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Classic Encounters: Burton Albion

12 August 2019

Our first midweek game of the 2019/20 season sees Burton Albion visit Vale Park for the first round of the Carabao Cup. A quick turnaround after Saturday's draw against Northampton Town, we look back at some of the classic matches we've played against Brewers here at Vale Park!

nPower League 2, Vale Park, Monday 3rd January 2011; Port Vale 2 - 1 Burton Albion

Port Vale, sitting 4th in the league, headed into this game hoping for a win, as they looked to put teams above them under pressure for an automatic promotion place under caretaker manager Geoff Horsfield.

Two goals in the opening six minutes of the game from John McCombe and Justin Richards put the Vale on course for their first win since the departure of Micky Adams. McCombe thumped home the opener from close range before Richards headed home a Louis Dodds cross.

Burton's substitute, Shaun Harrard reduced the deficit in half shortly after the break and the Vale were forced to hold onto the lead with 10 men when striker Marc Richards was sent off.

Port Vale - Stuart Tomlinson, Lee Collins, John McCombe, Adam Yates, Gareth Owen, Rob Taylor (81' Lewis Haldane), Antony Griffith, Gary Roberts, Louis Dodds (76' Sean Rigg), Justin Richards (89' Tommy Fraser), Marc Richards.

Unused Subs: Chris Martin, Ritchie Sutton, Sam Morsy, Kris Taylor.

Burton Albion: Adam Legzdins, Nathan Stanton, Aaron Webster (39' Greg Pearson), Ryan Austin, Darren Moore, Scott Malone (46' Paul Boertien), Adam Bolder, Jacques Maghoma, John McGrath, Russell Penn, James Collins (56' Shaun Harrard).

Unused Subs: Kevin Poole, Tony James, Bryan Hughes, Jimmy Phillips.

Attendance: 5,681

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Sky Bet League Two, Vale Park, Friday 5th April 2013; Port Vale 7 - 1 Burton Albion

This was game to remember at Vale Park for all the right reasons in front of a crowd of just under 11,000 in a memorable promotion season for the Valiants. 

It was the Vale's biggest win in the league since 1959 when the Valiants beat Halifax 7-0, with the late Graham Barnett scoring four on the day.

With both times aiming for promotion, on the day it was Port Vale who came out on top by a country mile. Lee Hughes fired a hat-trick to tighten Port Vale's grip on a top-three finish in League Two. The veteran striker struck twice from the penalty spot after opening rampant Vale's account with a firm header.

Chris Birchall curled in a third and the Football League's leading scorer Tom Pope added to his tally with his 32nd of the season with the fifth, before substitute Ben Williamson scored twice late on as fifth-placed Burton were sent packing in front of a 10,978 crowd at Vale Park.
 
Port Vale: Chris Neal, Adam Yates, Darren Purse, Liam Chilvers, Daniel Jones, Jennison Myrie-Williams (65' Louis Dodds), Doug Loft, Anthony Griffith (72' Chris Shuker), Chris Birchall, Lee Hughes (58' Ben Williamson), Tom Pope.
 
Unused Subs: Sam Johnson, John McCombe, Calvin Andrew, Richard Duffy.
 
Burton Albion: Stuart Tomlinson, Anthony O'Connor, Ian Sharps, Zander Diamond, Damien McCrory, Jacques Maghoma, Lee Fowler (46' Matt Paterson), Jack Dyer, Lee Bell (79' Matt Palmer), Alex MacDonald (61' Andrew Corbett), Michael Symes.
 
Unused Subs: Dean Lyness, Aaron Webster, Jimmy Phillips, Marcus Holness.
 
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