Vale loanee Johnson bidding for Wembley glory

Vale loanee Johnson bidding for Wembley glory

Port Vale goalkeeper Sam Johnson is the only current Vale player who could lift a domestic trophy this season.

The tall keeper is on loan with FC Halifax Town who take on Grimsby Town in the final of the FA Trophy on Sunday.

The match will take place at Wembley stadium and Johnson is expected to start as first-choice goalkeeper. The Vale keeper joined Halifax on loan in November and the Wembley game would be the 26th game of his loan spell.

Halifax have sold 8,500 tickets for the final and the players will warm-up for the game with a behind-closed-doors friendly against Derby under 21s on Friday.

Town’s trophy bid has also been backed by Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy who spent a spell at FC Halifax Town under the management of Vale favourite Neil Aspin earlier in his career.

Vardy told the Non League paper: “I wasn’t at Halifax for too long but they helped me further my career and take the next step on. It’ll be a brilliant day for Halifax. Hopefully they can get the win and it’ll be a great day out for the fans.”

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