We take a look ahead to the home fixture with Wolverhampton Wanderers with our OVF two minute guide…
Tom Pope has been struggling with a calf strain but is expected to be fit to play. Lee Hughes, a man not popular with Wolves fans for obvious reasons, is expected to keep his place upfront despite missing a penalty on Saturday.
Kenny Jackett is expected to hand a full debut to midfielder Kevin McDonald, his recent £750,000 signing from Sheffield United.
Possible Vale XI:
Yates – Robertson – Dickinson – Jones
Myrie-Williams – Loft – Lines – Mohammed
Hughes – Pope
Here are a few details for everyone travelling to the game:
- Please allow extra time for travelling as Vale Park and its surrounding areas are expected to be very busy
- Extra police and stewards will be on duty. The club asks all fans to co-operate with them and to enjoy the match
- Tommy Cheadle’s will be reserved for the away support only
- Please join fans in singing “There’s only one Frankie Allen” when the teams enter the pitch
“They are rightly one of the favourites, but when you are favourites there comes an expectancy. Their fans will expect Wolves to come here and win because we’re ‘little old Port Vale’. I’d like to keep their fans as quiet as possible. To do that we’ll have to work as hard as we can with the ball, then even harder when we haven’t got it.”
– Micky Adams
“I always look out for the Wolves result. I’ve supported them since I was a kid, but on Saturday they will just be another team to me. If you look at their squad they are not a League One team, but it’s a chance for us to raise our game.”
– Dan Jones
“They’ve got a lot of quality, they’ve got a lot of big signings all over the team and they’re still spending. We know it’s going to be a tough challenge, but I don’t think we’ve got anything to fear from them or any team in this division.”
– Carl Dickinson
The two sides last met back in 2000. The Valiants lost 1-0 at home thanks to a 85th minute Carl Robinson goal.
The Vale team for that game was:
Goodlad, Carragher, Burns, Snijders, Burton, Smith, Widdrington, Brammer (O’Callaghan), Cummins, Naylor (Healy), Viljanen
Subs: Pilkington, Brisco, Eyre
- Vale wins: 8
- Wolves wins: 24
- Draws: 10
Last time we…
Won at Vale Park was 1998 when goals from Peter Beadle and Tony Naylor earned us a 2-1 win.
Facing former employers:
Dan Jones started his career at Wolves. Jones made a total of ten appearances for Wanderers before leaving for Sheffield Wednesday.
Other players to appear for both sides include:
- Lee Collins
- Mark ‘super sub’ Burke
- Lee Mills
- Bob Hazell
- Mike Stowell
- Alan Dodd
- Chris Cornes
- Graham Hawkins
- Teddy Peers
- Dick Danks
- Jack Needham
Meanwhile, former Vale players Ronnie Allen and Bill McGarry both managed Wolves.
Wolves’ original team colours were red and white, which were adopted from the colours of St Luke’s Church School where the club was formed. However, the familiar gold and black was rapidly adopted and is believed to the city council’s motto “out of darkness cometh light” with the two colours representing dark and light.