FA Cup Draw Yields Another Awayday

November 6, 2005


After Rovers victory in the FA Cup 1st round at Grimsby yesterday, Gasheads face yet another away trip in the 2nd round.

As if a 460 mile round trip to Grimsby wasn’t enough, it means another trip north, this time to face League 1’s Port Vale, who play their home matches at Vale Park situated at Burslem, Stoke on Trent. This means another 260 mile round trip to the Potteries and another trip along the M6, which is fast becoming a good number of Gashead’s second home, though there should be no problem with allocation for away fans with Vale regularly giving an allocation of  4500 in the Phones4U stand.

Vale currently sit in 8th place in league 1 and are enjoying fairly indifferent form of late and home form reads:

 Played 9  Won 4  Drawn 2 Lost 3

Away form gives no firm indicators either, and with 7 matches played that record is:

 Played 7 Won 3 Drawn 1 Lost 3

 Vale progressed to the 2nd round after despatching League 2’s Wrexham 2-1 on Friday night at Vale Park.

The Valiant’s history suggests they are pretty much on a par with ourselves, with little to show in the way of major honours over the years since their formation in 1876, save for their victories in the Autoglass Trophy final in the ’92-’93 season and their  success in the LDV Vans final in 2000/20001 season. [image2]

 Like many other clubs outside the Premier league, they have suffered financial problems in the past, despite having some quite well off high profile fans, like Robbie Williams, who seem reluctant to invest in the club. Again like us, their manager Martin Foyle has to be very shrewd in the transfer market with little if no money available for getting in players.

Players of recent local interest include Michael Husbands, Lee Matthews and City old boy Mickey Bell.

The Supporters Club will of course be running coaches as usual and details will be announced on this site shortly.

A match report for yesterday will feature later.

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