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Port Vale
Port Vale F.C. logo
Full name Port Vale Football Club
Nickname(s) The Valiants, The Vale
Founded 1876
Ground Vale Park
Burslem
Stoke-on-Trent
(Capacity: 18,900)
Chairman Bill Bratt
Manager Micky Adams
League League Two
2008–09 League Two, 18th
Home colours
Away colours

Port Vale Football Club are an English football club currently playing in Football League Two. They are based in Burslem, Staffordshire — one of six towns that make up the city of Stoke-on-Trent. The club's main rivals in the city are Stoke City, and games between the two clubs are known as the "Potteries derby"; however, the last derby match took place on 10 February 2002 and so rivalry has increased between Port Vale and other local clubs, including Crewe Alexandra, Burton Albion, Macclesfield Town and Shrewsbury Town.

Port Vale are one of the few English league clubs not to be named after a city or town. The name Port Vale exists on maps pre-dating the 1876 formation of the club, and is a reference to a valley of ports on the Trent and Mersey Canal, associated with the city's pottery industry. The two symbols on the clubs badge are a bottle kiln and the Stafford knot. The club's mascot is Boomer the Dog, the Baha Men hit 'Who Let the Dogs Out?' is played as Boomer takes to the field before kick-off at home games, his squad number is 'K9'. The current shirt sponsorship comes from Harlequin Property.

Possibly the club's most successful times have been in the 50s, where they were FA Cup semi-finalists in 1954 and won numerous league titles. John Rudge was manager from 1983 to 1999 and steered the club through some of its best years, certainly in recent times. Under his leadership the club reached 8th in the second tier in the 1996–97 season and enjoyed cup glory and numerous promotion campaigns. Since his reign the club have declined, Bill Bratt's Valiant 2001 supporters group took the club out of administration in 2003. But despite providing relative financial security for the club, as of 2009 the group has failed to prevent the club slipping to its lowest league standing in 30 years.

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History

The kit used in Vale's first League season (1892)[1]

Port Vale were formed in 1876, following a meeting at the Port Vale House, from where the club took its name.[2] They played their football at Limekiln Lane, Longport and from 1880 at Westport. The club moved to Burslem in 1884, changing its name to Burslem Port Vale in the process, they played at Moorland Road before moving into the Athletic Ground in 1885. In 1892 the club were founder members of the Football League Second Division.

The club dropped 'Burslem' from their name in 1907—a dark time of financial difficulties where the club were forced to resign from the league. However the clubs fortunes soon improved, they moved into their new home of The Old Recreation Ground in 1912 and returned to the Football League in October 1919, taking over the fixture list of Leeds City in the second division, who were disbanded because of financial irregularities.

The removal of 'Burslem' from the club's name means that it is the only club other than Arsenal in the English football league not to have the name of an area in its name.

In 1921 the club adopted their familiar white and black strip after having experimented with numerous colours, including; plain red, gold and black stripes, claret and blue and even during 1898–1902 playing in the red and white stripes now used by rivals Stoke City for the past 100 years. However, the kit soon changed to plain red shirts with white shorts in 1923, a look which lasted until 1934, where the white shirt, black shorts and socks kit once again was adopted.

The club saw their first relegation during the 1928-29 season, going from the Second Division to the Third Division North. They came up the following season as champions, the 1930-31 season saw a 5th place finish in the second tier of English football, their greatest league finish ever.

After this peak the club were once again relegated in the 1935-36 season and remained in the third tier until World War II.

With the outbreak of war in Europe and Vale sitting bottom of the Third Division South after 2 games, the 1939-40 season was cancelled as Britain and the allies fought a brutal war against Nazi Germany and the axis. With Germany and Japan's defeat peace was restored and the 1946-47 season began.

