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OPPOSITION GUIDE: PORT VALE

22 October 2019

Gary Bowyer's Bantams look for their fourth-straight victory, this evening, playing host to Port Vale. 

The Valiants currently sit 16th in Sky Bet League Two, having been held to a 1-1 draw at home to Stevenage - on Saturday. 

With action set to get underway from 7.45pm, we have compiled an Opposition Guide, packed full of detailed information on tomorrow’s visitors...

SUMMER TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Vale Park outfit proved busy throughout the summer transfer window, signing 15 new players - to date - with a further 16 men leaving the club.

Ins: Scott Burgess (Bury), Mark Cullen (Blackpool), Rhys Browne (Yeovil Town), Shaun Brisley (Notts County), Adam Crookes (Nottingham Forest), Kieran Kennedy (Wrexham), Callum Evans (Macclesfield Town), Alex Hurst (Bradford (Park Avenue)), Richie Bennett (Carlisle United), Jake Taylor (Nottingham Forest, loan), Ryan Lloyd (Macclesfield Town), Davin Amoo (Cambridge United), Jonny Maddison (Darlington), Jordan Archer (Bury), Will Atkinson (unassigned).

Outs: Dan Turner (Hyde United), Ben Whitfield (Torquay United), Theo Vassell (Macclesfield Town), Luke Hannant (Cambridge United), Danny Elliott (Chester), Alex Hurst (Bradford (Park Avenue), loan), Ryan Campbell-Gordon (Ilkeston Town, loan), Dior Angus (Barrow), Connell Rawlinson (Notts County), Dan Trickett-Smith (Curzon Aston, loan), Sam Hornby (Bradford City), Michael Tonge (unassigned), Anthony Kay (unassigned), Ricky Miller (unassigned), Mike Calveley (unassigned), Harry Benns (unassigned). 

ONES TO WATCH

Scott Brown: 

An experienced goalkeeper, Brown has made more than 450 professional appearances over the course of a 14-year career. 

At Vale since last year, the 34-year-old former Wolverhamton Wanderers apprentice served a notable nine-year stint at Cheltenham Town in addition to turning out for Aberdeen and Wycombe Wanderers. 

David Worrall:  

Worrall carries a wealth of EFL experience having racked up 433 professional appearances since his debut - in 2006. 

A product of Bury's academy, the 29-year-old winger has also represented Milwall, Southend United and Oldham Athletic, among others. 

Will Atkinson:

Versitile Will Atkinson is no stranger to City supporters, having played a pivotal role in the Bantams' history-making 2012/13 campaign. 

The 31-year-old graduated from Hull City's academy and has also turned out for the likes of Southend United, Mansfield Town ans Rochdale. 

David Amoo: 

A pacey, direct winger, Amoo made his professional debut in the UEFA Europa League for Liverpool in 2010 - where he is an academy graduate. 

The 28-year-old has also notably appeared for Preston North End, Partick Thistle, Carlisle United and Cambridge United. 

THE MANAGER

Manager John Askey has been at the Port Vale helm since signing an initial short-term contract - in Fenruary. 

An established playing career as an attacker saw Askey garduate from Vale's academy before scoring 155 goals in 679 appearances for Macclesfield Town - over the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. 

The Macclesfield icon also held the hot seat at the Silkmen between 2013 and 2018, on top of a managerial stint at Shrewsbury Town, last year. 

THE CAPTAIN

Locally-born Tom Pope has spent seven years of his 14-year professional career at Port Vale, over three different spells. 

The 34-year old forward began his career at Crewe Alexandra - where he also spent time as an apprentice - and has also turned out for Rotherham United and Bury. 

Pope has scored 142 professional goals over the course of 504 competitive matches. 

LAST TIME OUT

The Valiants proved unable to hold on to their one-goal advantage - at the weekend - eventually being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Stevenage. 

Port Vale 1 (Jake Taylor 8')

Stevenage 1 (Kurtis Guthrie 23' pen)

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday October 19th 2019

Attendance: 4,429

Port Vale: Scott Brown; Will Atkinson (James Gibbons 81'), Leon Legge (c), Nathan Smith, Adam Crookes; David Worrall, Luke Joyce (booked 70'), Jake Taylor, David Amoo; Richard Bennett, Cristian Montano (Tom Pope 74'). Subs (not used): Jonny Maddison (GK), Shaun Brisley, Scott Burgess, Rhys Browne, Jordan Archer. 

Tickets for tomorrow’s clash are still on sale and can be purchased from the ticket office at the Utilita Energy Stadium or by CLICKING HERE.


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