Port Vale

Who is Birmingham’s Alex Jones, Port Vale’s on-loan hotshot?

Port Vale have undoubtedly been the surprise package in League One so far this season with their victory on Sunday afternoon against MK Dons lifting them up to fourth place in the table. This summer saw a complete overhaul of the club with the appointment of little known Portuguese manager Bruno Ribiero and the addition of fourteen new signings during …

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Who is Nathan Smith, Port Vale’s young defensive protégé?

Port Vale are a football club that has undergone a complete overhaul over the summer months, with a managerial change and a new-look first team squad. However, despite the changes both on and off the pitch, it is a young central defender who has progressed from the clubs academy that is making a real impact at Vale Park. The summer …

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Exclusive: Port Vale's JJ Hooper talks goals, Non-League experiences and this season's aspirations

There are various stories in the football world of diamonds in the rough. Sporting fairytales of forwards who have risen from the depths of the semi-professional divisions to excel in the Football League and beyond. These stories are synonymous with the likes of Charlie Austin and of course England international Jamie Vardy, now a Premier League champion. But another who …

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Have Port Vale made the right choice by appointing Bruno Ribeiro?

After a month of speculation, uncertainty and excitement at potential managerial appointments, it was “The Recommended One” now revealed to be José Mourinho’s close friend Bruno Ribeiro, who was given Norman Smurthwaite’s blessing to become the new manager of Port Vale. He has signed a three-year contract, and was officially unveiled at a press conference on Monday 20th July. He is joined at the club …

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The top five contenders for the Port Vale managerial role

With news coming out of the Daily Mail that José Mourinho had somehow taken an interest in the managerial appointment at a third tier English club and put forward a recommended candidate, any Port Vale fan, myself included, could be forgiven for thinking that this was some glorified wind-up attempt.   As surprising as it turned out, the rumours were indeed …

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What is next for Rob Page’s Port Vale side?

With Port Vale’s fate ahead of next season decided, it seems that manager Rob Page is already plotting this summer’s transfer business in a bid to propel the club onto better things next season. However, with Chairman Norman Smurthwaite having previously warned he may cut the wage bill by £800,000, roughly a third of this season’s budget, equating to a …

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Port Vale 2015/16: Overachievers or a missed opportunity?

With the 2015/16 campaign drawing to a close with its final two rounds of fixtures remaining, it is fair to say that now is a time for reflection on the season gone by and for building optimism ahead of the campaign to come. Theo Robinson’s opening goal in Vale’s last outing against Rochdale, only his second for the club since …

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