Two minute guide to: Gillingham v Port Vale

Can Port Vale ease the pressure by beating the Gills? Here’s our guide to the action…

In the picture: Leaving it late…

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

The 2014-15 away game was galling for Gills fans as Vale scored their second last-gasp goal of the season. Following on from Colin Daniel’s last-minute winner in the home fixture, it was veteran Michael Brown who rescued a point for the Vale. Brown, now watching from the sidelines as Vale’s interim manager will be hoping for similar luck on Saturday.

The two sides

Port Vale

  • Manager: Michael Brown (caretaker)
  • Last match: 0-3 vs Peterborough Utd
  • Top scorer: Alex Jones (10)


  • Manager: Adrian Pennock
  • Last match: 2-2 vs Bradford
  • Top scorer: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (10)

Match details




11th February 2017


Pre-match thoughts


“They are strong, athletic and tough and they are not going to just roll over. We are at home and we have to make this place a fortress. We are playing well and I am really looking forward to it and looking for that first win…”

Gillingham manager Adrian Pennock

jerome-thomasTeam news


The Valiants will hope to welcome experienced winger Jerome Thomas back after he recovered from illness. Otherwise, it is expected to be a similar line-up to the team that played Peterborough which will mean Sam Foley continuing in midfield after his recovery from surgery.

Former Valiant Billy Knott will not line-up against his former club after he moved to Lincoln City on loan.

Last time we met…

The sides met in September and it ended in a Port Vale win thanks to late goals from Remie Streete and Alex Jones.

Overall record

Port Vale wins: 18

Port Vale losses: 15

Draws: 17

Form guide

Club connections

westIn recent years both Doug Loft and Ben Williamson have played for both clubs but let’s look a little further back… Central defender Gary West signed for Gillingham for £50,000 in 1987. In the 1988-89 season Vale were suddenly rocked by the loss of both centre-halves Phil Sproson and Bob Hazell to injury. Flush with cash from the Spurs cup run and desperate to continue their promotion run, Vale famously splashed a club record £200,000 on Dean Glover. But Glover was a playmaker and a slight figure, Vale still needed another signing…

John Rudge opted to pay £70,000 for West, his six foot two inch frame and no-nonsense style complementing Glover’s elegance and ball-play. West played fourteen games including the three play-off games that eventually saw Vale promoted.

He struggled with injuries in his second Vale season and was loaned back to Gillingham for a brief spell. In 1991, he joined Lincoln City for £25,000 but many Vale fans won’t care that West made less than 20 appearances and resulted in a £45,000 loss – it was more important that he got Vale over the finishing line and into the second flight for the first time in thirty years…

Vale stats: 17 games | 1 goal

  • Midfielder Billy Knott
  • Midfielder Doug Loft
  • Forward Ben Williamson
  • Striker Gary Mulligan
  • Midfielder Mel Machin
  • Half-back Bert Carberry
  • Midfielder Jeff Johnson

Did you know…

  • Port Vale are undefeated in their last two trips to Priestfield
  • The two sides first met in 1950 when it ended in a 1-1 draw
  • Syd Peppitt scored Vale’s first goal against Gillingham

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