1992–93 Port Vale F.C. season

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Port Vale
1992–93 season
Chairman England Bill Bell
Manager England John Rudge
Stadium Vale Park
Football League Second Division 3rd (89 Points)
play-off runners-up
FA Cup Third Round
League Cup First Round
League Trophy Winners
TNT Tournament Winners
Player of the Year England Ian Taylor
Top goalscorer League: Ian Taylor (15)
All: Ian Taylor (19)
Highest home attendance 20,373 vs. Stoke City (31 March 1993)
Lowest home attendance 3,851 vs. Fulham (12 January 1993)
Average home league attendance 8,092
Home colours

The 1992–93 season was Port Vale's eighty-first season of football in the Football League, and fourth successive (thirty-sixth overall) season in the Second Division. John Rudge found new stars by bringing both Ian Taylor and Paul Musselwhite to the club at a combined fee of just £40,000. His team won the pre-season TNT Tournament, and also won the Football League Trophy. In the league Vale reached third place, four points off their rivals Stoke City, who lifted the title. They reached the play-off final, but lost out 3–0 to West Bromwich Albion. They left the FA Cup and the League Cup at the Third Round and First Round stages respectively. They played five Potteries derby games, winning the League Trophy clash and the FA Cup clash after a replay, but losing both encounters in the league.

Overview[edit]

Second Division[edit]

The pre-season saw Vale tour the Netherlands and participate in a TNT Tournament. Beating De Graafschap 5–0, van der Laan scoring a brace, they then lost 4–3 to the Go Ahead Eagles on penalties, following a goalless draw. Despite this they were crowned the tournament's winners on aggregate. John Rudge uncovered another 'gem' by signing midfielder Ian Taylor from non-league Moor Green for a fee of just £15,000. He also spent a mere £25,000 to bring Scunthorpe United goalkeeper Paul Musselwhite to Vale Park. Musslewhite's arrival came due to the departure of Mark Grew to Cardiff City. Paul Kerr also arrived in Burslem from Millwall for a £140,000 fee. Another new face was defender Bradley Sandeman, who arrived on a free transfer from Maidstone United.

The season started poorly, with the Vale picking up just one win in the opening eight games. On 5 September, Trevor Wood conceded a penalty at Vetch Field in an 'off the ball' incident with a Swansea player and was subsequently dropped in favour of Musselwhite, who remained an ever present in the Vale side for the rest of the season. From 12 September to 13 February they went on a club-record streak of 22 games without failing to score – losing just two games in the process (one of these being a 2–1 defeat to Stoke City at the Victoria Ground). Overlapping this spell, from 1 January to 14 March they went on a club-record six straight home defeats. This in turn was followed by two further club-records, as between 20 March and 24 April they made five consecutive away wins, picking up clean sheets in all five games. In January, Dean Stokes was signed from non-league Halesowen Town for £5,000. The next month Peter Billing arrived on loan from Coventry City, and impressed enough to earn a permanent move three months later, at a fee of £35,000. Alex Mathie also arrived on loan from Greenock Morton, but failed to make an impact. They won four of their final five games, but this was not enough to gain them a promotion place, as Bolton won fifteen of their final eighteen games.[1]

They finished in third place with 89 points, one point short of promoted Bolton Wanderers and four points behind rivals Stoke City. Their two draws with Bolton and two defeats to Stoke proved fatal. They were a massive seventeen points clear of seventh place Leyton Orient, and so went into the play-offs. Facing the foes of their League Trophy Final success, Stockport County, in the semi-finals, Vale drew 1–1 at Edgeley Park thanks to a Dean Glover goal. They won the return leg in front of 12,689 fans with a Martin Foyle goal. In the final were the side that had knocked them out the FA Cup semi-finals in 1954, West Bromwich Albion. The game was goalless until Peter Swan was dismissed for bringing down an advancing Bob Taylor. They tasted defeat at Wembley for the first time as a crowd of 53,471 witnessed three subsequent West Brom goals, scored by Andy Hunt, Nicky Reid, and Kevin Donovan.

Player of the Year Ian Taylor, top-scorer with nineteen goals, was also picked for the PFA Second Division Team of the Year.

Finances[edit]

The club's shirt sponsors were Tunstall Assurance.

