Vale take on Stevenage on Saturday afternoon knowing they are in for a difficult match against a side who have a one hundred per cent record against Vale in the league.
The two sides have met on just two occasions since Stevenage were promoted into the Football League and the Boro were successful in both games.
Before that, they met twice in the FA Cup the previous season, when Stevenage Borough (as they were then known) managed a 1-1 draw at Vale Park.
But Vale were victorious in the replay down at Broadhill Way ten days later thanks to a single strike from Louis Dodds.
Stevenage were formed in 1976 and went were denied promotion into the Football League after the 1995-96 season as their ground facilities were not up to the required standard.
They finally entered the Football League after winning the 2010-2011 play-off final at Old Trafford against Torquay United and they then dropped the word ‘Borough’ from their name.
They quickly won promotion from League Two, under manager Graham Westley, who is back in charge following a spell with Preston North End.
He guided Stevenage to promotion following a disappointing start to the season two seasons ago and after another disappointing start to the season, don’t rule out a strong second half to the season.
Vale will have to be on song if they are to get the three points on Saturday, that’s for sure, and nobody in the Vale dressing room is expecting an easy ride.
Vale are still without goalkeeper Chris Neal and skipper Doug Loft as they come up to a busy period in the football calendar.
Port Vale wins
Apr 2011 Stevenage 1 Port Vale 0
Feb 2011 Port Vale 1 Stevenage 3
Nov 2009 Stevenage 0 Port Vale 1
Nov 2009 Port Vale 1 Stevenage 0
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A match gallery (photos courtesy of Gerard Austin) will also appear on the site soon.