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Who would have believed 12 months ago that our world would be turned upside down by a dreaded virus?!

Still, amidst these dark times I still think it's okay to say 'Thank You Carol & Kevin', and not just for what they have done for Port Vale, but for their caring and support given to the wider community in general and the needy in particular.

 

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A fantastic Happy Anniversary Carol and Kevin.

All Valiants send their heartfelt thanks to you for saving our Club and giving hope, not only to us but the wider spectrum of residents in Stoke on Trent. Enjoy your day.

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It's been a fantastic turnaround over the last 12 months and they've given us a club to be proud of again. Who knows where we could be now if global events hadn't intervened. Here's to many more years under our great owners.

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Can't argue with these warm sentiments.

I sometimes ponder where Port Vale would now be in these difficult times if we'd still got the previous owner running the show. I dread to think. I really do.

Happy Anniversary indeed.

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13 minutes ago, TheSage said:

Can't argue with these warm sentiments.

I sometimes ponder where Port Vale would now be in these difficult times if we'd still got the previous owner running the show. I dread to think. I really do.

Happy Anniversary indeed.

If we,d still got the previous owner running the show, there wouldn’t be a show. The curtain would have come down a while ago, and we certainly would not have made it through this current pandemic.

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Wouldn't be a Port Vale to think about if they hadn't overspent to keep us alive.

Smurthwaite had full intentions of liquidation; he was the sole creditor, so when the club went into administration as soon as he withdrew financial support, he held the cards over any potential sales. I don't know the specifics of administration but he believed he could continue to reject any potential deals until the club went bust.

Even if we take away the great season on the pitch, the work that our owners have done in this crisis to keep vulnerable people fed and healthy, to create an atmosphere which has led to players donating money to the Foundation and ringing up fans to check up on them, and to properly re-integrate Port Vale with the surrounding area is an incredible achievement.

The press, the police, the local authorities, other football clubs, and the fans are back on side with Port Vale, after 20 years of it being at odds with one, or all, of the above. We are viewed as a well-run club, with stability a key mantra, and treating players well a core tenet. This will serve us brilliantly in the transfer market.

To round it off with a memorable day at the Etihad, which effectively served as Tom Pope's coronation as one of our greatest legends, and to be looking very good for the playoffs whilst playing attractive football with a likeable group of hard-working players, was an unexpected bonus.

For the first time in my lifetime, I don't detest the person sat in the director's box. I don't cringe at their public actions, and I don't have fears about the club's future.

I don't think I'll ever be able to sufficiently articulate/show my gratitude to The Shanahans.

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Looking back, it’s been a strange few years. Unbelievable really. I think even the most pessimistic would have to concede that all the uncertainty and unrest has been replaced with genuine optimism and great hope for the future.
 

I’m at home, in the garden, and it’s not too early in the day for me to raise a glass and say “Cheers“ to Carol, Kev and everyone involved on your 1st Anniversary.  Here’s to many more.  Thank You, 

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1 hour ago, Guitar Ray said:

Looking back, it’s been a strange few years. Unbelievable really. I think even the most pessimistic would have to concede that all the uncertainty and unrest has been replaced with genuine optimism and great hope for the future.
 

I’m at home, in the garden, and it’s not too early in the day for me to raise a glass and say “Cheers“ to Carol, Kev and everyone involved on your 1st Anniversary.  Here’s to many more.  Thank You, 

Is that “ many more anniversaries “ or glasses of plonk?🤩

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Lets hope this is the 1st of many more anniversaries. Carol and Kevin have transformed our club and truly united our fanbase.

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55 minutes ago, Conrad said:

Is that “ many more anniversaries “ or glasses of plonk?🤩

The honest answer is, of course, both.  I’m currently working my way through what’s left of a Titanic “Pub In A Box”. 😬

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Just read the fine article in The Sentinel based on their interview with Carol. Brilliant stuff - who would want for better? From the revitalisation on the pitch to the excellent and much-needed charity work through the hub, it's all just so far beyond our earlier expectations. I have absolutely no doubt we will go a long way under their leadership and one of the most important reasons for that is that players, good players, will want to come to the Vale - not just for the football, which is going to get better and better, but also for the family the club has become.

