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Have recently unpacked many boxes of dusty ephemera that have resided in the darkness of the loft for too many moons, I realized with some heavy guilt that my collection of 'Mementoes Triumphant', ' amassed to celebrate the zeniths of Port Vale's Zebran warriors', performances is, to coin a word, sparse

I have a large white plate, embossed with the players' signatures, to celebrate the promotion to the championship in the 1993-94 season. Additionally I posses a smaller platter to commemorate the Autoglass Trophy victory in 2001 and a somewhat awful coffee mug that is fading and peeling, even though it has never been used, to celebrate the promotion to division one in 2012-13

Our lauded alumni Erzulie, who journeyed many aeons ago now to reside in Burslem Mother Town and drank of the sacred brews in the 'American', drops heavy occasional hints of his possession of other Mementoes Triumphant, but refuses to allow entrance to his sacred den [also known as the shed] so it is not possible to gaze with reverent eyes upon them

Carved upon the trunk of the large Lib Rary tree central to the kraal, are the dates of the triumphs:

Third Division champions 1929-30 [now League 1]

Third Division champions 1953-54 [now League 1]

Fourth Division champions 1958-59 [now League 2]

Promoted to Division Two [ now Championship] 1993-94

Promoted to Division Two [ now Championship] Play-Off winners 1988-89

Promoted to Division Three 1969-70 [now League 2]

Promoted to Division Three 1982-83 [now League 2]

Promoted to Division Three 1985-86 [now League 2]

Promoted to Division Three 2012-13 [now League 2]

Football League Trophy winners 1993

Football League Trophy winners 2001

I would imagine there are acolytes who can recall all these occasions, though those recalling 1929-30 may be a little thin on the ground

So, what Mementoes Triumphant were produced to celebrate these accoladed occasions? Does anyone have them all? Does the club even posses specimens of each?

Points-with-Bone

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I do recall that when I went into the club shop to buy my memento plate for the victory in the 2001 Football League Trophy, they had on sale a massive replica of the Millennium Stadium with an engraved plaque on it

I presume somewhat eventually bought it, as when I went in on a later occasion, it was gone

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That's the baby. Was there more than one then?

There was just the one in the club shop when I saw it it [unless they wheeled a new one out every time they made a sale]

Looking at that image, it looks really quite neat; well made, lots of detail. I don't recall it being cheap either

I'm really regretting not buying one now; I've got this idea of trying to collect every piece of official Vale commemorative mementos and surely that'd be the main piece in terms of unusualness

For the amount of time the club has been going, there's not been that many championships/promotions; I make it nine, plus the two Football League Trophies - so I'm wondering if there's [at least] eleven commemorative mementos

I'd especially love to know if the club issued anything for being Third Division Champions in season 1929-30

By the way is that a record player to the left of the model? I do like a good deck

Points-with-Bone

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I'm not certain how many were produced but to be fair it is a standard item with a sticker stuck on one side to commemorate the occasion and score. I really happened upon it by accident, it's not something that I'd ever consider buying.

I do like to get memorabilia, I've got one of the Paine Proffitt 12/13 print, it's a great reminder of the season highlights.

As for the turntable that's a Rega P1, I was looking for a while and it's a good budget option.  Very pleased with it.

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On 28/08/2021 at 06:55, points-with-bone said:

I do recall that when I went into the club shop to buy my memento plate for the victory in the 2001 Football League Trophy, they had on sale a massive replica of the Millennium Stadium with an engraved plaque on it

I presume somewhat eventually bought it, as when I went in on a later occasion, it was gone

Points-with-Bone

I have a signed LDV sponsor board from that game. Not sure where it came from but my Dad gave it to me and it's hanging on the wall in the darts room with a few other bits and pieces collected over the years 

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1 hour ago, WV said:

I have a signed LDV sponsor board from that game. Not sure where it came from but my Dad gave it to me and it's hanging on the wall in the darts room with a few other bits and pieces collected over the years 

Nice thing to have, and to hang in your darts room, but I'm wondering what the 'official' mementoes were for the Vales' triumphs. For instance, was there any memento issued for the first Football League Trophy win against Stockport? I'd assumed, being the Potteries, there'd be lots of ceramic mementoes for these occasions

Points-with-Bone

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