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TONY'S TRIVIA: PORT VALE

3 November 2023

Club News

TONY'S TRIVIA: PORT VALE

3 November 2023

FACTS and figures relating to tomorrow’s FA Cup First Round tie at Port Vale from Tony Bentley.

ON THIS DAY – NOVEMBER 4

The last time the Brewers played on November 4 was in 2017 during the club’s second Championship season. It was a trip to the New Den to face Millwall. A crowd of 11,507 were present to see a goalless first half before Millwall’s Jed Wallace was sent off in the 58th minute. Marvin Sordell scored the only goal of the game in the 70th minute to secure an important three points for Nigel Clough’s side.

In 2012 it was also an FA Cup First Round tie when Conference side Altrincham visited the Pirelli Stadium. Carl Rodgers gave the visitors a 29th minute lead, which was doubled when Nathan Stanton put through his own net six minutes later. Defender Zander Diamond pulled a goal back in the 53rd minute, before Jacques Maghoma levelled the tie in the 78th minute. An upset looked to be on the cards though, when Damien McCrory scored a second own goal in the 85th minute to give Altrincham a 3-2 lead as the game moved into stoppage time. Fortunately for the majority of the 1,989 fans Calvin Zola scored a stoppage time equaliser to earn a replay the following Thursday night. Then Chris Palmer and Calvin Zola scored second half goals for Gary Rowett’s side to secure a victory and earn a Second Round tie at Crewe Alexandra. The night also saw Matty Palmer make his Brewers debut as an 89th minute substitute.

On Tuesday, November 4, 2008 the Brewers hosted Kidderminster Harriers in a Setanta Shield tie. A crowd of 554 saw Shaun Harrad give Albion a sixth minute lead, before Harriers scored twice to earn a 2-1 half time lead. Ryan Austin equalised in the 50th minute before Jody Banim scored an 85th minute winner.

Burton made a trip to Bath City for a Southern League game on November 4 2000. A crowd of 1,051 saw Mark Blount score for the Brewers in a 3-1 defeat.

In 1998 it was Birmingham Senior Cup First Round replay tie at Stratford Town. A crowd of 75 saw Albion earn a 2-1 win courtesy of goals from Chris Bradshaw and Emeka Ejiofor.

THE FA CUP

Saturday will be the first time that have played Port Vale in an FA Cup First Round tie.

They teams did however face each other in the Second Round at the Pirelli Stadium in 2022. The Brewers took the lead in the 23rd minute through Ryan Leak, with Albion still ahead until the 79th minute when substitute Dennis Politic equalised. Three minutes later Politic scored, what turned out to be the winner, much to the delight of the Vale fans in the 3,539 crowd.

This game will be only the 31st FA Cup First Round tie that Burton Albion have ever played.

The first time Burton Albion played in the FA Cup First Round was on November 19 1955. It was an away tie at Wycombe Wanderers, when a crowd of 9,696 fans saw the Brewers win 3-1 courtesy of goals from Billy Hughes, Frank Bullock and Ray Bowering.

This game at Port Vale will also be the 31st FA Cup tie for the Brewers since they became a Football League side in 2009.


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