Vale look to finish November unbeaten but first they face a trip to Rochdale…
Manager: Rob Page
Last match: 2-0 vs Blackpool
Form guide: D-W-W-W-W
Manager: Keith Hill
Last match: 0-2 vs Gillingham
Form guide: W-L-L-W-L
Vale’s main doubt is winger Byron Moore. However, replacement Chris Birchall scored in the 2-0 win over Blackpool so would be a fine replacement. Sam Kelly is pushing Sam Foley for a starting place on the left flank. New Rochdale loan signing John O’Sullivan could come into their starting eleven.
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Last time we met
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A late goal from former Valiant Calvin Andrew gave Rochdale all three points last season.
- Vale wins: 21
- Rochdale wins: 9
- Draws: 23
They played for both…
Louis Dodds: eight years on from a spell at Rochdale
Vale’s Louis Dodds had a brief spell on loan with Rochdale back in 2007. The forwarded netted twice in twelve games for Dale. Meanwhile former Valiant Calvin Andrew could face Vale. Other players to appear for both sides include:
- Striker Marc Richards
- Winger Chris Shuker
- Midfielder Tony Lacey
- Goalkeeper Jack Prince
- Defender Gerry Keenan
- Goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington
- Defender Dean Stokes
- Midfielder Jimmy Greenoff
- Goalkeeper Chris Pearce
- Defender Gareth Griffiths
When Vale hit six in ’53…
Ken Griffiths: hat-trick hero in 1953
Port Vale’s biggest win over Rochdale, perhaps unsurprisingly, came during the legendary 1953-54 season. Vale were in the process of recording a club record eleven consecutive home clean sheets and thirteen matches into a seventeen game unbeaten league run, so it was no surprise when they swept Rochdale away by six goals to nil.
The Vale goalscorers were Ken Griffiths (a hat-trick), Albert Leake (a brace) and Basil Hayward and it was played in front of a 16,841 crowd.