Next up for Port Vale is a visit to Oxford United and here’s our brief guide to the action…
The two sides
- Manager: Michael Brown
- Last match: 0-3 vs Sheffield United
- Top scorer: Alex Jones (8)
- Manager: Michael Appleton
- Last match: 0-1 vs Bradford City
- Top scorer: Chris Maguire (16)
17th April 2017
It’s likely to be much the same side that faced Sheffield United unless Ben Purkiss (right) is ruled out. The skipper was forced off in the first-half and if he fails to make it, Ryan Taylor could drop back to right-back and Anthony De Freitas return to midfield. Anton Forrester, Kjell Knops, Tyler Walker and Callum Guy are all definitely out.
Last time we met…
The Valiants drew 2-2 earlier in the season as Ryan Taylor’s penalty rescued a point for Vale.
We’ve also got highlights of a clash from the 1991-92 season below. This is taken from our OVF YouTube channel:
Port Vale wins: 10
Port Vale losses: 12
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Striker Martin Foyle became Vale’s second-highest ever scorer after he was signed for a then club record £375,000 from Oxford in 1991. During a nine year playing career, Foyle was named player of the year twice and also helped the club win the Autoglass Trophy in 1993 and promotion the following year. He also coached and managed the Valiants.
Vale appearances: 353 games | 108 goals
The Valiants will also face former youth team graduate Charlie Raglan who signed for Oxford from Chesterfield in the summer.
Other players to appear for both clubs include:
- Midfielder Craig Russell
- Forward Sean Rigg
- Winger Lewis Haldane
- Midfielder Sam Togwell
- Striker Justin Richards
- Defender Darren Purse
- Defender Sam Stockley
Did you know…
- The first league meeting was in 1976 and ended in a 0-0 draw
- Vale have won their last two home games 3-0
- However, Vale have failed to win in their last six visits to Oxford
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