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Everything posted by Rocky

  1. Looks like they have started to send out tickets to people in the last 30 mins.
  2. I'm not one to gloat....often, but I can't explain it, since Sunday I felt sure we were going through. I'm not attaching some kind of supernatural, it was written in the stars mumbo jumbo to it. I was just confident if anyone was going to turn a tie like that around it would be us. Sure, when we missed 2 penalties my confidence was rocked and I couldn't have predicted McKirdy' self-implosion. Just on McKirdy, he was pretty much anonymous throughout the whole game. The pressure of the crowd massively affected him and he was marked out of the game. I think last night was Smudge's best game in a Vale shirt. He was a 10/10, headed everything that came to him, constant pressure on Davison, I can't think of a mistake he made. His error that lead to Swindon's first goal on Sunday looks like it made him even more determined. Maybe because we won I see his performance differently but I remember thinking during the game he was having an unbelievable game, plus he hit the post with that curling shot. After our 2 missed penalties, the remaining were top tier. Benning's was like nobody was watching. Regarding the crowd trouble, pretty embarrassing and on what was our best night of football for years we have people that follow the club that we really could do with never setting foot in the ground again. But I also don't take the moral high ground approach Swindon are trying. During the game one of their supporters threw a bottle at one of the ballboys that hit him. Granted, it wasn't glass, but you're still throwing an object at a child. I stood from the paddock and could see objects being thrown in both directions after the shootout. I'm just so happy we knocked Swindon out, I'm so happy that Karma paid McKirdy a visit. I'm so happy that Wilson scored the goals that kept us in the tie. And I'm really happy that the first time I've been to the "new Wembley" is to see Port Vale play there. I went to the old Wembley but I only ever went to see Port Vale in the Autoglass, Play-off final against WBA and the Anglo-Italian final so this has been a long time coming. I don't know about anyone else but I'm still on a high today, as assured I was that we would go through, the reality of it is incredible.
  3. I remember the Potteries derbies from the 90's and Everton, Leeds, Southampton, Arsenal, Man United and of course Everton, even more recently the pack the park game against Burton in 2013 but last nights atmosphere might have eclipsed it because Swindon brought so many and neither set of supporters wanted to be out-sung. I think you appreciate nights like that more the older you get, especially with how little success we've had over the last few years. I'm sick of seeing posts on here and social media about the hardcore fans and "where were you when we were sh!t? We will never grow a fanbase without success, they need to be made to feel welcome, such a weird and almost possessive take to have. Also, can't believe how fast I got into the ground last night, the paddock's gates being open and there was zero queue at about 7:35pm. Yet again, the club listening to feedback and it was smoother than any admittance this season. Nice work.
  4. I cringe when I see those posts about McKirdy. I was rooting for him when he played for Vale, I remember watching him against Mansfield, last game of the season last year and I got the impression he knew he was on his way out, Clarke has no patience for liabilities and he would never have flourished under him. The whinging about his celebrations and wanting to injure him are pathetic. We need to focus on our own players rather than theirs. If they sense it is winding you up they will do it even more. We are still in this tie and anything can happen. Proctor makes such a difference to the balance of the team when he is on the pitch. I agree with dropping Worrall, he has been ineffective, hasn't managed to get around the back, I think Gibbo makes more sense on the right and Benning pushing up on the left. Worrall's delivery hasn't been great this season, most crosses hit the opposition and they comfortably deal with it, he's definitely carrying. Nice to see Wilson get a poacher's goal on Sunday. We are only halfway through the tie and I still feel calm and confident there are still twists to be had tomorrow night, still a lot of football to be played.
  5. It's longer than that, 29 years since the last play off semi - 1993.
  6. There was a bit in the Ale and the Vale podcast last summer which I don't think I'll ever forget when I think of Pope. He said "If they get promotion next season...which they won't." I think it says everything you need to know about how bitter he is. I understand he must have been wrestling with the feeling that he is getting near the end of his time as a footballer but don't say you're a Vale supporter if you're going to gloat if they don't get out of the league.
