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01 Mar 2002

The Port Vale manager Brian Horton has been rewarded for a highly successful month at Vale Park with the Nationwide Division Two Manager of the Month award.

The former Manchester City and Huddersfield Town manager took over from John Rudge in 1999 and led the Valiants to success in the LDV Vans trophy last year at the Millennium Stadium.

Despite an inconsistent league campaign this term, Vale enjoyed massive success in February with four wins and one draw out from their six matches, earning them 13 points from a possible 18.

Among those wins was the victory that Vale fans would class as the sweetest in their football calendar, a 1-0 away win against Potteries rivals Stoke City, who are currently flying high in the play-off zone.

Other wins came against Cambridge, Chesterfield and Queen's Park Rangers as Horton guided the team into mid-table with a six-point gap separating the Vale Park club and the nearest occupant of the play-off positions, his former club Huddersfield Town.

Although Vale are only lying in 12th and it would be a tall order for Horton to make up the gap, there is still an outside chance they could sneak into the play-offs and make another successful trip to Cardiff.

Brian Horton

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