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  1. Port Vale - End of Season 2 - League One Champions The end of a scintilating second season that was better than I could have ever dreamed of. Here is the final league table. Incredibly, we finished the season with a mammoth 105 points, winning 31 teams in the league and only losing 3 times all season. After our defeat v Wycombe, we were unbeaten in the final 8 games of the season, with 4 wins and 4 draws. We perhaps didn't quite finish on the form we had demonstrated through the season, but still won the league by 15 points. Thompson-Brissett bagged another two in the fina
  2. League One title sealed with a 3-1 win v bottom club Rochdale at Vale Park. We battered Wimbledon the game before but drew 1-1, but I was actually glad as it meant we could claim the title in front of our own fans at Vale Park. Ryan Hall, made his first league start for the club, and set up the first for Thompson-Brissett before scoring the second. Stevens added a third within the first half hour and that was game over. Second half we weren't very good at all, but we won comfortably and are Champions of League One at the first time of asking. With four games to go we have 97 points.
  3. It only took one more game. Not many chances, but Thompson-Brissett took one. 1-0 win v Lincoln, and we are promoted with 7 games to spare. Next stop the League One title. Budget next year set at £70k per week and £2.38 million. Since I have spent a total of about 50k in two years, that seems a huge amount. New contracts and higher wages will likely take a lot of it and we will target a few new signings, but try to keep faith with the squad that has got us this far at the same time.
  4. Over at Vale, we are drawing nearer to promotion to the Championship. 8 games to go and this is the current table: An incredible 18 points clear, playoff spot secured and promotion surely just a matter of time. Since my last update we won a further four straight games beating Ipswich, Fleetwood, Charlton and Leyton Orient, before our long unbeaten run ended in our last match with a 1-0 defeat away to Wycombe. The Ipswich game saw us field a much changed team of whoever was fit and available, but Agho and Worrall scored to help us win 2-0. We were back to strength against Fleetw
  5. Sounds like some great successes here, enjoyed catching up on these reads: @warlock - Promotion at first time of asking is always good going. @oakesypvfc - Good luck on this season with Sheffield Wednesday @CityAndColour - Delighted to see you get that deserved promotion. Reward for sticking at it after three near misses. @dastrokes88 - Still going well in the Premier League, good stuff!
  6. Port Vale - Part 16, Season 2: January 2022 So this is the last of my updates in this format, I have included the first game in February as this takes you up to where I am at in real life. Things will slow down from now update wise, as I am a very slow player. Another good month overall in January, much tougher than last couple with fixtures continuing to come thick and fast and injuries piling up. Still unbeaten in the league though for another month. January started with the third round of the FA Cup and a trip to play Championship side QPR, who sit in the playoffs. A tough ta
  7. Thanks @Jogo Bonito. I'm not actually that adverse to the home kit, although I prefer the away kit and in particular the green third kit.
  8. Port Vale - Part 15: Season 2, December 2021 Wow! November was good, December was even better. 8 games, 8 wins. We are not only top of League One in our first season after promotion, but top by over 10 points. We have won our last 13 games in all competitions, 17 wins out of 19 unbeaten and only 1 defeat in 30 games. In fact in all of 2021 we have only lost 5 games. Counting friendlies, we have played 67, won 51, drawn 11, lost 5. All with the smallest budget in League One and a total of less than £50k spent in transfer fees. Absolutely incredible, I can't believe it. December s
  9. Port Vale - Part 14: Season 2, November 2021 Short update here, but another successful one. 6 games this month, only 3 in the league but 5 wins and a draw in total maintains our exceptional form. At the end of November we are top of League One, after promotion last year and with the lowest wage budget of any club in the League. I have a couple more updates to follow, but then they will slow down as only in January 2022. Results below and more detailed update. November started with a 1-1 draw away at Rotherham in a game we were very disappointing not to win. Cullen opened the sco
  10. @Jogo Bonito - Interested to hear what has changed for Vale on the update. Would like to see another Vale story alongside mine to see how they compare. @warlock - Planning a trip back to the Football League? Any thoughts on next project? @oakesypvfc - Still going in the right direction at Sheffield Wednesday, even if the progress is a bit slower than you would like.
  11. Port Vale - Part 13: Season 2, September & October A double month update here and two months of excellent success, that see us not only challenging for the playoffs, but even the automatic promotion places and the very top spot in League One. Not what I anticipated at the start of the season, but whatever we are doing is working. Results and full update below: September started at home to fellow promoted side Exeter. Whilst we had started the season promisingly, Exeter had been hapless, losing every game and languishing at the very bottom of the table. Despite the contrastin
  12. Port Vale - Part 12: Season 2, August Six fixtures in August as we started to properly get into the early stages of our League 1 campaign, and overall a positive month, showing we had adjusted well to the step up. Results below followed by more detailed report as usual. August started with a trip to Burton in our second league game of the season, and ended with a 1-0 defeat. We arguably edged a tight encounter, but Steven Lawless scored the all-important only goal to secure Burton the spoils. For the second season in a row we then lost on penalties in the first round of the Cara
  13. Port Vale - Part 11: Season 2, July, Pre-Season & First Game of the Season Pre-season started early at the start of July and we had a busy schedule lined up with 8 pre-season fixtures and the month ending with the first match of our League One campaign, at home to local rivals Crewe. Overall, we had an excellent pre-season campaign, with seven wins in eight games, one draw and only one goal conceded. Derby aside, the opposition were all League Two or below, but the purpose was to maintain confidence, build up fitness and fine tune the squad ahead of the season, and we did al
  14. @warlock - Thanks, there are always some gems there in lower league football and free transfers and loans always likely to be most likely. Didn't have a huge transfer budget or wage allocation to blow either, in fact ended up with lowest wage bill in all of League One. @Jogo Bonito - Cheers, yeah we should have a strong defence. I'm now up to December in the game, so I can confirm we did sign another keeper to become first choice, after much deliberation. More to follow on that in next updates. Turner though was signed as a more than capable deputy and someone who could be a potential num
  15. Port Vale: Part 10, Summer 2021 Following promotion to League One as Champions, it was time to evaluate and work out a plan for next season. As I've said throughout, I want to keep this as realistic as possible, and any additions would aim to be ones that were both realistic and generally fitted my recruitment policy of signing and developing young players. Last season we had a large squad, far too big for my liking as I prefer to work with a small squad supplemented by youngsters. Consequently it was time for an exodus and 11 senior players were released including first choice keepe
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