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    Poem: some things never change…

    One lifelong Vale fan’s dedication to the club inspires Barry’s latest poem… Barry Edge writes… When old sage said to onevalefan ”If the present owner stays I’m finished” my heart reached out to him. Like most Valiants he has seen the good, bad and downright ugly of all things Port Vale. No one, and I […]

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    “That’s just the way it is “.Bruce Hornsby.

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    Maybe "Always look on the bright side of life" is more appropriate at the moment.
    It's certainly been a very rough couple of seasons. I wonder if we've had two as bad as these in consecutive years before?

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    As usual Barry, brilliant poem. It helps lift the depression we find ourselves in at present, mate.

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    It is what it is


    When old sage said to onevalefan ”If the present owner stays I'm finished” my heart reached out to him. Like most Valiants he has seen the good, bad and downright ugly of all things Port Vale. No one, and I mean no one, can question his passion and dedication for our ’Club and along with many of us he has fought in the trenches to keep alive our ‘League status to fight another day. But right now it seems old sage is more than a little battle weary and just wants us know this.

    It goes without saying the following replies and discussion overwhelmingly understood old sage feeling the way he does.

    Why do we still keep on keeping on in the name of Port Vale F.C.?

    Maybe the answer / answers can be found in hamilboy’s reply to old sage in post #39 in which he tells us…

    Some Things Don’t Change

    I come from a family who have supported Port Vale
    For five generations and possibly more
    With my journey starting in the halcyon clime
    Of the F.A. Cup back in ‘Fifty Four

    For sixty four years I have followed the ‘Vale
    And I’ve turned out regardless fair weather and fowl,
    But the ‘Wembley of the North’ no longer compares
    To the times when the crowds stood cheek by jowl

    These days I drive to the Hamil Road end
    And park in Synetics - a fiver a throw,
    But that’s about it to my Burslem day out
    And I keep asking myself “Why do I still go?”

    I walk to the Bycars around the Railway Stand
    Dodging puddles of water and doggy poo,
    And with the ancient turnstiles a tight squeeze for me
    I need to knock the gate to let me through

    With my bowels in distress I make a dash
    To empty my clog in the Bycars loo,
    An experience that simply beggars belief
    And a smell enough to make me spew

    I must confess they’re better than back when I was young
    For I can still remember walking through the door
    No privacy existed – ‘twas a truly awful sight
    Of back to back toilets in the middle of the floor

    To sit and ponder Socrates whilst their privacy laid bare
    Must have been desperation and certainly not much fun,
    For it was easy to point one’s manhood
    But much harder to show one’s bum

    I go to take a my seat where I’ve sat for many years
    But need to wipe it clean before I sit,
    I look around the Bycars – so many empty seats -
    But I’d rather be in here than sitting down the ‘Brit

    The game is done and dusted - another scoreless draw,
    And it seems to me the players just don’t care,
    On top of which I’m thinking as I drive home in the dark
    ‘It truly is a shambles at the Port Vale Fair’

    After hanging up my coat I slump onto the couch
    With a drink in hand to ease my tortured brain,
    And as crazy as it seems I promise all of you
    I’ll be going to the next match to do it all again

    Barry Edge
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    15 February, 2018

    *Every new day is a new beginning with new horizons (Barry Edge)
    *Supporting Port Vale, for real supporters, is something that's in your blood. You can't turn it off like a tap (Paul Machin)

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    Quote Originally Posted by onestepatatime View Post
    As usual Barry, brilliant poem. It helps lift the depression we find ourselves in at present, mate.

    Cheers KJ, and a win against Newport on Saturday will help to calm the nerves a tad
    *Every new day is a new beginning with new horizons (Barry Edge)
    *Supporting Port Vale, for real supporters, is something that's in your blood. You can't turn it off like a tap (Paul Machin)

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