In 1950, Vale Park was completed, the clubs second ground, a year later Freddie Steele became manager. Steele quickly established himself at the club, masterminding the celebrated 'Iron Curtain' defence. The 1953-54 saw Vale storming to the Third Division North title as well as reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing out to eventual winners West Brom in very controversial fashion, seeing an Albert Leake goal disallowed for offside.[3] Three years later the club were once again relegated and once again became founder members of a league- this time the Football League Fourth Division. Their first season in this new division was extremely successful as the club took the title with a club record 110 goals.

During the '60s the Vale fans witnessed numerous good cup runs, though never reaching close to their 1954 semi-final appearance. In 1967 Stanley Matthews took over (from Jackie Mudie who spent two years as Manager), his reign ended in tears in 1968 as Vale were expelled from the Third Division over seemingly illegal payments made to players.[4]

Gordon Lee took the helm after Vales expulsion, and soon after the club were back in the 3rd division when they were promoted in 1970 finishing 4th in the 4th Division. However the 1970s did not prove a successful period for the Valiants as the club languished in the bottom half of the 3rd division for much of the decade(despite a finishes of 6th in 1973 & 1975). Lee left in 1974 after Vale avoided relegation by just one place. The club eventually succumbed to relegation back to the 4th Division in 1978 finishing 21st under Dennis Butler. Ultimately five managers would follow Lee out the door having proved unable (or unwilling in regards to those who left to coach higher placed teams) to steady the club.

The season ending in 1980 saw Port Vale finish 20th in the Fourth Division (88th overall), the clubs worst ever finish. However local rivals Crewe Alex were three places below them, giving the supporters some small comfort. Despite this poor finish in John McGrath's first season the club did begin to show some signs of recovery under his tutoridge. Improving to 7th in 1982 and then achieving their first success for 13 years the following season when Vale were promoted to the 3rd Division in 3rd place.

In a decision that was to shape the next seventeen years of the clubs history, John Rudge, McGrath's assistant, was appointed manager at Vale Park in December 1983. Though he was unable to halt Vale's immediate return to the bottom tier of the Football League, he succeeded in steadying the ship. Vale were promoted back to the third tier in 1985-86, losing just once at Vale Park, and, helped by the goals of prolific Welshman Andy Jones, finished in fourth place. One of the many cup upsets came in 1988, when a Vale side, mid-way in the Third Division, defeated First Division Tottenham 2-1.

The Valiants' rise didn't stop there. After three seasons in the third tier, another promotion, to the Second Division, followed in 1988-89. Robbie Earle scored the winning goal at Vale Park to complete a 2-1 aggregate play-off final victory over Bristol Rovers.

They suffered relegation on the final day of the 1991-92 league campaign. In 1992-93, Vale bounced back well and were in the promotion picture for most of the season however they narrowly missed out as runners-up to local rivals Stoke City when Bolton Wanderers pipped them on the final day following a late run of form from the lancashire side. In a remarkable end to the season Vale would visit Wembley twice in just over a week. First in the final of the Autoglass Trophy which was to be the clubs first appearance at the home of football, Vale ran out 2-1 winners against Stockport County with Paul Kerr and Bernie Slaven scoring the goals. Unfortunately in what was arguably the more important game of the two, Vale then lost in the play-off final to West Bromwich Albion after Vale defender Peter Swan was red carded with the game poised at 0-0, West Brom went on to win 3-0 to deny the Valiants an immediate return to the 2nd tier. However, they weren't to be denied a season later and confirmed promotion on the final day of 1993-94 with a 3-1 win at Brighton's Goldstone Ground as runners up to Reading. The season also included Rudge's second giantkilling act as Vale took out Southampton (then in the Premiership) in the FA Cup on their way to the 4th round.

Ian Taylor was to become Rudge's first £1,000,000 sale, when Sheffield Wednesday invested in the midfielder. The money was spent on bringing Steve Guppy and Gareth Griffiths to the club during the 1994-95 campaign as Vale consolidated their second tier status. During the 1995-96 season, Vale struggled to find their league form in the early stages. However the FA Cup brought huge success; they vanquished Crystal Palace 4-3 in a 3rd round replay, before Rudge masterminded another memorable night at Vale Park, Everton(who were cup holders), were the victims of a sensational display of wing play from Steve Guppy and Jon McCarthy who took the Merseysiders apart in a 2-1 win. Vale again held Premiership opponents in the next round as they drew 0-0 with Leeds United at Elland Road, however they were to bow out in a replay 2-1 thanks to two late goals from Leeds' Gary McAllister. The team also had some success in the Anglo-Italian Cup, as they qualified for the final at Wembley, in the competition's final season.

