It’s Michael Brown’s second game in charge and Vale’s first of 2017 – 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…
OK, this is a repeat of our earlier two minute guide but it’s been a busy New Year period so we’ve opted for a re-run to save time…
Taken from our OVF archives and photographed by Paul H, this is the moment that tempers flared during a match against Oldham back in 2002. The match itself finished as a 1-1 draw with Dean Holden giving the visitors the lead before Steve McPhee equalised for the Valiants just two minutes after coming on as a sub.
The Vale team also featured the late Matt Carragher who sadly passed away recently.
Here are some photos:
That dust-up again
Brett Angell towers above the Oldham players
The Vale team that day was:
Goodlad, Brightwell, Carragher, Rowland (McPhee 64), Collins, Durnin, Charnock, Cummins, Ashcroft, Paynter, Angell
The two sides
- Manager: Michael Brown (caretaker)
- Last match: 1-0 vs Chesterfield
- Top scorer: Alex Jones (9)
- Manager: Steve Robinson
- Last match: 0-1 vs Fleetwood
- Top scorer: Lee Erwin (4)
2nd January 2017
“We watched Port Vale last night and they got the win so we know we need three points from the game. We need to start winning our home games and converting chances so we will see how that goes…”
Oldham boss Steve Robinson
Vale team news
The Valiants will be hoping that Alex Jones (pictured) recovers from illness and is fit to start the game. If he does, Rigino Cicilia will probably drop to the bench. Fit again Ben Purkiss is set to continue as captain.
Last time we met…
It ended in a 2-2 draw at Vale Park earlier in the season. The Valiants looked to have won the game through Rigino Cicilia’s strike only for Carl Winchester’s late equaliser to earn the visitors a point.
Port Vale wins: 31
Port Vale losses: 28
Vale could also face former Valiant Peter Clarke (pictured) who joined Oldham in the summer. Other players to appear for both sides include:
- Striker Chris Killen
- Defender Russell Bromage
- Striker Darren Beckford
- Defender Gareth Owen
- Defender Dan Jones
- Forward Stan Smith
- Winger Paul Edwards
- Goalkeeper Mark Grew
- Striker Stewart Littlewood
Did you know…
- Vale’s last away win over Oldham was back in 2006 when Akpo Sodje (pictuerd) scored the winner in a 1-0 win.
- Vale’s last two trips to Oldham have ended in draws.
- The two sides first met back in 1924.
- Wilf Kirkham scored Vale’s first-ever goal against Oldham during a 3-0 win in April 1924.