Two minute guide: Bradford City v Port Vale

It’s the first match of the season so here’s our infamous OVF two minute guide to the match…

In the picture

The story behind our choice of image we’ve chosen to lead the article with…

The photo is from back in August 2013 when the Valiants had another early season game against City. It ended in the Vale beating Bradford 2-1 thanks to goals from Lee Hughes and Doug Loft. The image shows Loft scoring his deflected effort.

The two sides

Port Vale

  • Manager: Bruno Ribeiro
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  • Top scorer: N/A

Bradford City

  • Manager: Stuart McCall
  • Last match: N/A
  • Top scorer: N/A

Match details


Valley Parade


6th August, 3pm


  • Adults : £20 (Advance) £25 on the day
  • Seniors (60+): £15
  • Students (NUS): £15
  • Under 16 Junior: £10
  • Under 11: £5 with full paying adult

Tickets are available to pay on the day.

Going to the game?

OVF recommends the excellent Football Ground Guide for all the latest ticket prices, away supporter information and directions to the stadium.

Pre-match quotes

Vale assistant manager Michael Brown

Vale joint-captain Ben Purkiss


Team news


It will be the first game in charge of their clubs for manager Bruno Ribeiro and Stuart McCall (although this is McCall’s third spell in charge of Bradford).

Three Vale players will be missing the game for definite – they are Kiko, Adam Yates and Michael Brown. Kjell Knops is expected to start at left-back with youngster Nathan Smith in line for his debut in central defence after an impressive pre-season.

Last time we met…

It ended in a 1-1 draw at Vale Park back in January. AJ Leich-Smith gave Vale an early lead and Bradford had Lee Evans sent-off before their ten men equalised through Jamie Proctor. The match at Valley Parade ended in a 1-0 defeat for Vale.

Overall record

Port Vale wins: 32

Port Vale losses: 43

Draws: 30

Club connections

lee-mills-stickerOne of the more prominent players to switch between the clubs was striker Lee Mills. A makeweight in Robin van der Laan’s £475,000 transfer to Derby County, Mills rose to prominence at the end of the 1996-97 season with a run of nine goals in fourteen games. He finished with fifteen goals and the player of the year award.

However, in typical Bill Bell style, Mills was sold on the eve of the following season, joining Bradford City for a fee of £1m and became the Bantams’ first million pound player. At the time he less than endeared himself to Vale fans by commenting “Three years at Port Vale is enough for anybody.” Mills was an instant success at Bradford scoring 24 goals as the club were promoted to the Premier League. He left Bradford to join Portsmouth for £1.25m in 2000.

Vale stats: 128 games | 44 goals

In terms of the present squad, goalkeeper Jak Alnwick spent a loan spell with Bradford without making an appearance while Bradford winger Mark Marshall had a successful season with Vale before switching to the Bantams.

Other players to appear for both clubs include:

  • Striker Dave Hibbert
  • Forward Bernie Wright
  • Winger Will Atkinson
  • Midfielder Billy Knott
  • Midfielder Marc Bridge-Wilkinson
  • Goalkeeper Neville Southall
  • Defender Rob Kozluk
  • Forward Jake Speight
  • Midfielder Claus Bech Jørgensen
  • Full-back John Ritchie
  • Winger Peter Griffiths

Did you know…


  • The two sides first met in 1903 with Vale earned a thumping 5-2 victory. The Vale scorers included Adrian Capes (centre, above)
  • The 1906-7 season was  a bitter one for the Valiants with Vale coming out on the wrong end of two 3-2 scorelines against Bradford City.
  • Since 2004, Vale have only lost four of their ten visits to Valley Parade.

Two minute guide: Bradford City v Port Vale
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