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Port Vale Preview - A look at our New Year's Day contest

30 December 2021

Match Previews

Port Vale Preview - A look at our New Year's Day contest

30 December 2021

After an inactive festive period so far we welcome in the New Year this weekend with a visit from Port Vale to the Envirovent Stadium.

Simon Weaver's side will be looking to build on their last showing which saw them progress in the Papa John's Trophy thanks to a come from behind 2-1 win at Tranmere Rovers.

Our opponents

Whilst Town have not played in the league for two weeks following the postponement of both the Bradford City and Mansfield Town fixtures, it's now three weeks since Vale took the field after their past three matches have all been cancelled.

They come into the game in fifth place, with 35 points through 21 games, although they did suffer defeat last time out with a 2-1 defeat away to Newport County and have won only two of their last six fixtures in League Two.

They have taken 17 points from their 11 away games in 2021/22, notching five wins in the process.

Earlier this season

The Valiants took the honours earlier in the season when goals from David Worrall and James Wilson in each half sealed a 2-0 victory after Jack Diamond had been sent off on the stroke of half-time for two bookable offences.

Ones to watch

Ben Garrity leads the scoring charts so far having hit seven goals from midfield. Forwards Jamie Proctor and James Wilson follow close behind with six and four respectively.
Attacking midfielder Tom Conlon has shone over the first half of the campaign with five assists to add to his three strikes.

Former Town left back Dan Jones has featured in every league game for the Valiants so far this season, as has midfielder Tom Pett.

The man in charge

The club are managed by Darrell Clarke, who took charge in February 2021 after leaving Walsall. After taking charge towards the end of last season - sat in 18th position in League Two at the time - Clarke steered them towards safety and into the top half with a late season run.

He has also previously managed Bristol Rovers and made over 400 appearances for Mansfield, Hartlepool and Salisbury City in his playing career.


The Valiants have spent the majority of their time in the lower two divisions of English football but with John Rudge and then Brian Horton at the helm they spent the 1990's in the second tier, achieving an eighth-place finish in 1996/97.

Notable former players include Chris Birchall, Ray Walker, Robbie Earle and current Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth, who has the distinction of holding the record at the club for highest transfer fee paid and received. Roy Sproson holds the most appearances for the club having played 761 times across three decades, whilst Wilf Kirkham scored 154 times before World War II.
Team news

Rory McArdle is likely to be in contention for the New Year's fixture but winger Simon Power now joins the injury list after he picked up a quad injury just before Christmas. Will Smith and Aaron Martin will also miss out through injury but are edging closer to a return.


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