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Match Preview | Cheltenham Town vs Port Vale

16 February 2024

Darren Moore takes charge of his first Port Vale game on Saturday when The Valiants take on Cheltenham Town.

Following his appointment as manager of Port Vale on Tuesday on a five and half year contract, the Gaffer had this to say:

“When speaking to Carol, Dave and the club’s board, it’s clear that Port Vale FC and I are perfectly aligned with our long-term aspirations both on and off the pitch.

“Our immediate aim is securing the club’s League One status between now and the end of this season whilst putting the foundations in place to create a clear footballing identity”

“The contract is a long-term commitment from both myself and Port Vale FC; it’s a testament to the long-term vision of the club and a vision that we as a collective from myself, the supporters, the club staff and the players are all striving towards.”

“I am absolutely delighted to be here and I am thoroughly excited to get going.”

The Opposition

The first assignment for The Vale's new Gaffer is a trip to the Completely-Suzuki Stadium to take on Cheltenham Town who currently occupy 21st spot in League One.

The Robins come into the game off the back of two consecutive victories against Cambridge United, and then more recently against Blackpool where Elliot Bonds scored twice to help them to a 2-0 win.

Who’s in Charge?

Cheltenham are managed by former Port Vale manager Darrell Clarke who has enjoyed his time in Gloucestershire so far.

Before joining The Robins they had failed to score a goal or win a game in their first nine games. However, since Clarke has joined they have picked up 28 points in his 21 games, guiding them to within three points of safety.

Player to watch - Liam Sercombe

The Cheltenham midfielder has played over 170 games for the Robins and has been a pivotal player at the heart of their midfield. He has scored seven goals so far this season, which has been vital in their rise of form in the league. 

Clarke isn’t the only Port Vale link at Cheltenham Town. Vale’s promotion-winning midfielder, Tom Pett, joined the club in November following his release from the Vale in the Summer.

Another ex-Vale player is forward, Matty Taylor. The former Vale forward joined Cheltenham Town in January and has got off to a productive start with two goals in his first three games. 

Fixture Throwback

Cheltenham Town 1-3 Port Vale, Saturday 30th November 2019

Tom Pope was the hero for Vale when we last won at Whaddon Road back in 2019. The hosts took the lead in the 3rd minute when Reuben Reid scored from the spot after Sean Long was fouled by Christian Montano.

On the hour mark, Vale levelled when Tom Pope headed home Rhys Browne’s cross from close range. Two minutes later, Pope added his second when he met David Amoo’s cross with a stooping header that squirmed under the keeper to complete the comeback.

In the 68th minute, Tom Pope capped off a sensational eight-minute spell with another goal when he fired home from close range to complete his hat-trick and earn Vale a place in the FA Cup Third Round, where we would go on to face Manchester City.

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Match Reports

Match Report | Cheltenham Town 3-2 Port Vale

17 February 2024

Cheltenham Town come from behind to take all three points at The Completely-Suzuki Stadium.

The first effort of the game came after eight minutes when Ethan Chislett and Connor Grant linked up well down the left before Chislett cut inside and took aim, but Curtis Davies was there to clear any danger.

Lewis Freestone met Liam Sercombe’s freekick from the right side but the Cheltenham defender's header sailed over the crossbar.

In the 15th minute, Vale had their best chance of the game so far when Nathan Smith’s header fell perfectly into the path of Ethan Chislett who had broken the offside trap, As Chislett closed in on goal his effort was well saved the onrushing Luke Southwood in the Robins goal.

Four minutes later Chislett had another great effort saved when his low effort from the edge of the box looked destined for the bottom corner. However, Southwood stuck out an outstretched arm and turned around the post to keep the scores level.

In the 22nd minute, Connor Ripley was forced into action for the first time. Sean Long’s hanging cross was met by Curtis Davies who saw his header somehow kept out by the Vale keeper who showed excellent reflexes to keep it out the back of the net.

