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Port Vale Football Club
Hamil Road
Burslem
Stoke-on-Trent
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Port Vale F.C. took its name from Port Vale House, the venue of its inaugural meeting in 1876. The team moved to nearby Burslem in 1884 and became Burslem Port Vale. They spent a few years in the Midland league before joining the Football League Division Two in 1892 as founder members. They struggled in the football league and after a roller coaster ride of relegation and re-election they almost went out of existence due to financial troubles in 1907 and resigned from the league. After many years in the Central League they returned to the Football League in 1919 to finish the fixtures left over by the expulsion of Leeds City. By this time they had dropped the Burslem prefix and were just Port Vale. In 1931 the team achieved its highest ever league position, 5th place in the Second Division. The club have a very famous fan in Robbie Williams, now a major shareholder in the club, having bought over 95% of the available shares in the club. He provided an original theme song for the video game FIFA 2000 'Its only us', on the provision that Port Vale was included as a team in the game.


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