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WEST BROMWICH ALBION v PORT VALE
Capital One Cup 2nd Round
Tuesday 25th August 2015, 8:00pm
The Hawthorns

MATCH NOTES

The game will be the 40th competitive meeting between Albion and Port Vale. The Baggies currently have 16 wins to their name compared to Vale's 13.

The clubs have met twice previously in League Cup action, both games taking place during the 1985/86 season. In a two-legged encounter, a Gerry Armstrong goal gave the Baggies a 1-0 win at The Hawthorns before a 2-2 draw at Vale Park saw Albion progress to the third round 3-2 on aggregate, Imre Varadi scoring both of the goals for Johnny Giles' men in the latter game.

The last competitive meeting between the sides came back in January 2000 when they played out a goalless draw at The Hawthorns in a League Division One clash.

Albion's last game on this date came in 2012 when an injury-time James Morrison goal earned the Baggies a point from a 1-1 Premier League draw at Tottenham Hotspur. The club's last win on August 25 came in 2003 when a Lee Hughes penalty was enough to give a Gary Megson-led team a 1-0 win at home over Preston North End.

Port Vale's last game on this date also took place in 2012, the Valiants recording a 3-1 win at Morecambe in a League Two encounter, Sam Morsy, John McCombe and Tom Pope the goalscorers.

Albion's last six games: Chelsea (H) 2-3; Watford (A) 0-0; Manchester City (H) 0-3; Bristol Rovers (A, Fr) 4-0; Walsall (A, Fr) 2-0; Swindon Town (A, Fr) 4-1.

Port Vale's last six games: Doncaster Rovers (H) 3-0; Swindon Town (A) 2-2; Gillingham (H) 1-1; Burnley (H, LC) 1-0; Crewe Alexandra (A) 0-0; Altrincham (A, Fr) 2-1.

TEAM NEWS

Albion

Baggies' boss Tony Pulis is likely to make a number of changes for the Hawthorns' clash but want-away striker Saido Berahino is once again unlikely to figure. Brown Ideye, Victor Anichebe and Serge Gnabry could all make their first starts of the season.

Port Vale

Influential midfielder Michael O'Connor (knee) and goalkeeper Chris Neal (ankle) are both missing for the Valiants despite edging closer to fitness.

MATCH ODDS

Result

Albion Win: 2/5, Port Vale Win: 7/1, Draw: 7/2.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Lambert 10/3, Rondon 10/3, Anichebe 10/3, Berahino 7/2, A Nabi 4/1, Ideye 4/1, Sessegnon 5/1, McManaman 11/2, Gnabry 11/2, McClean 6/1, Gardner 7/1, Brunt 9/1, Morrison 9/1, Dawson 12/1, McAuley 16/1, Chester 16/1, Lescott 16/1, Fletcher 20/1, Yacob 25/1, Pocognoli 25/1, Gamboa 33/1, Olsson 33/1.

Port Vale: Dodds 11/1, Ikpeazu 11/1, Leitch-Smith 12/1, Andoh 12/1, Hooper 12/1, Moore 14/1, Foley 14/1, Kelly 20/1, Grant 25/1, Daniel 25/1, Brown 25/1, Lloyd 25/1, Birchall 28/1, Dickinson 40/1, Duffy 40/1, McGivern 40/1.

No Goalscorer: 14/1.

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REFEREE

Keith Stroud (Hampshire)

Stroud last took charge of an Albion game back in October 2009 when they played out a goalless draw at Coventry City in a League Championship encounter. In total he has refereed four Albion games of which the Baggies have won one, drawn two and lost one.

The Hampshire official took charge of one Port Vale game last season - their 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers at Vale Park in February.

The official issued 183 yellow and seven red cards in the 41 games he officiated during 2014/15.

A full run-down of Stroud's history refereeing the Baggies can be found here

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets will remain on sale to home supporters up until kick-off priced at 10 adults and 5 concessions. Vale have sold their entire 2,800 allocation.

WEATHER FORECAST

Light cloud, 15C.

FIXTURE HISTORY

The two clubs met regularly during the latter part of the 19th century in friendly and local cup action with Albion generally the team coming out on top. The very first meeting of the sides came in a friendly at Burslem in April 1884, the Baggies running out easy 6-0 winners.

The first league clashes took place in the Second Division during the 1901/02 season, the Baggies winning the first game at The Hawthorns in September 3-1 thanks to goals from Tommy Worton (2) and Andrew Smith. The return game at Vale's Athletic Ground saw the Baggies complete a league double with Chippy Simmons, Billy Lee and Worton scoring the goals in a 3-2 win. Albion would go on to win the title in what was their first ever season in the second tier.

Albion's biggest victory over Port Vale is 4-1, a scoreline recorded twice, both times at The Hawthorns - in April 1906 and in April 1931, William 'G' Richardson scoring a brace in the latter game.

Vale's biggest win over the Baggies came in March 1929 when they thrashed Albion 8-1 at the Old Recreation Ground, Albert Pynegar leading the scoring with a hat-trick.

