Port Vale travel to South West London and a reunion with another former player. Here’s our brief guide…
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After a slow start to his Dons career, former Valiant Chris Robertson is now a starter in the Wimbledon backline.
A Micky Adams signing from Preston North End in 2013, Robertson spent two years in Burslem but without really establishing himself as a regular first-teamer.
He left Vale Park in 2015 and spent a spell with Ross County before moving to Wimbledon this summer.
Vale record: 67+4 games | 5 goals
The two sides
- Manager: Neal Ardley
- Last match: 0-1 vs Milton Keynes
- Top scorer: Dominic Poleon (11)
- Manager: Bruno Ribeiro
- Last match: 2-3 vs Northampton
- Top scorer: Alex Jones (10)
17th December 2016
“We will try to win these three games [over Christmas] and get all nine points to get into the top six again…”
Vale team news
The Valiants will be hoping that Jerome Thomas is in contention to start. The winger has missed out in recent weeks through injury. Sam Foley, Anton Forrester and the suspended Anthony Grant will all be missing.
Last time we met…
The two sides last met in 2013 when the Valiants recorded a 3-0 home victory.
The Vale goals came from Ashley Vincent and a double from Lee Hughes (right).
Port Vale wins: 1
Port Vale losses: 2
If games against Wimbledon are taken into consideration as well…
Port Vale wins: 4
Port Vale losses: 9
The most obvious playing connection between the two sides is legendary midfielder Robbie Earle who had distinguished with both clubs.
Other players to appear for both clubs include:
- Forward Sean Rigg
- Winger Kaid Mohamed
- Midfielder Billy Knott
- Striker Andy Clarke
- Defender Lee Harwood
- Midfielder Geoff Davies
- Striker Aidan Newhouse
- Defender Rhys Weston
Did you know…
- The first time Vale played Wimbledon FC was in 1978 when the Dons won 1-0.
- Vale won the return fixture 1-0 with Kenny Beech (right) scoring Vale’s first goal against the Dons.
- Port Vale have never won an away fixture against Wimbledon