Port Vale Christmas Presents

We recently asked a selection of die-hard Vale supporters their opinions on things Vale-related, and as it is Christmas I thought, ‘why not add your own answers Dave’?

Gerard Austin, from Hartshill, is the club’s match photographer, a role he has undertaken for a number of years now. He attends all Vale’s home and away games.

Pete Lawton, from Sneyd Green, is a life-long fan and is a former Commercial Manager at Port Vale, having more than one spell at the club.

Nicki Jones, from Baddeley Green, is a life-long fan who has worked in the media department and other departments at the club on a voluntary basis.

Dan Beech, from Burslem, is a Vale fan of 30 years and has assumed many roles at the club, including ball boy and programme seller.

Eddie Jackson, from Oakhill, has followed the club man and boy and still attends all Port Vale games, home and away. He has also been a programme contributor and proof reader.

Jean Jackson, from Oakhill, follows Vale home and away. She has been a programme contributor and proof reader for a number of years and is very knowledgeable about the club.

Dave Johnson: Former Head of Media and Programme Editor at the club.

What would be your Christmas present for each of the following?


Norman Smurthwaite?

Gerard: A late one really but a call from Preston to confirm that Jordan Hugill had left their club for a substantial fee.

Pete: A big bag of cash from Preston North End and a Taxi.

Nicki:  A course in public relations and diplomacy.

Dan: A new pen with plenty of ink as I think that he will be busy signing his name on players contracts in January (hopefully).

Eddie: A copy of Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Jean: A million quid found down the back of his sofa so he can give it to Aspo.

Dave: A cash buyer so that Norman and the club can each move on.


Neil Aspin?

Gerard: The money as a result of that call to strengthen the squad.

Pete: Finding and pulling the wishbone in his turkey.

Nicki: A washing machine because he wants more clean sheets (ho, ho, ho!)

Dan: A lucky charm as I think there is plenty of ups and downs still to happen this season, hopefully it would bring enough luck to keep the Vale up!

Eddie: The Freedom of Stoke on Trent.

Jean: A year’s supply of that Geordie delicacy, ham and pease puddin’ stotties.

Dave: A pen and a contract to sign, hopefully keeping him at the club for a number of years.


Tom Pope?

Gerard: A hat trick against Colchester and a hat trick against Coventry

Pete: A strike partner who doesn’t have a history of injuries.

Nicki: A new strike partner.

Dan: Lots of cotton wool to wrap himself in between games, absolutely vital to Vales survival.

Eddie: A contract extension.

Jean: A magic anti-ageing potion.

Dave: I don’t want to be too greedy, but how about even more goals for a player who is turning into a Vale legend, even if he isn’t already one.


The Port Vale team as a whole?

Gerard: An announcement from the chairman that they have £1m set aside for a bonus for them to still achieve promotion.

Pete: A collection of DVDs showing proper old school games from the 70’s 80’s and early 90’s to help them learn how the game really should be played!

Nicki:  Lionel Messi.

Dan: A pair of shooting boots a piece, need goals from all areas.

Eddie: Nine points out of nine at Christmas and an injury-free 2018.#

Jean: Six months free of injuries.

Dave: A big Santa’s sack full of good luck.


True Vale supporters?

Gerard: A season ticket refund for the games their ticket covered before Neil Aspin was appointed.

Pete: Tickets for the 25th Autoglass Anniversary Dinner on 27th April 2018 (Full details available from me or Brian Lewis)

Nicki: Heated seats.

Dan: A medal each for all of the pain and suffering they have had supporting the club over the last few years!

Eddie: To be given the Star Trek ability to say ‘Beam me up Scotty’ to avoid hours travelling to the likes of Yeovil, Carlisle and Colchester.

Jean: Patience – lots of it – to be rewarded by a stunning end to the season.

Dave: Whatever they are hoping for from their team.


If Neil Aspin could bring in THREE players only, which positions in the team would you like to see filled?

Gerard: Midfield, Midfield and erm, Midfield.

Pete: Three players is not enough, but if its only three then the defence/midfield has to be the priority with a goalkeeper, right back and box to box midfielder.

Nicki: Experienced goalkeeper, box-to-box midfielder, striker.

Dan: Striker, Attacking midfielder and cover at right back.

Eddie: Experienced goalkeeper, creative midfielder, nippy striker.

Jean: Box to box midfielder, twenty goal striker, versatile defensive cover.

Dave: Whatever players the manager believes will improve the side sufficiently to first of all avoid the drop, and then to progress through the league.


What Christmas message would you like to send to fellow Vale fans?

Gerard: I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year and that you are all able to visit Wembley for the 2nd Division play-off Final this season.

Pete: Health, happiness and a prosperous New Year.

Nicki: Keep the faith – Aspo and his team are slowly turning it round.

Dan: Have a great Christmas and let hope Vale bring lots of festive cheer over the coming weeks!

Eddie: Support the club in an active way and not merely from your armchair.

Jean: Always look on the bright side of life.  Things will get better.

Dave: Stick by your team, get right behind them and believe.


Dave Johnson  6TR

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