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Simon Mills Neil aspin Dean Glover Darren Hughes 

Robbie Earle Ray Walker

John Macarthy              Steve Guppy 

Martin Foyle       Tony Naylor

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Bob Hazel, Phil sproson, Paul Musslewhite, Andy Jones, Andy Porter 

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I saw all the home games during the 1953/54 season and must agree with your assertion that it is the best Vale 11 that I have seen by some distance. The best 2 goal keepers, again by some distanc

Mehmet  Mills Geohagen Slater Jules Mbamba Whitehead Fraser  Barnett Perry Robinson     

My goodness, you have put a great amount of detail into that post. It’s fascinating to read, especially since you saw all those home games. That must have been really something to watch. Huge crowds ,

2 hours ago, boslemportvale91 said:

Not even Bridge Wilkinson or Mcphee? 

Think thats slightly harsh on pope. While Taylor and Foyle are definitely two of the greatest strikers to ever Grace VP. Pope is the second highest goalscorer of all time. While the times have changed and the opposition may not have been that great. You can only play who's infront you. He deserves to be up there with the greats. 

Taylor was a midfielder.

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2 hours ago, TJHValiant said:

For me, I thought Constantine was the better footballer as a goalscorer. I remember a dull 0-0 v Oldham in 2005/06 away I think, where he scored a winner with a cracking first touch out of nothing. At his best, Leon probably had the best first touch of any striker I had seen outside the prem. 

Foyle probably our best all round striker in my lifetime and Naylor had so much skill, he could create so many chances by himself. Cullen is similar to Naylor in theory, but lacks any creative ability to deliver that guilt edged finish from nothing. 

His work rate was not great but for us it never needed to be.

McPhee was great for that one promotion push season under Horton and Marc BW for me was a good all-rounder but lacked the magic that would have got him into a 2nd tier side at our best. 
 

What we have to remember is that most of the league 1 years, apart from the decent 1 under Horton were mainly mid table mediocre affairs that seemed to get less comfortable each year. We didn’t play particularly good football even then. 

Eh, how was it a dull 0-0 if Leon scored the winner?

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2 hours ago, hamilboy said:

                                                              Ken Hancock             

                     Simon Mills            Tommy Cheadle        Dean Glover      Roy Sproson

                                             John Green                 Ray Walker

            John Rowland                          Andy Jones                 Tony  Naylor         Steve Guppy

subs;   Ray King   Bobby Thompson  Robbie Earle  Martin Foyle  Cliffe Portwood

 

 

Owd bugger.

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Understand its a thread about players in someones lifetime.... but Mark Chamberlain left Vale and was a full England international within months. In whatever formation he would be my first name on a team sheet.

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6 hours ago, hamilboy said:

                                                              Ken Hancock             

                     Simon Mills            Tommy Cheadle        Dean Glover      Roy Sproson

                                             John Green                 Ray Walker

            John Rowland                          Andy Jones                 Tony  Naylor         Steve Guppy

subs;   Ray King   Bobby Thompson  Robbie Earle  Martin Foyle  Cliffe Portwood

 

 

Snap.That lot are light years away from the overpaid dross that we've put up with over the past decade.

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8 hours ago, valiant_593 said:

Mehmet 

Mills Geohagen Slater Jules

Mbamba Whitehead Fraser 

Barnett Perry Robinson 

 

 

Can’t believe you’ve got Exodus in defence, surely he was at his ‘best’ as our midfield General?? 

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30 minutes ago, Biddulph_PV said:

Can’t believe you’ve got Exodus in defence, surely he was at his ‘best’ as our midfield General?? 

Mussy

Hill Glover Swann Tanks

Chambo Bogie Porter Guppster

Foyle Naylor

subs: Earle Sproson Taylor Walker Jones Beckford Walker

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6 hours ago, JRC said:

Understand its a thread about players in someones lifetime.... but Mark Chamberlain left Vale and was a full England international within months. In whatever formation he would be my first name on a team sheet.

My Dad was really good mates with him and also his brother as a kid as they grew up together. He used to rave about him, how quick and skillful he was, but as a kid/teen I had no idea who he was other than he played for Vale and also England.

Thinking about it, is he any relation to Alex Oxlade? :classic_ohmy:

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7 minutes ago, TylerB said:

My Dad was really good mates with him and also his brother as a kid as they grew up together. He used to rave about him, how quick and skillful he was, but as a kid/teen I had no idea who he was other than he played for Vale and also England.

Thinking about it, is he any relation to Alex Oxlade? :classic_ohmy:

Yep

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5 minutes ago, JohnJames said:

Grew

mills swan sproson tankard
mc Carthy  Horton Taylor brammer guppy

naylor  foyle morgan

 

ive Picked 13 so we may have a chance of scoring

 

 

Completely forgot about Sammy Morgan, I liked him.

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1 hour ago, TylerB said:

My Dad was really good mates with him and also his brother as a kid as they grew up together. He used to rave about him, how quick and skillful he was, but as a kid/teen I had no idea who he was other than he played for Vale and also England.

Thinking about it, is he any relation to Alex Oxlade? :classic_ohmy:

Mark is his Dad.

Isn't the Oxlade part his Mum's maiden name, that Alex added onto his name when his Uncle died (his Mum's brother), in his honour? So up until then he would have been Alex Chamberlain.

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1 hour ago, grand prix pants said:

Mussy

Hill Glover Swann Tanks

Chambo Bogie Porter Guppster

Foyle Naylor

subs: Earle Sproson Taylor Walker Jones Beckford Walker

That was a Brilliant team . I enjoyed watching them play for the vale . 

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2 hours ago, Biddulph_PV said:Can’t believe you’ve got Exodus in defence, surely he was at his ‘best’ as our midfield General?? 

Exodus would walk into our current defence. At least we were a top end league 2 team in his era....an the glory days under Gannon! 

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