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.

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Port Vale shareholders won’t fall for the old ‘new investor’ ploy twice


Many people must be wondering what the hell is going on behind the scenes at Port Vale Football Club.
We know Messrs Miller, Oliver, Lloyd and Deakin are avoiding fans, the media and our MP and using the threatened legal action by the Supporters’ Club as an excuse not to talk to people.
Let’s be clear: No legal action has yet been taken. A solicitor has written to Vale’s directors requesting documents to which shareholders are legally entitled. End of story.
There is no reason whatsoever why Mr Lloyd, for example, cannot communicate with us – other than the fact that he knows every time he or his colleagues open their mouths they put their feet in them.
The fact is, as I write this, no-one from the board has even had the courtesy to acknowledge that letter – or the other one asking for an EGM to be called.
At present the directors are doing a faithful impression of a group of ostriches – burying their heads in the sand while kicking some of it in the faces of fans and shareholders.
Something will give soon. It has to.
You see, in order for the club to function properly beyond March 13, Mr Lloyd has to find at least two new directors to replace Messrs Oliver and Deakin (possibly three given the fact that Peter Miller’s position is untenable).
This is, of course, unless the board postpones the AGM for a third time – which wouldn’t surprise me in the least given that the club is well overdue publishing its accounts.
So the question is: Who would be naive enough to throw their lot in with the most unpopular men in Burslem?
Of course, if he does find an ‘investor’ then that person would have to be voted on to the board by a majority of the club’s shareholders.
I would suggest that is highly unlikely at the moment – given the grand alliance of shareholders who want the entire board gone.
People are not going to fall for the ‘he/she/they’ve put a few hundred grand into the club so please vote for them’ line this time around.
No thanks Mr Lloyd, I’ll take my chances with an interim board whose first job would be to open up the books and tell us exactly how bad the club’s finances are in the wake of months of poor management.
I see absolutely no alternative to this – unless anyone wants to continue with a potless club under lock-down.
At least we’ve won two games on the bounce, eh? Keep it up, lads (and Micky) because right now the last couple of results is all we have to smile about.