This save proved vital as Vale took the lead just three minutes later. Conor Grant’s corner from the right was met by Nathan Smith who powered a header into the back of the net to put the Valiants ahead.

Five minutes from the break Cheltenham came close again when Lewis Freestone’s header was cleared off the line by Kacpar Lopata who was in the right place at the right time to keep Vale’s one-goal lead intact.

As we entered five minutes off added time Cheltenham levelled the scores with a well-worked free-kick in the second minute of added time. Matty Taylor played a close one-two with Tom Pett before Taylor slotted a strike into the bottom corner out of the reach of Connor Ripley.

In the second half, the hosts came close to scoring inside the first five minutes when Liam Kinsella flashed a shot past the post from outside the box. Moments later Matty Taylor then tried his luck from range but Nathan Smith deflected his effort over the crossbar.

Despite the hosts having the better of the ball in the second it was the Vale who regained the lead. Lopata’s long was ball fell to Ethan Chislett who drove into the box and fired a low effort towards goal which forced a good save from Southwood. However, the rebound was diverted into the back of the net by Cheltenham Town’s Curtis Davies from a yard out.

After going a goal down, Cheltenham rallied and hit back straight away when Jack Shepherd fired an effort on the turn into the top corner to instantly level the scores.

Four minutes later the hosts completed the comeback when Will Ferry cut inside from the left and was able to slot home from close range

In the 92nd minute Jason Lowe found Ethan Chislett with an exquisite through ball, Chislett’s cross from the byline was deep and was just cleared at the back post by the Cheltenham defence who were hanging on for their lives.


Cheltenham Town| Luke Southwood, Sean Long ©, Lewis Freestone, Liam Kinsella, Liam Sercombe (Elliot Bonds 74’), Matty Taylor (Aidan Keena 74’), Jack Shepard, Will Ferry, George Lloyd (Joe Nuttall 90+5), Curtis Davies, Tom Pett

SUBS: Jamie Partington, Josh Harrop, Jordan Thomas, Greg Sloggett

Port Vale | Connor Ripley, Dan Jones (Rhys Walters 86’), Kacper Lopota, Nathan Smith ©, Ryan Loft, Ethan Chislett, Funso Ojo (Jensen Weir 66’), Connor Grant (Alex Mighten 81’), Jason Lowe, Gavin Massey, James Wilson (Baylee Dipepa 65’)

SUBS: Tom Sang, Jayson Leutwiler, Jesse Debrah

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Ticket News

Ticket and Travel Information | Cheltenham Town

5 February 2024

Ticket and travel information for the Valiants' Sky Bet League One trip to Cheltenham Town.

Match Date: Saturday 17th February, 2024
Kick Off: 3pm
Venue: The Completely-Suzuki Stadium

Ticket Prices

Concession Type Advance Price Matchday Price
Adult (18+) £26 £28
Senior (65+) £18 £20
Students £18 £20
Under 18 £10 £12
Under 14 £1 £12

Accessible Ticket Prices

Concession Type Advance Price Matchday Price
Adult (18+)  £18 £20
Senior (65+)  £13  £15
Students  £13  £15
Under 18  £7  £9
Under 14  £1  £9

Kids for a Quid

Cheltenham Town will be running their 'Kids for a Quid' scheme for our fixture. Under 14s tickets will be available for just £1 when booked in advance. Any on-the-day sales will be in line with the above Under 18s pricing.

Ticket Allocation

We have been allocated 800 tickets from Cheltenham Town.

Official Coach Travel

Price: £21 per person
Departure: 10:30am from Car Park C

Release Schedule

Tickets will be available to purchase online and from the Ticket Office in line with the below release schedule.

Please Note: Physical ticket purchases will be available from the Ticket Office from 9am the following day.

Monday 5th February, 6pm Supporters with 235+ Loyalty Points
Tuesday 6th February, 6pm 2023/24 Season Ticket Holders
Wednesday 7th February, 6pm 1876 Members
Thursday 8th February, 6pm General Sale
Friday 16th February, 2pm Tickets taken off sale at PVFC

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