Grew not surprised Vale fans have taken defender to their hearts
Mark Grew has heaped praise on the attitude of Carl Dickinson ahead of Saturday’s home game against Swindon Town, a game for which the defender may well start.
Missing for Vale’s last two games due to a two-match suspension after picking up his tenth yellow card of the season, he has become a firm favourite amongst Vale supporters.
Boss Micky Adams has threatened changes after Vale conceded six goals in their last two games and it is unlikely Dickinson will be left out as the manager considers a shake-up.
Grew said: “Carl came here as an ex-Stoke player, but you ask any Port vale fan now, they love him. The grit and determination and the character he has got, they call his name and they love him.
“Our supporters have always been ones who, if anybody gives one hundred per cent, they love them and certainly Carl Dickinson falls into that category.
“I spoke to Carl last week and it has been a horrible period for him. Last week his grandfather got rushed into hospital and it is one thing after another.
“But he puts that all behind him as soon as he gets on that training ground. It’s probably a little bit of a relief, he gets away from his worries, because it has been a worry for him.
“I can’t speak highly enough of Carl. I spoke to John Rudge about him and John loved him, his character. He liked that sort of player and he is certainly Port Vale through and through now.”