PORT VALE – 1993-94

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? DI­VI­SION TWO RUN­NERS-UP

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS -

PORT VALE have al­ways lived in the shadow of near neigh­bours and bit­ter ri­vals Stoke City – but for a brief spell un­der John Rudge in the 1990s the tide turned.

Rudge who, iron­i­cally, now works for Stoke, built a side which won pro­mo­tion to the First Di­vi­sion as run­ners-up to Read­ing.

They fin­ished just a point be­hind the Roy­als with 88, which was a point less than their to­tal 12 months ear­lier when they fin­ished third.

Vale se­cured pro­mo­tion with a run of eight wins out of their last ten games, fi­nally go­ing up with a 3-1 vic­tory at Brighton on the fi­nal day of the sea­son.

Dean Glover, who was an ever present for them that sea­son, says it was nice to get one over on their ri­vals for a change.

Glover scored one of the three goals at Brighton in front of 6,000 trav­el­ling fans and still speaks highly of the side Rudge put to­gether.

“It was a great sea­son,” he says. “Hav­ing come through the years pre­vi­ously, we had been build­ing up to that sea­son, ev­ery­thing seemed to click into place.

“We are the sec­ond team in Stoke-on-Trent and it’s al­ways been that way and we still are, ob­vi­ously. But over those few years we seemed to have got the bet­ter of them.

“That rubbed salt into the wounds of the Stoke fans. Talk to peo­ple now and they still rem­i­nisce about those times.

“Even Stoke fans ad­mit that they couldn’t really get one over on us be­cause of the team we had put to­gether.

“Stoke-on-Trent is a Stoke-ori­en­tated city be­cause there are ob­vi­ously more of them than Vale, but it was al­ways good ban­ter.

“But there was never any pres­sure in the sense of ex­pec­ta­tion.It was only in the sense that we got one over Stoke in the games that we played against them.

“It was al­ways nice to beat them be­cause you had al­ways been the sec­ond team, but we had that won­der­ful spell when we were bet­ter than them on the play­ing side.

“John Rudge did ex­cep­tion­ally well for Vale, he had a good eye for play­ers and he seemed to bring in ones who gelled to­gether.

“We were a very f am­ily- or i en­tated club, all the play­ers had a great so­cial life to­gether and it trig­gered on from that.” 1. Peter Billing: Back in his na­tive Liver­pool and work­ing as a floor man­ager for IMG Me­dia and pro­vides stats for the Press As­so­ci­a­tion. 2. Mike Har­ri­son: He was last known to be work­ing for lo­cal ri­vals Stoke City. 3. Neil Aspin: Man­aged Har­ro­gate Town and has been in charge of FC Hal­i­fax since 2009 lead­ing them to back-to­back pro­mo­tions in his first two sea­sons in charge. 4. Paul Mus­sel­white: He went into coach­ing as goal­keeper coach at Lin­coln City and now York City 5. Gareth Grif­fiths: He is now a part­ner of Pro Sport Wealth Man­age­ment LLP and a di­rec­tor of Vir­tual Vista Ltd. 6. Trevor Wood: The former North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tional goal­keeper is be­lieved to be liv­ing in the East­bourne area. 7. Peter Swan: He has coached, worked as a pro­cure­ment man­ager and in the me­dia, writ­ing two col­umns a week for the Hull Daily Mail 8. Ian Tay­lor: He be­came a me­dia pun­dit and then club am­bas­sador for As­ton Villa, and has sev­eral busi­ness in­ter­ests in mu­sic and sport. 9. Robin van der Laan: He has been head in­ter­na­tional coach for Manch­ester United Soc­cer Schools. He also runs the Robin van der Laan Soc­cer School and Academy in Oakville, Canada. 10. Bobby Downes: He went on to be­come as­sis­tant man­ager of Wolves, di­rec­tor of youth at Watford and Black­burn Rovers be­fore be­com­ing a Pre­ston North End scout. 11. Ian Miller: He has coached at Wolves, Black­burn, Black­pool, Bury, Leicester, Man City and Leeds United and is now as­sis­tant man­ager at Hud­der­s­field. 12. Al­lan Tankard: He went to work for Mow Cop, a minibus and van hire com­pany, be­fore set­ting up CMP mini buses based in Stone, Stafford­shire. 13. Bernie Slaven: He be­came a pun­dit for Real Ra­dio co-pre­sent­ing the Leg­ends Phone-In and then from Au­gust 2012 on Star Ra­dio. 14. Martin Foyle: He has coached at Port Vale and Wrexham, man­aged York, coached Bris­tol Rovers and then man­aged North­wich Vic­to­ria and now Here­ford United 15. Dean Glover: He joined the back-room staff at Vale Park and was man­ager be­tween 2008 and 2009. In 2012 he re­turned to the club as a youth coach. 16. Dar­ren Hughes: He has been help­ing out his best friend, former Wales and Liver­pool star Dean Saun­ders, at Don­caster. 17. Simon Mills: Af­ter his ca­reer was ended by in­jury he be­came a dray­man for a brew­ery in his na­tive Sh­effield. 18. Jim Joyce: He has been physio at Southamp­ton, Yeovil Town, Alder­shot and Brighton. 19. John Rudge: Af­ter leav­ing Vale Park in Jan­uary1999 he was ap­pointed di­rec­tor of foot­ball at arch ri­vals Stoke City. 20. Andy Porter: He has been care­taker man­ager of Ch­ester City, Port Vale, York City and man­aged Kids­grove Ath­letic. He is now Here­ford’s United’s as­sis­tant man­ager. 21. Kevin Kent: He has worked for Bar­clays Bank and been In­done­sia’s Academy di­rec­tor. Has also coached at Port Vale, Mans­field and Manch­ester United. 22. Bradley San­de­man: He lives in Maid­stone, where he be­came a post­man, and has been also as­sis­tant man­ager of Tun­bridge Wells. 23. John Jef­fers: Lives in Wal­lasey, in Mersey­side and runs his own mo­tor fi­nance com­pany. 24. Dean Stokes: Has man­aged Al­sager Town and Rochdale Town, and now works at Abra­ham Moss High School, Crump­sall, Manch­ester as a PE teacher. 25. Nicky Cross: He has man­aged Red­ditch United and Stud­ley KBL be­fore go­ing to work in the fi­nance in­dus­try. 26. Paul Kerr: He be­came a fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor for the PFA and is now run­ning his own com­pany Paul Kerr As­so­ci­ates in Yarm, Stock­ton-onTees.

BOSS: John Rudge

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