Two minute guide to: Walsall v Port Vale

So, this is it. Vale simply need to beat their old rivals to have any chance of staying up. Here’s our brief guide…

The two sides

Port Vale

  • Manager: Michael Brown
  • Last match: 0-2 v Bolton
  • Top scorer: Jones (10)


  • Manager: Jon Whitley
  • Last match: 0-1 vs Coventry
  • Top scorer: Oztumer (14)

Match details


Bescot Stadium


25th April 2017


Online Port Vale ticketing website

michael-brown-close-upPre-match thoughts

“I thought we were excellent even with ten so full credit goes to the players and they are the positives we take. We have got to go and do that again on Tuesday…”

Michael Brown

jj-hooperVale team news

With Rigino Cicilia ruled out after his red card against Bolton, Vale are likely to recall JJ Hooper to their attack. He is likely to partner youngster Dan Turner upfront.

Last time we met…

The two sides met earlier this season and Walsall picked up all the points at Vale Park thanks to a Scott Laird strike.

Overall record

Port Vale wins: 22

Port Vale losses: 41

Draws: 26

Form guide

tony-richardsClub connections

There have been a large number of players to appear for both sides over the years. Those players include…

  • Striker Richard O’Kelly
  • Midfielder Florent Cuvelier
  • Striker Ally Brown
  • Midfielder Romaine Sawyers
  • Defender Kris Taylor
  • Striker Bernie Wright
  • Goalkeeper Keith Ball
  • Forward Tony Richards (pictured)
  • Goalkeeper Trevor Wood
  • Defender Dean Smith
  • Midfielder Kenny Beech
  • Defender Clayton McDonald

jack-roberts-580x300Did you know…

  • The clubs first met competitively in 1892
  • That first game ended in a 3-0 win for the Valiants
  • John Lander scored Vale’s first-ever goal against Walsall in that game
  • Vale’s biggest win was a 5-1 thumping in 1938
  • The scorers in that win were Davies (2), Nolan, Roberts (pictured right) and Masters

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