Two minute guide: Port Vale v Charlton Athletic

Next up for Port Vale is a visit from Charlton Athletic and here’s our brief guide to the action…

In the picture:

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

We’re back to 1996 and a memorable away hat-trick for striker Tony Naylor. We just love the “cigar smoking in an armchair” goal celebration too…

This video is from the OVF YouTube channel

The two sides

Port Vale

  • Manager: Bruno Ribeiro
  • Last match: 0-4 vs Sheff Utd
  • Top scorer: Alex Jones (7)

Charlton Athletic

  • Manager: Russell Slade
  • Last match: 3-0 vs Coventry
  • Top scorer: Three on three goals

Match details


Vale Park


18th October, 2016

Pre-match thoughts


“Everyone has bad days at the office no matter what job you are in, so it is how you react to it. I want to see a reaction on Tuesday and I reckon they are going to give it…”

Vale coach Andy Smith

Team news


Vale are waiting on the fitness of Sam Foley (above) but the heavy defeat to Sheff Utd may prompt some more changes. Waiting in the wings are Regino Cicilia, Kiko, Quentin Pereira, Chris Mbamba and Dan Turner.

It remains to be seen if injury doubt Jerome Thomas will be fit to face his former club.

Last time we met…


It was back in 2001 and a League Cup clash. The home side won 2-0 thanks to goals from Jonathan Fortune and Paul Konchesky in front of a crowd of 7,247. It was also a match that saw Chris Birchall (above) make his senior debut for the Valiants.

Overall record

Port Vale wins: 8

Port Vale losses: 13

Draws: 9

Form guide

Club connections


Striker Andy Jones remains OVF editor Rob Fielding’s favourite Vale player thanks to his outstanding goal scoring exploits for the Valiants. Jones was signed for just £3,000 from Rhyl and after 37 goals in the 1986-87 season he was sold to Charlton for a club record £375,000 fee. Jones did score goals for the then first division side but he didn’t pull up any trees and in 1988 he was loaned back to Vale. His spell saw him net three times as he helped Vale to promotion before returning to the Valley. He left Charlton in 1990 and had further spells with Bournemouth and Leyton Orient.

Vale appearances: 129 games | 65 goals

Other players to appear for both clubs include:

  • Defender Kevin Scott
  • Striker Mark Bright
  • Defender Jimmy Oakes
  • Forward Dany N’Guessan
  • Striker Akpo Sodje
  • Striker Marcus Bent

Did you know…


  • The clubs first met in 1930 when it ended in a 1-1 draw.
  • Charlton were unbeaten in the first four meetings.
  • Vale’s first win came in December with a 2-1 victory.
  • The last time the two sides met at Vale Park it ended in a 2-2 draw in 2000.
  • Sagi Burton (above) scored the last Vale goal against Charlton.

Two minute guide: Port Vale v Charlton Athletic
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