2020–21 Port Vale F.C. season

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Port Vale
2020–21 season
OwnerSynsol Holdings Limited
ChairpersonCarol Shanahan
ManagerJohn Askey
(until 4 January)
Danny Pugh
(caretaker 4 January – 15 February)
Darrell Clarke
(from 15 February)
StadiumVale Park
League Two21st (34 points)
FA CupFirst round
(knocked out by King's Lynn Town)
EFL CupSecond round
(knocked out by Fleetwood Town)
EFL TrophyThird round
(knocked out by Sunderland}
Top goalscorerLeague: Devante Rodney (9)
All: Devante Rodney (10)
Average home league attendance0 (behind closed doors)
Biggest win5–1 vs. Southend United, 30 January 2021
Biggest defeat0–4 vs. Mansfield Town, 2 January 2021

The 2020–21 Port Vale F.C. season is the club's 109th season in the English Football League, and fourth consecutive season in EFL League Two. The season covers the period from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Going into his second full season as the club's manager, John Askey kept largely the same squad that finished just outside the play-offs in 2019–20, signing just seven players before the season kicked off in September. No fans were allowed to attend matches due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Vale exited the EFL Cup at the second round but were second in the league by the end of September. Four wins and three defeats in seven games saw them maintain a play-off place in October. However they lost six matches in November, causing them to exit the FA Cup at the first round to non-League King's Lynn Town and drop firmly into mid-table in the league. Pressure built over the Christmas period as Vale ended the year 16th in the table and Askey left the club on 4 January, two days after a 4–0 defeat to Mansfield Town. Danny Pugh spent the rest of the month as caretaker-manager, overseeing comprehensive victories over Grimsby Town and Southend United as well as an exit from the EFL Trophy and two defeats in games he was unable to attend due to him testing positive for COVID-19.

David Flitcroft was appointed as the club's first ever director of football in February and Darrell Clarke was signed from Walsall as the club's new manager.

Overview[]

EFL League Two[]

On 7 July 2020, manager John Askey made his first summer signing in 22-year old striker Devante Rodney, who had been released by Salford City. Two weeks later he brought in versatile right-back Zak Mills, who had been released by Oldham Athletic, in order to provide competition for James Gibbons. Tom Pope began the season with a six match ban after a Twitter post he made in January was judged to have amounted to Antisemitic canard. Askey meanwhile continued to strengthen the squad, bringing in midfielder Danny Whitehead, who had also played under Askey at Macclesfield Town and had just been released from Salford City. The club kit was revealed later that week, the unique “V” patterned home strip having partly designed by Robbie Williams, club owner Carol Shanahan and her son Patrick. Askey looked at a number of players on trial during pre-season, including free agents Dino Visser, Harvey Bradbury, Rhys Lovett, Ethan Beckford and David Fitzpatrick, as well as Nottingham Forest academy player Kieran Hayes. However the next signing, a fourth and final striker, was Theo Robinson, who had played for the club in 2016. He also signed trialist left-back David Fitzpatrick, another of his former charges at Macclesfield, on a one-year deal. He completed the squad with goalkeeper Dino Visser, who "did everything asked of him" in his trial. However winger Rhys Browne left the club by mutual consent, citing family reasons; Askey said that "it was a shame because he was doing well". Askey looked to replace him quickly by bringing in Harry McKirdy (free agent) and Ryan McLean (Newcastle Town) on trial and went on to sign McKirdy to a one-year deal.

Vale opened the season with a convincing 2–0 home win over Crawley Town on 12 September, Mark Cullen scoring both of the goals; this extended the club's record of not losing a league opening fixture since 2004. The following week they travelled to St James Park, home of the previous season's play-off finalists, and picked up another 2–0 win, with Tom Conlon scoring a goal and providing the assist for Rodney's first goal for the club. Port Vale met Harrogate Town in a league fixture for the first time on 29 September and the two teams played out a 0–0 draw in a hard-fought game. Askey was nominated for the EFL League Two Manager of the Month award as the team had secured seven points from nine without conceding a goal.

