Our brand new two minute guide looks ahead to the always lively meeting between local rivals Crewe and Port Vale…
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Pre-match talking points
After the excellent home victory over Northampton Town, it’s unlikely we will see many changes to the Vale starting line-up.
Vale’s midfield pairing of Manny Oyeleke (right) and Tom Conlon earned praise from this website while the only blot on the copybook for the Valiants was the departure of first-team coach Gary Brabin to Blackpool. Manager Neil Aspin has revealed that veteran midfielder Danny Pugh will step up to the coaching staff as a result.
“I owe Crewe to be honest. We won there 3-2 in the last minute with Wycombe, but I lost 8-0 there with Cheltenham and they beat us in the play-off final, so I definitely have a thing there that’s always in my head.…”
Port Vale goalkeeper Scott Brown
“Tom is a good guy and he has been a terrific servant for Port Vale. When he is not in the team for whatever reason they certainly miss him up there. They play to his strengthens and he is always a threat to the opposition. He has scored plenty of goals for them and I congratulate him on him setting that recent club record for them. Good luck to him. Tom is a good guy in the dressing room and a really good pro. He works hard off the pitch, as much as he does on it and he deserves to be a Port Vale legend. If he scores on Saturday, I might change my mind! I’m hoping we keep him quiet…”
Crewe manager David Artell
Man in charge
It’s fair to say that Crewe manager David Artell will not be a popular figure among Vale fans.
Not only did he jump ship during a brief spell as a Port Vale player but he made some controversial comments about Port Vale fans last season.
The 37 year-old has been in charge of Alex for over eighteen months and has won 29 of his 83 matches in charge.
From the vaults
Some photos from previous games against Crewe…
It’s a fairly obvious one, but Tom Pope will be hoping to make his mark against one of his former clubs. Pope scored in the second of last season’s two fixtures and was also on target back in 2014 and in 2011. The 33 year-old spent three years at Gresty Road making 64 appearances and scoring seventeen times.