With Port Vale’s season currently suspended, we have put together some of the stories from the past few days that you may have missed.
Here is a collection of stories which may be of interest to you Vale fans.
The EFL plans to broadcast behind-closed-doors games to supporters, once it is safe for football to resume.
League chairman Rick Parry has outlined the plans in an open letter to fans published through clubs’ websites today.
The football season has been suspended since March 13 because of the coronavirus crisis. Parry doesn’t know when games will restart but expects them to be played behind closed doors whenever football can eventually resume.
He says: “To give you an honest assessment of the current situation; the point at which you will be able to attend games again remains unclear. Please be assured, however, that we are going to welcome you back to stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so.
“Your contribution to the matchday experience and atmospheres created in stadia up and down the country is something we should never take for granted.
“Unfortunately, I cannot tell you today when football will resume, though whenever we do return, matches are likely to be played without crowds.
“And whilst we are unfortunately without the presence of the hundreds of thousands of supporters who pass through EFL turnstiles each week, we will endeavour to bring live football direct into your homes once it returns.
“Plans are continuing to be worked up for all games to be broadcast either via our broadcast partners, iFollow or equivalent Club streaming services. We will update you on this once we know when matches will recommence.
“The contribution to football’s finances made by match-going supporters should not be underestimated. It is critical to the business model of league football. Perhaps the biggest challenge right now is not knowing when we will be able to reintroduce football in front of crowds. We can only hope that the situation develops in such a way that we will be able to do with the shortest possible break.”
VALE CHIEF’S FEARS
Port Vale chief executive Colin Garlick says some lower division clubs genuinely fear they will go out of business because professional football has been suspended.
Garlick says Vale are in a stronger position than most because of the financial support of owners Carol and Kevin Shanahan. But he is talking to fellow chief executives or owners and says some clubs are in financial trouble while the season is unavoidably on hold because of the coronavirus crisis.
He said: “We were speaking to a cross section of clubs in Leagues One and Two from all over the country, and all clubs with different make ups.
“Quite a few were owners who were already putting money into clubs but they have set themselves targets and budgets to do that. Bear in mind that some have probably got other businesses that may be suffering as well.
“So, you have to take all these things into account. We are luckier than most with the owners we have, they are doing absolutely everything they possibly can to ensure all staff, not just players, are paid their full money for as long as they possibly can.
“With the discussions I am having, I can feel the pain of clubs who are very genuine. You take a supporter-run club that hasn’t got the benefit of a benefactor.
“These are unprecedented times and when will this season be finished and the next start? People out there are in difficult times as well, so are having to be careful about their money.”
Adam Yates’ career was cut short in 2017, when he suffered a horrendous facial injury during a reserve team game for Port Vale.
The journey to where he is today has been no stroll in the park. A lack of direction and routine, no identity or purpose. These are the challenges in which he and many others are faced with when ‘hanging the boots up’. But what makes things particularly difficult, is when the decision is made by a doctor rather than the player. A degree of rancour can surface, and dark clouds often loom.
But today, Adam speaks with positivity and pride, having moved on with his life and into a role in which he is giving back to the same community that once sung his name.
This is his journey………….
POPE ON THE PHONE!
Port Vale’s players and staff are ringing around supporters, although Tom Pope says he’s not everyone’s cup of tea so he honestly wouldn’t be offended if they didn’t want a chat.
He was being far too modest.
A call from the club’s post-war record goalscorer was certainly welcomed in the Hilditch house in Lightwood. Dad Mark has been worshipping the Vale through thick and thin since the early 1980s while 14-year-old son Ethan also loves the Vale.
In fact, Ethan had met Tom when he walked out with him as a mascot for a home game with Southend seven years ago.
So, Tom’s call for a chat with the young defender was more than welcome.
Mark says it’s great to have a Vale fan leading the line for his home town club.