Cup competitions[edit]

In the FA Cup, Vale were drawn against Stoke City. After a goalless draw at the Victoria Ground, some 19,810 turned up to see the replay at Vale Park. A 3–1 victory followed, with a Foyle brace and a third from Andy Porter. The "Valiants" then easily dispatched non-league Altrincham with a 4–1 win at Moss Lane. Drawn against First Division Newcastle United at St James' Park in the Third Round, Vale were brushed aside 4–0 by the "Magpies".

In the League Cup, Vale faced a tricky encounter with league rivals Bolton Wanderers. Losing 2–1 at Burnden Park, a 1–1 draw in Burslem meant the "Trotters" advanced at the expense of the Vale.

In the League Trophy, Vale overcame Fulham with a 4–3 victory, despite going behind in extra time, Glover bagging a brace.[2] They then faced Third Division Northampton Town, who they dispatched with a 4–2 win. Facing Stoke City once again in the Southern Section semi-finals, Robin van der Laan scored the only goal of the game at the Victoria Ground to take Vale into the Southern Area final. They advanced past Exeter City with a 2–1 home win and a 1–1 draw at St James Park. The league was the priority, yet Vale had made it into the League Trophy Final. Stockport County were out for revenge after Vale had edged them out of the play-offs. Paul Kerr put the Vale ahead, before Bernie Slaven made it two before half-time. Giant striker Kevin Francis pulled one back but Vale held on for the win.

Final league table[edit]

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Stoke City (C) (P) 46 27 12 7 73 34 93
2. Bolton Wanderers (P) 46 27 9 10 80 41 90
3. Port Vale 46 26 11 9 79 44 89
4. West Bromwich Albion (P) 46 25 10 11 88 54 85
5. Swansea City 46 20 13 13 65 47 73
6. Stockport County 46 19 15 12 81 57 72
7. Leyton Orient 46 21 9 16 69 53 72
8. Reading 46 18 15 13 66 51 69
9. Brighton & Hove Albion 46 20 9 17 63 59 69
10. Bradford City 46 18 14 14 69 67 68
11. Rotherham United 46 17 14 15 60 60 65
12. Fulham 46 16 17 13 57 55 65
13. Burnley 46 15 16 15 57 59 61
14. Plymouth Argyle 46 16 12 18 59 64 60
15. Huddersfield Town 46 17 9 20 54 61 60
16. Hartlepool United 46 14 12 20 42 60 54
17. Bournemouth 46 12 17 17 45 52 53
18. Blackpool 46 12 15 19 63 75 51
19. Exeter City 46 11 17 18 54 69 50
20. Hull City 46 13 11 22 46 69 50
21. Preston North End (R) 46 13 8 25 65 94 47
22. Mansfield Town (R) 46 11 11 24 52 80 44
23. Wigan Athletic (R) 46 10 11 25 43 72 41
24. Chester City (R) 46 8 5 33 49 102 29

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points

Results[edit]

Port Vale's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground H A H H A H A A H H A H A H H A H A A H A H A H A H H A A H A A H A H A H H H A H A A H A A
Result D L D W L D D D W W W W L W W D D W W D L W W W W W W L L W W L D W W W L W D W L W W W D W
Position 13 20 19 11 14 15 16 17 14 13 12 8 9 9 5 5 7 6 3 3 7 5 4 4 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3