Again, Vale made a slow start to the 1996-97 campaign, with only two wins from their opening ten league games. A protest against chairman Bill Bell after a poor home defeat to Crystal Palace seemed to mark an upturn in the Valiants' performances. Despite the sale of Steve Guppy to Leicester City for £800,000, Vale's form remained steady from then on, until five wins from six, from mid-March to mid-April, put them in with a chance of making the play-offs and, ultimately, a place in the Premiership. However, with three games remaining, Vale were to lose to Stoke City, before Wolves came away from Vale Park with a 2-1 victory to end their hopes. Vale's final finishing position of eighth was their highest in the pyramid since 1931.

The eighth-placed finish was to be the height of Vale's powers under John Rudge, and the following season, 1997-98, saw a more familiar mid-table and, eventually, relegation battle. Vale found themselves in deep relegation trouble going into the final match at Huddersfield after three straight defeats. Goals from Martin Foyle, Jan Jansson (two) and Lee Mills saw Vale claim a 4-0 win and an escape at the expense of Manchester City and Stoke City.

1998-99 saw Port Vale fare little better, with an early League Cup defeat to Chester City setting the tone. After sixteen years as Port Vale manager, John Rudge was sacked in January 1999 after one of Vale's most successful eras. He was replaced by former player Brian Horton, who had been working at Brighton & Hove Albion. Horton made five transfer-deadline day signings costing £1,000,000, and Vale managed a second-consecutive final-day escape after losing just two of their remaining eight games. There was no escape in 1999-2000, however. It was Huddersfield who eventually sealed Vale's fate with a 2-1 win at Vale Park, with Vale ultimately going down thirteen points adrift.

Despite a poor start to life back in the 3rd tier, the Valiants rallied and Brian Horton led the club to the LDV Vans Trophy in 2001, beating Brentford in the final to claim the competition for the 2nd time. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson and Steve Brooker were the heroes this time in a game played at the Millennium Stadium because of Wembley's inpending refurbishment. After the League Trophy-winning season, the Valiants lost the services of veterans Tony Naylor and Allen Tankard, as the Rudge legacy gradually became a part of the club's past. A disappointing 14th place finish followed in 2001-02 and at the end of 2002, Bill Bell eventually called in the administrators with the club around £1.5 million in debt. Valiant 2001 eventually secured control of the club after a long and drawn-out process as the season neared its close.

2003-04 was a new era for the club off the pitch, with the club coming out of administration under a new board of fan-ownership. However, Horton left in March 2004 after the board revealed he would not be given a new contract on the same terms and his budget would be slashed due to cost-cutting after administration. He was to be replaced by former player Martin Foyle, who had been a success as the club's youth-team manager. Foyle spent almost four years as manager after this, but the style of football the team were playing did him few favours as Vale finished 17th and 13th in his first two full campaigns in charge despite promising starts. Foyle put together a successful strike partnership in Leon Constantine and Akpo Sodje, but a poor start to the 2007-08 season, in which several of Foyle's major signings didn't live up to expectation resulted in his dismissal on 4 November 2007, with Vale in deep relegation trouble.

