Port Vale v Carlisle Utd preview: It’s the second home League game at Vale Park for the Valiants and their fans. We preview the action…
Details: Port Vale v Carlisle Utd, League Two
Where and when: Vale Park stadium, Tuesday 17th August, 7.45pmTICKET INFO FROM PORT VALE HERE
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What happened last time we played them?
The last game between the two ended in a goalless draw. The last fixture at Vale Park finished in a disappointing 1-0 defeat for the Valiants. Vale have to go back to the previous season – the 2019-20 campaign – for their last win when they secured a 2-1 victory at Vale Park. The scorers that day were Mark Cullen and David Worrall.
What’s our overall record?
Vale are narrowly behind in the overall stats:
- 14 Port Vale wins
- 15 losses
- 11 draws
What’s the Port Vale team news?
The Valiants have added Bolton Wanderers winger Dennis Politic to their squad and he could make the bench at the least. However, it is unclear if skipper Tom Conlon (pictured) will be fit to play this one. The playmaker will continue to be a big loss if he’s still unavailable. Otherwise, it’s tricky to pick who will line up as it depends on what line-up manager Darrell Clarke opts for.
Vale’s season so far…
It was a disappointing start of the season for the Valiants as they lost 1-0 to Northampton Town. It was only compounded by Lucas Covolan’s red card on his full debut. In their second match, the Valiants were held at home by Tranmere Rovers. The Valiants haven’t scored in the League yet but they did manage to in the League Cup where they lost 2-1 to Sunderland.
What about the opponents?
Carlisle started their campaign with a goalless draw against Colchester United before they got off the mark by beating Swindon Town away. It was a game which saw summer signing Tristan Abrahams get off the mark.
Summer additions include Abrahams as well as Aston Villa forward Brad Young (on loan), Burnley keeper Lukas Jenson (also on loan), winger Zach Clough, former Sunderland defender Morgan Feeney and Wigan defender Corey Whelan.
Man in charge: Chris Beech
Clubs managed: Rochdale (caretaker), Carlisle United
Appointed: November 2019
Games in charge: 77
Win ratio: 34%
Any Vale connections?
A number of Port Vale players with Carlisle connections left in the summer including Luke Joyce, Shaun Brisley, Harry McKirdy and Mark Cullen. However, one still remains in winger David Amoo who spent two years with Carlisle making 79 appearances and scoring sixteen goals. There’s a second Port Vale player with Carlisle connections who joined in the summer. Striker Jamie Proctor had a spell on loan with Carlisle making 17 appearances, scoring four goals in 2017.
On the opposing side is former Vale loanee Callum Guy. The former Derby midfielder played on loan for Vale during the 2015-16 season making eleven appearances. Forward Gimme Toure also had a trial spell with the Valiants.
Vintage Vale Connection
Defensive midfielder Luke Joyce made over a hundred appearances for both clubs during his long career. Joyce enjoyed two spells with Carlisle, initially between 2006 and 2009 before returning again for another three years between 2015 and 2018. He made a total of 171 appearances for the side, scoring five times.
He joined the Valiants in 2018 and spent a three year spell with Vale making 131 times and scoring a solitary goal. He was released at the end of last season.
34 year-old Joyce moved on to AFC Fylde in the summer.
Formed in 1904, Carlisle were elected into the Football League in 1928. The club have had one season in the top-flight (1974-75). Their rise to the top-flight was called “the greatest feat in the history of the game” by no less than Bill Shankly. Sadly the club was relegated out of the League in 2004 but they managed to return at the end of the next season.
- Most appearances: Alan Ross (466)
- Most goals: Jimmy McConnell (126)
- Record buy: £140,000 for Joe Garner
- Record sale: £1.5m for Matt Jansen
From the archives…
A selection of images from our match in 2019:
Were you paying attention?
A quick quiz on the opponents – answers at the bottom of the page…
- Which former Vale loanee now plays for Carlisle Utd?
- Who is the club’s record purchase?
- Who is the current Carlisle manager?
- In which year did the club enter the Football League?
Quiz answers below:
- Callum Guy
- Joe Garner
- Chris Beech