Two minute guide to: Peterborough Utd v Port Vale

Can Vale bounce back from Bury by punishing Posh? Here’s our guide to the action…

In the picture: Meeting in Vale’s centenary year…

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

This is a programme from the 1977-78 season – Port Vale’s official centenary season. The game itself ended in a 0-0 draw but we rather like the typography of the programme so here are some pages from it:





The two sides

Port Vale

  • Manager: Bruno Ribeiro
  • Last match: 1-4 vs Bury
  • Top scorer: Three players on two apiece


  • Manager: Grant McCann
  • Last match: 2-2 vs Swindon
  • Top scorer: Gwion Edwards (4)

Match details


London Road


10th September 2016, 3pm


  • Adults- £23 (£26 on day)
  • Seniors- £14 (£17 on day)
  • 18s to 21s- £14 (£17 on day)
  • Under 18s- £10 (£13 on day)

Pre-match thoughts

“I think we need to bounce back with a positive result and we need to get back to basics like we have done this week in training and prepare for the game. They’ve got a young side and they have a lot of energy and look to play football and I think it might suit us there, because will be a lot of space on the pitch and were looking forward to it. We’ve put ourselves in a great position which has put us up there…”

Sam Foley

Team news


The fitness of Anthony Grant is described as “touch and go” with Vale no doubt hoping for his speedy return. His regular midfield partner Paulo Tavares could also return. However, Anthony Defreitas and Anton Forrester will be doubts after picking up injuries during the Bury defeat.

Possible Vale line-up:


Purkiss – Streete – Smith – Knops

Grant/Amoros – Tavares


Shalaj – Jones – Thomas

Last time we met…

The two sides last met in March 2016 and it was Vale who won a five goal thriller thanks to a late winner from Louis Dodds. The home tie earlier in the season ended 1-1 with Enoch Andoh scoring for Vale.

Overall record

Port Vale wins: 18

Port Vale losses: 16

Draws: 15

Form guide

Club connections


Striker David Riley had two spells with Peterborough and earned promotion during a three-year stay with the Valiants. Riley had an eight game loan spell with Peterborough before joined Vale for £20,000 from Nottingham Forest in 1987. Initially picked as a striker he found himself playing as a winger after an injury to Paul Atkinson. Riley played forty times as Vale won promotion in 1989 but sadly missed out on playing in the play-off final after breaking his leg in April.

When Riley recovered fitness he was unable to secure a regular first-team place and was loaned to Peterborough in 1990 and then moved on a permanent basis for a fee of £40,000. He played 84 times for Posh, winning promotion for a second time in the 1990-91 season.

Vale stats: 76 games | 11 goals

Other players to appear for both clubs include:

  • Midfielder Kenny Beech
  • Striker Dave Hibbert
  • Striker Andy Clarke
  • Striker Ernie Moss
  • Striker Carl Griffiths
  • Striker Leon Constantine
  • Defender Sagi Burton

Did you know…


  • The two sides first met in 1961 with Peterborough winning 1-0
  • Vale won the next fixture 3-1 – their first away win over Posh
  • The scorer of Vale’s first goal against Peterborough was Ralph Hunt (pictured above right)
  • Vale’s biggest victory was a 5-0 win in 2000

Two minute guide to: Peterborough Utd v Port Vale
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