Championship side Nottingham Forest are the visitors for Port Vale’s third friendly game of the summer…
19th July, 19:45pn
Unsure of who is who in the new-look Vale line-up? Take a look at our spotter’s guide to find out
The next few games will be good as they are big clubs, in the Championship and I want to see what we’ve been doing in training implemented into these games… In the big games we will see more faults from our team which is normal for this time of the season, but it’s more important we are ready for the sixth of August…
Vale will be waiting on the fitness of midfielder Sam Foley and striker Carlos Saleiro (above). Meanwhile, injured defender Ben Purkiss has yet to play a friendly game so far. If Purkiss is still unfit, there are a number of contenders for the right-back slot including Adam Yates, James Gibbons and Billy Reeves. There are also rumours of another Vale signing on Tuesday but if that takes place he is unlikely to take part in the game.
Last time we met…
The two sides last met back in December 2012 when Forest won 2-0 at the City Ground. The last meeting at Vale Park took place on the 15th September 2007 when the visitors recorded another 2-0 win.
In fact Vale have to go back to 2006 for their last goal against Forest. It came in a 1-1 draw thanks to a first minute Michael Husbands (right) strike.
Vale’s last home win over Forest came way back in 1936 when Vale won 2-0 thanks to goals from Luke Dean and Arthur Caldwell.
Port Vale wins: 13
Forest wins: 25
Possibly the most notable Vale signing from Forest was goalkeeper Mark Goodlad (right) who joined the Valiants on a free transfer in 2000.
Goodlad made over 200 appearances for the club, a figure that surely would have been higher but for injury and was widely regarded as one of the club’s finest goalkeepers of recent years.
Other players to appear for both clubs include:
- Midfielder Ross Gardner
- Striker David McGoldrick
- Forward David Freeman
- Striker David Riley
- Goalkeeper Alf Bennett
- Outside right Robert Firth
A little bit of history…
Nottingham Forest were originally formed by a group of shinty players and was given the name Nottingham Forest Football and Bandy Club when it was founded in 1865.
What is “Bandy”? Well, it’s a variation of the Irish Sport Shinty only it’s played on ice with a ball (see above) rather than a puck. It’s also the second most popular winter sport in the world.
That’s not the only sport Forest played in their early days. As well as football, shinty and bandy, the club also played baseball and were British baseball champions in 1900. Baseball was especially popular in the East Midlands lending its name to Derby County’s old stadium the Baseball Ground. Ironically, Forest defeated their local rivals Derby 17-16 in the 1900 final.