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Joe B

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  1. I can't stop laughing at Harratt. Full pelt, machine-gunning the Swindon fans after the arrogance of the last week. Kian Harratt FC.
  2. I've never seen a team handle defeat as poorly as Swindon. Absolute head loss. It was a horrendous way to lose a game, so a tad understandable. Been a disastrous week for them. Lauding their 'tickets sold' trophy, effectively deciding they were through on the basis of winning the first leg (Conroy's comments were mentioned by Crosby as being especially stupid in terms of motivation), McKirdy having a shocker and swinging the penalties, and then this absolute meltdown. You'd think we'd committed a war crime. Performative pearl-clutching so that they can let their anger out at us. What of this? Do they mention this? A bus with likely pensioners and children on? This was last week: I hope the 10-20 idiots are punished and miss Wembley, and aren't back at VP ever. I'm glad Swindon will be sat at home and will miss it anyways.
  3. A really decent vlog from a Swindon perspective, a couple of understandably bitter comments aside. I didn't notice at the time because I was upside down in the Railway, but it looks like Harratt (I think?) goes straight for the Swindon end and 'machine guns' them after won. Proper beeline. Bang Bang. Final penalty starts at 14:38 if you want to see impressive pace from our injured players in suits. I never had a problem with McKirdy's goading, so I really don't have an issue with this. Harratt is going down as one of the greats for this. Top 5 Vale striker all time. Build the statue.
  4. Some very serious accusations in this post Did you report the assault? You'd be considered a witness. What time did it happen? In addition; which games have visiting supporters been set upon and attacked? Again, a very serious accusation.
  5. All details now up. On sale from 3pm today on: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/po5/EDP/Event/Index/4 You need to make an account on: www.eticketing.co.uk/po5/Authentication/Registration?returnUrl=%2Fpo5%2F 9 tickets per person, at these prices on the West Side of the stadium: Singing Area – Port Vale FC recommend fans who would like to sit in the designated singing area choose Blocks 133/134 for the West Stand.
  6. We're on the road, to Wembley Way, Try not to worry, you'll get there someday He blasted his pen, up up and away Stop crying McKirdy (fwiw I have been quite defensive of McKirdy that penalty miss was so deliciously narrative I feel it has to be commemorated somehow).
  7. Yeah can we not go through the whole 'numbers of tickets' thing. Tedious and achieves nothing. For all of Swindon's carping last night, it had zero impact.
  8. Who's starting the gofundme for the McKirdy statue? Club legend. Chant needs sorting.
  9. Having away fans park at Dimensions is much better than them coming down Hamil Road. The issues post Oldham were caused by poor policing of hostile fans at a bottleneck. Would largely remove this issue. Last night the atmosphere was as good as it's ever been at Vale, but we aren't going to get 4k in that stand every week. A cheaper ticket offering, heavily incentivised towards younger fans, could help this. Would be excellent for Tommy's and you could put the fanzone in Hamil Stand car park, as it was for the Beamback. You could create a real pre-match hub wrapping around from club shop, fanzone, and Tommy's, with away fans out of sight. Was also pleased to see the club had opened a gate by the Paddock and had two extra scanners there. Common sense.
  10. Gonna be a rough couple of days with the media coverage regarding the invasion. Try and be rational and non-partisan. Attacking players isn't on. Don't defend it just because it was morons who happen to support the same club as us. Front it up and admit it was wrong and the club should ban them.
  11. Please Wait... | Cloudflare OATCAKEFANZINE.PROBOARDS.COM Stoke fans had a well-adjusted night. Grown men.
  12. Watching the penalties back, I loved seeing Lucas Covolan, fully kitted and with gloves on, in the midst of the pitch invasion. Hasn't played a minute since January. Actively sprinting to get involved.
