Thirty Memorable Years

Thirty Memorable Years, Season 9: 1988-89

Posted by on February 15, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Season 9, 1988-89 The usual trials matches were played before the Final Squad was selected with the ‘A’ winning two and losing two. The first match with the squad of 14 was a home League match against South Oxon, which was won 2-0, with both goals coming from Ian Concannon. Following an away friendly defeat […]

Thirty Memorable Years:1987-88

Posted by on June 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Season 8, 1987-88 The trials matches went very well with three victories and a draw. In the second of those matches we beat Fitzharrys Year 7 2-0 with goals from Ben Spiero and a penalty from Graeme Smith. The goal from Smith was significant as Graeme’s older brothers had both played for the Vale, Peter […]

Thirty Memorable Years: 1986-87

Posted by on March 17, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Season 7, 1986-87 Following last season’s finish in the League as runners-up, we looked forward to the new season with great optimism, especially as three of the squad were available to play a second season. After the very first trial held at Millbrook School, our optimism reached new heights and we continued to show good form during […]

Thirty Memorable Years: 1985-86

Posted by on January 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Season 6, 1985-86 The trials went very well and we considered a strong squad had been selected which included three talented Year 5 players. The first match after the trials was a home County League match against Reading, which ended in a 2-2 draw with Kevin Judge and David Hawthorne scoring. The following match was […]

Thirty Memorable Years: 1984-85

Posted by on July 7, 2012 at 9:10 am

Season 5 1984-85 This season’s squad included those Year 5 players from the previous season and after very close ‘trials’ matches, we played our first league match at home to Newbury and recorded a 3-0 victory, with goals from John Buchanan and two from James Tilley. Next up was the visit of Deeside and although […]

Thirty Memorable Years: 1983-84

Posted by on June 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

Season 4 1983-84 Although we had invited Year 5 players to join the squad for the Easter Tour (David Humphreys and Stephen Woodley in 1981 and Paul Hogg in 1982) we hadn’t selected an Under 10 for the squad at the start of the season until this one. Both Jamie Smith and Andrew Wallbridge impressed […]

Thirty Memorable Years: 1982-83

Posted by on March 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Season 3 1982-83 Squad numbers were allocated to the players for the first time this season; it certainly made it easier for Malcolm Fretter to produce the programme! Once the trials matches had been completed, the first game involving the final squad of 14 was at home to Deeside, needless to say the visitors won. […]

Thirty Memorable Years: 1981-82

Posted by on January 11, 2012 at 11:12 am

Season 2 1981-82 At the start of my second season we acquired a new set of black and white striped shirts and numbered black shorts; the previous season had seen the introduction of red socks for the first time. A squad of 14 was selected after the trials, one less than the previous season in view of […]

Thirty Memorable Years: 1980-81

Posted by on December 3, 2011 at 9:02 am

Season 1 1980-81 How things have changes over the 30 years I was Team Manager, we had only two sets of kit, both black and white striped shirts without numbers which meant that the trials were very different. Instead of each trialist being allocated a numbered shirt in a specific colour, we had to identify players by […]

Thirty Memorable Years: Gary Speed

Posted by on December 1, 2011 at 11:15 am

Monday 28th November 2011 and yesterday I had set aside time to start writing about the 30 marvellous years I enjoyed as manager of the Vale U11 squad. I was to start with my very first season in charge, 1980-81, but the breaking news of Sunday 27th November was the tragic death of Gary Speed. As members […]

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