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12 hours ago, Lornelounger said:

50 years and a bit of never-ending joy and bliss for me.  First game was a 0 - 1 home defeat to Torquay, in a game which featured two of our future managers. Brian Horton was on his way to becoming a club legend in the proper sense of the word - and as for Torquay's number 9, he just happened to bring the best period I've ever known at the Vale in half a century of watching them.  Think I have a programme with a future England manager with a 100% record in the cupboard somewhere too.... 

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I showed this to Eddie and the first thing he said was, “Keith Walker referee - horrible bald headed guy - useless”!!!  He has also taken a dislike to Conrad for saying he can’t remember Johnny Green, one of the greatest midfielders to wear a Vale shirt!

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60+ years for me too like howjy04, cant remember my first game much (1958) but  do remember my Dad taking me away to the likes of Oldham, Bradford park Avenue and later on the kop at Liverpool in the fa cup and getting soaked to the skin at home to Sunderland when Cloughie played for them.

Memories ! 

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3 hours ago, points-with-bone said:

Beating Notts County away 4-0 about 1984

Vale fans celebrating in Yates' wine lodge with a more than slightly drunk house violinist and lots of mean looking scantily clad ladies propping up the bar

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That was my first away game

First home game was about 1974 against Blackburn Rovers, a Wednesday night game

I was taken by John Kemp who ran the local newsagent; I was one of his delivery boys. Mr. Kemp couldn't make Saturday games due to running his shop and I couldn't go to football on Saturdays either, As I had my own sporting stuff to do

It was a bit of an eye opener seeing weeds growing on the terraces and some parts of the ground looked like a decent storm would blow them away, but the football was 'honest' and the wit and so forth from the fans was infectious and that was me hooked for life

Points-with-Bone

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I remember when i was a young lad my father always took me on the hamil end but this day he said i fancy a change we will go on the lorne street. So off we go gets on the lorne street he puts me on the barrier stands behind me about ten minutes in the match Reg Potts the vales left back in those days cleared the ball out of play hit me in the chest and knocked me off the barrier into my dads arms needless to say the next match we retreated to the hamil end again but its all in a day of being a vale fan.

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1 hour ago, points-with-bone said:

That was my first away game

First home game was about 1974 against Blackburn Rovers, a Wednesday night game

I was taken by John Kemp who ran the local newsagent; I was one of his delivery boys. Mr. Kemp couldn't make Saturday games due to running his shop and I couldn't go to football on Saturdays either, As I had my own sporting stuff to do

 

I bet you sat right behind us because that's where John used to sit.  I remember his daughter was going out with Mark Bright at one point.

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19 minutes ago, Tony Rodriguez said:

21st April 1992, 1-1 v. Charlton. We were relegated two games later but I came back for more.

I remember that game.  We thought we'd won it then let in a dreadful goal from a cross that Grewy should have come for late in the game.

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4 hours ago, Jacko51 said:

I showed this to Eddie and the first thing he said was, “Keith Walker referee - horrible bald headed guy - useless”!!!  He has also taken a dislike to Conrad for saying he can’t remember Johnny Green, one of the greatest midfielders to wear a Vale shirt!

I wondered what Eddie was saying Re. Johnny Green ! and I have to agree about Green being one of the greatest midfielders to play for us.

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4 hours ago, Jacko51 said:

I showed this to Eddie and the first thing he said was, “Keith Walker referee - horrible bald headed guy - useless”!!!  

 He must be up there with Eddie's "love" of North East refs in the George Courtenay era then 😩😩😩 

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Too young to remember my first match at the Old Rec, probably a Saturday afternoon reserve game in the Cheshire League which would be safe for small boys. Later sitting on the fence was the favourite for boys at first team games. First game I have memories of was the  1948 All-ticket league game against Notts County, Vale in the running for promotion attracting a 18,000 crowd. There was also the rarity that the England centre forward Tommy Lawton was playing for Notts, the first current England international to ever do so for a Third Division club. I was then tall enough to stand on the Town end with my father.  Vale lost 2-1 a goal from Lawton winning it, Ronnie Allen also netted, who would also go on to score for England.

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8 hours ago, Fosse69 said:
9 hours ago, Brian said:
0-0 v Wolves in first game of Andy Jones second spell. Hooked!

Dean Glover debut game?

Yes, I think so, but all the fuss was about Jones coming back. 

Had recently moved to the area, tried S***e first, but the Vale felt right straight away.

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8 hours ago, Jacko51 said:

I showed this to Eddie and the first thing he said was, “Keith Walker referee - horrible bald headed guy - useless”!!!  He has also taken a dislike to Conrad for saying he can’t remember Johnny Green, one of the greatest midfielders to wear a Vale shirt!

Sorry.

i have heard of him, just can’t remember seeing him play.

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45 minutes ago, Conrad said:

Sorry.

i have heard of him, just can’t remember seeing him play.

Don’t worry. You’re forgiven!!

When Johnny Green died there were a lot of tributes on here and on PVO.  We printed them all off and tracked down the funeral director who did Johnny’s funeral. Eddie then contacted them to see if they would forward a letter to his wife. He sent all the tributes to Johnny’s wife along with a letter. A few days later she rang us and Eddie had a long natter with her. 

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7 hours ago, Jacko51 said:

I remember that game.  We thought we'd won it then let in a dreadful goal from a cross that Grewy should have come for late in the game.

That was my first ever league game.

My first ever game was the 1.4 against Liverpool.

The next game I went to after Charlton was Exeter the following season.  2.2 i think it was.

I was a regular that season and a season ticket holder thereafter.

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9 hours ago, Jacko51 said:

I bet you sat right behind us because that's where John used to sit.  I remember his daughter was going out with Mark Bright at one point.

Wow I'm amazed

John was a really nice dude. His first wife died in tragic circumstances, but he soldiered on

I remember once one of the paper delivery lads who fancied himself a bit, nicked a Mars bar when John's back was turned

When we came back from delivering the papers, John handed out the wage packets. 'Oh' he says to the lad, 'by the way I've taken the money out for the Mars bar you forgot to pay for earlier'

Class act

That was just the first time he took me to the Vale; went to a lot of Wednesday night games with him

Not sure if he's still alive

Big debt I owe him for that

Years later, when I was back in the UK on leave, I took great pride in taking my youngest daughter to Vale Park for her first ever game and I really remembered John Kemp taking me

Points-with-Bone

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