Port Vale

FL125 VOTE

 

  Who is Port Vale's best ever captain?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Roy Sproson 40%
2 Andy Porter 25%
3 Neil Aspin 20%
4 Tommy Cheadle 10%
5 Dean Glover 5%
     

The FL125 Greatest Captain voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestCaptain.

The nominees were:

Andy Porter - He signed a professional contract with Vale on 29 June 1987. He went on to have a long association with the Vale Park club, as more than 350 Football League appearances were made before he departed for Wigan Athletic in July 1998. His spell with Vale had been one of the most successful the club had enjoyed for many years, including appearances at Wembley Stadium, FA Cup giant killing acts and twice winning promotion to the second tier of English football. 

He played in the 1996 Anglo-Italian Cup Final, as Vale lost 5-2 to Genoa. He enjoyed a testimonial match against Derby County in 1996. His 432 appearances in all competitions means he has the sixth most appearances of any Vale player over all competitions.

Neil Aspin - Port Vale were preparing for their first Second Division campaign in 32 years when "Aspo" arrived at the club. He played 51 games in 1989/90, as the club recorded an eleventh place finish. He immediately established himself as a firm favourite with the supporters at Vale Park, taking the club's player of the year award at the end of the campaign. He was also entrusted with the club's captaincy.

Dean Glover - Glover was signed by John Rudge in February 1989 for a then-club record £200,000 fee; Rudge intended him to be a replacement for injured defender Phil Sproson. He became an instant hit with the Port Vale fans as he marked England international Steve Bull out of the game on his debut, a goalless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers. He went on to play both legs of the Play-Off final victory over Bristol Rovers, as a Robbie Earle inspired Vale played their last game of Third Division football thanks to a 2ñ1 victory.

Roy Sproson - A one-club man, he holds the all-time appearance record for Vale, making 837 starts (and five substitute appearances) for Vale between 1950 and 1972. This includes a run of 128 consecutive appearances between April 1954 and March 1957. He is also 14th on the all-time Football League appearance list.

Tommy Cheadle - He was captain during the 1953/54 season, where Vale made it to the FA Cup semi-finals and won the Third Division North title. The team had conceded just 21 goals in 46 games with Cheadle at the heart of the 'Iron Curtain' defence consisting of Ray King (goalkeeper), Cheadle, Reg Potts, Stan Turner and Roy Sproson.

 

  What is Port Vale's best ever match?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Port Vale 7-1 Burton Albion (2013) 35%
2 Port Vale 3-1 Stoke City (1992) 30%
3 Port Vale 2-1 Stockport County (1993) 20%
4 Port Vale 2-1 Everton (1996) 15%
     

The FL125 Greatest Match voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatGames.

The nominations were:

Port Vale 3-1 Stoke City (1992) - Vale defeated their local rivals Stoke City in an FA Cup First Round replay at Vale Park. Martin Foyle scored a brace while Andy Porter also got on the scoresheet on a memorable day.

Port Vale 2-1 Everton (1996) - Vale's famous FA Cup win in this Fourth Round replay earnt them the 1996 Giantkillers Award. Ian Bogie's opener was cancelled out by Graham Stuart before Vale played their Premier League opponents off the park and Jon McCarthy smashed home the all important winner.

Port Vale 7-1 Burton Albion (2013) - Lee Hughes' hat-trick helped fire Port Vale a step closer to automatic promotion with a thumping victory against Burton Albion. Hughes gave Vale the lead when he headed in Daniel Jones' cross, and then added a second from the penalty spot. Chris Birchall's low shot made it three before the break, while Hughes' second spot-kick secured his treble. Tom Pope's 32nd of the season and Ben Williamson's brace made it seven, while Matthew Paterson netted a consolation for the Brewers.

Port Vale 2-1 Stockport County (1993) - Port Vale won the 1993 Football League Trophy after beating Stockport County 2-1 with Paul Kerr and Bernie Slaven the scorers. The attendance was 35,885, all but 8,000 of which were Vale supporters.

 

  Who is Port Vale's greatest ever player?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Robbie Earle 57%
2 Roy Sproson 37%
3 Ray Walker 6%
     

The FL125 Greatest Player voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurGreatestPlayer.

The nominees were:

Roy Sproson - Sproson represented Vale over 800 times in a career spanning 20 years. Notable Roy was part of the successful Vale side of the 50s that won the Third Division (North) in 1954 and The Football League Fourth Division in 1959. The defender has a statue dedicated to him outside Vale Park.

Robbie Earle - Stoke-born Robbie Earle was part of the successful Vale side of the 1980s and 1990s and is Vale's fifth all-time leading goalscorer. The Jamaican international helped Vale win the promotion from the Fourth Division twice, in 1983 and 1986. Earle also helped Vale win the 1989 Third Division Play-Off Final.

Ray Walker - Midfielder Ray Walker was a Vale player between 1986 until 1997, although he did have a loan spell prior to that in 1984. Walker made over 350 appearances for the Valiants which included the 1989 Third Division Play-Off Final victory. Popular with both his team-mates and supporters, Walker was awarded Player of the Year on two occasions, 1988 and 1991.

 

  When was Port Vale's best season?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 1993/94 41%
2 2012/13 33%
3 1953/54 26%
     

The FL125 Greatest Season voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestSeason.

The nominations were:

2012/13 - Micky Adams guided Vale to promotion to League 1 - Vale's first promotion since 1994 after finishing in third place. The promotion was made special by the fact that Vale started the season in administration with only three players signed.

1953/54 - Under Freddie Steele the Valiants won the Third Division (North) and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup where they lost 2-1 against West Bromwich Albion.

1993/94 - Vale secured promotion to the First Division (now the Championship). Manager John Rudge guided Vale to second, losing just one of their final 10 matches that season.

 

  Who is Port Vale's best ever manager?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 John Rudge 58%
2 Freddie Steele 27%
3 Micky Adams 15%
     

The FL125 Greatest Manager voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatManagers.

The nominees were:

Micky Adams  - Adams has taken the club from administration to promotion in one season and helped guide the club in difficult times.

John Rudge - Rudge took Vale from League 2 to the Championship and also won the Football League Trophy in 1993.

Freddie Steele - Steele's leadership guided Vale to a run of 42 games at home unbeaten in 1952. League success followed in 1953 and 1954.