Skipper Speaks To Press At Vale Park
- Vale captain Carl Dickinson is approaching his 250th league appearance.
- He could hit the milestone against Crewe Alexandra this weekend if selected.
- The 27-year-old claims Steve Davis' side will face a different animal on Saturday.
Port Vale captain Carl Dickinson could make his 250th league appearance this weekend, if selected by manager Rob Page to face local rivals Crewe Alexandra.
minute substitute at the Britannia Stadium.thThe 27-year-old, who started his career at Stoke City, made his league debut for the Potters against Coventry City almost a decade ago, coming on as an 89
Since then the current Vale skipper has also appeared for Blackpool, Leeds United, Barnsley, Portsmouth, Watford and Coventry.
He joined the Valiants in 2013 and inherited the armband from Doug Loft at the beginning of the season after the midfielder moved to Gillingham during the summer.
Looking back on the portion of his career he has spent at Vale Park so far, Dickinson told the press: “It’s always nice being back where my family live as well but I have loved it.
“I was a bit skeptical when I first joined the Vale about how people would take to me but I’ve loved it, I’ve really enjoyed myself.
“It’s been nice enjoying football again and I just want to keep my head down, work hard and try and play well for this club.”
Steve Davis’ Crewe side will visit Vale Park this weekend, kick-off 3pm, as the Valiants look to extend their winning run at home to four games.
Dickinson was part of the side that lost 2-1 at Gresty Road in September but the defender says the Railwaymen will be facing a different animal this time around.
“We knew the result earlier on in the season we were poor and that result hurt us and we want to put that right because we didn’t give a good account of ourselves that day,” he said.
“But I think we are a different team now and, like I say, things have changed and things, especially at home, seem to be going well for us.
“Obviously we had a blip against Coventry but we’re full of confidence, Crewe have picked up as well so it’s going to be a nice game, hopefully.
“It will be a tough one for us and for them but we need to go and do the dirty stuff and then put our own stamp on the game and hopefully we can get a good result.”