It’s sure to be a busy day with pre-match protests ahead of John Askey’s first home game in charge…
It’s been well publicised that the Port Vale Supporters Club will be holding a protest march ahead of the game to show their dissatisfaction with owner Norman Smurthwaite. However, protests inside the ground have been postponed out of respect for the minute’s silence for Gordon Banks.
The Valiants have also announced that their welcome Family Zone initiative will be open ahead of the game. More details can be found on the official Port Vale website
In terms of matters on the pitch, John Askey may make some changes for his first home match in charge. Ben Whitfield did his chances no harm with a goal for the reserves while Tom Conlon also impressed.
Askey says don’t look back…
“But my message will be just to concentrate on the Morecambe game, just give everything that you have got. If we get the result, great, we move on to the next one. If we don’t, we still move on to the next one. That is all you can do as a player. Once it is gone, you can learn from it but you can’t go back…”
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All-square between Vale and Morecambe…
It’s dead even with five wins each between the two sides. It’s been pretty decent for Vale in recent meetings with the Valiants unbeaten in their last three games. However, at home Vale have won just one of their last four games. The last Vale player to score against Morecambe was Tom Pope (right) in a 2-2 draw earlier this season.
Vale face one of the League’s longest-serving managers
In stark contrast to the rotating door at Vale Park, Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has been in charge since 2011. This will be his landmark 400th game in charge of the club.
Leitch-Smith ruled out, Sutton could play
Former Vale striker AJ Leitch-Smith will not face his former club after he was ruled out of action for six months with a hamstring tear. Leitch-Smith spent a year with Vale scoring thirteen goals. He also scored against the Valiants in the 2-2 draw earlier this season.
However, former Vale defender Ritchie Sutton, signed in January from Tranmere Rovers could face his boyhood club.
Crossing the lines…
Other players to appear for both clubs in recent years include:
- Defender Adam Yates
- Striker Michael Twiss
- Winger Chris Shuker (right)
- Forward Anton Forrester
- Defender Ryan McGivern