  7. I don't know why but I feel really confident we will go through on Thursday. I don't know why as I've not been confident at all this season, even when we went 2-0 down I was calm. We seem to have played poor in a lot of first halves this season but that Wilson goal confirmed that this tie is far from over.
  8. I hope it gets resolved mate, do you know anyone that will be going to get tickets today and they can ask for you? Might be a common issue and they know how to resolve, you might be waiting a while for an email reply.
  9. Is it possible you have two email addresses that are registered and you're using the wrong one that is linked to your season ticket?
  10. I worked in the club shop from 1997 to 1999, I was only 15, my first shift was on the first match of the season against Notts Forest, turned 16 just over a week later. It was just match days to begin with, I would always get a match ticket and get to watch the game, and then it turned to every Saturday, and then during half term while I was at college I was working there 5 days a week but had to leave in 1999 as I was juggling 2 jobs and college and one had to give. It was back when the shop was separated from the ground on Hamil Road, the marketing staff were housed down the bottom and other staff from the club were working at the bottom area down the steps when work on the Lorne Street was going on. I have great memories working there and I'm still appreciative of Andy, the then shop manager for giving me a chance and treating me well. Two memories stick out: One was after Steve Guppy left for Leicester, he came to watch a Vale game and he was in the shop and he definitely was at the time and still might be my favourite player that's played in a Vale shirt and I was so nervous speaking to him but he was really accommodating and chatty. I can't remember if it was before or after his England cap but I remember being in awe of him. The other memory I have is working late on the Friday before the first home game of the season when the Lorne Street reopened, we had to take some stuff up from the shop to the ground and having access to the boxes and lounge area before the fans felt special.
  11. He's an odd man, I suppose he gets that side from his dad. All teams have big journeys throughout the season. Our first and last game of the season are away, the last game is all the way down in Exeter, one of those things. If he is put out by the amount of travelling over 9 months, maybe he shouldn't be a manager.
  12. I think I would prefer to see Jones in DM, he worries me a little with his passes back on Monday but his long passing is as good as Walker's, which would bring Woz and Benning into play a bit more, his long throws are better than the corners that are being put in currently too. Hall and Proctor to aim for, it's just a shame he's been out for so long, so his general fitness might not be where it needs to be. I don't blame him for the miss on Monday either, I've watched it back, the run he makes sensing Wilson will pull it back and slot it into him was great, he's not a striker but if he'd have gone right with the ball instead of left he would have just needed to knock past their last man, a shame but he'd done well with the run.
  13. I think teams around us still have to play each other. Rovers v Forest Green this weekend, Northampton v Exeter the weekend after and I'm sure there are more. There are so many variables, and I'm sure some twists still to come.
  14. Being shown on Sky and pushed back to the Monday could be a big helping hand with other teams playing on the Saturday if Northampton or Rovers drop points. I assume they won't but if they do it could relieve some pressure going into the Newport game. The downside is if we still have to win on the Monday just to stay in third, then it's a shorter turnaround for the much tougher fixture against Exeter.
  15. My boss is a Rovers fan, I was dreading that text after the game. I didn't have to wait long, got a waving emoji message as I walked out of the ground. I didn't bite. He saw the second half on iFollow and did say if he was a Vale fan he would have been annoyed at how much time was being wasted, and the subs slowly jogging off, at a pace slower than the referee walking. This does seem like a basic rule that should already be in place but I still cannot understand how they have allowed the same referee to do both fixtures, especially when he's given out 2 reds in the first game. And I know, it it was the other way around we wouldn't be complaining but looking at some of those challenges back and they should have been dealt with more firmly, they were getting away with too much.
  16. Pretty sure Rovers went up and scored after that poor effort of a free kick too.
  17. I agree completely. It wasn't the manner of the time-wasting itself, I'm sure Stone has been booked this season for it but it seemed the ref wasn't planning on booking Belshaw even If he took twice as long. One of the Rovers' players kicked the ball into the Hamil End when play had already stopped and the fans kept hold of the ball, In the first half he booked Anderson for bouncing the ball on the ground in front of him, just be consistent.
