It’s Port Vale’s second home fixture of the season and time for some local rivals – so here’s our brief guide…
- League Two
- Saturday 26th August
- Vale Park
What will the Vale look like?
Again, that’s a good question but changes are likely following the desperately poor performance against Chesterfield and the signing of David Worrall. We would not be surprised to see Worrall (above) start and possibly take the place of Billy Reeves.
What about the opposition?
Zoumana Bakayogo is pushing for a starting place in the Crewe team following his return from injury. Defender Perry Ng is back in contention after missing the 1-0 victory over the Bees through suspension but George Ray (back) and James Jones (groin) remain out.
“It’s a local derby, there will be a little bit of extra atmosphere in the stadium and that makes for a fantastic occasion…”
Well-known to Vale fans, we suspect there will be a few reminders of the former defender’s decision to jump ship when Vale failed to exit administration in 2012. It may also be worth reminding the defender that he scored for Vale in the 2012 fixture – Artell’s own-goal giving Vale a 1-1 draw. But those things aside, Artell’s no-nonsense approach seems to be reaping rewards at Crewe with some sensible summer signings and the side still unbeaten.
- Port Vale wins: 34
- Port Vale losses: 19
- Draws: 22
Last time we…
The last time we beat Crewe at home was the last fixture in 2016 when a brace from Louis Dodds (pictured) plus another from JJ Hooper gave Vale a 3-0 victory.
A nice thumping Port Vale win from 1996.
Played for both…
Adam Yates is on loan with Macclesfield Town and will miss the chance to face the club where he started his career but striker Tom Pope (above) will be hoping to make his mark after scoring twice for Vale against Crewe already in his career.
Other players to appear for both clubs include – striker Tony Naylor, defender Sagi Burton, midfielder Michael O’Connor, goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson, midfielder Gary Roberts, winger Byron Moore and midfielder David Brammer. There are many more but we’d be here all day if we listed them all…
While you are here…
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