All eyes are on old boy Peter Clarke, sorry, Tom Pope as Vale take on Bury this weekend.
Date: Saturday 18th September
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Manager: Rob Page
Last match: 0-2 vs Millwall
Recent form: D-L-W-W-L
Manager: David Flitcroft
Last match: 3-2 vs Sheff Utd
Recent form: L-D-W-W-W
Fit-again veteran midfielder Michael Brown is set to line-up on the Vale bench. Meanwhile, we expect that Ryan Inniss will earn a start ahead of Remie Streete in central defence.
Kelvin Etuhu and Ryan Lowe remain out for Bury although Danny Nardiello and Keil O’Brien are close to returning to full training.
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Manager Rob Page on the match.
Last time we met…
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Striker Tom Pope scored twice for Vale in a 2-1 JPT win. We wonder whatever happened to him?
OK, let’s get this over with shall we? Yes, Port Vale will be facing former Valiant Peter Clarke on Saturday. Also lining-up is Tom Pope. Sorry, that’s not intended to be disrespectful to Tom and we hope both former Valiants get a good reception from the Vale support. After all the controversy of the summer, we think it should be remembered that Tom is a Vale fan and put in several years of hard work and effort for the team.
Other players to appear for both sides include:
- Sam Collins (right)
- Darren Beckford
- Sean McAllister
- Gerry Keenan
- Ken Beamish
- Terry Alcock
- Ken Hancock
- Ray Hancock
- Kevin Young
- Adrian Littlejohn
- Kevin Tully
- Alan Woolfall
- Peter Farrell
- Tommy Gore
- Phil Charnock
- Ronnie Jepson
A warning to Bury about balancing the books. Here is a blog post from earlier this season about Bury’s financial dealings. In light of Vale’s two administrations, we hope the same fate doesn’t befall our opponents.
- 25 Port Vale wins
- 29 Port Vale losses
- 21 draws
A few essential facts about our opponents to impress your mates with…
- The 1920-21 season was an odd affair. Vale beat Bury 5-2 at home and then lost the away game 2-5.
- The first encounter between the two sides took back way back in 1894. It finished 2-1 to Bury.
- Vale are unbeaten in their last two visits to Bury.