Match Preview: Swindon Town vs Port Vale
Let’s start off by saying a victory for Swindon over Port Vale will see Town crowned champions of League Two. Swindon can also secure the title following a draw or defeat by the Valiants, but only if sole challengers Shrewsbury fail to win.
There are two records available to Swindon should we secure a clean sheet. A 23rd clean sheet of the league campaign would set a new club Football League record. Also, a 19th clean sheet at home will set a new Football League Fourth tier record.
First placed Swindon are 4 points clear at the top of the table, however Town have lost their previous two games 1-2 at Aldershot and 1-3 at Gillingham. Town’s current form guide reads four wins and two defeats in six outings.
At the County Ground, Town are unbeaten since August, making it 20 games without tasting defeat and 54 points from a possible 60. In the previous sixteen home games Wes Foderingham has only been beaten once.
13th placed Port Vale have 56 points following a 10 point deduction for entering administration, which otherwise would have seen the Valiants with an outside chance of the play-offs.
Vale won their last match 1-0 against Bristol Rovers to make three wins, one draw and two defeats in six matches. Away from Vale Park, the Valiants are two games without a win, having won one, drawn two and defeated three in six.
In all League, FA Cup and Football League competitions, Town have faced Port Vale on 72 occasions, winning 25, drawing 18 and defeated 29 times; scoring 91 and conceding 98.
At the County Ground, Swindon have 19 victories, 8 draws and 9 defeats from 36 matches.
Vale’s previous visit in November 2008 ended with a 6-0 defeat courtesy of goals from Lee Peacock, Craig Easton, Jack Smith, Michael Timlin, Anthony McNamee and Ben Joyce; with Swindon leading 5-0 at half time.
Town won the meeting earlier this season 2-0 at Vale Park following a strike from Lukas Magera and Medhi Kerouche penalty.
Swindon-town-fc.co.uk History Book…
When Port Vale recorded their biggest ever victory over Swindon in 1960, the 6-1 result had far reaching consequences. Some four years after the match, Jimmy Gauld – the Town’s goalscorer that day – admitted that he had helped to fix the match and many others, in selling his story to the Sunday People newspaper for £7,000. As the Town’s club record signing at the time, it was somewhat of a surprise that Gauld was released at the end of the season, shortly after the game with Vale – he was eventually jailed for being the ringleader of the match-fixing group, along with other ex-Town players David Layne and Jack Fountain. In the very next match between the teams, Swindon got some revenge by recording their own biggest victory against Vale – Bobby Woodruff scoring a hat-trick in a 6-0 win.
The two sides first met in the FA Cup back in 1906, when Burslem Port Vale, as they were then known, travelled to the County Ground for a tie in the Fifth Qualifying Round, returning to the Potteries with a 2-1 victory and a place in the First Round proper.
Turning to memorable goals, Colin Calderwood scored from the halfway line in a dominant 3-0 victory for Swindon at the County Ground in March 1990.
Swindon vs Port Vale 3rd March 1990 – Division Two
I’ve been cautious of late with previous predictions for the Aldershot and Gillingham games which were unfortunately proved right. Vale arrive at the County Ground with a reasonable record on their travels, but I expect Town will continue our superb form at home with a victory to secure the League Two title… 2-0 to Swindon.
Come on You Reds!
unfortunately no stats this week