Port Vale owner Carol Shanahan has risen to the occasion after she was put on the spot by her players in the club’s video challenges.
The Vale squad have been setting skills challenges on social media, for fans to try at home, then nominating a team mate.
But after setting his own ‘three around-the-worlds’ in ten seconds challenge, striker Jordan Archer nominated Carol for the next one – leaving the owner wondering what do do.
The result is a video in which she reviews the skills challenges set so far, and concludes: “Well I can’t do those! So, I will need to do something that plays to my skills and my role in the games.
“I see myself I suppose as the 12th man along with everyone else around the club. So. I’d like to have a look at how we celebrate goals because I think that’s a really important part of the game…..”
What follows is footage of the Vale owner slotting the ball into the net and celebrating with an impressive acrobatic cartwheel – we wouldn’t dream of suggesting it’s a stunt double – before being ordered off the pitch by head groundsman Steve Speed. “Anyone would think you own the place…” he deadpans.
Carol then addresses fans from the dug out.
“I have learned that I am a deadly, one-shot striker along the floor but as soon as Adam Yates starts teaching me how to score a goal into the top corner, I completely miss. So, follow your instincts and your own intuition of how you should score goals.
“More importantly than that, fully enjoy yourselves celebrating the goals you score. When you do, you find you can do do things you never thought you could.
“Whoever thought I would be able to do cartwheels but it is that magic of the moment. So, enjoy your goal celebrations, send them in and let’s see how enthusiastic you can be while we are doing them.”
Fans have been sending in footage of them scoring goals from their back gardens, in particular youngsters whose efforts have then been put to professional commentary by BBC Radio Stoke’s Phil Bowers and shared through the club’s community scheme, the Port Vale Foundation Trust.
The Vale owner has also set another challenge for supporters, which can also be done safely with social distancing.
She said: “I think there is another challenge waiting to be had. I have been very inspired by the renditions that have come in on social media of our song ‘The Wonder of You’.
“Terry Bossons did one that had a lot of ex players, some current players and myself on there. Then we had the Audley Brass Band who did their version of it that I just loved. So, we have set up a Facebook page called The Wonder of Us. On there we want Vale fans to do your own rendition of the Wonder of You.”
She added: “I’d like to challenge John Askey to pick his best XI vocalists or performers and I would like them to start us off by doing their own version of The Wonder of You. While sticking to social distancing and doing it on Zoom or whatever is your favourite platform that we are all learning about at the moment.
“Thank you for watching my challenge, stay safe an I really look forward to welcoming you all back to Vale Park when we play our next match. Up the Vale!”