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Everything posted by bobbymanc

  1. Not doing more off the back of several BIG home crowds at the end of last season and over 17,000 going to Wembley is enraging. Look at our crowds after our visits to Wembley in 1993. We COULD have kicked on to become a club regularly getting over 7,000 home fans with the right decisions and investment around the stadium. I fear we've missed a trick with the momentum we've had with getting people through the turnstiles.
  2. Says absolutely everything as to why finishing the other side of the Lorne Street is an absolute priority, and moving home fans into the Hamil should have been looked at much more seriously. Honestly felt a little let down parting with my £300+ for another season in the Railway, having been given a taste of what could have been during the playoff semi. We'd have sold 1,500 season tickets Iin the Hamil, creating a proper home end for the first time in nearly 30 years, and sold more in the Lorne Street at the more expensive price if we'd bothered to install a concourse. Missed opportunity.
  3. The previous injuries are irrelevant. We should have been looking forward to a future with Gibbo as a ball playing centreback (less attritional), freeing up our wingback. I don't see how we get someone else in who'd fit into the current squad as well as him for the money. I hope I'm proven wrong.
  4. You lot still banging on about this? Tragic
  5. He'll have a shock when he sees the house prices down there. Might not look like quite as good a wage packet after all.
  6. Rubbish that. We can definitely afford to finish the Lorne Street if we can't put an offer together to encourage Gibbo to stay. I think "the matrix"might need looking at, otherwise we'll be a team full of late 20s, early 30s plodders by the end of next season if we're not careful. Taylor probably gone soon too, so that'll be another under 25 year old one his way.
  7. Being able to give Derby 6,000 tickets would put a massive dent in that. We have to spend the money to finish the stand at some point. It's not an optional expenditure.
  8. Crewe have received over £1,300,000 more than us over the past 3 seasons in solidarity payments because they've been in league 1 for a few seasons of that. It's not a massive pot of gold, but with much of the squad under contract there will be money out there to use wisely. Spending a bit of cash to create a proper family area I the stadium should be a massive priority, considering much of the infrastructure is already there.
  9. Seriously though, spending some money on getting 2,000 seats usable in the best and newest part of the stadium is better use of funds than moneypits like the Bycars and Railway Stand (and almost anything else for that matter). I'd rather see the lorne Street fully finished and the Bycars closed down than spend a penny on sticky plasters to keep the capacity at the current level of 75%. Whatever you spend on the current Bycars it won't change the fact that it's crap.
  10. It's a £100K job. If we can't find that after getting promoted then we need new owners.
  11. Not finishing the lorne Street ready for the start of the season really won't be good enough. We haven't got a decent family area so this should be the number 1 priority. It needs sorting ASAP. The fans deserve it.
  12. "No suggestion of wrongdoing" is a smokescreen. Xhaka has most definitely "done wrong" and the investigation should uncover that.
  13. This allegation is far from Xhakas first rodeo into match fixing.
  14. I don't think we'll need to win 17 games to stay up. 17 wins and 20 draws might sneak you into the playoffs. Talk of fans fundraising to get the Lorne Street finished is nonsense. We've done our bit with over 40,000 Vale fans turning up to our last 3 home matches and Wembley, and roaring the club on to a position in the far more lucrative league 1. It needs prioritising now. There isn't a decent place to take a child to VP as it stands. Turning the Lorne Street into the new family stand would solve that.
  15. I remember when I first started going to Vale the Bycars was being renovated. You couldn't move in the family stand back then.
  16. The fact is that the Bycars and Railway need knocking down and rebuilding. They're not fit for purpose, and sit too far away from the pitch, especially the Railway. Get some more corporate in those stands too because everyone loves it down Vale looking at the current waiting lists
  17. The away fans will need somewhere to have a beer. Wouldn't be wise having 4,000 Derby fans looking for a pint in Burslem because they can't get a beer in TCs or the ground. That issue would need to be resolved. Shame middleport has hardly any pubs anymore. Could give away fans that end otherwise with a short walk to Bycars Lane. Tunstall is a bit of a trek.
  18. It was definitely Gateshead at home in the 1st round. Folded very soon after. I wonder who the bloke who had a Norton United tattoo supports now? I remember watching Norton beat FC United infront of 3,500 at Gigg Lane. That was FC Uniteds first ever defeat as a club.
  19. I'm in the same boat. There were murmurs that the Hamil would become a permanent home end. I've not spent my £315 yet due to the uncertainty over where to sit. After experiencing the Hamil, I don't fancy sitting 200 metres away from the pitch in the Railway Stand, with the prospect of getting wet through at half time whilst queuing for my Bovril
  20. Bet you didn't have queue on the vale car park for that hotel room That's a great view.
  21. Some people are just skint and would love to go. No shame in that and makes them no less of a supporter. They should have budgeted for that. Missing a once in every 30 year occurance is shameful, and does make you less of a fan.
  22. Nice to see him get something right for a change.
  23. It's going to be a great occasion. Its now time to worry as to whether we'll get the result.
  24. It's a solid effort, and the bottom two tiers will be packed. Anything in the top tier is irrelevant.
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