He was succeeded by Lee Sinnott, but the former Farsley Celtic manager was unable to prevent the club from sliding into League Two after a 23rd-place finish, as well as crashing out to Chasetown (an 8th tiered club) in the FA Cup Second Round. 2008-09 was Vale's first season in the bottom tier of the Football League for over twenty years. Sinnott was sacked on 22 September 2008, after an unsuccessful start to their League Two campaign with the Valiants in 16th place, Dean Glover taking over as caretaker-manager for the second time in twelve months.[5] He was appointed as manager on a permanent basis on 6 October.[6]

Glover was not the fan's choice for the management position, and failed to win over the supporters. The 2008-09 season finished with the club in 18th place in League Two, only a final day win at Barnet ensuring the club avoided its worst ever points tally in the bottom tier of the Football League. After months of speculation it was announced on 1 May 2009 that a new manager would be found for the 2009-10 season with Glover standing down from the role.[7]

On 4 June 2009, it was announced that Micky Adams would become the club's new manager. In just his second match, a League Cup tie at Championship side Sheffield United, Vale ran out 2-1 winners. This becoming only the third time in the clubs history that they had won away at a side two leagues above their own status (the others were in 1954 and 1964, both in the FA Cup). It was the same story in the second round, as Sheffield Wednesday were humbled 2-0. They eventually went out to Championship side Scunthorpe United in the third round and found themselves on the fringe of the League Two play-offs in mid-season.[8]

Stadiums

The Old Recreation Ground

The Rec was Vale's home from 1913 to 1950, before which they had flitted between several homes in their early years of existence. One of these was the Cobridge Athletic Ground, which was also a dog track for greyhound racing in Cobridge, an area between Burslem and Hanley. The Old Recreation Ground was located in Hanley and stood on what is now the multi-storey car park for the Potteries Shopping Centre.

Vale Park

Vale Park, Port Vale's home ground since 1950.

Vale Park has been Port Vale's home ground since 1950. Vale Park has a notional capacity of around 22,000; however with all the developments and a switch to an all-seater stadium in recent years, it is more likely around 18 or 19,000 once Lorne Street is completed.

Despite not being the oldest ground in the world, it has had several upgrades in its history. The original ground consisted of just two stands (The Railway side and the Lorne Street main stand) with banks of terracing at the Bycars and Hamil ends of the ground. Stands were eventually added behind each set of goals during the 1980s and 1990s as the ground began to be modernised. The paddock at the front of the Railway Stand was also made into an all-seated area, with just the Lorne Street side now being left as a standing area. Vale fans stood for the last time on Lorne Street at the end of the 1997-98 season, with the stand being demolished before work began on a new £3,000,000 structure. Work has yet to been finished on this, due to lack of finances and a change in ownership of the club. However, once new owners V2001 had taken care of the financing, work was finally begun on finishing the second half of the stand.

Supporters

Vale get most of their support in the north of Stoke-on-Trent, with the football fans in the towns of Tunstall and Burslem being mostly Valiants. The club also enjoys support from fans scattered all over the city, and the local area in general. The club has a healthy rivalry with Stoke City, as City are based in the town of Stoke-upon-Trent, only a small percentage of residents in the town are Vale fans. Stoke City also tends to enjoy a higher support base in the city as a whole, especially in recent times when they have achieved promotion to the country's top division.

Williams at a concert in Vienna

Among the club's famous fan base is singer Robbie Williams, who was raised in Stoke-on-Trent. He is now a major shareholder, having, in February 2006, bought £240,000 worth of the £250,000 worth of available shares in the club. Castle Comfort Stairlifts, the club's sponsors, at the same time bought the remainder for £10,000.[9] For this investment, a restaurant at Vale Park is named after him.[10]

"Although I can't be at the Vale often, my investment is just to say that my heart is still there and I'm a huge supporter. I'm really excited about what we may be able to do with the club in the future." Robbie Williams speaking in 2006.

