Port Vale 3-1 Stoke City, 1992

Port Vale 3-1 Stoke City, 1992

The Valiants secure a memorable televised FA Cup first round win over their neighbours Stoke City.

 

Match details: Port Vale 3-1 Stoke City, FA Cup first round replay, November 24th 1992

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The first-ever FA Cup meeting between the two sides had finished in a 0-0 draw eight days later and this eagerly anticipated replay was given extra kudos by being screened on Sky Sports.

But it almost wasn’t as heavy rains turned Vale Park into a quagmire and batted the TV commentators on their temporary scafolded structure on the Lorne Street stand.

Things looked grim for Vale early on as an appalling challenge by Foley caused key defender Aspin to eventually limp off. Then Lee Sandford gave the visitors the lead on 24 minutes.

But Vale hit back within 60 seconds as striker Martin put Vale on level terms after great work by Nicky Cross.

A sweeping cross from Ray Walker and more great work by Nicky Cross saw Vale turn the tie around as midfield dynamo Andy Porter hammered the ball home.

There was still time for Dave Regis to miss the chance of the game as his mishit shot trickled to a halt in the mud.

Soon after Martin Foyle showed the striker how to do as he broke clear and cleverly avoided the mud by chipping the ball home.

Cue Burslem bedlam as the Valiants celebrated a famous win…

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