  13. I thought it might go to penalties, and as soon as it did I wrote us off. We're not the sort of club who, since I started attending in 2002, does things that makes their fans happy. A penalty shootout win to go to Wembley was beyond the realm of possibility. When we missed two of our first three, I was barely surprised. Classic Vale. Predictable, bottling Vale. My phone started to buzz with gleeful rival messages, and I resigned myself to the crushing disappointment that has been embedded with my relationship with this club. Maybe next year. McKirdy; a player who I've defended up to this point, and I think Vale fans were well and truly rattled by him in the first leg. He had a truly disastrous night. An anonymous performance and a woeful penalty miss, which changed the momentum of the shootout. He was playing for himself, not his team, and Swindon fans should feel aggrieved. I got wound up by his petulance but it was clear he was trying far too hard to make the headlines about him. I didn't really believe until Stone saved the 5th. I allowed myself a tiny bit of hope. Our sudden death penalties were all top drawer, a testament to the players who a few weeks ago I was labelling bottlers. When Iandolo skied it, I can't really recall what I did, but came to much further down the Railway than I'd started. It feels silly picking out individuals, as everyone was outstanding. Smith, in his natural position, was colossal. Wilson, despite appearing to be finished about 30 minutes in, put in a proper leader's performance. The two of them were at another level tonight, supported by Benning and Harratt, who I thought had their best ever performances for Vale. We still have a job to do. Tonight is for nothing if we don't beat Mansfield. It's nice to feel like we can be one of those normal clubs who do good things and have happy fans. An all-timer at Vale Park we'll remember forever. The fans deserve that more than anyone.
  14. He's up on the wall at VP. He'll be watching tonight. Might dig out the B&G scarf.
  15. I've not been massively nervous in recent weeks. I'd go into my typical 'expect the worse' mode which has protected me well as a Vale fan. I've just been expecting things to go wrong to mitigate the blow when they do. It's worked a charm to this point. I've sat here at lunch and genuinely considered the impact of promotion this season, of how starved of success we've been, how close it is, of how I'm sick and tired of being rinsed for supporting Vale, and how much I really, really don't want to be in League 2 next season. Tonight's the game with the most riding on it since the Chesterfield game in which loss equalled non-league. Go through tonight and I think we can deal with Mansfield. If we go up, it transforms the club, allowing Carol to sort out the ground and invest in the burgeoning infrastructure. We could enter a proper 'new era', away from this tinpot abyss, welcoming big clubs every other week and get money flowing back into Burslem. The 1k+ Junior Valiants see success early doors, locking down their attachment to the club and dragging parents into the club shop in July. Robbie celebrates Vale promotion at his homecoming concert and Those Tricky Whites are back. Rudge gets his statue and we start to enjoy some of the days we haven't seen since his zenith. Lorne Street gets finished and we finally move on from the last edifice of the Port Vale banter years. We leapfrog Crewe, leave Walsall in the dust, and can focus on hunting down our actual rivals for the first time in a while. Don't get it done, and there's absolutely no guarantees next season. Another season of low revenues and disastrous away followings. Dog's abuse on whatsapp tonight. Walsall, Crewe, Stoke, gleeful that we've bottled it. Swindon fans holding their attendance trophy aloft. McKirdy machine-gunning the Railway as grown men sob. We start from scratch in what will probably be a more competitive league. Whilst we will be in a good position to get it done, football is too volatile and random, and there's just as much chance we fall short once more. It's much better to be in a 'positive pressure' game than the existential battles Smurthwaite seemed to enjoy, but I'm not enjoying myself at present. I'm sure when the dust settles some of us may be able to sanguinely say it's been a 'good season', but it really, really won't feel like it if Carol isn't on the Wembley pitch next Saturday. I accept that I get a bit intense with it all sometimes, and some berate me for 'wanting it now', but I've been wanting it for 20 years and I'm done with waiting. The fans who have stoically stuck by this basket-case of a club, at great expense and misery, in the darkest days deserve promotion the most. There was a small group of fans who sacrificed a great deal to rid us of previous shackles, and I keep thinking of one of them who is no longer with us, and how committed he was to bringing about the sort of success we're very close to achieving. ffs. Bricking it now. Into these.
