Two minute guide to: Port Vale v Notts County

Michael Brown will be desperate for a win – here’s our guide to Vale’s next league game…


Match details

  • Football League
  • Saturday 2nd September
  • Vale Park

Team news

What will the Vale look like?

rob-laintonThe addition of another two players on deadline day means Michael Brown has a massive squad to pick from despite the club’s injury list. Brown could potentially have to pick one from three in goal with Sam Hornby in possession in the League, Ryan Boot saving two penalties in the Football League Trophy and first-choice Rob Lainton (pictured) recovering from injury. It’s a different story upfront where just Tom Pope and youngster Dan Turner are fit for selection. Cristian Montano could face one of his former clubs.

What about the opposition?

dan-jonesIt could be an interesting County side for Vale fans. Much-criticised defender Richard Duffy should be in the County backline and has been in impressive goalscoring form recently. However, the majority of jeers will be directed at Dan Jones (pictured) who left the club after a controversial incident with captain Doug Loft. Former skipper Carl Dickinson could also line up on the bench.

Pre-match quote

“Some players have given me food for thought for Saturday…”

Michael Brown after the draw with Oldham in midweek

Boss watch

Kevin Nolan

The former top-flight midfielder is in his first managerial post. So far he has won thirteen of his 27 games in charge.

History lesson

Overall record

  • Port Vale wins: 36
  • Port Vale losses: 44
  • Draws: 20

Last time we…

new-jennison-myrie-williamsThe last time we won at home against Notts County was in 2013. Jennison Myrie-Williams (right) and Gavin Tomlin scored in a 2-1 win for Vale on Boxing Day.

Ironically, the Vale team also featured Carl Dickinson and Richard Duffy who could both be lining up for the opposition on Saturday.

Classic clash

Brian Mills scores as Port Vale win back in 1991.

Played for both…

lee-hughesWe’ve mentioned plenty of current players but looking a bit further back, players to appear for both sides include:

  • Striker Kevin Bartlett
  • Forward Lee Hughes (right)
  • Defender Liam Chilvers
  • Forward John Froggatt
  • Midfielder Albert Beech
  • Goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington
  • Defender Krystian Pearce

While you are here…

So who would you pick for the Vale starting eleven? Want to show them who’s boss? You can take these sort of decisions every day in the excellent online football management game Kickoff. You can easily login through Facebook and Google too. Why not try it for free and show the footballing word that Port Vale fans have got what it takes!