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Ex-Port Vale player joins forces with Stoke City fans to poke fun at his former club

Ex-Port Vale player, Ryan Burge, took his feud with his former employers to new levels this weekend as he personally flew a plane over the club's stadium mocking their relegation to League Two.

Ex-Port Vale player flies plane
Port Vale have been relegated to League and one of their former players has been keen to rub their noses in it – Photo by Icon Sport

Burge, who played for Port Vale between 2011 and 2013, has held a long-standing grudge against the club due to how his departure from the club played out. The 35-year-old was a key player in their promotion season in 2012-13 but was suspended after failing to attend a pre-match meal.

The midfielder then launched on attack on then-manager, Micky Adams, on social media and after being formally dismissed, he has repeatedly poked fun at them online.

However, his grudge against the club has reached new heights in recent weeks with Burge obtaining a pilot's license just so he could fly a flag over their stadium during their final match of the season on Saturday.

The flag was funded by Stoke City fans and read “She stood there laughing – N40” in reference to the song ‘Delilah' which has become synonymous with Stoke, Port Vale's biggest rivals.

Ex-Port Vale player revels in the excitement

Taking to social media after his flight, Burge posted the following message as he looked to wind Port Vale fans up further:

“Wow, just landed. Thank you to the Stoke City fans who paid me to do something I would have happily done for free.

“A bit of a shakey start but I put that down to the excitement. However, once I got her up in the sky it was smooth all the way from there and shout out to my instructor Geoff who was guiding me all the way.

“This is an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. Fail Park looks like an even bigger sh*t hole from the sky.”


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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