Two minute guide to: Carlisle Utd

Here’s our brief preview of Port Vale’s JPT game against Carlisle United on Tuesday evening.

Match Essentials

Date: Tuesday 1st September

Ticket prices: More details here

Port Vale

Manager: Rob Page
Last match: 0-1 vs Bradford
Recent form: D-D-W-D-L

Carlisle Utd

Manager: Keith Curle
Last match: 3-2 vs Hartlepool Utd
Recent form: D-L-D-W-W

Team News

Will Rob Page stick or twist with his team selection? Our feeling at OVF Towers is that if winger Byron Moore was ill (as Page told the media after the game) and Anoch Andoh is still recovering from a hamstring knock then it’s likely that they could be rested.

Players to come into contention for Vale would include defender Remie Streete (possibly for Richard Duffy), wingers Ryan Lloyd and Sam Kelly and striker AJ Leitch-Smith.

Pre-match quote

“We’ve got beat late on in the 95th minute so it’s important we bounce back in a positive way…”

– Rob Page.

Last time we met…

Goals from Ben Williamson and Tom Pope earned Vale a 2-1 league win back in 2013.

Club Connections

The Vale could have been lining up against a couple of former Valiants tonight if both hadn’t departed the club in the summer. It’s fair to say that former duo Billy Paynter and Anthony Griffith didn’t have the best of spells at Carlisle. Paynter received criticism for a poor goal return and a perceived lack of effort (which included not moving closer to the area) by the fans. Griffith never really settled in the team. Both left in the summer – Paynter moving to Hartlepool (and scoring against Carlisle at the weekend) while Griff has now moved to Lee Sinnott’s Altrincham.

Port Vale’s Chris Birchall also had a loan spell with Carlisle United earlier in his career.

Bluffer’s Guide

The two sides last met in the JPT in 2010. The game ended 2-2 in normal time with Marc Richards and an Oliver Norwood own-goal on the mark for Vale. However, the Valiants crashed out of the cup after losing 4-3 in the penalty shootout.

Overall record:

  • 11 Port Vale wins
  • 10 Port Vale losses
  • 10 draws

A few essential facts about our opponents to impress your mates with…

  • Between 2006 and 2010, Carlisle overcame a two goal deficit to win three consecutive home games against Vale.
  • Carlisle last won at Vale Park back in 2007 and have lost on their last two visits to Burslem.
  • Port Vale’s biggest win is a 4-0 victory back in 1930.
  • Carlisle’s biggest win is 5-2 in 1936


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