Going into October, Vale were beaten 1–0 at Morecambe after Shaun Brisley gave away a soft penalty with 14 minutes left to play; after the game opposition manager Derek Adams stated that the gameplan had been to stop Luke Joyce getting on the ball and to play on the counter attack. With right-back James Gibbons sidelined with a long-term injury, Askey brought in Leicester City full-back Mitch Clark for his third loan spell at the club. He started at home to Carlisle United on 10 October, a game in which Vale lost 1–0 after Rodney missed a free header and Pope missed a penalty. They got back to winning ways at home to Paul Scholes's Salford City; Scott Brown saved a penalty and Cristian Montaño went on to score the game's only goal with four minutes left to play. However they fell to a 3–1 defeat at league leaders Cambridge United three days later, with Paul Mullin claiming a hat-trick. A trip to struggling Oldham Athletic followed and Vale claimed all three points from Boundary Park thanks to goals from Nathan Smith and Mitch Clark. They went on to pick up back-to-back wins after coming from a goal down to claim a 2–1 home victory over Cheltenham Town. A brace from Pope on Halloween saw the Vale win at bottom-placed Southend United.

On 14 November, Vale fell to a 4–3 home defeat to Tranmere Rovers; they had been leading 2–0 at half-time but the game changed in the away side's favour after Joyce was sent off on 52 minutes. The game had many talking points besides the sending off, including a goal disallowed for either side, a penalty for either side and the way Vale reacted to going a man down. Three days later Vale would lose 1–0 to Scunthorpe United thanks to a superb strike from Abo Eisa. A third consecutive league defeat followed as Vale failed to hold on to a 0–0 draw at league leaders Newport County after Leon Legge was sent off for picking up two yellow cards; Newport's goal was scored six minutes into injury-time by 41-year old Kevin Ellison. Second-from-bottom Stevenage seemed like the perfect place to end the losing run, but Vale were beaten 2–1. They finished off the month by losing 3–2 at home to Leyton Orient, conceding the winning goal five minutes from time.

The trip to Bolton Wanderers on 5 December saw an away side on a run of five defeats visit a side on a six game winning spell. Vale defied the odds to a record a 6–3 victory, in a game with nine different goalscorers, becoming the first away side to score six goals at the University of Bolton Stadium. The next week Vale outperformed Colchester United but only held on to the lead for seven minutes after allowing the away side to equalise after a lapse in defensive concentration. Another 1–1 home draw with a play-off team followed, this time Forest Green Rovers equalising just seven minutes after Vale opened the scoring with an own goal. The team's trip to Walsall's Bescot Stadium started excellently as they led 2–0 at half-time, however the home side made four changes during the break and equalised after 11 minutes and despite Rodney putting Vale back in front, Walsall went on to win the game 4–3 after Jake Scrimshaw and Dan Scarr completed second half braces. Barrow then inflicted a Boxing day defeat on the side at Vale Park, with former loanee Scott Quigley opening the scoring thanks to an assist from former Vale captain Antony Kay; after the match Askey admitted that "the wheels have just fallen off" the club's promotion campaign as they slipped to 17th in the table. He named three academy players on the bench at Valley Parade on 29 December, as Vale saw out 2020 with a 0–0 draw with Bradford City.

