Port Vale FC
What do we know about Port Vale?
- Nicknamed ‘The Valiants’, Port Vale are one of only 3 EFL clubs that aren’t named after a geographical location. Their name is a reference to the valley of ports on the Trent & Mersey canal.
- The ‘Great Pottery Throw Down’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’ have both been filmed at nearby Middleport Pottery on the Trent & Mersey canal.
- The club is in Burslem near Stoke on Trent, one of the 5 towns of The Potteries.
- The club crest features 2 Portland Vases representing the association with Josiah Wedgewood and a Staffordshire knot.
- Veteran striker Tom Pope (34) has made some headlines with his use of social media. He claimed he would score 40 goals a season if he played against Man City defender John Stones every week. He revised this to 50 goals a season after scoring against City in their FA Cup tie in January. He has recently served 2 separate one-match bans for comments on Twitter. Pope is Vales leading scorer this season.
- Vale’s most famous fans are Robbie Williams and 16-times world darts champion Phil (‘The Power’) Taylor.
- Port Vale’s traditional local rivals have been Stoke City but, more recently, since Stoke and Port Vale have been in different divisions, games against Crewe Alexandra have been the biggest local rivalries.
- Port Vale supporters produce 3 unofficial fanzines, The Memoirs of Seth Bottomley, the Vale Park Beano, and Derek I’m Gutted!
- Vale have played 108 seasons in the football league without ever reaching the top tier (this is a record!). 41 of these seasons have been played in football’s 2nd tier.
- Some of Vale’s more vociferous supporters are called the VLF. VLF stands for Vale Legendary Failures!