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The exact point of the club’s formation still remains uncertain, with speculation of either 1876 or 1879 being the starting point. They are nicknamed ‘The Valiants’ and play their home matches at Vale Park, an all-seater with a capacity of over 19,000, and have done since 1950. Remember, all the latest Port Vale news can be accessed here in just a few, simple clicks.
Port Vale have never participated in the top-flight but hold the record for most seasons in the English Football League (108) without reaching the first tier. Early on, the club was named Burslem Port Vale and were invited to become founder members of the Football League Second Division in 1892.
However, financial difficulties struck and they entered liquidation in 1907 but the name of Port Vale continued in the North Staffordshire Federation League and ended up being reinstated into the Football League in 1919.
In the 1953/54 season, Port Vale won the Third Division North title and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup. However, they failed to build on this success, though did finish as champions of the first-ever Fourth Division season in 1958/59.
In 1983, John Rudge stepped up and became the club’s longest-serving and most successful manager, taking charge between 1983 and 1999. In that period, Port Vale won promotions in three campaigns and lifted the League Trophy in 1993, while achieving a post-war record finish of eighth in the second tier four years later.
The club then entered a decline and slipped into administration twice in 2003 and 2012, and now compete in League Two.