The new year began with a 4–0 defeat at Mansfield Town thanks to a Jordan Bowery hat-trick and Legge being sent off for the second time of the season; speaking in his post-match interview, Askey alluded to "a lot of strange happenings going", saying that "it’s not a level playing field at the moment". This proved to be Askey's last game in charge and he left the club on 4 January, with coach Danny Pugh stepping in as caretaker-manager. Pugh made Conlon the new club captain. Pugh selected a 4–4–2 formation for first game in charge, a 3–0 home win over Grimsby Town that proved to be a stark contrast to their defeat seven days previously. The club then signed Jake Taylor, a 22-year old midfielder who had impressed on loan from Nottingham Forest the previous season, to a three-and-a-half-year deal. With Pope ruled out injured for the rest of the season, the club also brought in striker Kurtis Guthrie after he secured his release from Bradford City. In order to comply with EFL squad limit rules the club deregistered Harry McKirdy and Theo Robinson so as to make room for the two new signings. Guthrie started on the bench at Forest Green Rovers on 16 January, which ended as a 1–1 draw following a late equalising goal from Rodney. However two days later, Pugh had to start self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19; his assistants – Frank Sinclair, Billy Paynter and Anthony Griffith took over first-team duties in his absence. They oversaw a 3–1 defeat to Walsall in which Brown played poorly and allowed a weak back-pass to bobble over his foot and into the back of the net. The bad run continued at Scunthorpe, as poor defending allowed a brace from Ryan Loft to condemn Vale to a 2–0 loss; stand-in manager Frank Sinclair said that "it wasn’t good enough, especially the first half". Pugh returned to the touchline in time to oversee a 5–1 victory over bottom-club Southend United, who Pope described as "the worst professional side I have ever seen". On transfer deadline day the club signed 19-year old centre-back Mustapha Olagunju on loan from Huddersfield Town and 20-year old striker Will Swan on loan from Nottingham Forest.

The search for a new manager continued into February, with David Flitcroft and John McGreal seen as the two front-runners for the position. The team went on to lose 3–1 at Tranmere, with James Vaughan scoring a brace. Flitcroft was appointed as the club's first ever director of football on 8 February. Seven days later Darrell Clarke was announced as the club's new manager, with Walsall being paid a compensation fee. His first match in charge was a 1–1 draw at Leyton Orient, in which he was pleased with his team's effort. His first home match was a goalless draw with Stevenage, after which he commented that "Effort and commitment - excellent. But nowhere near good enough for me on the quality". The league leaders, Cambridge, left Burslem with three points after an excellent late strike from Liam O'Neil. Salford

Finances[]

The season began with no fans allowed into any grounds across the English Football League due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in England, with initial plans were to see crowds return to stadiums in October. However these plans were halted due to a rise in cases nationally in September. Port Vale fans bought around 4,000 season tickets regardless, the same as during the previous season, and shirt sales were also at a record high; chairperson Carol Shanahan said that "the club are overwhelmed and beyond grateful in the trust and support we have been shown by Port Vale fans".

Cup competitions[]

Port Vale were drawn at home to King's Lynn Town (National League) in the first round of the FA Cup, the first ever meeting between the two clubs. Vale lost the game 1–0 as King's Lynn claimed their first clean sheet of the season.

The first round draw of the EFL Cup was made by Paul Merson and set Port Vale away at Scunthorpe United (League Two). Vale won the tie with Zac Mills and Theo Robinson scoring debut goals in a 2–1 win. The draw for both the second and third rounds were confirmed simultaneously, and guaranteed the club a home tie with Everton (Premier League) or Salford City (League Two) if they managed to first overcome Fleetwood Town (League One). Askey made ten changes against Fleetwood and was encouraged by his team's performance in a 2–1 defeat.

The regional group stage draw for the EFL Trophy placed Port Vale in a group with Tranmere Rovers (League Two), Wigan Athletic (League One) and Liverpool under-21s. They drew their home fixture with Tranmere Rovers 0–0 and Visser went on to save three penalties in the shoot-out to secure two points for the Vale. They effectively booked their place into the next round with a 3–1 victory at Wigan Athletic, in which Robinson scored a brace. Vale finished top of the group with a 4–2 home win over Liverpool U21. They then advanced into the third round with a 2–1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers U21. In the third round, an away tie at League One giants Sunderland proved too much for a Vale side with seven changes from their last league fixture, as the "Black Cats" claimed a 2–0 victory; it was later revealed that Pope broke his arm with 19 minutes left to play and he carried on playing until the full-time whistle.

