Two minute guide to: Port Vale v Scunthorpe Utd

It’s the third home game of the season as Port Vale host in-form Scunthorpe United at Vale Park. Here’s our brief guide…

In the picture: Start of a downward flight

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

Scunthorpe (their team photo is featured as the top image) were the first opponents for the 1983-84 season under John McGrath. Vale had just been promoted to the Third Division but this campaign was to prove a disaster. Vale were to win just once in their first eighteen league games and McGrath soon departed with Vale adrift at the bottom. Replacement John Rudge almost pulled off a miraculous escape but there was not enough time and Vale went down. The Scunthorpe game ended 0-0 and here are some images of the programme:




Steve Cammack (back row, right) was to spend a loan spell at Vale Park later in his career.


The two sides

Port Vale

  • Manager: Bruno Ribeiro
  • Last match: 0-1 vs Swindon Town
  • Top scorer: Four on one goal each

Scunthorpe Utd

  • Manager: Graham Alexander
  • Last match: 1-2 vs Bristol City (LC)
  • Top scorer: Kevin van Veen (5)

Match details


Vale Park


27th August 2016


  • Adults : £22 (£23 for Lorne St stand)
  • Seniors: £17 (£18 for Lorne St stand)
  • Juniors (18 to 21): £17 (£18 for Lorne St stand)
  • Child (9-17): £10
  • Under nines: Free

Tickets are available to pay on the day.


Pre-match thoughts

“All the players here want to play and that’s good for me and now we have a week to prepare and we can see how the player’s are and they can have a few days rest and against Scunthorpe everyone should be fit…”

Bruno Ribeiro

Team news


There could be a fair few changes to the Vale line-up. JJ Hooper has departed while Jerome Thomas (above) and Kiko are expected to return to the squad. We also have new signings Sam Hart and Martin Paterson to consider. Our view is that Hart, Kiko and Paterson will be on the bench but Jerome Thomas could return upfront.

Scunthorpe have no injury worries and will select from the same squad that faced Bristol City in the League Cup.

Possible Vale line-up:


Purkiss – Streete – Smith – Knops

Tavares – Grant


Defreitas – Forrester – Thomas

Last time we met…

It finished in a narrow 1-0 win for Scunthorpe back in April. The home game ended in a 1-1 draw with AJ Leitch-Smith scoring for Vale. In fact, the last three meetings at Vale Park have ended in draws.

Overall record

Port Vale wins: 12

Port Vale losses: 12

Draws: 16

Form guide

Club connections


Goalkeeper Joe Anyon progressed through the junior ranks to make his senior debut in 2006 following an injury to Mark Goodlad. He rapidly established himself in the side winning young player of the year that season and player of the year the following campaign. However, after he broke his leg in 2009 he was released in 2010 and subsequently joined Lincoln City. He joined Scunthorpe in 2015 and has made nine appearances.

Vale stats: 118 games | 0 goals

Other players to appear for both clubs include:

  • Striker Steve Cammack
  • Midfielder Michael O’Connor
  • Forward Jeff Hemmerman
  • Striker Geoff Horsfield
  • Midfielder Paul Harsley
  • Winger Jennison Myrie-Williams

Did you know…


  • The two sides first met in 1953 with Vale winning 2-1.
  • At that time Scunthorpe were known as Scunthorpe and Lindsey United.
  • The “Lindsey United” part was due to a merger between Scunthorpe and Lindsey in 1910.
  • Dickie Cunliffe (above) netted Vale’s first goal against United.

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