Two minute guide to: Notts County

Two minute guide to: Notts County

Here’s our brief preview of Port Vale’s first home friendly game of the summer period

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Match Essentials

Date: Tuesday 21 July

Ticket prices: £10 Adult, £5 Concessions

Stands: The Lorne St, Hamil Road and Disabled stand are open

Port Vale

Manager: Rob Page
Last match: N/A
Recent form: N/A

Notts Co

Manager: Ricardo Moniz
Last match: N/A
Recent form: N/A


Team News


This is the first of three consecutive home friendlies and fans will probably start to see which starting eleven Rob Page is set to pick for the season ahead. However, as Vale try to boost the fitness of every squad player, it is likely that the the game will see plenty of changes.

There will be plenty of new faces for Vale fans who haven’t seen a friendly this summer to spot including AJ Leitch-Smith, Sam Foley, Sam Kelly, Uche Ikpeazu and Ben Purkiss plus the welcome return of defender Remie Streete.

Notts County should include striker Jon Stead, full-back Justin Hoyte and new signing Wes Atkinson.

Pre-match quote

“We know it will be the toughest game we have faced so far tonight. They are in League One and I am really looking forward to it…” – Nott County’s Jimmy Spencer

Last time we met…

The two sides met back in February with Mark Marshall’s early goal proving to be the matchwinner in a 1-0 away win.

Club Connections

Players to appear for both sides include striker Lee Hughes (with Vale 2013-14)  much-maligned Dean Glover signing Neil McKenzie (with Vale 2008-2009), loanee midfielder Andy Williams (with Vale 1991-92) and defender Liam Chilvers (with Vale 2011 and 2013-14)

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Bluffer’s Guide

Classic game: Taken from the OVF YouTube channel, here’s rare footage of Brian Mills scoring for Vale in a 2-1 win back in 1991.

Overall record:

  • 36 wins
  • 44 defeats
  • 20 draws

Essential facts about our opponents to impress your mates with…

The two sides have been incredibly evenly matched in recent years. Vale’s competitive record reads:

  • 2014-15: W and L
  • 2013-14: L and W
  • 2009-10: W and L

So not many draws there!

County won on their last visit to Vale Park. Gary Jones and Liam Noble scored in a 2-0 win in August 2014.

There have been some monumental scores over the years…

  • 1893: Notts County 6-1 Port Vale
  • 1895: Notts County 10-0 Port Vale and Notts County 7-2 Port Vale
  • 1927: Port Vale 6-2 Notts County
  • 1935: Port Vale 5-3 Notts County

The 1986-87 season saw the sides meet four times and sixteen goals scored. The league games finished 4-1 to County and a 1-1 draw. Meanwhile, in the League Cup it finished 4-1 to Vale in the first-leg and 3-1 to Vale in the second.

Prolific striker Andy Jones netted four of Vale’s nine goals against County with Richard O’Kelly netting a brace plus Ray Walker, Paul Smith and Jon Bowden also scoring.