Port Vale take on League One side Sheff Wed in the first match to allow fans into Vale Park for months. Here’s our guide to the action…SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS GAME ON OUR FORUM
Port Vale v Sheffield Wednesday
Vale Park stadium, Tuesday 27th July, 7.30pmTICKET DETAILS HERE ADVICE & GUIDANCE FROM PVFC HERE
What happened last time we played them?
The last competitive fixture between the two sides was a Carling Cup game back in 2009. It finished in a 2-0 win for the Valiants thanks to goals from Kris Taylor (a stunning strike) and Rob Taylor. Francis Jeffers was dismissed for Wednesday. It’s well worth checking out the highlights here:
What’s our overall record?
Matches between the two sides have generally been sparse though somewhat surprisingly Vale lead the head-to-head. The overall record stands at
- Fourteen Port Vale wins
- Twelve losses
- Four draws
What’s the Port Vale team news?
It’s difficult to know as Vale have been away on a training camp. However, Lucas Covolan and Ryan Johnson made their first starts in the game against Nottingham Forest so we expect that pair to get more match time.
It will also be interesting to see if Vale trialists Tom Solanke and Luke Griffiths feature in this game as they try to earn permanent deals with the club.
The story of the summer…
Port Vale’s friendly games so far…
What about the opponents?
Following their relegation to League One, it’s been a summer of rebuilding. The club released ten players following their relegation and so far they’ve added four new faces in Dennis Adeniran, Olamide Shodipo, Jaden Brown and Jack Hunt.
It’s not been a great summer so far with the club losing three out of four friendly games. Forward Josh Windass is injured and will miss this game but defender Dominic Iorfa is expected to return to action. Trialists Sylvester Jasper and Tariq Uwakwe are also expected to play.
Man in charge: Darren Moore
Appointed: March 2021
Games in charge: 17
Win ratio: 29%
Any Vale connections?
The Valiants could come up against former loanee Olamide Shodipo who has joined Wednesday in the summer. Shodipo played six game during Vale’s 2016-17 relegation campaign. Vale striker Devante Rodney also had a spell in the Sheff Wed Academy.
The last player to appear for both sides was winger Jack Stobbs who had a short loan spell at Vale Park in 2017.
Vintage Vale Connection
Right-back Simon Mills is a Port Vale legend and member of our onevalefan ultimate starting eleven. He started his career at Sheff Wed but only made six appearances for the club.
The key behind John Rudge’s MBE set-piece routine, Mills joined Vale from York City for a bargain £35,000 in 1987. Converted from central midfield to right-back, Mills was a key performer during Rudge’s golden years.
The fans’ favourite helped the club to promotion in 1989 and fittingly it was an “MBE” corner which sealed a play-off victory over Bristol Rovers.
Mills played over two hundred times for the Valiants between 1987 and 1993.
Sheffield Wednesday were formed in 1867 as an offshoot of the Wednesday cricket club. They went by the name The Wednesday until 1929. One of the oldest teams in England, the club have won the league title on four occasions as well as three FA Cups, one League cup and the Community Shield.
- Most appearances: Andrew Wilson (560)
- Most goals: Andrew Wilson (217)
- Record buy: £8m Jordan Rhodes from Middlesbrough
- Record sale: £3m Chris Brunt to West Brom
Trivia: The fastest sending off in British league football is held by Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kevin Pressman – who was sent off after just 13 seconds for handling a shot during the opening weekend of 2000
From the archives…
The programme front cover from the 1955 meeting between the two sides. Sadly for the Valiants it finished in a 1-0 home defeat:
Were you paying attention?
A quick quiz on the opponents – answers at the bottom of the page…
- When did The Wednesday change their name to Sheffield Wednesday?
- Who is the club’s record purchase?
- Who is the current Sheff Wed manager?
- Which former Vale loanee did they sign this summer?
Quiz answers below:
- Jordan Rhodes
- Darren Moore
- Olamide Shodipo