For the computer game FIFA 2000, he provided an original theme song with It's Only Us, on the condition that Port Vale were included in the game, which they were, and are located in the Rest of World section. This song was also featured on the only FIFA Soundtrack CD release by EMI.[11]

In 2005 Williams founded Los Angeles Vale F.C., a Super Metro League team in the United States, named for Port Vale and based at his L.A. home. His best friend, TV presenter Jonathan Wilkes, is also a Vale fan.[12]

Another famous fan is darts legend Phil Taylor; Burslem born, The Power is a 15 time world champion of the sport.[13] The local Member of Parliament Joan Walley is also a supporter.[14] The singer Simon Webbe was signed up to the club's youth side as a teenager until a torn ligament at age seventeen put an end to any sporting ambitions. He remains a supporter of the club.[15][16]

Honours and achievements

League

Football League Third Division (3rd tier)

Football League Third Division North: 2 (3rd tier)

Football League Fourth Division: 1 (4th tier)

 

Cups

Staffordshire Senior Cup: 2

  • Winners: 1920, 2001
  • Runners-up: 1900

Birmingham Senior Cup: 1

  • Winners: 1913
  • Runners-up: 1899, 1900, 1914

Anglo-Italian Cup

  • Runners-up: 1996

Debenhams Cup

 

Trophies

Football League Trophy: 2

Statistics

Club records

Gareth Ainsworth, the club's most expensive signing and cause of £1.5 million profit within 13 months and 55 appearances.
Highest home attendance 49,768: vs Aston Villa, 20 February 1960, FA Cup (Round 5)
Highest home gate receipts £170,349: vs Everton, 14 February 1996, FA Cup (Round 4)
Largest league win 9-1: vs Chesterfield, 24 September 1932, Second Division
Heaviest league defeat 0-10: vs Sheffield United, 10 December 1892, Second Division[18]
Largest cup win 7-1: vs Irthlingborough Town, 12 January 1907, FA Cup (Round 1)
Most capped player Chris Birchall: 22, Trinidad and Tobago
Most League appearances Roy Sproson: 761, 1950-1972
Most League goals Wilf Kirkham: 154, 1923-1933
Most goals in a season Wilf Kirkham: 38, 1926-27 (Second Division)
Highest transfer fee paid £500,000: Gareth Ainsworth from Lincoln City, 11 September 1997
Highest transfer fee received £2,000,000: Gareth Ainsworth to Wimbledon, 29 October 1998

Highest Football League finishes

Pre War:

Post War:

 

Best Cup runs

FA Cup

  • Semi Finalists: 1954

League Cup

Players

Current squad

As of 6 October 2009.[19]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Joe Anyon
3 England FW Rob Taylor
4 England MF Anthony Griffith
5 England DF John McCombe
6 England DF Luke Prosser
7 England MF Doug Loft
8 Northern Ireland MF David Howland
9 England FW Marc Richards
10 England MF Tommy Fraser (captain)
11 England DF Adam Yates
12 England GK Chris Martin
14 England FW Louis Dodds
15 England DF Lee Collins
16 Wales DF Gareth Owen
No. Position Player
17 England FW Sean Rigg (on loan from Bristol Rovers)
18 England FW Danny Glover
19 England MF Simon Richman
20 England MF Ross Davidson
22 England DF Danny Edwards
24 England GK Daniel Lloyd-Weston
25 Wales FW Craig Davies (on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion)
26 England MF Kris Taylor
28 England FW Geoff Horsfield
29 England MF Sam Morsy
32 Wales MF Lewis Haldane
33 England FW Anthony Malbon
34 England DF Matthew Bell

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
21 Northern Ireland FW James Lawrie (on loan at Kidderminster Harriers)
No. Position Player

Notable former players

Managerial history

   

Club management

Current technical body

As of 8 October 2009 [20]
Position Name Nationality
Manager: Micky Adams England English
Assistant Manager: Geoff Horsfield England English
Reserve Team Manager: Vacant
Youth Team Manager: Mark Grew England English
Youth Development Officer: Sevvy Aslam England England
Head Physiotherapist: John Bower United Kingdom England
Youth Physiotherapist: Andrew Foster England England
Club Doctor: David Phillips England England
Chief Scout: Ray Williams England English
Head Groundsman: Steve Speed England England
Staff Senior Administrator: Estelle Baggley England England
Club Accountant: Tracey Carter England England
Ticket Office Manager: Ted Wilcox England England
Lottery Manager: Brian Lewis England England
Merchandise Manager: Andrew Burgess England England
Community Manager: Jim Cooper England England
Safety Officer: Bill Stevenson England England
Senior Safety Advisor: Phil Mayer England England
Club Chaplain: John M. Hibberts (M.A.) England England
Website & Programme Editor: Dave Johnson England England
 

