They Who Would Valiant Be

As Stoke City pushed their way into the Premier League and stayed there, local rivals Port Vale fell into financial difficulties and a somewhat protracted and fractious takeover.

Port Vale: When “Shooting From The Hip” Goes Wrong

There are two fundamental truisms of running a football club which can only attract crowds of around five thousand people. The first is that national media attention is likely to be thin on the ground and should be used wisely. The second is that you can't afford to...

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Port Vale: Norman’s Conquest

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....

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A Warning Message To Bury FC From Port Vale

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, and Bury are no exception.

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The Murphs: The Most Important End Of Year Awards… Of That Name

The “even if Lionel Messi wasn’t the best player of 2012 as a whole, Andres Iniesta didn’t quite do enough and we’re not giving an award to that preening prick Cristiano bloody Ronaldo” player-of-the-year award: LIONEL MESSI. If Cristiano Ronaldo feels hard done to by...

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Port Vales Latest Bidder Shows His Hand

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...

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Port Vale: Reserving The Right To Criticise

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...

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Port Vales Summer Of Optimism Returns To Square One

200% has observed events at Burslem from a distance over the summer, as Port Vale appeared to be slowly edging towards an exit from administration. In recent weeks, Vale have begun to slowly edge nowhere. In the first of a two-part piece, Mark Murphy summarises what...

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Port Vale In Administration: The End Of The Beginning

“It will be the perfect administration, if true,” wrote the BBC’s Matt Slater on March 19th, in response to Port Vale joint administrator Gerald Krasner’s prediction of getting a deal with creditors signed off by the end of April. Krasner, to the surprise of no-one...

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Port Vale: Out With The Old, In With The…. Who?

On February 26th, local businessman Mo Chaudry said “administrators could be called in within two months” to League Two Port Vale. And this assessment, which appeared in the local Sentinel newspaper on February 26th 2011, found some unlikely – and probably unknowing –...

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On The Brink: A Week In The Life Of Port Vale Football Club

On September 25th 2008 the then Port Vale chairman Bill Bratt declared: “I feel the board and I have taken the club as far as we can.” And now, officially, they have. The end of the “Valiant 2001” era at Vale Park, which began when the self-styled “supporters”...

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The Battle Lines Are Drawn At Port Vale

Since 200% last cast a jaundiced eye over Port Vale, plenty has happened but little has changed. Each week seems to have brought a new revelation of ill-behaviour from Vale’s board (my forecast that at least one director will come out as a woman trapped in a man’s...

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A Good Time To Bury Bad News For Port Vale

It is virtually impossible to forecast the next misdemeanour, potential or otherwise, to emerge from Port Vale's boardroom, without descending into the realms of bad-taste fantasy (one of the major protagonists revealing themselves to be a woman trapped in a man's...

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Port Vale: Blue Skies Or Grey Clouds Ahead?

Clucking bell. Again. Remember that “£8m” investment deal between Port Vale and American synthetic pitch manufacturers Blue Sky International (BS).  You do? Well, apparently that puts you one-up on Hank Julicher - who just happens to be BS's Chief Executive, so really...

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Port Vale – (Yet More) Secrets & Lies

I was going to have a quiet weekend. Write some stuff about Everton. Catch up on the latest fun and frolics at Rangers, with Wilfrid Hyde-White's distant cousin Craig “I have nothing to” Hyde-White. And watch a Gaelic Football match in North-West London. Then a...

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Port Vale… Not Again?

Yes, again. Last month, I started what I hoped was an epilogue to Port Vale's takeover saga. Then Plymouth Argyle's concluding fortunes took priority and Vale took their place lower down the article queue. But not before I wrote the following: So, farewell, then,...

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Port Vale – Bullet The Blue Sky

After months of turmoil – preceded by years of worry and struggle – Port Vale’s tale could be nearing a happy ending, provided the right protagonists hold their nerve and the decision-makers do something like ‘the right thing.’ When last we were in Burslem, boardroom...

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The Culture Of Mistrust At Port Vale

This weekend, Port Vale’s board are due to publish answers to 141(141!) questions from fans about a proposed multi-million pound investment by American ‘sports construction’ firm ‘Blue Sky International.’ A full Vale article on this site will follow that publication....

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Port Vale: A Light At The End Of The Tunnel?

Next up in our brief series on summer take-overs, Mark Murphy has an update from Port Vale. Port Vale have a functioning, constitutionally sound, a recently-elected board of directors, a six-figure investment deal (seven-figure, if you include various forms of...

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Port Vale’s Harsh Lesson In Realpolitik

"Even if the voting is clear on June 1st, Port Vale's future remains anything but", was where we left Vale's ownership soap opera last month. But the voting on June 1st - at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Vale shareholders - was as clear as a very foggy day...

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A Continuing War Of Words At Port Vale

There’s  no close season in the financial trials and tribulations of modern English football, as Port Vale and Plymouth fans are discovering. June will see, if not the end, then the beginning of the end of the clubs’  respective takeover sagas. There will be new...

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Port Vale And The Battle For Burslem

The mornings get warmer and the evenings get longer, but still the main protagonists in Port Vale’s takeover battle argue over how many angels you can fit on the head of a pin. The deadlock is straightforward. Successful local businessman Mo Chaudry wants control. The...

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Port Vale And Plymouth Argyle: Money Men Updates

For what seems like longer than the three months for which it has actually been happening, fans of Port Vale have been bombarded with promises of multi-million pound investment by ironically-labelled ‘secret millionaire’ Mo Chaudry. His interest in football has been...

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Time To Change The Guard At Port Vale?

Sheffield Wednesday supporters will recognise the plot. Against a backdrop of declining fortunes for Port Vale’s team, including getting out of a division of the Football League at the wrong end, their directors said they were embarking on a search for “investment” to...

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