Round of applause, Tom Pope.
The Port Vale striker equalized against John Stones and Manchester City during Saturday’s FA Cup third round. Why is that notable? Because he trashed Stones on Twitter last summer.
First, the tweet:
Just watched the highlights of the England game! I know I’m a league 2 player, I know he plays for England, I know he’s on £150k a week, I know he’s a million times better player than me but I’d love to play against John Stones every week! I’d get 40 a season! #soft #weakaspiss
— Tom Pope (@Tom_Pope9) June 7, 2019
Now, the goal:
— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 4, 2020
No, Stones wasn’t directly responsible for conceding, and he was even credited with an assist on City’s third goal.
But Pope and Port Vale have to take the wins where they can get them. Pope has spent his career caroming around the lower leagues in England, mostly in League Two, the fourth division where Port Vale currently resides.
Soccer writer Kristian Heneage summed it up nicely on Twitter.
Fair play, Tom Pope has delivered. pic.twitter.com/1ycaf9Yd6B
— Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) January 4, 2020
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