Two minute guide to: Port Vale vs Oxford Utd

Next up for Port Vale is a visit from Oxford United and here’s our brief guide to the action…

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This is the programme for the first-ever clash between the two sides. It was an FA first-round game in 1965. According to reports it was a thiller with Jimmy Hill (no, not that one) Vale’s star man in a 2-2 draw. The Valiants goalscorers were Roy Sproson and John Cummings. The crowd was 10,355.

The replay wasn’t bad either with Vale coming out on top in a five goal thriller. On that occasion the scorers were Taylor, Mudie and Hill in front of a crowd of 7,510.

The two sides

Port Vale

  • Manager: Bruno Ribeiro
  • Last match: 1-1 vs Charlton Athletic
  • Top scorer: Alex Jones (8)

Oxford United

  • Manager: Michael Appleton
  • Last match: 1-2 vs Coventry
  • Top scorer: Chris Maguire (7)

Match details


Vale Park


22nd October, 2016

Pre-match thoughts

Port Vale’s Calvin Mac-Intosch

Team news


Vale are waiting on the fitness of Sam Foley (above) while there will also be some debate about the best combination upfront. Martin Paterson was substituted at half-time on Tuesday and could face competition from the likes of Rigino Cicilia while Sam Kelly could come in if Alex Jones takes a central role.

Joint captain Ben Purkiss missed the game against Charlton and many fans will be interested to see if he is included on Saturday.

Last time we met…

The Valiants lost 2-1 at Oxford in March of this year. In the home fixture, Vale won 3-0 thanks to goals from Tom Pope, Ashley Vincent and Sam Morsy.

We’ve also got highlights of a clash from the 1991-92 season below. This is taken from our OVF YouTube channel:

Overall record

Port Vale wins: 10

Port Vale losses: 12

Draws: 9

Form guide

Club connections


Striker Martin Foyle became Vale’s second-highest ever scorer after he was signed for a then club record £375,000 from Oxford in 1991. During a nine year playing career, Foyle was named player of the year twice and also helped the club win the Autoglass Trophy in 1993 and promotion the following year. He also coached and managed the Valiants.

Vale appearances: 353 games | 108 goals

The Valiants will also face former youth team graduate Charlie Raglan who signed for Oxford from Chesterfield in the summer.

Other players to appear for both clubs include:

  • Midfielder Craig Russell
  • Forward Sean Rigg
  • Winger Lewis Haldane
  • Midfielder Sam Togwell
  • Striker Justin Richards
  • Defender Darren Purse
  • Defender Sam Stockley

Did you know…


  • The first league meeting was in 1976 and ended in a 0-0 draw
  • Vale have won their last two home games 3-0
  • Doug Loft (above) scored Vale’s last goal against Oxford

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