Connections: Port Vale and Plymouth Argyle

We take a look at a selection of players to appear for both sides ahead of the weekend clash.

Our collection includes the return of a locally-born winger and a disaster for defender Peter Swan…


The Valiants will face former winger Byron Moore, (pictured right with Anthony Grant) one of a number of players to make the switch from sadly doomed Bury to Argyle this season. Moore will be familiar with Vale players Scott Burgess and Jordan Archer, who were also on Bury’s books last season.

As for local lad Moore, he joined Vale in 2014 after leaving local rivals Crewe but he then took extended lead due to the tragic death of his brother. He was a regular in his second season and finished his spell in Burslem with 41 games and five goals.


The list of players to appear for both sides in recent years is a fairly short one.

In terms of loanees, players to have loan spells at both clubs include winger Matty Kennedy, goalkeeper Kelle Roos and winger Will Atkinson. Defender Damien McCrory was twice loaned to the Valiants from Argyle in the late noughties. Former Vale striker Neville Chamberlain (pictured on the left with brother Mark) was loaned by neighbours Stoke City to Plymouth in 1984.


The most expensive transfer between the two clubs was the £300,000 Vale received for defender Peter Swan (left) in 1994. Swan had been a success at Vale Park as a member of the side to win the Autoglass Trophy final at Wembley and the fee was a club record fee for Argyle.

However, the move was a disaster as the defender failed to settle and promptly lost form. Vale manager John Rudge made a cheeky bid to re-sign Swan for £150,000 but eventually he moved to Burnley for £200,000 after just one year at the club.