Management positions

As of 8 October 2009 [20]
Position Name Nationality
Chairman: Bill Bratt England English
Vice Chairman: Peter Jackson United Kingdom British
Director: Stan Meigh United Kingdom British
Director: Glenn Oliver United Kingdom British
Director: Paul Humphreys United Kingdom British
Director: Mike Thompstone United Kingdom British
Director: Graham Mudie Scotland Scottish
Director: Mike Lloyd United Kingdom British
Club Secretary: Bill Lodey United Kingdom British
Commercial Manager: Vacant
Conference & Events Duty Manager: Vacant
Marketing Assistant: Vacant
Sponsorship & Advertising Manager: Verity Hilton United Kingdom British

Previous Chairmen

Name Nationality Years
Edward Oliver England English 1885–1897
Robert Audley England English 1897–1907
Sam Bennion England English 1908–1911
J.H.Edwards United Kingdom British 1911–1913
Frank Huntbach England English 1913–1921
Sampson Walker United Kingdom British 1921–1926
Frank Huntbach England English 1926–1940
Tom Flint United Kingdom British 1940–1946
William Holdcroft England English 1946–1952
Fred Burgess England English 1952–1958
Jake Bloom England English 1958–1959
Fred Burgess England English 1959–1960
Jake Bloom England English 1960–1961
 
Name Nationality Years
Joe Machin United Kingdom British 1961–1963
Tom Talbot United Kingdom British 1963–1965
Fred Pinfold United Kingdom British 1965–1968
Arthur McPherson England English 1968–1970
Mark Singer England English 1970–1971
Graham Bourne United Kingdom British 1971–1972
Mark Singer England English 1972–1977
Arthur McPherson England English 1977–1980
Don Ratcliffe England English 1980–1982
Jim Lloyd England English 1982–1987
Bill Bell England English 1987–2003
Bill Bratt England English 2003-present
Those listed with a British nationality are assumed to be British, however exact nationality is not known for certain.

Reserve and youth teams

The club has run a reserve team for most of its history, they originally joined the Cheshire County League in 1923 with their most successful period coming in the late 1920s early 1930s when they won the league five times(four times consecutively) and also did the league and cup double in 1931. Despite one season in the Birmingham League in 1933-34, the reserves remained in the Cheshire division for nearly 50 years eventually leaving the league for good in the 1971 to join the Central League. Vale did have a period without a reserve outfit after the club came out of administration in 2003 due to cost cutting. However it was started up again in time for the 2006-07 season. Vale's reserves currently compete in The Central League Division One Central. The team is usually made up of a combination of fringe players and youth players in the last year or two of their scholarships. Former Vale player Andy Porter, who was also manager of the youth team, took charge of the reserves until he left the club at the end of 2008, leading them to second place in the 2007-08 league, although it was not enough to qualify for the end-of-season play-offs as a best runner-up. Geoff Horsfield is currently running the side with help from Mark Grew.

The most senior of the club's youth teams play their matches in the Football League Youth Alliance North West Conference, with ex-Valiant Mark Grew coaching them. In recent years, the under-18s have gone from strength to strength, winning a number of youth tournaments with more players going onto to earn professional contracts in the first team.

