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Port Vale 1-0 Bristol Rovers, play-off final, 1989

Port Vale 1-0 Bristol Rovers, play-off final second leg (aggregate 2-1) 3rd June, 1989

Port Vale 1-0 Bristol Rovers

One of the most important games in the club’s recent history, the Valiants secured promotion to the second tier for the first time in more than 30 years. The win was achieved by the “MBE” corner routine with a goal by Robbie Earle, who scored in all four fixtures against Rovers. This section also covers the other play-off games that season.

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Match details

  • Venue: Vale Park stadium

    Competition: Third Division play-off final, second leg

    Date: 3pm Saturday 3rd June, 1989

    Attendance: 17,353

  • Port Vale: Grew, Mills, Glover, West, Hughes, Porter (Finney 77), Walker, Earle, Jeffers, Beckford, Futcher

    Bristol Rovers: Martyn, Alexander, Clark, Yates, Jones, Mehew, Reece, Holloway, Purnell, Penrice, White

Special features on this game

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Highlights of both play-off games against Bristol Rovers

Clips of both legs of the 1989 play-off final with Bristol Rovers.

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