Martin Tideswell: New arrivals have been great, but Vale's push for glory is a team effort
TWO terrific home victories have left us in a position we could scarcely have dreamed of this time last year.
He will say, of course, that we haven't done anything yet, and he's right
However, the achievement of Micky Adams and his coaching staff in creating a squad which has put us top of the league cannot be overstated.
Yes, the new owners have spent money to bring in players to strengthen us across the park.
Yes, Darren Purse, Daniel Jones and Lee Hughes are excellent recruits whose experience and quality is there for all to see.
Their arrival was perfectly timed, but they knew they were joining a squad who had already laid solid foundations for this promotion push.
The likes of Chris Neal, Ashley Vincent, Jennison Myrie-Williams and the superb Tom Pope continue, quite rightly, to be singled out for particular praise, but the truth is it has been a genuine squad effort with all our players contributing to the cause.
Having said that, if there is a better midfielder than Ryan Burge in the lower leagues right now then I'm not aware of him.
Burge is a class act, and I'd love to see him join Pope in pledging his future to a club that finally seems to be awakening from a lengthy post-John Rudge slumber.
Things are progressing well both on and off the field, and the new owners deserve great credit for their steady stream of improvements.
I hope that on Tuesday their efforts are rewarded with the election of a quality Supporters' Club committee who are champing at the bit to help take the Vale forward.
The entire committee who fought to save the club last year are standing down, which is the right thing to do in my opinion.
It is time for new faces not tarred with the time of troubles and some fresh ideas.
I hope to see as many Vale fans as possible at Tommy's from 7pm onwards as we look for a new chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer, secretary/membership officer, press and publicity officer, webmaster, liaison officer and chief fundraiser. With 1,600-plus members, money in the bank and a good reputation, I'd hate to see the Supporters' Club now wither on the vine just because Vale don't have their backs to the wall any more.
And I really hope the new-look Supporters' Club can remain a critical friend of the new owners while returning to their raison d'être – helping the Vale in any way they can.