Port Vale Football Club PORT
Ground: Vale Park,
Hamil Road,
Google map
Tel: 01782-655800
Websites: Official website
One Vale Fan (indie)
ValeOnline Forum
Getting there
By Car: (approx 145 miles from HW)
M40 west to junction 3a M42. M42 to junction 7a to join M6 north. M6 to junction 15 (signposted Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle A500). Follow the A500 dual carriageway for around 4 miles before exiting onto A53 (s/p Leek A53). Continue on A53 and at roundabout turn right into Etruria Way. Keep right where the road divides and look for signs to Port Vale FC to take you over the flyover and towards the ground.
There is parking at the ground but expect to pay at least 4 and have a long wait after the game. The 'Discount Giant' supermarket next to the ground has parking too for a few quid (refundable if you fancy a bit of shopping too!). Otherwise use side streets off Hamil Road. Check for specific or more detailed directions.
Train: Nearest mainline station is Stoke on Trent - 3 miles from ground. There is also a local station, Longport, approx 1.5 miles from the ground, with connections from Stoke on Trent but the journey time is around 30 minutes from Stoke and therefore it usually quiker to get a bus from Stoke station (or close by) to Burlsem town centre. To reach the ground from Burslem centre, cross Waterloo Road then turn left into Hamil Road - Vale Park is ahead on the left. Allow at least five hours total travelling time from High Wycombe. Check for specific times and connections of trains.
Chairboy Connections
Steve Guppy - left wing hero at Wycombe during the 'Martin O'Neill Years'. Was originally signed by Jim Kelman in 1989 and made more than 250 appearances for Wycombe before being 'stolen' by Newcastle United in August 1994 for a paltry 150,000. Moved onto to Port Vale in November of the same year for 225,000 without even making a senior appearance under Kevin Keegan.

Eventually tracked down by his old boss in February 1997 when 850,000 was required to take him to O'Neill's Leicester City. Went on to make England Under 21 and B appearances and in October 1999 made his full England debut against Belgium at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

Returned to Wycombe for a brief spell during the 2004/5 season under Caretaker Wanderers boss and former teammate, Keith Ryan. His time back at Adams Park came while he was waiting to take up a playing offer in the USA.

Gareth Ainsworth A record signing for Vale in September 1997 when he moved from Lincoln City for a 500,000 fee. Spent just over a year at Vale Park before another record fee of 2m saw him leave for Wimbledon. Had an injury hit time in South London before eventually signing for Cardiff City and then QPR. Moved initially on loan to Wycombe in November 2009 before making the deal permanent in January 2010.

Chris Herd Australian born defender who played on loan from Aston Villa for both Vale and Wycombe during the 2007/8 season. Scored two goals in 11 apps for Vale in 'League One', before making four apps for Wycombe in 'League Two' later in the same season.

Mickey Bell Left sided defender who spent the first half of the 2005/6 season at Port Vale following eight seasons with Bristol City. Originally moved to Bristol City from Wycombe in the summer of 1997. Joined Wycombe from Northampton Town in 1994.

Sam Stockley Moved to Port Vale in the summer of 2008 following two season at Adams Park. Former trainee at Southampton who eventually got his break in pro football after moving to Barnet. Played for Oxford United and Colchester United before he moved to Wycombe in July 2006 under Paul Lambert.

Other player connections include:
Martin Bullock, Anthony Grant, Jack Grimmer, Uche Ikpeazu, Paul Kerr, Billy Knott and Sam Togwell
Chairboys all-time record against The Valiants
Sat, Sep 30, 2000 FL2 A W 1-0 3,615
Sat, Mar 3, 2001 FL2 H L 0-1 4,828
Sat, Sep 29, 2001 FL2 H W 3-1 5,714
Sat, Feb 2, 2002 FL2 A D 1-1 4,737
Sat, Dec 14, 2002 FL2 H W 3-1 5,229
Mon, Apr 21, 2003 FL2 A D 1-1 3,590
Sat, Sep 27, 2003 FL2 A D 1-1 6,822
Sat, Apr 3, 2004 FL2 H W 2-1 4,739
Sat, Nov 22, 2008 FL3 H W 4-2 4,521
Sat, Apr 25, 2009 FL3 A D 1-1 6,047
Sat, Nov 20, 2010 FL3 A L 1-2 5,587
Sat, Feb 5, 2011 FL3 H D 1-1 4,173
Sat, Oct 20, 2012 FL3 A L 1-4 5,303
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 FL3 H D 1-1 7,120
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 FL3 A W 3-2 4,909
Sat, Mar 24, 2018 FL3 H D 0-0 4,620
Tue, Nov 1, 2022 FL2 H D 2-2 4,192
Sat, Feb 4, 2023 FL2 A W 3-0 7,237
Sat, Dec 23, 2023 FL2 H D 1-1 4,696
Tue, Apr 16, 2024 FL2 A W 2-1 4,029
FL2= Football League Division Two/'League One'
FL3= Football League Division Three/'League Two'
Click date for match details (where available).
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