Two minute guide to: Colchester

We take a look at Tuesday’s night League One game between Port Vale and Colchester United.


Manager: Micky Adams

Last game: 2-3 vs Swindon

Form: L-L-L-W-W

Top scorer: Pope (12)


Manager: Joe Dunne

Last game: 4-2 vs Carlisle

Form: W-W-D-L-W

Top scorer: Ibehre (6)

Team news

yatesYates: back in the starting eleven? 

Vale are expected to ring the changes after their second 3-2 defeat in succession. Jack Grimmer could move to central defence, replacing Chris Robertson while Adam Yates could return as right-back. Jordan Hugill is pushing for a place upfront, possibly at the expense of Gavin Tomlin, while Jennison Myrie-Williams is also in danger of being dropped.

Possible Vale starting XI:

Yates Grimmer Davis Dickinson
Lines Loft Knott
Hugill Pope

Pre-match quotes


Adams: Set to make changes

“We will have to pick a side to come out against Colchester, but certainly we can’t have any shrinking violets. We have had enough of them in this game.”

– Micky Adams

“I am glad we’ve got a game tomorrow night because we need to get a victory on the board as soon as we can and we have been working hard today to strive to get that result tomorrow night.”

– Mark Grew



Sam Collins: netted in Vale’s last home win over the U’s

Last time we met

The Valiants suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat back in August with Gavin Massey scoring the winner.

Overall record

  • Vale wins: 17
  • Colchester wins: 21
  • Draws: 12

Last time we…

Beat Colchester at home was way back in 2003. Vale won a 4-3 thriller thanks to goals from Sam Collins, Billy Paynter, Ian Armstrong and Steve McPhee.



Liam Chilvers: won’t be facing his former club

Injury means Liam Chilvers will not be facing the club he left back in 2006. Chilvers began life at Arsenal and had two loan spells with United before making the move permanent in 2004. He left two years later after 75 first-team appearances.

Other connections:

vincent-ashleyOther players to appear for both sides include:

Ashley Vincent (pictured right) , Bobby Gough, David Raine, Sagi Burton, Ray Harford, Sam Stockley, Justin Richards, Mick Mahon, John Froggatt, Mvondo Atangana, Marc Goodfellow and Arthur Longbottom.