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Tom Pope scored the only goal when the two sides last met...

2014/15 SEASON

14th February 2015 – Walsall 0-1 Port Vale – League One
Tom Pope’s first-half header gave Vale victory and ended Walsall’s five-game unbeaten run. The Saddlers had strong penalty appeals waved away when Ryan Inniss appeared to haul down Jordy Hiwula. And that decision proved costly, as Pope headed home Carl Dickinson’s left-wing cross on 28 minutes. Walsall pushed for an equaliser after the break, with Romaine Sawyers striking a post, but the visitors held on.
Saddlers team:O’Donnell, Purkiss, Taylor, O’Connor, Downing, A Chambers, Sawyers, Baxendale (Grimes 55’), Cain (Murphy 80’), Cook, Hiwula-Mayifuila (Henry 74’).
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Preston, Flanagan, Kinsella.

9th August 2014 – Port Vale 1-1 Walsall – League One
A debut goal from Tom Bradshaw earned Walsall a point in an entertaining season-opener at Vale Park. The Valiants went ahead on 25 minutes, when Tom Pope converted Mark Marshall’s low cross from close range. But the Saddlers responded in the second half, with new-signing Bradshaw racing on to Ashley Grimes’ pass and lifting a shot over the advancing Sam Johnson.
Saddlers team: O’Donnell, Taylor, O’Connor, Downing, Benning, J Chambers, A Chambers, Sawyers, Baxendale (Clifford 70’), Grimes, Bradshaw (Bakayoko 85’).
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Holden, Flanagan, Morris, Kinsella.

2013/14 SEASON

5th April 2014 – Port Vale 1-0 Walsall – League One
Jennison Myrie-Williams’ second-half penalty handed Port Vale their first league double over Walsall since the 1899/1900 season. The only goal came after 52 minutes, Myrie-Williams converting from the spot after Paul Downing had fouled Tom Pope. Both sides had chances in a lively affair; home keeper Sam Johnson denied Romaine Sawyers and Michael Ngoo, while Vale’s Chris Birchall and Doug Loft also went close.
Saddlers team:O’Donnell, Taylor, Butler, Downing, J Chambers, A Chambers, Mantom, Baxendale (Hewitt 82’), Sawyers, Brandy (Lalkovic 68’), Ngoo (Bakayoko 68’).
Subs not used: Lewis, Purkiss, Featherstone, McQuilkin.

30th November 2013 – Walsall 0-2 Port Vale – League One
Port Vale recorded their first victory at Walsall in 66 years, courtesy of goals from Tom Pope and Gavin Tomlin. The Valiants opened the scoring on 20 minutes, striker Pope driving home from Adam Yates’ centre. Vale’s Chris Lines had a goal disallowed, but Tomlin eventually made it 2-0 when he swivelled and fired into the roof of the net. Romaine Sawyers went closest for the Saddlers.
Saddlers team:O’Donnell, Taylor, Butler, Downing, J Chambers, A Chambers, Mantom, Lalkovic (Hemmings 63’), Baxendale (Gray 71’), Sawyers (Hewitt 81’), Westcarr.
Subs not used: Lewis, Purkiss, Benning, Featherstone.

6th August 2013 - Port Vale 1-2 Walsall – Capital One Cup First Round
James Baxendale’s late winner booked the Saddlers’ place in the Capital One Cup second round. Walsall broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, Ashley Hemmings firing home after Adam Chambers’ header had struck the bar. Vale drew level when Chris Lines’ free-kick was nodded in by Chris Robertson, but Baxendale’s bending 20-yard effort, six minutes from time, ensured Walsall progressed to round two.
Saddlers team: O’Donnell, Butler, Downing, Benning, J Chambers, A Chambers, Mantom (Featherstone 86’), Lalkovic (Sawyers 66’), Baxendale, Westcarr, Hemmings.
Subs not used: Lewis, Purkiss, Holden, Morris, Hewitt.

2012/13 SEASON

9th October 2012 - Walsall 2-2 Port Vale (5-6 on pens) – JPT Northern Area Second Round
Debutant keeper Sam Johnson scored Port Vale’s winning spot-kick in a dramatic penalty shoot-out win. The Saddlers led 2-0 through Florent Cuvelier’s penalty and Will Grigg’s strike, but goals from Ryan Burge and Tom Pope forced penalties. In a mammoth 22-kick shoot-out, Johnson saved efforts from Cuvelier and Walsall stopper Karl Darlow, before netting the decisive penalty to seal Vale’s passage into the northern area quarter finals.
Saddlers team:Darlow, Butler, Downing, Taylor, Taundry, Featherstone, Cuvelier, Baxendale (Jones 78’), Grigg (Bowerman 85’), Paterson, Hemmings (Brandy 77’).
Subs not used: Grof, Purkiss.

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