2007-08 was particularly notable, as the under-18s won the Foyle Cup in pre-season, beating Bournemouth 1-0 in the final, before equalling the club record of reaching the quarter-final in the FA Youth Cup, including the giantkillings of Bolton and Tottenham. The youth team finished the season by winning the Midland Floodlit Youth Cup, beating Lincoln City 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Sincil Bank.[21]

2008-09 began with the under-18s adding the Shrewsbury International Soccer Tournament to the trophy cabinet, remaining unbeaten throughout the event before beating Sutton Coldfield 3-0 in the final.[22] The Midland Youth Cup was won for a second consecutive year in 2009 as the young Valiants beat Rushden & Diamonds 3-1, this time on home soil at Vale Park.[23] The under-18s attempts at retaining the Shrewsbury International Soccer Tournament in 2009-10 got off to a poor start with defeat to Egyptian side Al-Ahly 2-1. The young Valiants could then only manage a 0-0 draw with Mexican's Cruz Azul in their second game. Al-Ahly were then to end their chances of making the final beating Cruz Azul themselves 2-0! A 1-0 victory over Ulster Schools was enough for Vale to qualify for the 3rd/4th place play-off, where they despatched local side Ellesmere Rangers 3-0 to take the bronze medal.[24]

Reserve Team Honours

League

Cheshire County League : 5

  • Winners: 1924–25, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31

Cups

Cheshire County League Challenge Cup

  • Winners: 1931

Youth Team Honours

Cups

Shrewsbury International Soccer Tournament: under-18s

  • Winners: 2008
  • 3rd Place: 2009

Midland Floodlit Youth Cup: 2

  • Winners: 2008, 2009

Foyle Cup: under-18s

  • Winners: 2007

References and notes

General
  • Kent, Jeff: "The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale" (Witan Books, 1990, ISBN 0-9508981-4-7).
  • Kent, Jeff: "The Port Vale Record 1879-1993" (Witan Books, 1993, ISBN 0-9508981-9-8).
  • Kent, Jeff: "Port Vale Personalities: A Biographical Dictionary of Players, Officials and Supporters" (Witan Books, 1996, ISBN 0-9529152-0-0).
Specific
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  3. ^ King, Ray. Port Vale FC: The Valiants in the 50s and 60s. Chesire: Staffordshire Sentinel Newspapers Limited. p. 49. ISBN 1-84547-090-7. 
  4. ^ Maul, Rob (August 13, 2006). "Caught in Time: Port Vale pre-season tour of Czechoslovakia, 1967". Times Online. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/article607187.ece. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
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  8. ^ "Port Vale boss Micky Adams targets League Two play-offs". BBC Sport. 16 December 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/port_vale/8416694.stm. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Robbie buys into Vale", BBC.co.uk, 27 February 2006
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  13. ^ "FAMOUS FAN: PHIL 'THE POWER' TAYLOR". The Football League. 05.01.2010. http://www.football-league.co.uk/features/famous-fan-phil-the-power-taylor-20100105_2249035_1924798. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  14. ^ Tideswell, Martin (April 4, 2009). "Port Vale: Big names back Vale's 'bargain' season ticket". The Sentinel. http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/portvale/Port-Vale-Big-names-Vale-s-bargain-season-ticket/article-872788-detail/article.html. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  15. ^ "BIOGRAPHY". Most Beautiful Man. http://www.mostbeautifulman.com/musicians/simonwebbe/bio.shtml. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  16. ^ "Simon Webbe: I'm A Celebrity Top 10 facts". Mirror.co.uk. 2008-11-11. http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv-entertainment/imacelebrity/profiles/2008/11/11/simon-webbe-i-m-a-celebrity-top-10-facts-115875-20887621/. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  17. ^ a b c not promoted
  18. ^ Also an English football League Record
  19. ^ "Profiles". Port Vale F.C.. http://www.port-vale.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10381~1702686,00.html. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  20. ^ a b Who's Who
  21. ^ "Midland Youth Cup Final Match Report", port-vale.co.uk, 15 April 2008
  22. ^ "Shrewsbury International Soccer Tournament Review", port-vale.co.uk, 11 August 2008
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  24. ^ "Shrewsbury International Soccer Tournament Results 2009", soccerdestinations, 6th August 2009

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Preceded by
Stoke City
Football League Trophy Winners
1992-93
Succeeded by
Swansea City
Preceded by
Stoke City
Football League Trophy Winners
2000-01
Succeeded by
Blackpool







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