Results[]

Pre-season[]

15 August 2020 Friendly Port Vale 1–2 Blackpool Burslem
15:00 BST Burgess Goal 51' Report Kaikai Goal 43'
Anderson Goal 54'
Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
18 August 2020 Friendly Fleetwood Town 1–2 Port Vale Thornton-Cleveleys
15:00 BST Saunders Goal 33' Report Conlon Goal 10'
Browne Goal 35' (pen.)
Stadium: Poolfoot Farm
Attendance: 0
Referee: Simon Mather
26 August 2020 Friendly Nottingham Forest 1–2 Port Vale Loughborough
15:00 BST Mighten Goal Report OG Goal
Robinson Goal
Stadium: Loughborough University
Attendance: 0
29 August 2020 Friendly Port Vale 2–1 Rochdale Burslem
15:00 BST Conlon Goal 45' (pen.)56' (pen.) Report Morley Goal 65' (pen.) Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee:

EFL League Two[]

League table[]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
17 Oldham Athletic 31 11 5 15 49 56 −7 38
18 Scunthorpe United 30 12 2 16 32 39 −7 38
19 Mansfield Town 31 8 13 10 38 41 −3 37
20 Colchester United 31 8 12 11 33 43 −10 36
21 Port Vale 32 9 7 16 41 46 −5 34
22 Southend United 32 7 7 18 21 47 −26 28
23 Barrow 30 6 8 16 33 41 −8 26 Relegation to National League
24 Grimsby Town 30 6 6 18 22 49 −27 24
Updated to match(es) played on 2 March 2021. Source: EFL Official Website
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results; 5) Wins; 6) Away goals; 7) Penalty points (sec 9.5); 8) 12-point sending off offences

Results summary[]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
32 9 7 16 40 45  −5 34 5 4 7 23 22  +1 4 3 9 17 23  −6

Last updated: 2 March 2021.
Source: BBC

Results by matchday[]

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Updated to match(es) played on 2 March 2021. Source: 11v11 for league tables and fixtures
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matches[]

