Two minute guide to: Bury

All eyes are on old boy Peter Clarke, sorry, Tom Pope as Vale take on Bury this weekend.

Match Essentials

Date: Saturday 18th September

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Port Vale

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

Team News


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.

Pre-match quote

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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?

Club Connections

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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

Bluffer’s Guide


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.

Click here to read it

Overall record:

  • 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.


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