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Introducing Port Vale

16 June 2015

We take a look at the team from Vale Park

Name: Port Vale Football Club
Founded: 1876
Stadium: Vale Park
Capacity: 19,052
Manager: Robert Page:
Last season: 18th in League One

After securing their status in the third-tier for another term, Port Vale will be looking for better things in League One next season.

The Valiants, who were embroiled in a relegation battle at the time of Micky Adams departure in late September, but eventually finished four points above he drop zone.

Managed by Rob Page, the former Wales international took over the reins on a permanent basis shortly after Adams left– and helped steer the Staffordshire outfit to eventual safety.

A defender in his playing days, the 40-year-old started his career with Watford in 1993 – where he made 218 appearances in an eight year spell, before departing for Sheffield United on a permanent deal in 2001, having previously spent time on loan at Bramall Lane.

Spells at Cardiff City, Coventry City and Huddersfield Town followed, before ending his career at Chesterfield in 2011.

Page moved to Port Vale months after his retirement, to take up a coaching role with the youth team at the club. He was promoted to a first-team coaching role in May 2012.

In July 2014 – Page was appointed as the assistant manager to Micky Adams, ahead of the 2014/15 League One campaign.

Page set out what he needed to do when he was appointed as manager, and will be hoping for a safer passage through next season.

Defender Carl Dickinson will be the man that Vale fans will look towards next season, following a consistent campaign last season.

Born in Swadlincote, the 28-year-old began his playing career in the youth teams at Derby County and Stoke City, before signing professional terms with the latter in 2004.

Dickinson spent seven-years with the Potters, turning out 51 times at the Britannia Stadium.

He spent time on-loan at Vikingur, Blackpool, Leeds United, Barnsley and Portsmouth – signing permanently for Watford in July 2011.

The defender featured 43 times at Vicarage Road, and also spent loan stays back at Portsmouth and Coventry City, with a return to Staffordshire confirmed in July 2013, when he signed for Vale.

Dickinson featured 46 times for Port Vale last term, as he was handed the captains armband.

The Cod Army have met with Port Vale four times, winning the last encounter 2-1, on the final day of the season.

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