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His programme notes read like a novel at times. Clearly an intelligent bloke.

We finished 12th with Leitch-Smith leading the line. This was with Norman Chaos in the boardroom. We'd had to let go Marshall and Pope in the Summer.

Carol as owner with Page as manager would have been a nice mix, imo. Had a great eye for a player. Look at this list from his only full season; Sam Kelly, Sam Foley, Anthony Grant, Ben Purkiss, Remie Streete, A-Jay Leitch-Smith, Jak Alnwick, Uche Ikpeazu, and Ryan Inniss. Only Kelly was an unmitigated failure; the rest were all good-excellent signings.

Hope he does well with Wales.

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I agree completely. However too late for historical revisionism now. I recall many complaining about our mid table league 1 finish and the boring football. 

People were begging “Papa Smurf” who had put so much money in with his “sweetie jar” to sack Page and bring in a decent manager. 
 

Some whooped with delight when he got the push and praised Smurfwaite for being bold with his foreign revolution. 
 

That soon changed! 

 

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7 hours ago, The_godfather said:

Have you seen Barcelona recently Jean!?

But we’re not talking about recently. In 2015-16 Barca had just won La Liga and scored 130 odd goals. That’s what Vale should have been doing apparently!!

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6 hours ago, Joe B said:

His programme notes read like a novel at times. Clearly an intelligent bloke.

 

He wrote all his programme notes himself which is unusual. They virtually never need any correcting. 

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Certainly, when we look back we had an average league one team, with a sprinkling of good players, and though we often struggled to score goals we were an established league one outfit, despite the manager working under immense pressure from the fella above him.

In the round, Page did a decent job. You wonder what we might have achieved if he'd had a bit more money and support.

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