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Port Vale owner thanks NHS after he was hit by a car – fans postponed protest against him

Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite has thanked the NHS after he was hit by a car a few days ago.

The accident came on Friday evening close to the stadium and he spent two nights at the hospital where he has been getting better.

He posted on Twitter, “Many thanks to the superb staff@UHNM_NHS for my care the last few days in very difficult circumstances for myself. I am overwhelmed with their dedication.Simply the best.”

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Staffordshire police said: “”We were called to a report of a road traffic collision in Hamil Road.

“The collision, between a man in his 50s and a Vauxhall Insignia, took place at around 8pm.

“If anyone witnessed the collision, please get in touch.”

A protest against the owner had been planned for Saturday just gone, but it has been postponed until Port Vale’s home game with Tranmere.

After buying the club from administration in 2012, it’s fair to say Smurthwaite has been controversial since then with the League Two side in decline.

During the Valiant’s match at Crawley, fans put up a ‘Taxi for Smurf’ banner.

One member of the North London Valiants said: “It is to show solidarity with what is a growing movement in Burslem.

“It is about where the club is going and a sense of frustration among fans and what they see as a lack of investment and loss of form over the last three seasons.

“The growing feeling is that with Norman in charge, the club is not going anywhere apart from probably out of the league.

“As a supporter said in column last week, eventually we will get to a stage where there won’t be two teams who are worse than us, whether that is this season or next. That is the frustration.

“We are there to support the team and the club but not the owner at this point.”


After reading Norman Smurthwaite’s tweet – thanking the NHS – fans took to reply to it, some glad he was better, others wanting something done or to change with their club – take a look at what they had to say on the next page.


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