Two minute guide to: Southend

Port Vale travel to Southend on Saturday and here’s our brief preview to the game…

Match Essentials

Date: Saturday 10th October

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Port Vale

Manager: Rob Page
Last match: 1-2 vs Blackpool (JPT)
Recent form: L-W-D-W-L


Manager: Phil Brown
Last match: 3-0 vs Crawley (JPT)
Recent form: W-W-W-L-W

Team News


Vale will take no risks with Remie Streete after he suffered a worrying head injury on Tuesday night. The indications are that Ryan McGivern will start his first game of the season if Streete is not involved. Meanwhile, the heartening news for Vale fans is that last season’s player of the year Michael O’Connor should make the Vale squad.

Southend midfielder Anthony Wordsworth is expected to shake off a knock in time for the home game against Port Vale but dangerman Noel Hunt is out through injury.

Pre-match quote

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Manager Rob Page on the match.

Last time we met…

Striker Lee Hughes scored but it wasn’t enough as the Vale suffered a 1-2 home defeat back in March 2013.

The last time the Vale travelled to Roots Hall, it ended in a 0-0 draw.

Club Connections

Vale could face former Valiant Luke Prosser on Saturday. Luke has now played more than 100 games for Southend. He scored against Vale in the two clubs’ 1-1 draw in 2011. Another former Valiant, loanee Will Atkinson could also feature in the Southend squad.

Other players to appear for both sides include:

  • Striker Gavin Tomlin
  • Defender Peter Clarke
  • Striker Billy Paynter
  • Striker Brett Angell
  • Midfielder Marc Laird
  • Winger Jemal Johnson

Bluffer’s Guide

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Here’s a classic clash from the OVF YouTube channel. It dates from 1994.

Overall record:

  • 24 Port Vale wins
  • 22 Port Vale losses
  • 30 draws

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

  •  The two sides first met in 1938 and the game ended 1-0 to Southend.
  • Vale’s last win at Roots Hall was in 2010 when Louis Dodds, Marc Richard and Justin Richards all scored in a 3-1 win.
  • In the 1980’s Port Vale hit four past Southend in three consecutive home fixtures – 4-1 (Nov 1985), 4-0 (Oct, 1985) and 4-1 (Sep 1987).
  • In fact, the games between the two sides have seen several high scores. Vale have hit four or more goals eight times while Southend have managed it four times.


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