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Almanack: Making waves

TROUBLE at the Press Association, where the computer system has undergone a metaphor overload. The following report was transmitted last week: 'Southampton, the once proud flagship of South Coast soccer, are now a rudderless wreck and sinking fast. A new man at the helm is urgently needed to navigate a way to safety through the perilous relegation waters of the Premiership. Southampton's season is already washed up. All that remains is a battle to stay afloat in the top fleet. Hopes of charting a course to calmer waters through Cup success ran aground at the aptly named Port Vale. The 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay defeat against the Second Division side followed a Coca- Cola Cup exit to minnows Shrewsbury. It has been all hands on deck since the departure of Ian Branfoot last week but still the tide has not been turned . . .' etc etc. Sixteen or so maritime metaphors, and not a parrot in sight: presumably it was feeling seasick.

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Port Vale. .1

Sports Letters: Hooliganism's curse

Sir: In response to Mark Newman's comments (Sports Letters, 20 May), I also attended the Blackpool v Port Vale game on 8 May. I am a Blackpool supporter. I, too, was seated in the Blackpool stand behind the goal, like Mr Newman, yet saw the events unfold from a different perspective. Port Vale's allocation was sold out so it was inevitable that the home ranks would be infiltrated by a few Port Vale fans. However, it was not '10 or so Port Vale supporters' as Mr Newman puts it, who celebrated their team's goal. It was about 40, who didn't appear to be 'supporters' at all. For a start they had congregrated together in a professional, organised-hooliganism manner. While I certainly do not condone football hooliganism, I do feel that the trouble was certainly Port Vale's fault as much as Blackpool's, if not more. In addition, there was a 'Port Vale fan carried off on a stretcher' as Mr Newman pointed out, but there was also a Blackpool steward who was badly injured and required medical treatment, and a female Blackpool supporter who needed treatment. I have attended every home game this season and have never witnessed scenes like that. While I am not saying that the trouble was all Port Vale's fault, I feel that the facts in Mr Newman's letter were not accurate, and that I felt a responsibility to correct them. Finally, for the record, Blackpool's Second Division status was secured due to Preston losing the week before, and not Exeter dropping two points against Port Vale, which Mr Newman stated.
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