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

12 September 2020 1 Port Vale 2–0 Crawley Town Burslem
15:00 BST Cullen Goal 39'66' Report Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee:
19 September 2020 2 Exeter City 0–2 Port Vale Exeter
15:00 BST Report Conlon Goal 21'
Rodney Goal 72'
Stadium: St James Park
Attendance: 0
Referee:
26 September 2020 3 Port Vale 0–0 Harrogate Town Burslem
15:00 BST Report Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee:
3 October 2020 4 Morecambe 1–0 Port Vale Morecambe
15:00 BST Phillips Goal 76' (pen.) Report Stadium: Globe Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Bobby Madley
10 October 2020 5 Port Vale 0–1 Carlisle United Burslem
15:00 BST Report Mellish Goal 55' Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee:
17 October 2020 6 Port Vale 1–0 Salford City Burslem
15:00 BST Montaño Goal 86' Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee:
20 October 2020 7 Cambridge United 3–1 Port Vale Cambridge
19:45 BST Mullin Goal 3' (pen.)51'90+5' Report Robinson Goal 18' (pen.) Stadium: Abbey Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee:
24 October 2020 8 Oldham Athletic 1–2 Port Vale Oldham
15:00 BST Dearnley Goal 50' Report Smith Goal 12'
Clark Goal 39'
Stadium: Boundary Park
Attendance: 0
Referee:
27 October 2020 9 Port Vale 2–1 Cheltenham Town Burslem
19:45 GMT Legge Goal 52'
Worrall Goal 68'
Report Williams Goal 48' Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee:
31 October 2020 10 Southend United 0–2 Port Vale Southend-on-Sea
15:00 GMT Report Pope Goal 48'64' Stadium: Roots Hall
Attendance: 0
Referee:
14 November 2020 11 Port Vale 3–4 Tranmere Rovers Burslem
19:45 GMT Conlon Goal 16' (pen.)
Amoo Goal 24'
Rodney Goal 75'
Report Vaughan Goal 58'71' (pen.)
Woolery Goal 90+3'
Morris Goal 90+6'
Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee:
17 November 2020 12 Port Vale 0–1 Scunthorpe United Burslem
19:00 GMT Report Eisa Goal 28' Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Leigh Doughty
21 November 2020 13 Newport County 1–0 Port Vale Newport, Wales
15:00 GMT Ellison Goal 90+6' Report Stadium: Rodney Parade
Attendance: 0
Referee:
24 November 2020 14 Stevenage 2–1 Port Vale Stevenage
19:45 GMT Oteh Goal 10'
Newton Goal 53'
Report Rodney Goal 81' Stadium: Broadhall Way
Attendance: 0
Referee:
28 November 2020 15 Port Vale 2–3 Leyton Orient Burslem
13:00 GMT Legge Goal 8'
Montaño Goal 76'
Report Johnson Goal 11'
Wilkinson Goal 31'
Brophy Goal 85'
Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Peter Wright
5 December 2020 16 Bolton Wanderers 3–6 Port Vale Horwich
15:00 GMT Jones Goal 11'
Doyle Goal 66'
Isgrove Goal 78'
Report Oyeleke Goal 6'
Legge Goal 9'
Conlon Goal 42' (pen.)
Montaño Goal 46'
Worrall Goal 50'
Smith Goal 62'
Stadium: University of Bolton Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Carl Boyeson
12 December 2020 17 Port Vale 1–1 Colchester United Burslem
15:00 GMT Rodney Goal 58' Report Norris Goal 65' Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Chris Sarginson
15 December 2020 18 Port Vale 1–1 Forest Green Rovers Burslem
19:45 GMT Stokes Goal 34' (og.) Report Collins Goal 41' Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Charles Breakspear
19 December 2020 19 Walsall 4–3 Port Vale Walsall
15:00 GMT Scrimshaw Goal 52'80'
Scarr Goal 56'82'
Report Pope Goal 37'
Conlon Goal 44'
Rodney Goal 75'
Stadium: Bescot Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Anthony Backhouse
