Two minute guide to: Port Vale v Mansfield Town

After the B team farce, now Vale face proper competition in the Football League Trophy… Read our brief guide to the action…

In the picture: A common scoreline…

The story behind our choice of image we’ve chosen to lead the article with…

We’ve included three match programmes in our top image with all the matches ending in honourable draws.

From left to right they are…

28th September 1964: Mansfield Town 2-2 Port Vale (Mick Porter, David Mitchell)

13th March 1985: Mansfield Town 1-1 Port Vale (Phil Sproson)

9th September 1963: Mansfield 1-1 Port Vale (Barry Hancock)

(Vale goalscorers in brackets)

The two sides

Port Vale

  • Manager: Bruno Ribeiro
  • Last match: 0-2 vs Coventry City
  • Top scorer: Alex Jones (6)

Mansfield Town

  • Manager: Adam Murray
  • Last match: 1-1 vs Crewe
  • Top scorer: Green and Rose (3 each)

Match details


Vale Park


4th October, 7.45pm


  • Adults £10
  • Over 62 £5
  • Under 18  £5

Pre-match thoughts


“I will make six changes because some players are tired. Some players are very tired and need rest…”

Bruno Ribeiro

Team news


Bruno Ribeiro says he’s going to make six changes to his team which makes our possible Vale line-up (below) blinking difficult. Favourites to come in include Rigino Cicilia (above), Sebastien Amoros and Gezim Shalaj.

We’ve taken a guess at what the Vale line-up could be below… it includes six changes, whether they are the right six changes, well, we’ll have to wait and see…

Possible Vale line-up:


Purkiss – Streete – Smith – Knops

Shalaj – Amoros – Grant – Foley

Cicilia – Jones

Last time we met…


The teams last met way back in 2003 when Vale won 1-0 thanks to a goal from veteran John Durnin (above). The game at Vale Park finished 4-2 to the Valiants.

Overall record

Port Vale wins: 21

Port Vale losses: 13

Draws: 12

Form guide

Club connections


The Valiants could face a defence featuring two former Vale players – former loanee Krystian Pearce plus Lee Collins who spent four years with Vale. Collins originally joined on loan from Wolves before the move was made permanent.

A steady presence at either centre-half or left-back, Collins was a mainstay of the side until the slump into administration in 2012. Vale needed to sell a player to stay afloat and Collins was picked to be loaned out to Barnsley with the £50,000 loan fee helping Vale to keep trading. In the summer of 2012 the move was made permanent and after a spell in Northampton he joined Mansfield in 2015.

Vale stats: 163 games | 4 goals

Other players to appear for both clubs include:

  • Defender George Pilkington
  • Winger Louis Briscoe
  • Winger Kevin Kent
  • Midfielder Exodus Geoghaghan
  • Defender Gary Pollard
  • Striker Freddie Steele
  • Defender John McCombe
  • Defender Ritchie Sutton
  • Defender Rob Taylor
  • Winger Colin Daniel
  • Defender Allen Tankard

Did you know…

  • The first game between the two sides took place in 1936 and finished 5-1 to Vale.
  • It must have been a topsy turvy season as the return leg finished 7-1 to Mansfield.
  • The last cup tie between the sides was an FA Cup clash in 1985. It finished 1-0 to Vale after a replay.

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