1994–95 Port Vale F.C. season

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Port Vale
1994–95 season
Chairman England Bill Bell
Manager England John Rudge
Stadium Vale Park
Football League First Division 17th (58 Points)
FA Cup Second Round
League Cup Second Round
Player of the Year England Martin Foyle
Top goalscorer League: Martin Foyle (16)
All: Martin Foyle (20)
Highest home attendance 19,510 vs. Stoke City (14 March 1995)
Lowest home attendance 4,728 vs. Bristol Rovers (23 August 1994)
Average home league attendance 9,218
Home colours

The 1994–95 season was Port Vale's eighty-third season of football in the Football League, and first ever season in the First Division following their promotion from the Second Division. John Rudge led his team to safety in the league, whilst reaching the Second Round of the FA Cup and League Cup. In the FA Cup they recorded a 6–0 victory over Hartlepool United, before suffering a shock defeat at Scarborough. Back in the same league as rivals Stoke City, they earned the season's bragging rights with a 1–1 draw at Vale Park and a 1–0 win at the Victoria Ground. Martin Foyle was the Player of the Year, having bagged twenty goals in all competitions. Club legend Ian Taylor had been sold before a ball was kicked, but new legends were born with the signatures of Tony Naylor, Steve Guppy, and Ian Bogie.

Overview[edit]

First Division[edit]

The pre-season saw John Rudge spend a small amount of the money received on the sales of Ian Taylor and Peter Swan to bring Tony Naylor to the club from Crewe Alexandra for a £150,000 fee. A further £200,000 was splashed out on Nottingham Forest forward Lee Glover. Another £4,500 was spent on Dutch goalkeeper Arjan van Heusden from VV Noordwijk. Arriving on free transfers were Craig Lawton (Manchester United) and Stewart Talbot (Moor Green).

The season started modestly, with two wins in the four August games. In September only Lee Glover, Tony Naylor and Martin Foyle could find the net, but the Vale managed to win six points from their five games. To help with his recovery from a serious injury, Ray Walker spent some time on loan at Cambridge United, and managed to win back his first team place in the Vale starting eleven upon his return. Meanwhile Tony Kelly arrived at the club from Bolton Wanderers, but after a brief spell moved on to Millwall. Vale's poor attack was highlighted in October, though the defence managed to ensure three draws from five games. In November, Darren Hughes was allowed to leave the club for Northampton Town. Rudge decided to make another big signing, and bought winger Steve Guppy from Newcastle United for £225,000. On 5 November, Vale lost all their inhibitions in front of goal, beating Southend United 5–0 with five different scorers. However their draw with Swindon Town would prove to be the only point gained in December, as Vale were stuck in a relegation dogfight. John Jeffers spent January on loan at Shrewsbury Town. During this spell defender Kevin Scott arrived on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. The team gelled, forming a five game unbeaten run based on just two goals conceded to shoot up the table. In March, midfielder Ian Bogie was signed from Leyton Orient for a £50,000 fee. Potteries derby day finally came on 14 March, and 19,510 turned up at Vale Park to witness a 1–1 draw with Stoke City, Naylor scoring the Vale's goal. Five defeats in seven games followed, raising concerns of the drop. However the Vale were unbeaten in their final five games to ensure safety. This included a 1–0 win over Stoke at the Victoria Ground on 22 April, Foyle scoring the goal.

They finished in seventeenth place with 58 points, leaving them ten points clear of relegated Swindon Town. They were five points short of Stoke, who finished six places above the Vale. Player of the Year Martin Foyle bagged twenty goals, double that of his nearest rival Tony Naylor.

At the end of the season Ollie Heald, Peter Billing, Mark Burke and John Burndred were released, who signed with Scarborough, Hartlepool United, Fortuna Sittard and Stafford Rangers respectively. Joe Allon was also sold to Brentford for £42,500.

Finances[edit]

The club's shirt sponsors were Tunstall Assurance.

Cup competitions[edit]

In the FA Cup, Vale smashed Third Division Hartlepool United 6–0 in Burslem, with Martin Foyle bagging a hat-trick. Remarkably, this would be the last hat-trick scored by a Vale player at Vale Park until April 2011.[1] However a shock awaited in the Second Round, where Scarborough, also of the fourth tier, beat the Vale 1–0 at the McCain Stadium.

In the League Cup, Vale advanced past Second Division Bristol Rovers 4–2 on aggregate, having won 3–1 at the Memorial Stadium. In the Second Round they faced Premier League Manchester United. Alex Ferguson's "Red Devils" beat John Rudge's "Valiants" 2–1 at Vale Park in front of 18,605 supporters; Lee Glover scoring for Vale and Paul Scholes scoring a brace on his United debut. At the time Vale fans were disappointed to witness the then-unknown United reserves, though Scholes would go on to become a household name, as would teenage teammates Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, and David Beckham; the United first eleven would go on to win a combined total of more than 500 international caps over the course of their careers.[2] For the second leg there were 31,615 fans at Old Trafford to witness a 2–0 United victory, David May and Brian McClair getting the goals.

