Tom Pope on Pope Vale – Imagine Super Vale Away at Plymouth if it’s a decider!


We are going to have a great following at Walsall, with more than 2,000 there – and I am not surprised one bit.

I said before the Forest Green game that if we could get a result there and at home to Colchester then we would be taking loads to Walsall.

Vale fans travel well, always have done, but when things are going well then it can really take off.

Can you imagine what it could be like at Plymouth on the final day if we go there with something on the game? I know it’s a long trip but don’t worry about that, we’d have loads there.

My dream would be for it to be like Brighton when we took thousands to the south coast to see us go up back in 1994. I’ve heard all the stories of that one from my dad who chased David Lowe up the tunnel so he could get his shirt off him!

Anyway, there’s a long way to go before that but were all looking forward to this Walsall game and the brilliant support we’ll have there.

Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Port Vale 3 7th May 1994. Port Vale clinch promotion to Division 1 (Championship) with a 3-1 win over Brighton with goals from Martin Foyle (2) and Dean Glover.

I SEE we could have a change to the offside rule – Wenger’s law – which would mean if any part of a player is onside then he is onside, rather than the current situation where is any part of you is off, you are off.

This has all come about because of VAR and but I am not convinced it is going to solve the problem.

You are still going to have players ruled offside because of a heel or a toenail.  The trouble is VAR can analyse things to a millimetre so you get these offside calls which would never have been given before.

But if we are going to analyse everything to that degree, why not just say you are onside so long as the part of your body you score with is onside.

So, your left foot is offside but you score with your right. Goal stands. Cross comes in and your right foot is offside but you score with your head. No problem.

That’s got to be better than at the moment when players are offside because a shoulder or an armpit falls foul of VAR. That just annoys everybody.

Port Vale’s Tom Pope in action at home to Salford

THE big Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury fight this weekend is a genuine 50/50 as far as I’m concerned.

Tyson Fury’s talk about going toe to toe with Wilder and trying to knock him out inside two rounds is just kidology – or at least I hope it is. He’s a brilliant boxer so I don’t see why he’d risk leaving himself open and potentially get caught like that early on.

It’s either going to be Fury winning on points or a Wilder stoppage.  

I don’t think Fury punches hard enough to stop him but if Wilder lands it could be all over. I’ll never know how Fury got up from that punch at the end of their last fight.

You can’t teach what Wilder has got.  If you compare his style to a coaching manual he’s dreadful – don’t tell him that! – but he is probably the hardest hitting puncher we’ve seen since Mike Tyson.

So, he can be losing on everybody’s card and still know he’s got every chance of winning the fight. Like a football team who know they can still win it at 3-0 down.

So, I’m still not sure whether this one is going to be settled by a boxing masterclass from Fury or a devastating punch from Wilder. I’m looking forward to finding out.

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