Although Crawley Town Football Club is a relative newcomer in terms of the Football League, they have actually been around for a long time, originating way back in 1896.
After a long and chequered history, they managed to obtain Football League status in 2001, finishing champions of the Conference League.
During that same season they also reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, finally bowing out to Manchester United with a narrow 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
Guided by current Rotherham United manager, Steve Evans, the Red Devils, as Crawley are also known, won promotion in the inaugural season in the Football League.
They drew their opening game of the season here at Vale Park, sharing four goals with the Valiants, and went on to finish 3rd in League Two, to win promotion for the second year in a row.
After an indifferent start to this season, they finally parted with manager Richie Barker in early December, setting on the experienced John Gregory.
Currently 15th in the table, Crawley have games in hand and could still realistically challenge for the play-offs with plenty of points to play for.
Tonight’s visitors have lost just three of their last fourteen games in all competitions and will come to Vale Park full of optimism.
They have earned themselves a point.in each of their last two away games, drawing 2-2 at Coventry City and at the weekend they again drew 2-2, this time against Rotherham United.
They looked to be taking all three points from the New York Stadiu until the home side grabbed an unlikely equaliser in the final minute of stoppage time.
Tonight’s game will be only the fourth time the two sides have met, and it is honours even so far with one win each and a draw.
Port Vale wins
Previous games between the two clubs
Oct 2013 – Crawley Town 0 Port Vale 3
Mar 2012 – Crawley Town 3 Port vale 2
Aug 2011 – Port Vale 2 Crawley Town 2