FC Halifax Town fans are taking pride in the Premier League heroics of former favourite Jamie Vardy - and hoping ex-Huddersfield Town player Rob Page lands the Port Vale manager’s job on a permanent basis.
Halifax boss Neil Aspin has been linked with the Potteries club, where he was a long-serving player in the nineties, but Page appears to be in pole position, and guided Vale to a 2-1 home win over Barnsley in his first match as caretaker after Micky Adams’ departure.
Striker Vardy, meanwhile, was the stand-out performer as Leicester City came from behind to beat Manchester United 5-3 at the King Power Stadium, and Shay supporters took to Twitter to point out he was shining at The Shay only four years ago.
It was Aspin, who has led Halifax to the Vanarama Conference via three promotions, who signed Vardy, now 27, from Stocksbridge Park Steels in the 2010 close-season, and he responded with 29 goals in Halifax colours before joining Fleetwood Town early in the 2011-12 campaign.
Vardy, who was released by home-City club Sheffield Wednesday as a teenager, joined Leicester in a £1.7m package during the 2012 close-season and helped the Foxes reach the top flight as last season’s Championship title winners.
That completed a trick of top spots in four seasons after Halifax won the Northern Premier League Premier Division in 2011 and Fleetwood the Conference, and promotion to the Football League, in 2012.