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Port Vale F.C announces new chairman

Port Vale new Chairman Norman Smurthwaite Credit: ITV News Central

Port Vale Football Club has today announced it's found a new chairman.

The former chief executive of the club, Norman Smurthwaite, has taken over as chairman and sole owner of the club, following the departure of Paul Wildes on Friday.

The Burslem-based club is expecting up to 400 fans at tonight's Football Supporters Club Meeting where Norman will take questions.

Port Vale's promotion pitch invasion

Port Vale fans invade the pitch following the npower Football League Two match at Vale Park, Stoke On Trent. Credit: PA

These were the scenes at Vale Park after Port Vale's two-all draw with Northampton secured the Valiants promotion to League One.

A Port Vale fan celebrates his sides promotion at the end of the game during the npower Football League Two match at Vale Park, Credit: PA
Fans invading the pitch after Saturday's 2 all draw at home to Northampton Credit: PA
A fan celebrates Port Vale's promotion to League One Credit: PA

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Man arrested after car drives into Port Vale fans

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a hit-and-run incident involving football fans on their way to a match.

Two Port Vale fans were taken to hospital after they were hit by a car as the waited in a taxi rank outside Rochdale train station.

Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite tweeted yesterday:

Police said: "Shortly after 2.45pm on Saturday 13 April 2013, a car that was travelling around the mini roundabout outside Rochdale Train Station collided with two men.

"A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He has been bailed until 14 July 2013 pending further inquiries."

An eyewitness told the Daily Mail: "Me and three mates got to Rochdale train station about 2.40pm on Saturday and ordered a taxi. While we were waiting a red car with three men inside sped into the rank and drove into the Port Vale fans.

"The car then sped off and the driver had a grin on his face."

Do you have a wheelbarrow? – Port Vale needs you

Port Vale Football Club is on a mission to recruit volunteers who can help clear snow from its pitch in time for Saturday's game against Aldershot Town.

Head Groundsman Steve Speed, is hoping volunteers will step forward today and tomorrow with wheelbarrows and friends who can spare time to help rid the pitch of snow.

Anybody who may be able to spare some time is being asked to report to Main Reception or the Railway Stand and ask for Steve Speed, who despite his name, can't remove snow from the ground on his own.

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Port Vale signs Lee Hughes

Lee Hughes Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Port Vale has signed Lee Hughes until the end of the season. He joins the club after leaving Notts County, and will play this Saturday against Gillingham.

He says he is excited to join a club steeped in football history, and is looking forward to helping them push for promotion.

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