It’s you or us, Mr Lloyd. Go, or Port Vale is finished


Recent results have placed Vale firmly back in the running for a play-off position.

Whether or not our threadbare squad can cope with the pressure of the run-in remains to be seen.

It goes without saying that I would love us still to be in the mix come the end of the season.

For one thing, it would provide a welcome distraction from off-the-field matters.

I also have to be honest and say that in my head every point takes us further away from a relegation scrap – should administration happen followed the subsequent points deduction.

Administration? Why am I even mentioning such an awful thing?

Because like it or not – whatever happens at the AGM/EGM – administration is a very real possibility.

You would have to be either a) plain daft or b) in denial to not realise just how serious our club’s financial situation is thanks to the spectacular failures of the current board of directors.

Think about it: The AGM has been postponed twice; The accounts haven’t been published (presumably because the directors have broken their crayons); Creditors are queuing up or issuing writs; The ground was remortgaged to help pay December’s wages; We can’t afford loan players; Staff have been laid off.

It goes on and on and on…

We may not even make it to March 13, but – if we do – it’s time for a few home truths:

1) Ordinary fans who bought shares in Port Vale need to realise their money is gone. (Unless, of course, you own enough to tempt a director to knock on your door and try to buy them off you).
Hopefully, if that happens you will tell them where to shove their pieces of silver, do what is best for your club and vote against them.

2) If, by some miracle, any of the current directors survive the AGM/EGM and act against the wishes of the vast majority of supporters, then – in my opinion – Port Vale is finished. Gates of 4,000 will dwindle even further as more fans make the ultimate sacrifice and choose to join their mates and stay away. I never thought I’d say it but I, for one, will not renew my season ticket if Mike Lloyd’s regime is still in place at the end of the season. Crucially, I won’t be alone.
Thus, Mr Lloyd, it’s a question of: You or Us. The fans were here before you and, rest assured, they will still be here long after you’ve been chased off down Hamil Road.

3) If the Supporters’ Club is successful in booting out the not-so-fab four and instituting an interim board this gives Port Vale a fighting chance financially – albeit a slim one.
Why? Because a couple of thousand extra people will immediately start attending home games again.
In my opinion, whatever happens on March 13, the current regime is finished – one way or another.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ON MY PETITION ON THE PREVIOUS BLOG POST. HAVE A READ WHAT OTHER VALE FANS AND SHAREHOLDERS HAVE WRITTEN. IT WILL BRING A TEAR TO YOUR EYES. IT DID MINE. WHETHER OR NOT YOU BELIEVE YOUR WORDS WILL FALL ON DEAF EARS ISN’T IMPORTANT. IT’S ABOUT A CLEAR DEMONSTRATION OF THE REASONS WHY WE, THE FANS, FEEL SO LET DOWN. IT’S ABOUT RAMMING HOME THE POINT THAT THERE IS NO WAY BACK FOR ANYONE ON THIS BOARD.

Read my Port Vale articles every Friday during the season in The Sentinel

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6 thoughts on “It’s you or us, Mr Lloyd. Go, or Port Vale is finished

  1. Michael.ferns1@btinternet.com says:

    The worrying thing is that a lot of people who have stopped going the games have found other things to keep them busy on a Saturday afternoon – just like I have – and, like me, they simply don’t miss it now so can’t see the point in going again because have new interests. I’ve had a season ticket for the past 14 years but don’t think I’ll ever have one again – regardless of who’s in control of our club.

  2. Paul Hanks says:

    I used to think nothing of traveling more than 500 miles to watch a Vale home match on a regular basis.
    I was proud as punch in 1979 when i named my son Stefan Albert Port Vale on his birth certificate – (even though it led to grief of the Mrs) Lol.
    I now live within a 15-minute walk of Vale and, for the first time in nearly 50 years, have not attended an home match this season.
    This is not a one-off occurence. There are hundreds, if not thousands of similar stories being told by Vale fans.
    What a sad state of affairs when one of the old enemy – a Walsall fan of all people – who never had a good word to say for Port Vale, along with his cronies, can bring a proud club to its knees.
    Mr Lloyd: I, for one, hope what goes around comes around and all the misery you have heaped on us is returned tenfold.
    In the words of an old Sixties classic: GO NOW.

    Scooby, Once of the Railway Paddock

  3. Mike Lakin says:

    Another honest and how it really is report by Martin who over the last few months I have come to respect and believe to be a friend of not just me but all Port Vale fans who can see further than the end of their noses.
    Thank God for Martin’s articles and his attempts to enlighten the ‘great unwashed’.
    I read with interest and concern Michael Fern’s comments and agree that football is a habit and just hope that a good honest club can lure him back ‘home’ to Vale Park.
    Scoob, if of the same mindset as I, don’t worry, mate: The ‘good guys’ will prevail (or should that be Provale).

    Mike Lakin

  4. Mike Durse says:

    I have been a fan for 50 years and in the last three years I have seen many of my friends and fellow fans dwindle away from attending matches at Vale Park. Sadly, if these clowns survive this season, I will be joining them.

    Mike Durose

  5. I was the kitman at the Vale for 15 years. I was there through the good times. My gaffers were John Rudge, Brian Horton and Martin Foyle. Oh, to get back to those days again! I still attend matches at the Vale – in spite of my age. I do, however, have to watch the weather! I have been a Vale supporter for a very, very long time. I can go back to our Hanley days but I have never seen our club in such a state as it is now. I have seen bad times, but we always pulled together – supporters and staff – and got through the bad times. That’s not the case at the moment and, until such times we are all singing off the same hymn sheet, there is no future for our club.

    Stanley Nicholls (Stan The Man)

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