  16. Proctor has to start. Ball sticks up front and he will shoot on sight. Aerial presence, makes Wilson a better player, and links things up. Our midfield is too limited technically (if Charsley starts over Taylor) to pay a patient build up play. We need to be fairly direct, into the feet of the forwards with the wing-backs wide. Heavy-metal football. Start strong with the Jims up top, get goals, then lob on the fresh legs of Harratt/Edmonson/Amoo late on to press, stretch their back line, and see out the win. Do not start with a young lad with no experience in a massive game and then put on your best striker when desperate after 60. I don't want to be chasing the game into the 2nd half. Fans will get tense. Players will panic. We'll start 'forcing it'. We'll get picked off. There's a reason their away form is so good - they'll do us on the break. We simply can't have Aaron Martin 1v1 on the counter. Finished and done out. I don't mind him but his turning speed is glacial. Start quick and strong. Press the life out of them. They've got a certain fragility about their backline. The fans simply have to be at it. Booing when they have possession. No silly 'on a bender' chants. If the atmosphere is limp tonight then we'll have to concede we're nowhere near the fanbase we sometimes profess to be. I'm not one to blame fans but if I'm sat there, bored, 15 minutes in, then there's a serious issue. I honestly think this game will be won or lost in the opening 20. Score inside that timeframe and we go through. Start slow and I think we get desperate, Clarke lobs all of his forwards on in daft positions, and they nail us on the counter.
  17. My overriding feeling. If we don't do it tonight, this season can only be viewed as a success or not after next season. If it was the stepping stone to promotion, then great, this year was a season of progress where we got things right on and off the pitch. If we fall short again, this year is a massive missed opportunity which we could come to regret as renovation costs at the ground escalate and moneybags teams flood the league. A couple of years ago we finished 8th and were convinced promotion was on the cards. Askey was gone by January. Football changes quickly and progress is never guaranteed. As Clarke said, we're a home win from Wembley. At one point we were 5 points clear of third. These are huge opportunities, on a plate, for players to etch themselves into the club's history. Whilst I can look back at some good memories from this year, if we do fall short, I won't be thinking how pleased I am at how we've done. It will be a record stay in the bottom tier and Crawley away, which we've had some golden opportunities to avoid.
  18. It's a news stories, which a lot of people will be pleased to read, especially LBGTQ+ football fans who have previously not felt included in the sport. You're not the main character of life. Not every news story is designed for you to read and comment on. If you're really not that fussed by it all, why post so many comments about it?
  19. I thought he was subbed because he committed three blatant fouls in about 20 minutes, was on a booking, and wasn't playing very well.
  20. Whatever we think of the ref on Sunday (I think he was decent), we were committing a number of fouls which went unpunished early doors; Charsley committed three in the first half alone before getting booked, and looked to be on his way to a red before his substitution. I can see the argument from their manager. We put in some poor challenges, including one that Gibbons was very lucky to get away with. They also over-acted/dived a fair bit. I definitely don't think the ref was overly-poor for either side. He certainly had very little to do with the result.
