WATCH: As the first of our “as live” screenings of classic Port Vale games, we take a trip back to 1993 and the Autoglass Trophy final clash with Stockport County at Wembley stadium.
John Rudge’s Vale were doing brilliantly in the 1992-93 season. Riding high in the League, their form carried on in the Autoglass Trophy as they defeated Fulham, Northampton Town and Stoke City to face Exeter in a two-legged semi-final. Vale won the first leg 2-1 and Bernie Slaven’s goal secured a 1-1 draw at St James Park to reach Wembley for the first time in the club’s history.
This was the first of two Wembley appearances. The Valiants narrowly missed out on automatic promotion and would face West Brom in the play-off final the following week.
Defender Peter Swan (right) was a doubt for the game as he’d been suffering with injury while veteran midfielder Ray Walker was also a doubt. Midfielder Ian Taylor was emerging as one of the finds of the season with the former fork lift driver on eighteen goals. Vale’s midfield was a powerhouse. Taylor would line up alongside eight goal Dutchman Robin van der Laan and summer signing Paul Kerr who had also netted thirteen times ahead of this match.
At the back, Paul Musselwhite lined up behind an experienced defence which included captain Dean Glover and Neil Aspin. Upfront, veteran Bernie Slaven had been partnered with the reliable Martin Foyle in recent weeks.
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More to come
We hope to bring more classic Port Vale games on Monday evenings in the near future… possible matches include promotion at Brighton, a Potteries derby game plus that memorable draw with QPR…
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