Probably the previous meeting most supporters recall came at the end of the 1992/93 season when the two clubs met in the League Division Two play-off final at Wembley Stadium. Goals from Andy Hunt, Nicky Reid and Kevin Donovan gave the Baggies a memorable 3-0 victory and promotion in what was Ossie Ardiles only season in charge of the club.

Albion are currently eight games unbeaten against Vale with four wins and four draws from those games although the Baggies' recent home record against the Valiants is poor with just one win from 10 league and cup games.

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

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Tuesday 5 March 1996 - Port Vale 3-1 Albion - Anglo-Italian Cup - Vale Park
Tuesday 26 December 1995 - Port Vale 3-1 Albion - League Division One - Vale Park
Sunday 30 May 1993 - Albion 3-0 Port Vale - League Division Two Play-Off Final - Wembley Stadium
Saturday 27 February 1993 - Port Vale 2-1 Albion - League Division Two - Vale Park
Saturday 10 October 1992 - Albion 0-1 Port Vale - League Division Two - The Hawthorns
Saturday 27 April 1991 - Albion 1-1 Port Vale - Second Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 26 August 1989 - Port Vale 2-1 Albion - Second Division - Vale Park

LAST MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS

Albion 0-0 Port Vale
League Division One
Saturday 15 January 2000, 3:00pm

Albion: Adamson, Gabbidon (van Blerk 77), Potter, J Chambers, Burgess, Carbon, Maresca (Evans 85), Sneekes (Oliver 36), Quinn, Hughes, Townsend. Subs not used: Morris, A Chambers.

Port Vale: Musselwhite, Carragher, Tankard, Brammer, Burns, Gardner (Burton-Godwin 86), Minton, Bullock, Rougier, Naylor, Widdrington, Subs not used: Pilkington, Eyre, Foyle, Bogie.

Attendance: 10,696

Referee: Rob Styles (Waterlooville)

CURRENT CONNECTIONS

None.

PAST CONNECTIONS

Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Ronnie Allen, Brett Angell, Lee Ashcroft, Harry Aston, Peter Barnes, Dave Barnett, Kevin Bartlett, Paul Beesley, Bobby Blood, Louis Bookman, Ally Brown, Kayelden Brown, Tony Butler, Nicky Cross, Reg Davies, John Durnin, Wayne Ebanks, Jimmy Edmunds, Peter Ford, Sid Glidden, Reiss Greenidge, Mark Grew, Phillip Griffiths, Fred Haycock, Geoff Horsfield, Ezra Horton, Jack Horton, Lee Hughes, Keith Jones, Tony Kelly, Kevin Kent, Paul Kerr, Adrian Littlejohn, Joe Lowe, Colin Lyman, Des Lyttle, Neil MacKenzie, Derek Monaghan, David Mountford, William Paddock, Mick Perry, Darren Purse, Tim Rawlings, Justin Richards, Romaine Sawyers, Billy Siddall, Thomas Sproson, Stan Steele, Kevin Steggles, George Stockton, Albert Titley, Alan Webb, Colin West, Winston White and John Wilson.

Former Baggies' boss Ray Harford played for Vale; Ex-Albion players Steve Hunt and Bobby Downes both went on to coach at Vale Park; Ray Fairfax played for the Baggies and would go on to work as club secretary at Port Vale; John Westmancoat had spells at both clubs as secretary; Former Vale players Richard O'Kelly, Keith Leonard and Bill Asprey all went on to spend time on Albion's coaching staff.

ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD V PORT VALE

 VENUE P W D  L F A
 Home 19 8 8 3 30 17
 Away 18 6 2 10 26 38
 Neutral 2 2 0 0 5 1
 Total 39 16 10 13 61 56

LAST TEN MATCHES AGAINST PORT VALE

 DATE COMPETITION H/A F-A SCORERS    GATE
 Tue 05 Aug 2014 Friendly A 2-3 Roofe, Garmston - Williamson, Pope, Dawson (og)     2,145
 Sun 04 Aug 2002 Friendly A 2-1 Johnson, Balis (pen) - Boyd     2,282
 Sat 15 Jan 2000 League Division One H 0-0   10,696
 Sat 14 Aug 1999 League Division One A 2-1 Hughes, Kilbane - Minton (pen)     7,891
 Sat 26 Dec 1998 League Division One H 3-2 Murphy, Bortolazzi, Hughes (pen) - Naylor 2   14,929
 Sat 22 Aug 1998 League Division One A 3-0 Hughes 3     8,146
 Sat 21 Mar 1998 League Division One H 2-2 Flynn, Taylor - Jansson, Foyle   14,242
 Sat 15 Nov 1997 League Division One A 2-1 Hunt, Hamilton - Mills   11,124
 Sat 01 Feb 1997 League Division One A 2-2 Peschisolido 2 - Naylor 2     8,093
 Sat 09 Nov 1996 League Division One H 1-1 Taylor - Guppy   13,827


 

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