On day five of Jeff Stelling's March for Men in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, the Sky Sports star stopped off at Vale Park as he progresses towards his target of 400 miles.
During his brief break from the rain in Burslem, he spoke about Valiants manager Michael Brown, a man who he knows very well.
He said: "I know Michael, he is a Hartlepool boy and I think his Dad still runs a pub in the town so I have known him for a long time. He is a top boy.
"When he played we all know he was as hard as nails, but he was a better player than some people thought. Some couldn't see through that hard, iron-man sort of side to him.
Speaking about the manager's credentials going into next season, Stelling insists that Brown deserves a 'proper chance' in the managerial side of the game.
He said: "Michael is itching for a proper chance in management. It was a tough task for him last season and I just hope he gets plenty of time next term.
"I will keep my fingers crossed for him."
For more information about Jeff Stelling's March for Men, head over to https://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/march-for-men/jeff-stellings-march-for-men