It’s Port Vale’s third pre-season friendly of the summer on Saturday and here’s our brief guide to the action…
The Silverlands stadium, Buxton on Saturday 15th July at 1.30pm.
What’s the ground like?
The Silverlands stadium has a capacity of 4,000 with 490 seats
What’s the Vale team news?
Michael Brown is likely to continue to run the rule over several trialists with Neil Eardley, Gavin Gunning, Billy Whitehouse and Tom Walker all aiming to impress enough to earn a contract. However, striker Tyrone Barnett could again miss out through injury.
What about the opposition?
Buxton may also have a number of trialists in their side as they build for the new season. However, they did lose 4-0 to Chesterfield in their last friendly outing.
Any Vale connections?
There are no currrent connections but in recent years striker Steve Brooker spent a spell with Buxton in 2012. Looking a bit further back, cult hero Bob Blood also spent a year with Buxton.
The Silverlands stadium has been at least partially constructed with the help of Manchester City’s Maine Road ground. Following City’s move to the City of Manchester stadium, some of the seats from the stadium were used in Buxton’s main stand. The Silverlands stadium is also the highest football ground in England at some 1,000 feet above sea level. By comparison, Vale Park, the second highest League stadium is a mere 525 feet above sea level.
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