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PREVIEW: PORT VALE (H)

14 March 2019

Swindon look to bounce back from two consecutive defeats this weekend as Port Vale visit for the anniversary of the 50th Anniversary of Town’s League Cup heroics.

Don Rogers, John Trollope, Peter Dowsborough, Rod Thomas, Joe Butler and Frank Burrows will al be in attendance for the half-centenary – they will parade around the pitch at half-time as well as take park in a penalty shoot-out in front of the Town End.

Great Western Reds have also organised a special Tifo to celebrate the occasion.

Before the game, the League Cup trophy will be in the club shop with fans able to have their picture taken with the famous cup. After the game, the legends of ’69 will be taking part in a Q&A in the Legends Lounge with tickets still available via the club’s eticketing website.

After an unbeaten February, Wellens’ side started March with another win, a 3-0 victory over Colchester. However, their good run was brought to an abrupt end last weekend against Carlisle as they prevailed 2-1 winner. On Tuesday night, Swindon were dealt another blow against a fellow member of a chasing pack, Stevenage. Old foe, Alex Revell and Ilias Chair sealed a 2-0 win for the Boro.

The Oppo

Port Vale have seen an upturn in form since the start of March – February saw four defeat in four games but after a draw against Notts County, they have won their last two.

Their last two months sum up their season really with inconsistency the theme throughout – after defeats against Morecambe and Cheltenham the previous month, they beat promotion-chasing Mansfield at Vale Park before comprehensively seeing off Yeovil.

Form

19.03.2019           Tranmere Rovers             Home                    L              1-2

23.03.201             Cheltenham                       Away                     L              1-0

02.03.2019           Notts County                     Away                     D             0-0

09.03.2019           Mansfield Town                 Home                    W            2-1

12.03.2019           Yeovil Town                        Home                    W            3-0

Head-to-head

02 Feb 2016        Port Vale v Swindon Town            L              1-0          League One

20 Aug 2016        Swindon Town v Port Vale            W            1-0          League One

11 Mar 2017       Port Vale v Swindon Town            L              3-2          League One

28 Oct 2017         Port Vale v Swindon Town            W            0-3          League Two

17 Feb 2018        Swindon Town v Port Vale            W            3-2          League Two

24 Nov 2018        Port Vale v Swindon Town            W            0-1          League Two

The Gaffer

John Askey took the reigns at Vale Park from Neil Aspin who resigned in January with Vale 18th in League Two.

John is the son of former Valiants player Colin Askey and made over 679 appearances in a career that only saw him spend time at three clubs: Port Vale, Macclesfield and Milton.

He was never handed a first-team debut at Vale Park and moved to Macclesfield alongside his brother, Bob. At Macclesfield he was part of the Silkmen’s side that reached the Conference for the first time in their history and also the Football League.

Overall he scored 155 goals in 679 league and cup appearances and was voted the club’s PFA Fans’ Favourite and Cult Hero in 2005.

His coaching career also started at Moss Rose – he had two spells in charge of the first-team, temporarily, ten years apart. His first came in 2003 after the departure of David Moss but once Brian Horton arrived he took the role of assistant.

His first permanent gig was at Moss Rose after a successful caretaker stint after Stephen King’s sacking in April 2013. He took the club to the FA Cup Third Round beating League One Walsall on their way as the Silkmen finished 15th in the Conference Premier. In 2017/18, Askey guided Macclesfield back to the Football League, on a shoestring budget as they won the National League, sealing the title at Eastleigh.

In June 2018, after his success at Moss Rose, Askey made the switch to Shrewsbury Town in  League One but was sacked after 21 games, winning just five of them.

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REPORT: SWINDON TOWN 0-0 PORT VALE

16 March 2019

Swindon were held to a 0-0 draw by Port Vale on the 50th anniversary of the League Cup Final victory.

In a game hampered by the conditions, much like the ’69 final, both sides had to compete with strong winds which scuppered any chance of a free-flowing game.

The boys of 1969 were presented to the County Ground crowd at half-time fifty years on from the famous cup upset in which Swindon defeated Arsenal.

First Half

The conditions and their central part to play were obvious from the start – 30 seconds in and Scott Brown’s goal-kick almost flew back into his hands because of the gust heading towards the Stratton Bank.

Throughout, the wind disrupted the rhythm of the game – balls that, on another day, would have been weighted well were over hit and passes that would have reached friendly feet were a yard short.

The first hint of a chance came on 23 minutes when the ball fell on the edge of the box to the striker but Leon Legge galloped over to block and stop the first shot of the game.

Second Half

The second period followed the same lead – it took until the 57th minute for Town to create an opening. Canice Carroll picked up a loose ball in midfield and set Kaiyne Woolery free, he skipped past Nathan Smith but his shot was shanked wide of the near post.

Kyle Bennett showed flashes of skill in midfield after scoring two in his last three games but his effort just past the hour mark was wide of the mark.

Port Vale’s only chance of the whole game came with 15 minutes to play – Leon Legge rose from a corner and headed down but Lawrence Vigouroux who had had nothing to do previously was sharp in his reactions to palm away.

Despite Town’s possession, Port Vale stood firm to ensure stalemate.  

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