Two minute guide to: Carlisle v Port Vale

Two minute guide to: Carlisle v Port Vale

Here’s our brief guide to Port Vale’s next fixture – an away trip to Carlisle on Saturday afternoon…


Match details

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Vale form guide

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Vale’s top scorers

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Predict the score

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neil-aspin-managerMatch background

It was a spirited performance by Vale in the FA Cup replay on Tuesday evening but the priority even then remained the league. Now Vale only have the League to concentrate on and will be desperate to build on the win over Cambridge.

However, it looks a tough task with Vale depleted by suspensions…

2017-james-gibbonsWhat will the Vale look like?

Vale will have to cope without suspended duo James Gibbons (right) and Cristian Montano for the visit to Cumbria. It remains to be seen who would replace Gibbons but Marcus Harness looks a strong possibility to come in for Montano.

Pre-match quote

“They’ve got plenty of options and they will cause a threat to us, but we have to get our own house in order to try and influence the game in a positive way ourselves…”

Manager Neil Aspin


Pre-match pint?

We’ve been contacted by the Walkabout pub in Carlisle which would welcome visiting Vale fans. If you want a map to the pub please click on the link | Map to pub

Boss watch

Keith Curle

The 54 year-old former England defender first moved into management with Mansfield Town in 2002 and has also had spells with Chester, Torquay and Notts County. He took over at Carlisle in 2014 and has now been in charge for over 150 games.

History lesson

Overall record

  • Port Vale wins: 12
  • Port Vale losses: 11
  • Draws: 10

tom-pope-alt-2017Last time…

The last time the two sides met at Brunton Park was in the Football League Trophy in 2016 when the Valiants lost 2-1. However, Vale did win their last away league game against Carlisle. That game was in 2013 with a certain Tom Pope (right) scoring the winner.

Played for both…

tom-andersonPort Vale defender Tom Anderson (right) spent a spell on loan with Carlisle in 2014. The Burnley man made eight appearances.

Players to appear for both sides in recent years include:

  • Midfielder Marc Bridge-Wilkinson
  • Winger Jennison Myrie-Williams
  • Winger Chris Birchall
  • Striker Billy Paynter
  • Midfielder Anthony Griffith