Date: 31st July 2006 at 10:09pm
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Want to know everything about Port Vale? Well, here’s the place to find out!

Who are ya? Port Vale

Nickname: The Valiants

Ground: Vale Park

How to get there: By Car: From Gillingham, get onto the A2 and then the M25 anti-clockwise. Leave the M25 at Junction 21A, the M1. Leave the M1 at Junction 19 for the M6. Leave the M6 at Junction 15 and take the A500 north to Stoke-on-Trent. Continue straight across the two large roundabouts on the A500 heading north. After the second roundabout take the fourth exit signposted Tunstall A527. At the roundabout turn right (fourth exit signposted Tunstall A527, Longport Road). After 0.5 miles turn right on to the B501 (second exit, Newcastle Street) at the small roundabout. Carry on up to the next roundabout and go straight across to the cross-roads. Go straight across the cross-roads into Moorland Road. Take the second left on to Hamil Road and Vale Park is on the left. Distance from Priestfield: 203 miles. Approximate time: 3hrs 38mins

Nearest station: Stoke-on-Trent.

Websites: Official Website, Vital Port Vale.

Manager: Martin Foyle, in charge since February 2004.

Last five games v Gillingham:

10/12/05: League One – Gillingham (Harris, Jarvis 2) 3-0 Port Vale

09/08/05: League One – Port Vale 0-0 Gillingham

08/04/89: Division Three (old) – Port Vale 2-1 Gillingham

30/12/88: Division Three (old) – Gillingham 1-0 Port Vale

19/03/88: Division Three (old) – Gillingham 0-0 Port Vale

All-time record v the Gills:

Matches: 31
Gills wins: 9
Draws: 13
Port Vale wins: 9

Remember me? Lee Matthews. It’s hard to be complimentary about Matthews’ loan spell with the Gills in 2000. He was signed to pep up the forward line in the promotion run-in but made just five appearances – three as a substitute – before being sent back to Leeds. He has represented a number of clubs and, frankly, been a success at none of them.

Man to watch: Chris Birchall. Birchall earned rave reviews for his performances in the World Cup. Despite being born in Staffordshire, he qualifies for Trinidad & Tobago through his Mum and was a vital part of their squad – along with the Gills’ Brent Sancho – that did so well in Group B in Germany.

2006/07 prospects: The loss of Michael Cummins may be felt and the players signed by Martin Foyle won’t have set many Vale fans’ pulses racing, but they should have enough quality to avoid relegation.