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  1. Totally agree. 👍 What’s really disappointing is perhaps <1% of the Vale fans at the game have made the headlines for the wrong reasons. This has tarnished the fantastic atmosphere at the game as well as the monumental performance by the team. Hopefully the culprits will be identified, prosecuted and banned from football.
  2. According to a former player who was with him at Vale, McKirdy was fine and it just didn’t work out for him at the club. Not helped by a change of Manager. i think people have it in for him when they don’t really know him. I’m not a fan of some of his antics but if he was still our player you’d put up with them.
  3. To be fair I think the rigours of a long hard season have caught up with us. I know it’s the same for all sides but the injuries to Proctor and Wilson cost us half a dozen points whilst I suspect Conlon’s absence as also cost us a few. I’m also convinced that had Brad Walker not been injured at Hartlepool we’d now be up. if we are to miss out I really don’t think it’s due to a lack of effort but is due to a lack of quality. I will console myself with the fact we’ve improved massively on last season and if we continue to improve season on season we will eventually go up. Let’s hope we can muster two more performances. UTV.
  4. Having been to the game today the observations I would make are: 1. Swindon deserved the win and McKirdy’s finishing was the difference between the sides. 2. Their first goal was really poor marking but their second was a fine finish. 3. They were really rocking at the end and panicking, kicking the ball any where. 4. To have more possession than Swindon on their patch was an unexpected surprise. It was a shame however we didn’t do more with it. 5. I thought they ran out of steam halfway through the second half so bearing this in mind we must be patient on Thursday. Keep it tight and chances will come but we must deal with McKirdy better in the second leg. 6. We really missed our two most creative midfielders today - Conlon and Walker. I’m not sure we can win the playoffs without them. 7. Really disappointing that we didn’t even come close to selling out our away allocation for such a big game. 8. The fans who went were pretty quiet throughout. I know this wasn’t helped by the weather, the performance and the surroundings but still disappointing hopefully we can all make more noise on Thursday. 9. The EFL should make it a condition of membership that away fans have the same viewing conditions as home fans. The Swindon away end is a disgrace and I thought those conditions had been left behind in the 70/80’s. 10. It’s still possible to progress but we’ll need to neutralise the threat of McKirdy far more, be far better in possession and hold the ball up far more in the final third. Finally if we we fail to win the playoffs, I still think it’s been a season of progress and the club is moving in the right direction. UTV.
  5. That’s saved me some petrol money then! 😇
  6. If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son! Come on Vale!!!!!
  7. Not sure about an official announcement but a work colleague got some last night about half an hour before the ticket office closed and that’s what he was told there was left. I can’t imagine they all sold in the last few minutes last night. I’d suggest those who still want tickets get up there early though and remember they go off sale at midday. Being the first playoff game we’ve been involved in for 29 years I’d be disappointed if we didn’t sell out. Port Vale: Fans queue all night for Swindon Town play-off semi-final tickets - BBC Sport WWW.BBC.CO.UK
  8. The remaining couple of hundred are expected to sell this morning. However looks like Swindon got it right as we’d have had egg all over our faces had we got another thousand tickets as initially requested.
  9. I can only assume it was tactical although he was poor against Walsall and Newport. That said so were many others. 🙄
  10. Conlon is nowhere near being available, I’m not sure about Walker as there’s been few leaks about his condition. Hamstrings very much depend on their severity but can be anywhere from 1 month to 4 months. Brad did his on April 15th so I’ll let you do the maths.
  11. History lesson: The Great Rock & Roll Swindon: The amazing story of when Swindon Town won the play-offs yet were relegated - Football Bloody Hell FOOTBALLBH.NET
  12. We did fine at Valley Parade when playing in front of our largest crowd of the season.
  13. Really hope something can be worked out. You’d think the Council would support the efforts as a potential promotion would be great for the economy of Burslem.
  14. Totally agree with that approach. Why should clubs, with bigger away capacities, disadvantage themselves?
  15. Ingress and egress is one of the major considerations of the certificate and particularly the interaction between rival supporters. I actually agree with you about the bureaucracy in football but with just a week to go there’s no way Vale will have the time to gain the regulatory approvals from the Council and Emergency Services unless this change is written into the conditions of the certification.
  16. Mansfield’s away stand holds 1900 not 1200 unless there’s some reductions for safety I’m not aware of.
  17. Giving the away fans the Lorne St won’t comply with the ground’s safety certificate so won’t happen as there’s insufficient time to get this reviewed before the game.
  18. Understood but there won’t be more emergency exits, access improvements or a better PA system by that time.
  19. Here's just a few items. Emergency lighting on separate feed incase the power goes out of which we had none, outside lights, inside lights, cracked or uneven steps & walkways, not enough kiosks & equipment not up to code in the ones we had, not enough toilets & poor facilities in the ones we have, turnstiles condemned or in need of repair, P.A. system, floodlights, advertising boarding the list goes on.. Nothing was done for decades the place had been left to rot for the 20 years before Carol bought it and will take a long time and a lot of money to get it sorted But surely these all apply to the RW gig when there’ll be 20,000 in the stadium. There’s just no consistency and that just doesn’t make sense to me.
  20. I know people keep going on about a lack of passion and effort but I really don’t see it. Lack of quality yes. Garrity, Pett and Charsley are all very workmanlike but can’t find a defence splitting pass. Earlier in the season we were flying with Conlon in there. When he got injured we really struggled until we put Brad Walker in there and his range of passing was key to our recent run. Unfortunately he got injured at just the wrong time and we’ve not won a game since he last started. I fear unless he returns we won’t have enough to win the playoffs should we get there. Is there any news at all if he’s out for the season?🤔
  21. Interesting that our current poor run corresponds to Brad Walker’s absence. Is he out for the season?
  22. Garbage. Garrity was immense at Salford and Bradford away and played well against Sutton at home.
  23. Why the hell do we keep watering the pitch a few minutes before we kick off? That’s two slips in the last two home games by one of our defenders that have lead to an opposition goal. A dreadful first half akin to the second half at Walsall cost us the match. Great ovation for Carol and Darrell on the walk round, just a pity a few more fans didn’t stay to thank them both for their efforts. 👏👏
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