Surprise purchaser of Port Vale

Lancashire businessman Keith Ryder has been named as the surprise preferred choice to take Port Vale out of administration.  

Ryder, who has worked in the financial services and property development industries, was chosen ahead of four other bidders, including local businessman Mo Chaudry who has been trying to buy the club for some time.   In many ways he was the preferred choice of fans, but supporters’ groups have pledged that they will work with the new owner.