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Grimsby v Port Vale Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 04/09/2009

TOWN are catching quick, just nine points off top spot. Mike Newell’s impressive array of talent land in Bedlam I mean Burslem to push on for promotion as champions! Sod it we're all doomed, save us gods of all denominations.

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Vale were one of the teams Town crushed on their way to redemption during the brief Newell revolution in the spring of 09. A beautiful lob by Jarman and a couple from bald Bazza helped Town to what were a priceless 3 points. Away from home in the depth of the midlands in the depths of winter a brace of late goals ended Town’s chances of a point away from home; Proudlock's 85th minute goal was so close to securing Town a rare away point before Simon Richman’s goal 3 minutes later sunk any chance of improving Town’s dismal away record.

The Opposition

Their History...

Port Vale take their name not surprisingly from Burslem’s impressive maritime history but from the place the football club was formed. So in 1876 at the Port Vale House somewhere in the suburbs of Stoke Port Vale Football Club was formed moving to Burslem in 1884 renaming themselves Burslem Port Vale which evidently didn't catch on and in 1892 they joined us in a great big love in creating the Second Division as a result. Vale spent a while out of the league after 1892 and in 1919 they were asked back in somewhat sensational circumstances having to complete Leeds City’s fixture after they were found out for being naughty boys. Since then Vale have plodded along like ourselves and enjoyed a FA Cup semi final and one of the few teams to win the Football Trophy twice.

Last Season Was....

Vale’s first season back in Division 4 since 1986 and was one which we are all too aware off i.e. It’s dull, depressing and there is no easy way out. Vale’s first season was so tough back down here that it resulted in Dean Glover standing down from his post as manager. Those Vale were able to win 4 out of 5 away games in a brief rallying spell around Christmas Vale finished a depressing 18th just 7 points about ourselves so it must have been bad!

This Season...

Is surely about letting Micky Adams create and mould the team he wants. Even if it is a year of "transition" Vale have started fruitfully especially in the cup and especially against anyone from Sheffield. So far this year Vale have vanquished both Wednesday and The Blades in the League Cup, The Blades even more impressively at Bramall Lane. In the league it’s all about the draw 3 out of the 5 games played have ended in a stalemate with Vales only win against woodworm ridden Darlington and their only defeat so far was in the derby match against Macclesfield.

Their Biggest Hero Is...

For a decade Neil Aspin was a defensive linchpin in one of Vale's greatest periods of football. In his first year at the club alone after leaving Leeds in 1989 Aspin was voted player of the year and spearheaded The Valiants first of 2 wins in the League Trophy in 1993. In total Aspin amassed an incredible 348 games at Vale Park before moving on to Darlington and then further on to Darlo’s rivals Hartlepool. Currently Aspin is managing Halifax Town and was linked with the vacant Vale position before Micky Adams was hired.

The Future Is....

Muddled rumours of financial problems plague most of us down here and with arch rivals Stoke now been the new darlings of The Premier League even though their fans do tend to be in the words of Danny Dyer "pwoper nawghty" It’s hard for Vale to encourage more fans through the turnstiles reduced season tickets have tried to encourage more through the gate but that will only improve as Vale’s performances do.

Most Famous Player to Wear the Shirt...

Robbie Earle, Tommy Widdrington and most recently of all Chris Birchall will all be known to us. Birchall was the darling of ITV’s god awful World Cup coverage in 2006 who patronisingly followed him around during his time at Trinidad and Tobago. "Awww look a lower league footballer can kick the ball it’s so cute!" Get over yourselves and if you're going to cut away from football coverage at least do what the BBC did and show Kate Bosworth hiking her dress up.

Key Player

Marc Richards. Wolverhampton-born Richards was the only player who was able to break into double figures last season his 11 goals helped keep any idea of relegation away from The Valiants door. And so far the much travelled striker has continued his steady scoring managing to grab 4 so far. After starting out at Blackburn in 2000 Richards was sent out to numerous clubs to find his feet and it was at Swansea where he impressed so much so that he joined Northampton only for him to be sent out on loan to Rochdale at the end of his two year period at Sixfields. After another 2 years at Barnsley he joined Vale on a free and the strong athletic forward will be something for our new loan goalie to test himself against.

Recent Form

TownPort Vale
LTranmere (CC)(a)0-4
Currently 22nd in League Two.
WSheff Wed (CC)(h)0-1
Currently 16th in League Two.

Top Scorers

TownPort Vale

Team News

TownPort Vale

  • New Scunthorpe loan 'keeper Josh Lillis is set to make his debut between the sticks.

  • Rob Atkinson is the latest injury worry. Matt Heywood or Paul Linwood stands by to replace him.

  • Barry Conlon and Adam Proudlock are both injured so Danny North may be asked to play on his own up front as Town pack the midfield.

  • Nick Colgan (groin), Peter Bore (hamstring), Nathan Jarman (foot), Adrian Forbes (knee), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (thigh) and Nick Hegarty (ankle) are all again likely to be missing for Town
  • Kris Taylor (thigh), Anthony Griffith (chest) and Rob Taylor (calf) are all major doubts,
  • Squads

    TownPort Vale
    1GKNick Colgan
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFJoe Widdowson
    4DFRyan Bennett (captain)
    5DFMatthew Heywood
    6MFPeter Sweeney
    7MFAdrian Forbes
    8FWNathan Jarman
    9FWAdam Proudlock
    10FWBarry Conlon
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13MFNick Hegarty
    14MFPeter Bore
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16DFPaul Linwood
    17MFGrant Normington
    18FWChris Jones
    19MFMichael Leary
    25DFRobert Atkinson
    26FWJean-Louis Akpa Akpro
    27FWDanny North
    35GKLeigh Overton
    TBAGKJosh Lillis (on loan from Scunthorpe)
    1 GK Joe Anyon
    2 DF Sam Stockley
    3 MF Robert Taylor
    4 MF Anthony Griffith
    5 DF John McCombe
    7 MF Doug Loft
    8 MF David Howland
    9 FW Marc Richards
    10 MF Tommy Fraser (captain)
    11 DF Adam Yates
    12 GK Chris Martin
    14 FW Louis Dodds
    15 DF Lee Collins
    16 DF Gareth Owen
    19 MF Simon Richman
    21 FW James Lawrie
    23 MF Luke Chapman
    24 GK Daniel Lloyd-Weston
    26 MF Kris Taylor
    27 MF Damien McCrory (on loan from Plymouth Argyle)
    28 FW Geoff Horsfield
    29 MF Sam Morsy
    TBA FW Lewis Haldane (on loan from Bristol Rovers)
    TBA FW Anthony Malbon

    Head to Head

    Town have a slender lead, but draws between the two teams are rare.

    P 83 W 36 D 16 L31 F143 A126

    Head-to-Head (34th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 3 Port Vale 0 (Sat 18th Apr 2009)

    A comfortable win for Town during last season's run-in.



    The Fishy Prediction

    Our last away match was fruitful and a point should hopefully keep the Newell Out Brigade at bay, well maybe.

    Port Vale 1-1 Grimsby

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