Final league table[edit]

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Middlesbrough 46 23 13 10 67 40 82
2. Reading 46 23 10 13 58 44 79
3. Bolton Wanderers 46 21 14 11 67 45 77
4. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 21 13 12 77 61 76
5. Tranmere Rovers 46 22 10 14 67 58 76
6. Barnsley 46 20 12 14 63 52 72
7. Watford 46 19 13 14 52 46 70
8. Sheffield United 46 17 17 12 74 55 68
9. Derby County 46 18 12 16 66 51 66
10. Grimsby Town 46 17 14 15 62 56 65
11. Stoke City 46 16 15 15 50 53 63
12. Millwall 46 16 14 16 60 60 62
13. Southend United 46 18 8 20 54 73 62
14. Oldham Athletic 46 16 13 17 60 60 61
15. Charlton Athletic 46 16 11 19 58 66 59
16. Luton Town 46 15 13 18 61 64 58
17. Port Vale 46 15 13 18 58 64 58
18. Portsmouth 46 15 13 18 53 63 58
19. West Bromwich Albion 46 16 10 20 51 57 58
20. Sunderland 46 12 18 16 41 45 54
21. Swindon Town 46 12 12 22 54 73 48
22. Burnley 46 11 13 22 49 74 46
23. Bristol City 46 11 12 23 42 63 45
24. Notts County 46 9 13 24 45 66 40

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 A H A H H A A H H A A H H A A H A H H A A H H A H A A H H H A A H H A H A A H A H A H A A H
Result L W D W L W L W L L D L D D D W L W D L L D L L W W D W W L D L W D L W L L L W L D W W D D
Position 22 11 10 7 12 4 6 7 8 11 15 18 18 20 20 14 18 17 14 16 17 18 21 22 21 18 20 17 15 18 17 17 15 15 17 14 17 17 17 16 17 17 16 14 17 17

Sourced from Statto.[3]

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14 August 1994 Swindon Town A 0–2 10,431
20 August 1994 Oldham Athletic H 3–1 10,051 Foyle, Kenny (og), Naylor
27 August 1994 Bristol City A 0–0 8,588
30 August 1994 Barnsley H 2–1 7,228 Burke, L.Glover
3 September 1994 Luton Town H 0–1 8,541
10 September 1994 Portsmouth A 2–0 8,989 L.Glover, Naylor
13 September 1994 Grimsby Town A 1–4 3,216 Foyle
17 September 1994 Middlesbrough H 2–1 10,313 L.Glover, Naylor
24 September 1994 Sheffield United H 0–2 9,324
1 October 1994 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–2 27,649 Allon
8 October 1994 Notts County A 2–2 6,903 Foyle, Kelly
15 October 1994 Charlton Athletic H 0–2 7,707
22 October 1994 Bolton Wanderers H 1–1 10,003 Allon
29 October 1994 Tranmere Rovers A 1–1 6,972 Jeffers
2 November 1994 West Bromwich Albion A 0–0 14,513
5 November 1994 Southend United H 5–0 7,141 Allon, Foyle, Porter, Walker, van der Laan
19 November 1994 Derby County A 0–2 13,357
26 November 1994 Millwall H 2–1 8,016 Allon, Burke
29 November 1994 Sunderland H 0–0 8,121
6 December 1994 Bolton Wanderers A 0–1 10,324
10 December 1994 Oldham Athletic A 2–3 7,712 Guppy, van der Laan
17 December 1994 Swindon Town H 2–2 7,747 Foyle (2)
28 December 1994 Reading H 0–2 7,891
31 December 1994 Watford A 2–3 7,794 Foyle (2)
15 January 1995 Tranmere Rovers H 2–0 7,944 Foyle, Tankard
28 January 1995 Southend United A 2–1 3,619 Foyle, van der Laan
4 February 1995 Sunderland A 1–1 13,377 Naylor
11 February 1995 West Bromwich Albion H 1–0 10,751 Guppy
21 February 1995 Derby County H 1–0 9,387 Kent
25 February 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–4 13,676 Kent, Naylor
4 March 1995 Sheffield United A 1–1 13,647 L.Glover
7 March 1995 Luton Town A 1–2 5,947 Porter
11 March 1995 Bristol City H 2–1 7,646 Naylor, Scott
14 March 1995 Stoke City H 1–1 19,510 Naylor
18 March 1995 Barnsley A 1–3 6,878 Allon
21 March 1995 Portsmouth H 1–0 7,388 Allon
26 March 1995 Middlesbrough A 0–3 17,401
28 March 1995 Burnley A 3–4 10,058 Foyle (2), Allon
1 April 1995 Grimsby Town H 1–2 7,150 Naylor
5 April 1995 Millwall A 3–1 5,260 Bogie, Foyle, van der Laan
8 April 1995 Watford H 0–1 7,276
15 April 1995 Reading A 3–3 8,635 Bogie, Naylor, Porter
17 April 1995 Burnley H 1–0 9,663 van der Laan
22 April 1995 Stoke City A 1–0 20,429 Foyle
29 April 1995 Charlton Athletic A 1–1 12,596 Foyle
7 May 1995 Notts County H 1–1 9,542 Foyle

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1994–95 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 12 November 1994 Hartlepool United H 6–0 6,199 Foyle (3), Allon, D.Glover, Griffiths
R2 3 December 1994 Scarborough A 0–1 2,382

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 17 August 1994 Bristol Rovers A 3–1 3,307 Foyle, L.Glover, Naylor
R1 2nd Leg 23 August 1994 Bristol Rovers H 1–1 4,728 L.Glover
R2 1st Leg 21 September 1994 Manchester United H 1–2 18,605 L.Glover
R2 2nd Leg 5 October 1994 Manchester United A 0–2 31,615

Player statistics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phil Sherwin. "Phil Sherwin: Bizarre victory a fitting Vale Park finale for a bizarre season". The Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  2. ^ Sherwin, Phil (11 February 2012). "Beckham fails to win over fans at Vale Park". The Sentinel. 
  3. ^ Port Vale 1994–1995 : Results & Fixtures. Statto Organisation. Retrieved 28 April 2012.