The second game of a busy weekend for the Valiants, we take a brief look at Sunday’s friendly game…
In the picture
The story behind our choice of image we’ve chosen to lead the article with…
The photo is from back in 1991 when Vale drew 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday. The Vale players are Ray Walker (left) and Simon Mills (right, who ironically had begun his career with Wednesday) while in the centre is veteran striker Trevor Francis. Vale’s goal came from Robbie Earle and the game was played in front of 13,317 at Vale Park.
31st July, 4:30pm
- West Upper Stand on Leppings Lane
- £10 – Adults
- £5 – Over 65
- £5 – Under-21
For visiting supporters, tickets are available on a pay on the day basis, where you must purchase tickets with cash only.
Championship clubs are good for learning, they have experienced players and we are learning so much in positions, being organised and defensively…
– Bruno Ribeiro
With two games this weekend it’s difficult to say which Vale team will start against Wednesday. However, it could be a chance for newer signings such as Nathan Ferguson or Sebastien Amoros (above) to get a start. There may even be a start for goalkeeper Miguel Santos who is expected to sign for the club next week.
Last time we met…
The Valiants secured a memorable League Cup victory back in 2009. Vale’s scorers were Kris and Rob Taylor while Francis Jeffers saw red for the visitors. The last game in the league was back in 2005 when Wednesday won 1-0. You re-live the game including Kris Taylor’s superb goal above.
Port Vale wins: 14
Port Vale losses: 12
We’ve already mentioned Simon Mills at the top of this article but another more recent arrival at Vale was midfielder Chris Lines. The Bristolian joined the Valiants in 2013 after making 47 appearances for Wednesday. He slipped out of contention in 2015 and joined Bristol Rovers on loan before the move was made permanent.
Vale stats: 61 games | 3 goals
Other players to appear for both clubs include:
- Dan Jones
- Mark Bright
- Ian Taylor
- Dean Smith
- Jon McCarthy
- Ritchie Humphreys
- Mark Smith
- Jeff Johnson
- Sean McAllister
Did you know…
- The two sides first met in 1900 with Vale losing 3-0.
- The Valiants had to wait until 1921 for their first win.
- However, after that initial victory, Vale were then unbeaten in six of the next nine fixtures.
- That sequence including a run of four straight wins from 1924 to 1926.
- During that run, Vale’s record goalscorer Wilf Kirkham (above) netted five times against Wednesday, scoring in every match.