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7 February 2014

A fan's view of things Port Vale

birthday of our most famous fan, Robbie Williams. There are a lot of events going on locally to mark this event and there is a Robbie tribute act appearing at half time at the Swindon game tomorrow and in the Valiants Suite on Saturday Feb, is the 40thNext Thursday, 13

I always thought Burslem and the Vale should bang the drum a bit about having such a well known fan of the club. When I was working at the Vale in 1996, fans of the singer would often turn up at the ground unannounced for a look around. One girl had come from Melbourne (Australia not Derbyshire) and asked at reception if she could see him.

I told her that he was not here at the time, but I showed her around the club behind the scenes, in the Directors’ Box etc. and I also took her down to the Red Lion where Robbie lived in the 1970’s. When we got back to the car park at the Vale she suddenly let out a scream as I was telling passers by that I never touched her. She had seen a car park space with the name R.Williams on it and draped herself all over it, insisting I took loads of photos of her so that she could show her friends.

I did, and didn’t have the heart to tell her our chief scout was called RAY Williams and it was his space! She wouldn’t have believed me anyway.


Phil Sherwin

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