Two minute guide to: Port Vale v Milwall

Can Port Vale return to winning ways by mauling Millwall at Vale Park. Read our brief guide to the action…

In the picture: All-square in 1950…

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


This is the front cover of the programme for Millwall’s game against Vale in the 1950-51 season. This was Vale’s first-ever season at the Vale Park ground.

The game took place on the 28th October, 1950 in front of a crowd of 25,799. Alan Martin and Bill McGarry were the Vale scorers. The return leg took place on the 3rd May 1951 and finished 1-0 to the visitors in front of 5,459 fans.

The two sides

Port Vale

  • Manager: Bruno Ribeiro
  • Last match: 1-2 vs Bristol Rovers
  • Top scorer: Alex Jones (5)


  • Manager: Neil Harris
  • Last match: 2-3 vs Rochdale
  • Top scorer: Steve Morison (6)

Match details


Vale Park


27th September 2016, 7.45pm


  • 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

Pre-match thoughts

Striker Martin Paterson

Team news


Midfielder Sam Foley (above) is a doubt after missing the Bristol Rovers defeat. Quentin Pereira took his place on Saturday but Vale have plenty of other midfield options including veteran Michael Brown and Sebastien Amoros.

The other main Vale debate will be regarding the front three. Martin Paterson scored on Saturday but is he fit enough to manage another ninety minutes so soon after Saturday’s game? Paterson may start but Rigino Cicilia (pictured) will be champing at the bit to get into the forward spot.

Possible Vale line-up:


Purkiss – Streete – Smith – Knops

Grant – Tavares


Jones – Paterson – Thomas

Last time we met…

Port Vale were on the receiving end of a 3-1 defeat at the New Den last season. JJ Hooper scored Vale’s consolation. The fixture at Vale Park also ended in defeat as Milwall won 2-0.

Overall record

Port Vale wins: 21

Port Vale losses: 17

Draws: 10

Form guide

Club connections

Ian Bogie joined Millwall for a hefty £145,000 fee in 1991 but rarely justified his fee during a two year spell. In 1995, he was snapped up from cash-strapped Leyton Orient for £50,000 in another of John Rudge’s inspired signings.

Bogie was a huge success at Vale Park – his popularity helped by some high profile goals – notably a famous strike against Everton which helped Vale knock the cup holders out and a number of goals against bitter rivals Stoke City including that infamous twelve second goal against the Potters.

That goal clip is on our YouTube channel and shown above.

Bogie played for five years in Burslem before leaving to join Kidderminster in 2000. He remains a cult hero at Vale Park.

Vale stats: 153 games | 9 goals

Other players to appear for both clubs include:

  • Midfielder Tony Kelly
  • Midfielder Dave Brammer
  • Forward Theo Robinson
  • Striker Dany N’Guessan
  • Midfielder Marc Laird
  • Midfielder Andy Massey

Did you know…

  • The first game between the two sides took place in 1928
  • That first encounter finished 5-2 to the Valiants.
  • Vale have hit five on two other occasions – a 5-2 win in 1959 and their highest score, a 5-1 win in 1934.
  • However, Millwall hold the upper hand in recent meetings having won the last three fixtures.

Two minute guide to: Port Vale v Milwall
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