26 December 2020 20 Port Vale 0–2 Barrow Burslem
15:00 GMT Report Quigley Goal 23'
Brough Goal 50'
Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Samuel Barrott
29 December 2020 21 Bradford City 0–0 Port Vale Bradford
19:45 GMT Report Stadium: Valley Parade
Attendance: 0
Referee: Peter Wright
2 January 2021 22 Mansfield Town 4–0 Port Vale Mansfield
15:00 GMT Clarke Goal 1'
Bowery Goal 32'77' (pen.)80'
Report Stadium: Field Mill
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ben Toner
9 January 2021 23 Port Vale 3–0 Grimsby Town Burslem
15:00 GMT Brisley Goal 8'
Rodney Goal 15'
Waterfall Goal 60' (og.)
Report Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Graham Salisbury
16 January 2021 24 Forest Green Rovers 1–1 Port Vale Nailsworth
15:00 GMT Cadden Goal 20' Report Rodney Goal 76' Stadium: The New Lawn
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kevin Johnson
23 January 2021 25 Port Vale 1–3 Walsall Burslem
15:00 GMT Conlon Goal 33' Report Adebayo Goal 6'55'
Fitzpatrick Goal 68' (og.)
Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Lee Swabey
26 January 2021 26 Scunthorpe United 2–0 Port Vale Scunthorpe
19:45 GMT Loft Goal 26'32' Report Stadium: Glanford Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: James Bell
30 January 2021 27 Port Vale 5–1 Southend United Burslem
15:00 GMT Rodney Goal 1'45+2'
Cordner Goal 20' (og.)
Crookes Goal 27'
Oyeleke Goal 89'
Report Ferguson Goal 85' Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Carl Brook
6 February 2021 28 Tranmere Rovers 3–1 Port Vale Birkenhead
15:00 GMT Woolery Goal 17'
Vaughan Goal 30'59'
Report Taylor Goal 41' Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Alan Young
20 February 2021 29 Leyton Orient 1–1 Port Vale Leyton
15:00 GMT Kemp Goal 63' Report Worrall Goal 47' Stadium: Brisbane Road
Attendance: 0
Referee: Graham Salisbury
23 February 2021 30 Port Vale 0–0 Stevenage Burslem
19:45 GMT Report Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Martin Coy
27 February 2021 31 Port Vale 0–1 Cambridge United Burslem
15:00 GMT Report O'Neil Goal 85' Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Lee Swabey
2 March 2021 32 Salford City 1–0 Port Vale Salford
19:45 GMT Henderson Goal 45' Report Stadium: Moor Lane
Attendance: 0
Referee: Tom Nield
6 March 2021 33 Cheltenham Town v Port Vale Cheltenham
15:00 GMT Stadium: Whaddon Road
9 March 2021 34 Port Vale v Oldham Athletic Burslem
19:45 GMT Stadium: Vale Park
13 March 2021 35 Port Vale v Bolton Wanderers Burslem
15:00 GMT Stadium: Vale Park
16 March 2021 36 Port Vale v Newport County Burslem
19:00 GMT Stadium: Vale Park
20 March 2021 37 Colchester United v Port Vale Colchester
15:00 GMT Stadium: Colchester Community Stadium
27 March 2021 38 Crawley Town v Port Vale Crawley
15:00 GMT Stadium: Broadfield Stadium
2 April 2021 39 Port Vale v Exeter City Burslem
15:00 BST Stadium: Vale Park
5 April 2021 40 Harrogate Town v Port Vale Harrogate
15:00 BST Stadium: Wetherby Road
10 April 2021 41 Port Vale v Morecambe Burslem
15:00 BST Stadium: Vale Park
17 April 2021 42 Carlisle United v Port Vale Carlisle
15:00 BST Stadium: Brunton Park
20 April 2021 43 Barrow v Port Vale Barrow-in-Furness
19:45 BST Stadium: Holker Street
24 April 2021 44 Port Vale v Bradford City Burslem
15:00 BST Stadium: Vale Park
1 May 2021 45 Grimsby Town v Port Vale Cleethorpes
15:00 BST Stadium: Blundell Park
8 May 2021 46 Port Vale v Mansfield Town Burslem
15:00 BST Stadium: Vale Park

