We take a look ahead to our fourth away trip of the season with our OVF two minute guide to our opponents…
There has been some debate about what formation Vale will pick for the match. The eleven selected to start against Carlisle did raise a lot of eyebrows with many saying that Vale looked a different proposition once pacy trio Myrie-Williams, Mohamed and Tomlin had been introduced. So, the argument is – should the trip be promoted to the starting eleven or should Vale start with the same team and use them as tactical substitions.
OVF feels that with this being a tricky away fixture, Micky Adams will opt for a cautious approach and name an unchanged XI.
Possible Vale XI:
Duffy – Robertson – Chilvers – Dickinson
Birchall – Griffith – Loft – Dodds
Williamson – Pope
Home side Orient are expected to be unchanged as they have a clean bill of health.
“People probably believe I have been thinking about it a lot, taking this as a way of getting back at them and things like that. But I am just relishing playing. I have got myself back in the team so my main ambition is to maintain my position. It’s not about going there and proving any points, it’s all about what’s going on here.”
– Anthony Griffith on facing his former club
“They’re undefeated at the minute and we are going to go there and try and change that. It’ll be a tough game but we’ll be up for it.”
– Gavin Tomlin
“It’s easier trying to keep clean sheets if you’ve got a settled team. The better teams you play against the more you need that understanding. I’d obviously like to be involved in the game on Saturday, but that’s completely down to the gaffer.”
– Liam Chilvers
“You’ve got to keep fit and keep sharp and when you get the call you’ve to take it. Hopefully when the time comes I can take my chance and stay in the team.”
– Kaid Mohamed
The two sides last met back in 2008 when goals from Marc Richards and David Howland secured a 2-1 home victory for the Valiants.
The Vale team for that game was:
Anyon, Eckersley (Talbot), Pearce, Pilkington, Harsley, Richman (Lawrie), Howland, Whitaker, Perry, Richards, Rodgers (Mulligan)
Subs: Edwards, McGregor
Vale wins: 32
Orient wins: 15
Last time we…
Won at the Matchroom Stadium was back in 1994 when Vale triumphed 3-2 thanks to a Martin Foyle (right) hat-trick.
Facing former employers
Anthony Griffith will be facing Orient for the first time since he left the club to rejoin the Vale. Griff made 27 appearances for the O’s.
Players to appear for both sides include:
- Justin Miller
- Shane Tudor
- Carl Griffiths
- Ian Bogie (right)
- Marc Laird
- Darren Purse
- Dean Smith
- Leon Constantine
- Paul Beesley
- Calvin Andrew
The club crest…
features two wyverns. A wyvern is a legendary winged creature with a dragon’s head, which may be said to breathe fire or possess a venomous bite, a reptilian body, two legs, and a barbed tail. A wyvern is also the symbol (or defender) of the river Thames so the wyverns indicate Orient’s London location.
The “Orient” part of their name…
reputedly was a request by a founder player who was employed by the Orient shipping company. Orient later became P&O.
During World War One…
forty one Orient team and staff members joined the Footballers regiment. Tragically three players were killed and many more injured.
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