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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 July 2006, 11:56 GMT 12:56 UK
Williams given Port Vale honour
Robbie Williams
Williams is a lifelong fan of the club
Pop star Robbie Williams is to have a restaurant named after him at his beloved Port Vale Football Club.

The singer bought a 25% stake in the League One club earlier this year and has supported them since he was a child growing up in Stoke-on-Trent.

Bill Bratt, club chairman, told BBC News that Williams was "very happy and proud" when approached about the idea.

The 275,000 suite is part of a 7m overhaul of the Lorne Street stand which should be completed next year.

"It will be a premium corporate area with a bar and restaurant and great views overlooking the surrounding area," said Mr Bratt.

Bought remaining shares

"He has given his permission and was very happy and proud and said yes without any hesitation when we asked.

"We would like to think he would come and see it but he is in the middle of a world tour at the moment but, when the football season starts we think he will be here."

Williams bought the remaining available shares in the club in February at a cost of 260,000.

Three years ago he turned down a chance to invest in the club, which had been suffering financial problems at the time.





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