Sky Bet League Two Preview: Port Vale

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 11 Jul 2018

As we continue to preview each one of our opponents for our upcoming return to the EFL, we take look at one of our closer rivals.

Next season Silkmen supporters will make the reasonably short 44.2-mile round trip to Vale Park. So, here’s everything you need to know about Port Vale FC.

History

Port Vale were formed in 1876 and started life playing in the Midland League before becoming founder members of the Football League Division Two in 1892.

The club’s best years arguably came in the 1950’s. The club moved to current home Vale Park and in the 1953/54 season Vale won Third Division North title alongside appearing in the FA Cup semi-finals before being beaten by West Bromwich Albion.

In 1980 Vale sunk to their lowest ever league position, but manager John Rudge was the man to lead the Staffordshire club out of the wilderness. In 1989 the club returned to Division Two for the first time in thirty-two years.

Rudge continued to work his magic as he led Vale to an FA Cup giant killing with a 2-1 win over Everton and led them to an 8th place finish in 1996/97 season, Vale’s highest finish since 1931.

Rudge was sacked in 1999 and after another relegation in 2000 the club found itself in administration.

Vale’s most recent success was in 2012, when they finished third in League Two with current striker Tom Pope scoring 33 goals in the process. However, the club were once again relegated in 2017 and were looking to bounce back to League One.

Last Season

Vale were for an immediate return straight back to League One last season, but what was to follow was completely the opposite.

Michael Brown was in charge at the start of the season and despite an opening day 3-1 victory against Crawley, Vale went on a hapless run of eleven games without a win in Sky Bet League Two.

In September, Port Vale found themselves rock bottom of the league and sacked Brown and replaced him with Gateshead manager Neil Aspin. Under Aspin the club had a mini revival and despite Vale going on another long winless run, they did enough to secure survival well before the last day.

Head to Head

Macclesfield wins – 4

Draws – 1

Port Vale wins - 6

How to get there - Hamil Rd, Burslem, ST6 1AW

By Train – Macclesfield – Stoke on Trent (From Stoke on Trent station the ground is four miles away and fans are advised to either take the bus or taxi to the ground)

By Car - Leave the M6 at junction 15 or 16 and take the A500 towards Stoke on Trent. Follow A500 until the A527 Tunstall/Burslem exit, where you take the A527 towards Tunstall/Burslem. At the next island just past the Price Kensington factory turn right for Burslem town centre. Continue on this road up the hill, crossing another island and into Burslem town centre. Continue straight on over the traffic lights at the crossroads and then take the first road on the left which takes you down to the ground.

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