FA Cup[]

  Win   Draw   Loss

7 November 2020 First round Port Vale 0–1 King's Lynn Town Burslem
15:00 GMT Report Carey Goal 82' Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee:

EFL Cup[]

  Win   Draw   Loss

5 September 2020 First round Scunthorpe United 1–2 Port Vale Scunthorpe
15:00 BST Loft Goal 69' Report Mills Goal 45+5'
Robinson Goal 90+3'
Stadium: Sands Venue Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee:
15 September 2020 Second round Fleetwood Town 2–1 Port Vale Fleetwood
19:00 BST Madden Goal 14'
Morris Goal 75'
Report Whitehead Goal 49' Stadium: Highbury Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee:

EFL Trophy[]

  Win   Draw   Loss


Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Port Vale 3 2 1 0 0 7 3 +4 8 Advance to Round 2
2 L2 Tranmere Rovers 3 1 1 1 0 5 4 +1 6
3 L1 Wigan Athletic 3 1 0 1 1 9 6 +3 4
4 ACA Liverpool U21 3 0 0 0 3 5 13 −8 0
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 Group stage Port Vale 0–0
(4–3 p)
Tranmere Rovers Burslem
19:45 BST Report Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee:
Penalties
Whitehead Penalty scored
Cullen Penalty scored
Conlon Penalty missed
Trickett-Smith Penalty missed
Rodney Penalty scored
Fitzpatrick Penalty scored
Banks Penalty scored
Khan Penalty missed
Morris Penalty scored
O'Connor Penalty scored
Payne Penalty missed
Walker-Rice Penalty missed
6 October 2020 Group stage Wigan Athletic 1–3 Port Vale Wigan
19:45 BST Pearce Goal 79' Report Robinson Goal 13'30'
Montaño Goal 55'
Stadium: DW Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee:
10 November 2020 Group stage Port Vale 4–2 Liverpool U21 Burslem
19:45 GMT Cullen Goal 12'
Hurst Goal 19'
McKirdy Goal 61'
Rodney Goal 64'
Report Millar Goal 11'34' Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee:
8 December 2020 (2020-12-08) Second round Port Vale 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 Burslem
19:00 GMT McKirdy Goal 27'
Mills Goal 80'
Report Perry Goal 20' Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Scott Oldham
12 January 2021 (2021-01-12) Third round Sunderland 2–0 Port Vale Sunderland
18:00 GMT O'Brien Goal 21'
McGeady Goal 90+7' (pen.)
Report Stadium: Stadium of Light
Attendance: 0
Referee: Declan Bourne

Squad statistics[]

Appearances and goals[]

Pos. # Name EFL League Two FA Cup EFL Cup EFL Trophy Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK 1 England Scott Brown 32 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 34 0
DF 2 England James Gibbons 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
DF 3 England Adam Crookes 13 1 1 0 1 0 4 0 19 1
MF 4 England Luke Joyce 27 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 32 0
DF 5 England Leon Legge 24 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 27 3
DF 6 England Nathan Smith 30 2 1 0 1 0 4 0 36 2
MF 7 England David Worrall 24 3 1 0 2 0 1 0 28 3
MF 8 England Manny Oyeleke 12 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 15 2
FW 9 England Tom Pope 14 3 1 0 0 0 3 0 18 3
MF 10 England Tom Conlon 28 5 1 0 1 0 4 0 34 5
MF 11 Colombia Cristian Montaño 20 3 0 0 1 0 4 1 25 4
FW 12 Jamaica Theo Robinson 16 1 1 0 2 1 5 2 24 4
FW 13 England Mark Cullen 13 2 0 0 1 0 3 1 17 3
FW 14 England Kurtis Guthrie 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
DF 15 England Zak Mills 17 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 21 2
DF 16 England Shaun Brisley 14 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 19 1
MF 17 England Jake Taylor 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 1
MF 18 England Danny Whitehead 11 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 16 0
MF 19 England David Amoo 16 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 19 1
MF 20 England Scott Burgess 20 0 1 0 2 0 4 0 27 0
FW 21 England Devante Rodney 29 9 0 0 1 0 3 1 33 10
MF 22 England Harry McKirdy 5 0 1 0 1 0 2 2 9 2
DF 23 England Ryan Campbell-Gordon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF 24 England David Fitzpatrick 22 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 27 0
MF 25 England Daniel Trickett-Smith 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
MF 26 England Luke Chambers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF 27 England Alex Hurst 16 0 0 0 1 0 5 1 22 1
DF 28 England Michael Lennon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW 29 England Eden Bailey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK 30 South Africa Dino Visser 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 6 0
GK 31 England Joe Collinge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK 32 England Tom Scott 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF 33 England Mustapha Olagunju 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW 34 England Will Swan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Players that left the club mid-season:
DF 17 Wales Mitch Clark 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
MF Antigua and Barbuda Rhys Browne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Top scorers[]

