Here’s our brief guide to Friday’s game against Shrewsbury as Vale look to bounce back from their Burton battering…
Manager: Rob Page
Last match: 0-4 vs Burton
Form guide: W-D-W-W-L
Manager: Micky Mellon
Last match: 2-2 vs Bury
Form guide: W-W-W-D-D
Vale are expected to recall Ryan Inniss (above) after he missed the Burton game as a precaution after his injury against Peterborough. The Valiants could make other changes after the four goal thrashing by the Brewers with Sam Kelly, Matthew Kennedy and Michael Brown all possibles. However, a blow for the Valiants is the news that top-scorer AJ Leitch-Smith is not fit to play.
Manager Rob Page on the Easter period.
Last time we met
Goals from Louis Dodds and Michael O’Connor gave Vale a 2-0 home win earlier in the season.
- Vale wins: 15
- Shrewsbury wins: 19
- Draws: 15
Port Vale’s recent record against Shrewsbury: L-L-W-D-W
Jordan Hugill scored his first senior goal for Vale as the Valiants beat Shrewsbury 3-1 back in November 2013.
Played for both
The Valiants could face former loanee Jack Grimmer who is currently playing for Shrewsbury. Grimmer scored a memorable FA Cup goal for the Shrews against Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season.
Other recent players to appear for both sides include Vale goalie Chris Neal (now on loan with Bury), winger Ashley Vincent, keeper Joe Anyon, midfielder Anthony Griffith and defender Lee Collins.
Ralph Hunt signs a contract next to manager Norman Low’s hospital bed. Hunt was to score a hat-trick against Shrewsbury in 1962.
The two sides shared a remarkable eleven goals during the two matches of the 1961-62 season. The first match finished 4-2 to Shrewsbury with the Vale scorers being Denis Fidler and Arthur Longbottom. Vale got their revenge in the return winning 4-1 thanks to a goal from Brian Jackson and a hat-trick from Ralph Hunt.
- The clubs first met competitively in 1951
- Shrewsbury won the first game 2-0 with Vale winning the return 1-0
- Shrewsbury’s biggest win is a remarkable 7-3 victory in 1970
- Wheras Vale’s biggest victory – 4-1 – has been achieved on two occasions