Port Vale: Valiants must capitalise on solid platform in promotion race
OK, so it will be 'npower League Two champions'? But whether you deal in old money or new it will still be 'champions'.
For my generation this will be the sixth promotion. Finishing second or third achieves our goal, but I have always believed in being the best.
And despite the uncertainty that has surrounded Vale Park over the last year, this squad and management team surely have what it takes to be the best over 46 games.
It may have taken more than 50 years, but the title, so sought-after by a generation, is within touching distance.
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All things being equal we will start life next season in the Third Division, ok then npower League One, and as the leagues currently stand we can swap trips past Spaghetti Junction for shorter ones over the Thelwall Viaduct.
That is where we will truly see the potential of Port Vale Football Club.
The many changes that have taken place over the last few months have been extremely positive and I'm sure everyone connected to the club is looking forward with renewed optimism.
It's Torquay away tomorrow, a scene of past promotion success where a win is needed to settle the nerves a little.
After a couple of indifferent performances three points will do nicely, not only for ourselves, but for the economy of the businesses on the English Riviera which are certain to be busy with tourists from Burslem.
Every side will not get it right every week, that's why Port Vale are playing at this level. But I'm sure no-one wants to throw away all the good work done so far and with the games now coming thick and fast, strap yourself in, its going to be a good ride.
Every promotion has its memories and my favourite was when Robbie Earle headed us into the now Championship.
Bill Bell was also chairman of North Staffs Sporting Club at the time and invited the whole team to the Ladies Night at Trentham Gardens following the game.
It turned into a Port Vale promotion party and I will never forget us all going back to a friend's house and celebrating till the early hours of the morning.
RIP Bill for all the work you did at Port Vale.
Promotion is gained over a season. I've seen it gained at Vale Park (twice), Stockport, Torquay and Brighton, anyone fancy us crowned as champions at Rochdale?