  18. Every team, including us, does the time wasting, I think the second half was too much without punishment. If I had the time I would go back and watch the second half with a stopwatch to see how many minutes the ball was actually in play, I'd be confident it wasn't higher than 50%. When you have Wilson having to retrieve the ball multiple times and the referee is doing nothing, just makes it a bit of a farce, Agree with all of the above points, I don't think they were particularly great, weren't the best to come to Vale this season, but we missed Walker badly yesterday, and it concerns me that we don't have suitable cover for that position. Walker has been guilty of a few wayward passes this season, but his physicality and interceptions would have given us a midfield, we were all at sea. On to Saturday though, thats what the buffer was there for.
  19. For the league we've always had a strong away following, which makes it more surprising that the club didn't foresee this issue months ago. I think the one area they seem to struggle with is attendances. The Brentford game being a great example. It's a Premier League club which is going to attract a bigger gate. At 3:10pm on that Saturday there were still people trying to get in, it was made even worse by having the barrier in place down the side of the ground making queuing a real pain. As said previously, imagine that being your first experience at Vale Park. That should have been worked out well before the game, put temp barriers in place to show supporters where to queue. The club should make buying tickets and getting into the ground the easiest thing you can do. The fairest way when limited allocation is involved is a loyalty scheme or better negotiations with the opposition club to acquire more tickets.
  20. As far as I am concerned the attendance is the total people attending the game apart from officials/employees etc. Who are these knocked down for financial reasons which is a serious allegation to make? I think people confuse how Vale calculate the attendance. They don't do it off ticket sales, they do it off how many they have scanned The reason the Brentford game was lower than people expected is because the scanner machines stopped working and they had to let people in by manually checking tickets and, in the Railway Stand someone pulled the security gate open at 3:10pm and letting in hundreds of people.
  21. The thing that struck me the most is Tranmere were also interested, he's from Liverpool and that would have been so easy to live near the club, be close to family and be at the same level but Clarke and Flitcroft went the extra mile with having no issue paying the fee as they were so confident what he could do for the team and what they could get him to improve on. It's a million miles from where we've been the last 20 years, a sort of mix of the personal touch of Alex Ferguson and presentations and data of the modern game.
  22. This is an outsanding post, one of the reasons I keep coming back on here is for measured, well-informed posts like this. I do agree with breadwinner to an extent, I think whenever there is a call for people to attend these types of games, it goes without saying the people that are ill or can't afford are excluded from that. There could easily be 100-300 who have the money, live local, are on the fence whether to go and just need a gentle push, and FOMO is a real thing, get swept up by this madness. However, I am excited but nervous for tomorrow. It's a banana skin game, Oldham have won 2 on the bounce fighting to survive, and they have had a tendency to take points off the clubs higher up the table over the season. Factor in our inability for most games to score or win by more than one goal, it is a hard one to call. I'm hoping Garrity has a man of the match type of game, I'm sure he will be desperate to prove to Oldham they made a mistake allowing him to leave. On the subject of Ben, Josh Green Twitter video opposition manager menace shared a fantastic podcast that had Garrity on as a guest. He talks mostly of his rise from schoolboy footballer to Pro but discusses how he came to the decision of joining Port Vale and the recruitment process from Vale's side. ‎Straight From The Off: Straight From The Off - With Ben Garrity on Apple Podcasts PODCASTS.APPLE.COM
  23. Imagine clinching promotion at Walsall. What's bigger than a fairytale?
  24. I'm surprised Vale haven't looked at Saturday as an opportunity to pack the park, reduce ticket prices to get more heads in, like the Burton game. Especially as Oldham have sold so many. Maybe they will do it for the Rovers game on BHM. Maybe they have crunched the numbers and felt the lost revenue in cutting the ticket prices isn't worth it if it doesn't bring in enough heads but surely that isn't the case.
  25. Yeah they took over 1000 to Stevenage last weekend, four times further than our ground. We need to pack the park and drown them out.
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