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Match Preview: City vs Port Vale

14 April 2023

The Imps will aim for a third win in a row when playing Port Vale on Saturday 15 April (3pm KO).

All the key information you need to know ahead of the fixture can be found in this match preview.

Saturday's game is the club's designated Junior Takeover Day.


Subject to availability tickets can be purchased on the day of the game from the ticket office, with no price increase in place.

Alternatively, supporters can secure their seat online by clicking HERE.

The ticket office will also remain open after the game for supporters wishing to purchase merchandise and 23/24 season memberships.


The match is available for live streaming internationally for just £10, or the equivalent cost in your local currency.

The feed includes expert commentary from the BBC Radio Lincolnshire sports team, including replays of key moments as well as match statistics and latest scores around the division.

Alternatively, UK-based supporters can listen to live match commentary using an iFollow Imps audio pass - which can be bought HERE.

iFollow Imps subscribers can watch all the reaction, including post-match interviews and match highlights.

City supporters unable to get to the LNER Stadium will also be able to follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.


Nickname: The Valiants

Founded: 1876

Stadium: Vale Park

Manager: Darrell Clarke

Top scorer: Ellis Harrison (10 goals)

League position: 17th


Plymouth Argyle 0-2 Imps

Sky Bet League One

Imps: Rushworth, Poole, Boyes, Jackson, Shodipo, Erhahon, O’Connor, House (Plange 63’), Mandroiu (Walsh 75’), Sorensen, Virtue (Sanders 68'). Subs (not used): Wright, Roughan, Duffy, Makama.

Port Vale 0-0 Oxford United

Sky Bet League One

Port Vale: Stone, Forrester, Smith, Donnelly; Worrall, Pett, Conlon, Benning; Massey (Plant 69’), Harrison, Wilson (Politic 69’). Subs (not used): Proctor, Holden, Agyakwa, Butterworth, Robinson.



Port Vale: LDLLD


Hear from the head coach below…


Imps: Home

Port Vale: Home


Referee: David Rock

Assistant referee: Stephen Wade

Assistant referee: Simon Clayton

Fourth official: Bradley Hall

Ensure you don’t miss any of the 2023/24 action and secure your season membership HERE.

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Match Reports

Imps 3 Port Vale 2

15 April 2023

The Imps left it late to secure a third win on the bounce - beating Port Vale 3-2 at the LNER Stadium.

The Imps took the lead with their first shot as Danny Mandroiu played a defence-splitting pass through to Lasse Sorensen who got in front of Mal Benning to flick the ball past Aiden Stone and in.

Port Vale’s first opening of the game came in the 19th minute as David Worrall found space to fire a left-footed shot wide of the target from the edge of the box.

City didn’t let this phase them and continued to hold possession for large spells in the early stages, with another decent bit of build up play coming to Mandroiu in the centre who couldn’t quite apply a touch.

Carl Rushworth was sent off in the 28th minute after he tangled with Matty Taylor just inside the area, with referee David Rock also pointing to the spot.

Jordan Wright then came on in place of Matty Virtue, but the goalkeeper could do nothing about Taylor’s penalty who rifled it down the middle to equalise.

Darrell Clarke’s men were then ahead a few minutes later as Taylor’s quick forward ball from the halfway line went through the City defence to Daniel Butterworth whose first-time strike found the corner of the net.

In a strange turn of events Vale were then reduced to 10 men straight after their goal as Tom Conlon was shown red for an off the ball incident.

The Imps were back on level terms in the 43rd minute when Mandroiu played another delightful crossfield pass to Ben House who took it on his chest before calmly slotting into the bottom right past Stone.

Mandroiu was involved in the first action of the second half too when his free-kick from distance dipped over the wall and bounced off the outside of Stone’s post.

There were a few Vale supporters who thought they had scored a third just before the hour mark after Aaron Donnelly fired at goal from an angle which was tipped into the side netting by Wright.

A cagey next 10 minutes was then followed by a good opportunity for City as Boyes’ accurate ball in from the left could only be headed over by Regan Poole at the back post. 

The Valiants had another man sent off in the 80th minute as Sammy Robinson brought down Dylan Duffy to receive a second yellow card.

The resulting free-kick was crossed into the centre of the box by Mandroiu on the left flank and met by Adam Jackson who rose highest to send a dipping header just over the crossbar.

The Imps won it with three minutes to go as Duffy swung in an inviting ball to Jackson whose towering header bounced down into the bottom corner past the outstretched goalie.

City: Carl Rushworth, Regan Poole ©, Harry Boyes, Adam Jackson, Mide Shodipo (Dylan Duffy 78’), Ethan Erhahon, Paudie O’Connor, Ben House (Luke Plange 90+2’), Danny Mandroiu (Max Sanders 90+2’), Lasse Sorensen, Matty Virtue (Jordan Wright 29’). Subs (not used): Joe Walsh, TJ Eyoma, Sean Roughan.

Goals: Sorensen (12’), House (43’), Jackson (87’).

Port Vale: Aiden Stone, Aaron Donnelly, Nathan Smith, David Worrall (Rory Holden 46’), James Wilson (Ellis Harrison 46’), Tom Conlon ©, Mal Benning (Sammy Robinson 46’), Will Forrester, Matty Taylor (Gavin Massey 70’), Tom Pett, Dan Butterworth (James Plant 73’). Subs (not used): Jack Stevens, Jamie Proctor.

Goals: Taylor (31’ pen), Butterworth (33’).

Attendance: 8,290 (641 away).

Referee: David Rock.

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Ticket News

Back City for the LNER Stadium double header

14 April 2023

Get behind the Imps for the LNER Stadium double header against Port Vale and Barnsley.

City take on the Valiants on Saturday 15 April (3pm KO) before returning under the lights at the LNER Stadium on Tuesday 18 April (7:45pm KO) for the visit of the Tykes.

Junior Takeover Day is taking place on Saturday, while the Barnsley fixture should be an exciting encounter for all involved as the Imps aim for a league double over the Reds.

Click HERE to view the ticket prices for the 22/23 season.

Don’t miss out on the double header and purchase your tickets HERE.

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