Two minute guide to: Norton United

Two minute guide to: Norton United

It’s back to matters on the pitch for Port Vale as they face their first friendly game of the season – a fixture against local non-league side Norton United. Here’s our quick guide to proceedings…

What’s on…

The Valiants kick-off their preparations for the new season with their first summer friendly game – a match against local non-league side Norton United.

The match essentials…

The match kicks off at 7:30pm at the Community Drive stadium.

Tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for concessions, although Vale season ticket-holders are entitled to a £2 discount.

Team news…

It could be the first time that Vale fans see new signings Chris Robertson, Gavin Tomlin and Kaid Mohammed in action as Micky Adams is likely to give the majority of his squad game time. Trialist Liam Dickinson (right) may also feature. It’s also the first time that Vale fans will have seen their team in action since those promotion celebrations at Wycombe back in April.

The home side will probably play their three new summer signings Danny Roberts, Sean Mountford and Lee Cropper.

What have they been saying…

“It will be the first time we’ve played them in five years. We are all looking forward to it and hoping it is just the beginning of strong links between us.”
– Norton Utd chairman Steve Beaumont

“These pre-season games are often tricky as teams like Norton and Newcastle are out to beat us as we’re the Football League club. So we’ve got to go out with the right attitude, do things properly, get game time, a feel for ball and hopefully a couple of wins.”
– Vale captain Doug Loft

Trivia…

Norton’s changing rooms were formally used by Stoke City at their training ground. Norton were able to buy them when Stoke upgraded their facilities.

Port Vale’s development squad will play home games at Norton’s Community Drive stadium this season.

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