  21. Absolutely fundamental that we start well. When we were a really good side in October/November, we'd have sharp, intense spells of pressing before tiring and sitting deep. We need a strong opening 20 minutes tomorrow. An early goal will rattle them and lift the fans, making it a cup-tie sort of game which could go either way. If we start slow, the fans will grow tense/restless, and they will start to control the ball in the middle, slowing the game down and most likely see out a result that's enough to go through. Vale fans are electric when things are going well but soul-sapping when it's not good. Not sure why, we're just a reactive crowd who feeds off the players' performances, rather than vice-versa. We have to be at them from minute 1. It sounds trivial, but the pre-match needs to be structured better. Get the music right. Do not, under any circumstances, cut off The Wonder of You. Wildes, forever a PR man, managed to whip up fans in 12-13 with those silly flamethrowers. We can't be sat there, quietely listening to Robbie as sprinklers hammer the pitch, 5 minutes before a huge game. Get Carol on the pitch or something. Fire Boomer out of a cannon. The 'buzz' has dwindled slowly over the last 5 games and we need it massively tomorrow. No daft queues at the turnstiles. Into these. Proctor has to start. Absolutely no question. Unfit, he had more efforts on target in 30 minutes than the entire team did for the 60 minutes prior. He is always looking to shoot and makes us look a much, much better team as the ball sticks with him. For the first 20, bypass central midfield; Garrity and Charsley are that technically inferior to their counterparts in Swindon's midfield it's like watching them play a different sport. Garrity should be pushed up as a forward and Charsley spoils deeper. Do not give them time on the ball. Do not try and get Nathan Smith to build from the back. Get it to the wing-backs, get Wilson to come deep, or ping it into Proctor. No Garrity in possession, I beg! Wingbacks; Gibbo had a disaster on Sunday but put him on his strong foot. He got forward a lot, just everything went wrong. For all of his flaws and disappointments, Benning is our best option on the left. He is steadyish and tries to get forward, despite doing very little when he gets there. Stone Smith Martin Hall Gibbo Pett Charsley Benning Garrity Wilson Proctor My main concern is that defensively we look like conceding most weeks; 2 clean sheets in 7 isn't very good. If we concede in the first half, I think we're finished. We'll be chasing frantically and they'll pick us off on the break. We simply don't have any good attacking options in reserve to change games late on, like we did with Politic. Swindon are confident, and have every reason to be. They have a superb away record and a style of play that suits this sort of game; they have a lot of pace on the counter, and when needed can kill games through possession and going down easily. It's very effective. I do find some of the Vale fans obsession with their playacting a tad hypocritical considering we've been awful for it all season. Remember Lucas' weekly hamstring tears? It's football lads. Calm down. Everyone seems obsessed with McKirdy, and he must appear in over 50% of this thread's posts. He's completely wound up most Vale fans, and he'll be delighted. Every touch will be booed and the fans, instead of chanting about Vale, will probably devote most chants to that dreadful "Vale boys, on a bender..." chant. Give him ammunition and he'll punish us. Half the lads on here are doing deep psychological analyses, wishing him genuine injury, deep-diving on the reasons he was released, or banging on about him spitting. If you're that emotionally incontinent that you can't handle a young lad doing a daft machine-gun celebration, having silly hair, and being quite good at football, then seek help. He's got you on strings at present. He played 8 games ffs, move on! I feel like this game is massive; I don't share the confidence that next season will be inevitably better in an unrelenting march of progress, finishing top 3. Sometimes opportunities present themselves and serious clubs take them. This season, despite all of the difficulties we've faced, has been a huge opportunity to kick-start Vale's regeneration under Carol. We had a huge opportunity post-Hartlepool and failed to take it. We have a huge opportunity here and we don't have a single excuse. The budgets of four teams in the league (Stockport, Salford, Bradford, and probably Wrexham) are going to be eye-watering next season, and whilst not a guarantee of success, there's a massively strong correlation between budget and league position. If you chuck the money around that these teams will, eventually you get lucky and get it right. It's become apparent that major investment is needed in Vale Park in the coming years and, from what I've heard, the needs are only going to magnify in scale. The investment made by Carol when Flitters and DC were appointed can't be repeated every summer. My gut feeling is that this goes to ET and penalties, and I don't like the sound of that at all. Start well, score inside 20, get the crowd rocking, and we have enough about us to bundle our way to Wembley.
  22. Whilst I get you're sort of trying, in a way, to be positive about this sort of thing, it's coming off all wrong. Why are you trying to make it about you? The bravery Daniels has shown in coming out is important for football as, for a long time, homophobia/discrimination has been a part of fanbases. A visible, gay footballer may encourage more LGBTQ fans to enjoy the game we all love and to join our fanbase.
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