Due to the ongoing work preparing for the Vale Vaults exhibition, this is a shorter than usual guide to our next opponents…
Manager: Rob Page
Last match: 2-2 vs Scunthorpe
Form guide: D-L-W-L-L
Manager: Kevin Nugent
Last match: 2-0 vs Doncaster
Form guide: W-D-D-W-L
Rob Page: set to ring the changes
As Vale continue to add new faces to the squad and with Rob Page promising changes, it really is anyone’s guess who could be in the starting line-up. Our expectation is that Remie Streete will challenge for a place in the back four, while Jordan Slew or new signing Dany N’Guessan could come into the side if Tom Pope is unfit. Elsewhere, Chris Birchall may be recalled in place of Louis Dodds. But really, it’s anyone’s guess…
“That [making changes to the side] is something that myself and the staff will sit down and have a chat about. It is about getting wins and if it means that we have to make changes then we will do it. The lads know my feelings on that. I have no qualms about that at all…”
– Rob Page
Last time we met
Myrie-Williams: scored the last Vale goal against Orient
The Valiants lost 0-2 at home back in March. In the fixture at Brisbane Road, it finished 3-2 to the hosts with Louis Dodds and Jennison Myrie-Williams on the scoresheet for the Valiants.
- Vale wins: 32
- Orient wins: 17
- Draws: 8
As the stats show, Vale have a good historical record against the O’s. However, that isn’t true in recent meetings with Orient winning four of the last five games.
Vale’s last win at Vale Park against Orient was back in 2008 when goals from Marc Richards and David Howland (right) gave the Valiants a 2-1 win.
95 years ago, Vale recorded eight goals in two games against Leyton Orient. Vale won 4-2 (Bob Blood (2), Brough, o.g) at home in 1919 and again won at home in 1921 – this time by a 4-0 scoreline (Bob Blood (2), Wooton, Page).
But those results are not Vale’s biggest winning scoreline. In 1927, Vale recorded a hefty 5-1 FA Cup win thanks to goals from Wilf Kirkham (2), Page, Strange and Sims.
They played for both…
Players to appear for both sides include:
- Midfielder Anthony Griffith (right)
- Midfielder Ian Bogie
- Striker Keith Houchen
- Midfielder Marc Laird
- Defender Darren Purse
- Defender Dean Smith