvfc said:
    I’d be very surprised if he goes to Wigan, especially as they have a decent right back who is also the captain. Gibbons would be going there as nothing more than backup.

    At 24, being offered likely triple his current wage and potentially playing at a higher level? Wouldn't blame him one bit. He's nothing to prove at this level. Only worry for me is that here he will always get back into the team if he's out injured for a spell. If his current injury record continues at Wigan (or wherever he went) then he'd likely be thrown on the scrap heap.

    Sums it up nicely. Not an easy decision. Could boil down to pay or play...

    Just one query. You say he has nothing to prove at this level.

    Has he played at the level we're now at?

  13. 4 minutes ago, Walka003 said:



    Don't doubt that a plan was in place. But in the 3 weeks since the season has ended, we've signed one player who was already here last year and is coming back from a serious injury. Now we look to have loss one of our most important players. Pre season starts in a few weeks time.



    I agree. Time is short. However, I'm confident that there is much going on that we don't know about yet...

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  14. 27 minutes ago, Walka003 said:

    Be strange if the club suddenly decided Robinson was the answer, given that he hardly got a sniff when Gibbo was injured and Worrall was struggling last year. What did he play 15mins?

    Think the summer is suddenly a lot more important than first thought. If gibbo goes that's a huge blow for us, he offers so much going forward and in defence. One of the few lads in our squad you could guarantee having the ability to cut it at league 1.

    Suddenly, perhaps, for us observers, but for those inside the club, I'm sure they have been fully aware of potential developments, and will have contingency plans.

    Worth remembering that the club had a plan for league one and league two.

    The attention to detail is impressive, and necessary given the new, and seemingly realistic ambition of the club.


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  15. TC is an important consideration. Like a number of players returning from injury, you don't know what will happen. 

    Thankfully, Tom will be given some leeway, but if he's not up to scratch, then action has to be taken for the team's benefit.

    I think that it would be folly to assume he will hit the ground running after a lengthy time out.


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  16. I'd be sorry to see JT leave the club. I enjoy watching a player with his skill set. Good control, runs with the ball, and a good passer. I felt we needed more of that from TC, who is more static, rather than a ball carrier. 

    However, if he's off elsewhere, then there will be good reasons, and I'm confident it will be the right move for the club.

    It is that last sentence that highlights the difference now.

    Under the previous regime, there was no trust. 

    There is now.

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