Our guide to Port Vale’s first home game of the season.
Date: Saturday 10th August 2019
Venue: Vale Park Stadium
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Team news: After the draw against Colchester, John Askey declared himself happy with the performance. So Vale could line up with an unchanged side. They could also keep the same 4-3-3 formation after Askey commented: “It doesn’t matter what system you play but you have to be careful if you go 4-4-2 that you are strong enough in midfield and you don’t end up just chasing the game all the time.”
Last meeting: It finished in a welcome 2-1 away win for the Valiants thanks to goals from David Worrall and Tom Pope (penalty). It was Pope’s hundredth goal for the club.
Northampton have been the opponents for two memorable Vale Park games. In 1984, Vale celebrated promotion with a packed house (right) against Town. The Valiants repeated the trick in 2013 when they effectively sealed promotion with a draw against Northampton.
Caught on video:
See Tom Pope’s 100th Vale goal in the last encounter between the sides:
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Connections: Veteran midfielder Chris Lines (right) will be well-known to Vale fans having spent two years with the club from 2013 to 2015. Lines made the switch to Northampton in the summer.
Opposition player to watch: Giant striker Harry Smith could prove a problem to Vale’s defence. The six foot five inches tall striker was once linked with a move to the Valiants but after a season at Macclesfield Town he has been snapped up by Northampton.
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Northampton Town Football Club were founded on 6th March 1897, when a group of local school teachers got together with the well known local solicitor, AJ “Pat” Darnell in the Princess Royal Inn, Wellingborough Road, Northampton to form the town’s first professional football club.