Two minute guide to: Bury v Port Vale

It’s the third away trip for Vale as they take on Bury at Gigg Lane. Here’s our guide to the action…

In the picture: Promotion season, early days…

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


This is the programme from Vale’s third league game of the 1988-89 season. It ended 0-0 mainly thanks to the fine form of Vale keeper Mark Grew. The goalless draw was an oddity in what was to be a hugely successful season for Vale. Just a week later Vale netted eleven times in three days as they beat Cardiff City 6-1 and Chesterfield 5-0. Those games set the tone for a season when Vale returned to the second tier via the play-offs.

The two sides

Port Vale

  • Manager: Bruno Ribeiro
  • Last match: 1-0 vs Derby County B (FLT)
  • Top scorer: Three players on two apiece


  • Manager: David Flitcroft
  • Last match: 4-1 vs Morecambe (FLT)
  • Top scorer: Tom Pope (4)

Match details


Gigg Lane


3rd September 2016, 3pm


  • Adult – £20
  • Over 65 – £14
  • Under-18s – £10
  • Under-11s – £5
  • Under-8s – £1
  • Under-5s – FREE
  • Student – £14 (with valid NUS Student Card)
  • Wheelchair Disabled – £14 (Carer Free)

Tickets are available to pay on the day.


What do the Bury fans think?

Read the pre-match thoughts of two Bury fans in our regular “Opposing Views” feature. You can read their views through this link

Team news


Vale have added two new faces to their squad on transfer deadline day but neither are likely to start. Keeper Miguel Santos could be on the bench while winger Gezim Shalaj lacks match fitness and could also be named as a sub.

Otherwise, Paulo Tavares (above) and Anthony Defreitas are doubts for Vale (Sebastien Amoros could deputise if Tavares is unable to make it) but Kiko is now fit to be a contender – although he’s likely to be on the bench.

The impressive Alex Jones and Jerome Thomas are likely to return after being rested for the Football League Trophy.

Loan duo Kean Bryan and Tom Walker could feature for the home side.


Possible Vale line-up:


Purkiss – Streete – Smith – Knops

Tavares/Amoros – Grant


Jones – Forrester – Thomas

Last time we met…

The two sides last met in December 2015 and it ended in a 1-0 win for Vale thanks to a goal from Sam Kelly. Vale’s last win at Bury was back in 2010 when Lee Collins scored the winner in a 1-0 win.

Overall record

Port Vale wins: 26

Port Vale losses: 30

Draws: 21

Form guide

Club connections



Let’s leave Tom Pope, he’s had enough written about him on here as it is… how about legendary keeper Neville Southall (who appeared for both clubs) instead? Southall joined Bury from Winsford United for a £6,000 fee in 1980. It turned out to be a wise move by the Shakers as a year and 39 appearances later he was sold to Everton for £150,000.

Southall started the 1982-83 season as Everton’s first-choice but lost his place to Jim Arnold (ironically another future Vale player). In January 1983 Port Vale lost first-choice Barry Siddall to injury and took Southall on loan. The young Welshman was superb as he helped to keep up Vale’s promotion push. During his spell with Vale Southall was picked for Wales and appeared in a Home Championship game against England at Wembley. His form was such that Vale manager John McGrath tried to sign him but Everton turned the offer down.

Vale stats: 9 games | 0 goals

Other players to appear for both clubs include:

  • Striker Tom Pope
  • Goalkeeper Chris Neal
  • Defender Freddie Veseli
  • Defender Sam Collins
  • Defender Peter Clarke
  • Midfielder Kevin Young
  • Defender Peter Swan
  • Forward Ronnie Jepson

Did you know…

  • The two sides first met in 1894 with Vale losing 2-1.
  • Vale had to wait until 1921 for their first win over Bury.
  • In 1921, Vale lost the first game 5-2 and won the return 5-2!
  • Even more oddly the two 1921 fixtures occurred on consecutive weekends.

Two minute guide to: Bury v Port Vale
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