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Match Previews


12 November 2021

Match Previews


12 November 2021

The Bantams are on the road again on Saturday, this time taking Port Vale in Sky Bet League Two at Vale Park.  

The Valiants are unbeaten in their last five games, with Darell Clarke’s men winning four and drawing three of their last seven outings.

The game will kick off at midday on Saturday, with the game televised live on Sky Sports Main Event.

We have put together an Opposition Guide, to give you all the latest information on this weekend’s opponents.


The Valiants brought nine players into the club this summer, with 10 players exiting Vale Park.


James Wilson (Salford), Aaron Martin (Hamilton Academical), Jamie Proctor (Rotherham), Brad Walker (Shrewsbury), Tom Pett (Stevenage), Ben Garrity (Blackpool), Mal Benning (Mansfield), Dan Jones (Salford), Ryan Johnson (Hartlepool).


Shaun Brisley (Wrexham), Scott Brown (Exeter City), Theo Robinson (Bradford City), Tom Pope (Congleton Town), Dino Visser (released), Mark Cullen (Hartlepool), Luke Joyce (Fylde), Dan Trickett-Smith (Leek Town), Kurtis Guthrie (released), Cristian Montano (Livingston). 


Tom Conlon

Conlon's great-grandfather played for Port Vale as a goalkeeper for 15 years, and the 25-year-old has made over 100 appearances for the club since he signed in 2018.

Captain Conlon swept up the club's end of season awards - earning the Player, Players’ Player and Club Player of the Year Awards.

Jamie Proctor

Proctor has hit the ground running at Vale Park after signing in the summer, netting six goals in 12 appearances.

The forward began his career at hometown club Preston North End, turning professional in January 2010 before making his debut four months later. 

Vale’s No.13 previously donned the claret and amber of the Bantams, initially on loan before signing permanently in 2016.

Dennis Politic 

Politic - a former Romania Under-17 international - signed for Manchester United from Romanian club Brașov in 2012, at the age of 12.  

The midfielder has scored 2 goals in 5 games this season, after signing from Bolton Wanderers. 

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at fellow Sky Bet League Two side Salford City, and has already matched his goal tally from his nine games with The Ammies.


Tom Conlan was named club captain ahead of the 2021/22 league season.

The forward joined the club after an impressive trial period during the summer of 2018.

The 25-year-old recently scored in Vale's 4-1 win over Crawley town to take his tally up to three for the season.


Darrell Clarke recently scooped the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month Award - after being nominated for the third time since joining the club in February. 

Clarke spent his playing career in the EFL, initially with Mansfield Town before joining Hartlepool United.

The 43-year-old achieved back-to-back promotions with current Sky Bet League Two outfit Bristol Rovers, guiding them from the National League to Sky Bet League One.


Port Vale’s most recent match came against Liverpool Under-21s in the Papa John's Trophy.

The Valiants put the young reds to the sword, beating them 5-0 at Vale Park.

Port Vale 5 (George Lloyd 15’, Dennis Politic 21’, Mal Benning 51’, Arron Martin 63’, Jake Taylor 77’)

Liverpool Under-21’s 0

Port Vale: Aidan Stone; Mal Benning, Lewis Cass (Ryan Johnson 45’), Aaron Martin, Danny Amos; David Worrall (Leon Legge 62’), Brad Walker, Ben Garrity (David Amoo 45’), Jake Taylor; Dennis Politic, George Lloyd. SUBS (not used): Lucas Covalan, Tom Conlon, Tom Pett, Kamani McFarlane.


Meetings: 110

Vale wins: 34

Draws: 31

City wins: 45

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