Two minute guide to: Port Vale v Derby County B

Hmmm, it’s not something we’re in favour of at all so let’s just get this two minute guide over with shall we…

Not wanted and a danger to the Football League

Forgive us for a rant before our preview even begins but we feel very strongly on this issue.

Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite has made it clear that he was against the introduction of B sides into the competition.

Here are OVF’s editorial against the introduction:

I am massively disappointed with the Football League vote to allow Premier League B sides to compete in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (aka the Football League Trophy, there’s a clue there Football League chiefs)…

Read more here

The two sides

Port Vale

  • Manager: Bruno Ribeiro
  • Last match: 3-1 versus Scunthorpe United
  • Top scorer: Jones, Forrester (2)

Derby County B side

  • Manager: Dunno
  • Last match: Dunno
  • Top scorer: No idea, sorry…

Match details


Vale Park


30th August 2016, 7:45pm

Team news


It’s a bit difficult to judge the Vale line-up but ironically although Derby can name their reserves, Vale are restricted in the number of first-team players that they can rest. However, it could be that the likes of Ryan Boot (above), Sam Hart and Martin Paterson will get a run-out.

Last time we met…


Well, we’ve never met the Derby B side in a senior fixture but the last time we played Derby County competitively was back in 1996. Tony Naylor (above in action versus Everton) scored for the Valiants in a 1-1 draw.

Video vault

One of our favourite cup memories is this John Rudge inspired FA Cup win over Derby in 1990. It’s from our YouTube channel:

Overall record

Port Vale wins: 7

Port Vale losses: 9

Draws: 4

Club connections


Marc Bridge-Wilkinson was one of Vale’s most successful imports from Derby. The diminutive midfielder joined on a free in 2000 and scored twice on his full debut. He went on to net fourteen times in his first season including a crucial penalty in the 2-1 LDV Vans Trophy Final win over Brentford. He rejected a Vale contract in 2004 to join Stockport.

Vale stats: 140 games | 36 goals

Other players to appear for both clubs include:

  • Midfielder Robin van der Laan
  • Striker Lee Mills
  • Goalkeeper Mark Grew
  • Defender Tom Cooper
  • Forward Ian Buxton

Did you know…


  • The two sides first met in 1921 in a 1-1 draw
  • Bob Connelly (above) was the scorer of Vale’s first goal against Derby
  • Three games have ended 3-2 – two in Derby’s favour and one in Vale’s

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