Sourced from Statto.[3]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 August 1992 Fulham H 0–0 6,746
22 August 1992 Bournemouth A 1–2 4,825 Taylor
29 August 1992 Stockport County H 0–0 6,340
1 September 1992 Rotherham United H 4–2 5,370 Taylor, Jeffers, Swan, van der Laan
5 September 1992 Swansea City A 0–2 3,868
12 September 1992 Exeter City H 2–2 5,642 Taylor, o.g.
15 September 1992 Burnley A 1–1 8,551 Houchen
19 September 1992 Hartlepool United A 1–1 2,815 Walker (pen)
26 September 1992 Chester City H 2–0 6,392 Bartlett, Walker
3 October 1992 Brighton & Hove Albion H 3–1 5,731 Cross, Walker (pen), Houchen
10 October 1992 West Bromwich Albion A 1–0 17,512 Taylor
17 October 1992 Plymouth Argyle H 4–0 6,584 Sandeman, Glover, Taylor, Houchen
24 October 1992 Stoke City A 1–2 24,334 Kerr
31 October 1992 Blackpool H 2–1 7,057 Taylor, Walker
3 November 1992 Leyton Orient H 2–0 7,357 Taylor, Kerr
7 November 1992 Bolton Wanderers A 1–1 7,349 o.g.
21 November 1992 Hull City H 1–1 6,202 Taylor
28 November 1992 Huddersfield Town A 2–1 5,822 Swan, Foyle
12 December 1992 Preston North End A 5–2 6,038 Cross, van der Laan, Taylor, Porter, Foyle
19 December 1992 Wigan Athletic H 2–2 6,647 Walker, van der Laan
28 December 1992 Bradford City A 2–3 8,018 Glover, Taylor
9 January 1993 Burnley H 3–0 8,815 Taylor, Cross, Swan
16 January 1993 Chester City A 2–1 4,367 Foyle, Kerr
30 January 1993 Bournemouth H 3–0 6,834 Cross (2), Houchen
6 February 1993 Fulham A 2–1 4,905 Taylor, Kerr
9 February 1993 Hartlepool United H 2–0 6,629 Taylor, Jeffers
13 February 1993 Swansea City H 2–0 7,191 Cross, Houchen
16 February 1993 Stockport County A 0–2 7,449
20 February 1993 Rotherham United A 1–4 5,546 Sulley
27 February 1993 West Bromwich Albion H 2–1 13,291 Cross, Foyle
6 March 1993 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–0 7,294 Glover, Kent
10 March 1993 Reading A 0–1 4,873
13 March 1993 Bolton Wanderers H 0–0 11,055
20 March 1993 Leyton Orient A 1–0 5,950 Walker
23 March 1993 Huddersfield Town H 1–0 7,747 van der Laan
27 March 1993 Hull City A 1–0 4,558 Walker
31 March 1993 Stoke City H 0–2 20,373
3 April 1993 Reading H 3–1 7,099 Houchen, Cross, Walker (pen)
6 April 1993 Preston North End H 2–2 8,271 Cross, Kerr
10 April 1993 Mansfield Town A 1–0 5,081 Kerr
13 April 1993 Bradford City H 1–2 8,743 Cross
17 April 1993 Wigan Athletic A 4–0 3,743 Slaven, Kerr (pen), van der Laan, Cross
24 April 1993 Plymouth Argyle A 1–0 5,563 Cross
27 April 1993 Mansfield Town H 3–0 9,996 Kerr (2), Taylor
4 May 1993 Exeter City A 1–1 3,219 Kerr (pen)
8 May 1993 Blackpool A 4–2 9,295 van der Laan, Kerr, Slaven, Taylor

Football League Second Division play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 16 May 1993 Stockport County A 1–1 7,856 Glover
SF 19 May 1993 Stockport County H 1–0 12,689 Foyle
F 30 May 1993 West Bromwich Albion N 0–3 53,471

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1992–93 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 16 November 1992 Stoke City A 0–0 24,490
R1 Replay 24 November 1992 Stoke City H 3–1 19,810 Foyle (2), Porter
R2 5 December 1992 Altrincham A 4–1 3,859 Swan, Foyle, Taylor, van der Laan
R3 2 January 1993 Newcastle United A 0–4 29,873

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 28 August 1992 Bolton Wanderers A 1–2 3,282 Foyle
R1 2nd Leg 25 August 1992 Bolton Wanderers H 1–1 4,870 Taylor

League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 12 January 1993 Fulham H 4–3 3,851 Glover (2 [1 pen]), Foyle, Taylor
R3 2 February 1993 Northampton Town H 4–2 4,834 Swan, Smith, Kerr, Walker
SSSF 3 March 1993 Stoke City A 1–0 22,254 van der Laan
SSF 16 March 1993 Exeter City H 2–1 8,866 Kerr (pen), Taylor
SSF 21 April 1993 Exeter City A 1–1 7,060 Slaven
F 22 May 1993 Stockport County N 2–1 35,881 Kerr, Slaven

Player statistics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dodgy penalty was not enough for a promotion". The Sentinel. 19 February 2011. p. 26. 
  2. ^ Sherwin, Phil (1 October 2011). "Extra time helped Vale to victory in tense game". The Sentinel: The Way We Were. p. 16. 
  3. ^ Port Vale 1992–1993 : Results & Fixtures. Statto Organisation. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  • Kent, Jeff (1993). The Port Vale Record 1879–1993. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9508981-9-8.