Place Position Nation Number Name EFL League Two FA Cup EFL Cup EFL Trophy Total
1 FW  England 21 Devante Rodney 9 0 0 1 10
2 MF  England 10 Tom Conlon 5 0 0 0 5
MF  Colombia 11 Cristian Montaño 3 0 0 1 4
FW  Jamaica 12 Theo Robinson 1 0 1 2 4
5 FW  England 13 Mark Cullen 2 0 0 1 3
DF  England 5 Leon Legge 3 0 0 0 3
FW  England 9 Tom Pope 3 0 0 0 3
MF  England 7 David Worrall 3 0 0 0 3
9 MF  England 22 Harry McKirdy 0 0 0 2 2
DF  England 15 Zak Mills 0 0 1 1 2
MF  England 8 Manny Oyeleke 2 0 0 0 2
DF  England 6 Nathan Smith 2 0 0 0 2
13 DF  England 19 David Amoo 1 0 0 0 1
DF  England 16 Shaun Brisley 1 0 0 0 1
DF  Wales 17 Mitch Clark 1 0 0 0 1
DF  England 3 Adam Crookes 1 0 0 0 1
FW  England 27 Alex Hurst 0 0 0 1 1
MF  England 17 Jake Taylor 1 0 0 0 1
MF  England 18 Danny Whitehead 0 0 1 0 1
Own goals 3 0 0 0 3
TOTALS 41 0 3 9 52

Disciplinary record[]

Number Nation Position Name EFL League Two FA Cup EFL Cup EFL Trophy Total
Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card
5  England DF Leon Legge 7 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 2
4  England MF Luke Joyce 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
16  England DF Shaun Brisley 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
11  Colombia MF Cristian Montaño 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
10  England MF Tom Conlon 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
15  England DF Zak Mills 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
1  England GK Scott Brown 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
21  England FW Devante Rodney 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
7  England MF David Worrall 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
19  England MF David Amoo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
17  Wales DF Mitch Clark 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
3  England DF Adam Crookes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
24  England DF David Fitzpatrick 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2  England DF James Gibbons 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
14  England FW Kurtis Guthrie 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
27  England MF Alex Hurst 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
8  England MF Manny Oyeleke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
6  England DF Nathan Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
18  England MF Danny Whitehead 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 36 3 2 0 5 0 4 0 47 3

Transfers[]

Transfers in[]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
7 July 2020 CF England Devante Rodney Salford City Free transfer
16 July 2020 RB England Zak Mills Oldham Athletic Free transfer
3 August 2020 CM England Danny Whitehead Salford City Free transfer
24 August 2020 CF Jamaica Theo Robinson Southend United Free transfer
25 August 2020 LB England David Fitzpatrick Macclesfield Town Free transfer
27 August 2020 GK South Africa Dino Visser Crewe Alexandra Free transfer
11 September 2020 AM England Harry McKirdy Carlisle United Free transfer
11 January 2021 CM England Jake Taylor Nottingham Forest Undisclosed
15 January 2021 CF England Kurtis Guthrie Bradford City Free transfer
25 January 2021 GK England Tom Scott Manchester City Free transfer

Loans in[]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Date until Ref.
9 October 2020 RB Wales Mitch Clark Leicester City 1 January 2021
1 February 2021 CB England Mustapha Olagunju Huddersfield Town End of season
1 February 2021 MF England Will Swan Nottingham Forest End of season

Loans out[]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Date until Ref.
19 September 2020 LB England Ryan Campbell-Gordon Hednesford Town 26 October 2020
13 October 2020 AM England Daniel Trickett-Smith Leek Town 1 January 2021
27 October 2020 LB England Ryan Campbell-Gordon Gainsborough Trinity 1 January 2021

Transfers out[]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
5 August 2020 FW England Maxwell Chimenes Newcastle Town Free transfer
29 August 2020 RW Antigua and Barbuda Rhys Browne Wealdstone Mutual consent
23 September 2020 CM England Hayden Campbell Salford City Free transfer

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