At the end of the interview, Carol sums it up by saying "I am beyond proud of the club that I serve and the community that we serve.” Well, Carol and Kevin, we are beyond proud of you as our new owners.

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/carol-kevin-shanahan-port-vale-4109546 

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The fact that they have managed to get the club profitable 3 months ahead of schedule is amazing!

It also shows how much the parasite Norman was draining the club.

Didn't he say the club was losing something like a million a year... I guess it would when anything it generated went into his back pocket and not back into the club.

Especially when it’s clear Carol is spending more than Norman was on certain areas eg proper catering vs old pies.

Still boils my p*ss that some people demanded evidence that just wasn’t needed to know he was bad. 

We are so lucky to have Carol and Kevin... some took great delight in questioning their capability as owners and claimed they didn’t have the money... many on here said over and over again that they would run it better and more sustainably.

Its nice to be right 😉

I genuinely believe they are the new benchmark for lower league ownership. With football facing so many changes and challenges, I can’t think of anyone I would rather be in charge!

UTV

 

 

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54 minutes ago, Iron Curtain said:

The fact that they have managed to get the club profitable 3 months ahead of schedule is amazing!

It also shows how much the parasite Norman was draining the club.

Didn't he say the club was losing something like a million a year... I guess it would when anything it generated went into his back pocket and not back into the club.

Especially when it’s clear Carol is spending more than Norman was on certain areas eg proper catering vs old pies.

Still boils my p*ss that some people demanded evidence that just wasn’t needed to know he was bad. 

We are so lucky to have Carol and Kevin... some took great delight in questioning their capability as owners and claimed they didn’t have the money... many on here said over and over again that they would run it better and more sustainably.

Its nice to be right 😉

I genuinely believe they are the new benchmark for lower league ownership. With football facing so many changes and challenges, I can’t think of anyone I would rather be in charge!

UTV

 

 

There is no one I would rather have in charge.

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Carol and Kevin are not only great owners, they are wonderful people.  The contrast with our previous owner who was bloody dreadful and a bit of a bar steward is astonishing.  Happy Vale Day everybody!

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Done a tremendous job before the COVID-19 crisis. The club was gradually edging back to its rightful level of sporting capability and off the field was much better managed. Now, well the club would not have survived under Smurf; it is as simple as that. Therefore the takeover was probably one of the half dozen most significant events the club's entire history. I acknowledge that real life continues to play out here and it is very difficult indeed to keep the club afloat. There may yet be another momentous adverse event like the cancellation of the whole of next season requiring a truly radical business response to survive when every other equivalent sized business would permanently close. But to me they have demonstrated excellent leadership backed with heart being in the job; something fundamentally missing with the previous Coventry supporter / owner. 

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carol and kevin, ay up me ducks, theet kape uup thee ard wok in boslem! a year has gone by in the blink of an eye, lets hope all the problems settle down soon and we are able to return to the best lower league club in England. lets hope the people of the potteries come back and support the club and your good selves, and bring back the good times to boslem. all think positive and look forward to our club rising stronger and more ambitious than ever before. thanks again.

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The Shanahans have the club in profit after less than a year.  Contrast with our previous owner who reckoned his director's loan had to increase year on year because of the losses the club made.  Makes you wonder what on earth he was doing!!

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No....I'm not .....you are......is someone peeling onions? (And I'm 62 years frigging old and should know better!) I don't have any more words from what has already been said.....

Kevin and Carol.....a simple thank you is not enough BUT it is the least I can offer on here....Thank you!

 

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A wonderful feeling to be proud of the Vale after so many years of dross and dire, dirty dealings! Looking forward to regaining our place in the hearts of decent football fans everywhere, as their favourite neutral club, and so, so proud of the examples being set by our magnificent owners! Good times are coming back!!! 🤩

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