The best Port Vale home wins? Which ones are they? We look at five memorable Port Vale home victories over the years….
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Best Port Vale home wins: our five favourites
Port Vale 7-1 Burton Albion, 2013
Undoubtedly one of the most memorable games in recent memory, Vale boosted their promotion hopes with this extraordinary win in front of a bumper Vale Park crowd. Veteran striker Lee Hughes was the match winner with a hat-trick with the other goals coming from Chris Birchall, Tom Pope and a brace from Ben Williamson. A crowd of 10,978 left Burslem delighted.
Port Vale 6-1 Norwich City, 1996
John Rudge’s side were reaching their peak when they swept aside the Canaries at Vale Park. There were braces for both Martin Foyle and Stewart Talbot and other strikes from Lee Mills and Andy Porter. The win came in the middle of a superb Valiants three match run which saw away wins at Charlton (Naylor scoring a hat-trick) and Manchester City.
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Port Vale 7-0 Stockport County, 1954
All Vale fans will know of the legendary 1953-54 season and this result goes to illustrate the quality of that side. Tasked with playing twelve games in thirty days after their epic cup run, the Valiants managed to squeeze in a record home win. Vale simply demolished their opponents and were 6-0 up after 36 minutes. Their hectic routine caught up with them and they leisurely played out the remaining 54 minutes with just one more additional goal. For the record, the scorers were Basil Hayward (3, pictured right), Colin Askey (2), Dickie Cunliffe and Derek Tomkinson.
Port Vale 8-0 Gateshead, 1958
That record win in 1954 lasted just four years as Port Vale celebrated Christmas 1958 in some style. Taking on Gateshead on Boxing Day the Valiants hit eight without reply thanks to goals from Dickie Cunliffe (2, pictured right), Harry Poole (2), Stan Steele (2), a Brian Jackson penalty and a final strike from Graham Barnett.
Port Vale 9-1 Chesterfield, 1932
8-0 may be the record score at Vale Park but we can’t finish this feature without reference to the club record victory. The 9-1 win over Chesterfield at the Old Rec stadium is memorable simply because it could have been much more as all Vale’s nine goals came within the first hour. Stewart Littlewood scored six with the other goals coming from Wilf Kirkham (2) and Bob Morton.