Posts Tagged "Port Vale"

Port Vale: Norman’s Conquest

Port Vale: Norman’s Conquest

By on Jan 18, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 2 comments

After Port Vale’s FA Cup third round replay triumph over Plymouth Argyle, Mark Murphy thought it would be opportune to revisit the two clubs’ financial fortunes since they emerged from administration and ownership crises. And what a tangled web they both have woven. Next up… Plymouth’s hotly-disputed role in the business machinations of James Brent, the high-profile...

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Port Vale vs The Stoke Sentinel… And The Club Is In The Wrong

Port Vale vs The Stoke Sentinel… And The Club Is In The Wrong

By on Oct 28, 2013 in Latest, Politics | 0 comments

The relationship between football clubs and the local newspapers of the areas that they inhabit has long been assumed to be a mutually beneficial one. On one side of the equation, in an era during which the print media is undergoing a period of trauma that has destabilised the entire industry, one guaranteed source of income is likely to be football supporters who...

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A Warning Message To Bury FC From Port Vale

By on Jul 2, 2013 in Finance, Latest | 3 comments

The last few years have been difficult ones for the clubs that live on the periphery of the city of Manchester and in the shadow of the two giant clubs that dominate its football culture. Stockport County have dropped from the second tier of English football to the regional Blue Square Bet North, while Bolton Wanderers lost their Premier League status and are now a...

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Port Vales Latest Bidder Shows His Hand

By on Oct 26, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 0 comments

The emergence of Altrincham-based businessman Paul Wildes and his Leicestershire business associate Norman Smurthwaite as the latest “preferred” bidder(s) for Port Vale triggered a wave of hope across Burslem. Some of it was live on telly too, as Vale gave Oxford United a 3-0 shoeing on the day Wildes name was made public. After the protracted, painful climax of the...

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Port Vale: Reserving The Right To Criticise

By on Aug 31, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

The benefits of hindsight are many. And reviewing the fretful close season that Port Vale fans have just endured, I am glad that I “knew the result” of the negotiations on Lancashire businessman Keith Ryder’s putative club takeover. Otherwise I would have feared for them mightily. Vale ended last season in administration with “preferred bidder” Ryder having agreed a...

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