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Posted by Christopher Dow
Posted on Mon 16 Jul 2018
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FC Halifax Town face another tough opposition tomorrow night as we welcome Port Vale to the MBi Shay Stadium for our fourth preseason friendly this summer.

After facing Bolton Wanderers, which on paper would have been our hardest fixture on Saturday afternoon, we prepare ourselves for yet again for a tie against an opponent whose strength will be a test for this refurbished Halifax side.

Jamie Fullarton was pleased with his sides result and performance on Saturday against the Championship side, only just missing out on a draw, being beat 2-1. After the match he explained how “They asked different questions of us, players of that quality ask different questions of you, and when you don’t know the answers can you find a solution. I think at times that was the case. Bolton Wanderers did show signs today of why they still are a Championship club. The side from Lancashire performed well today.”

However, Jamie Fullarton believes that his side did have most of the answers needed to perform well against a side of this calibre and “Although it’s a different game (to Tuesday) the principles for us are the same and it’s taking those principles and applying them when the questions are asked”.

Port Vales preseason preparations are in full swing and going well after their squad spent three days in Ireland to focus on fitness and strengthening their team bonding. Former Town manager Neil Aspin has been a busy man this summer adding eleven (11) new faces into the dressing room, hoping to improve on last year’s disappointing season where the club finished just above the relegation zone in 20th position, one point from being in the drop.

With some marquee signings like Scott Quigley on loan from Blackpool, Ricky Miller from Peterborough and Louis Dodds returns to the club after leaving in 2016 having played over 300 games for The Valiants. These amongst the few drafted in by Aspin will add some brute force to an already strong attack consisting of Tom Pope and Tyrone Barnett.

The League Two side faced a big test on Saturday afternoon as they faced newly promoted Championship side Blackburn Rovers at Vale park. The game ended in a 1-1 draw after The Valiants went ahead courtesy to a Charlie Mulgrew own goal before Darragh Lenihan equalised midway through the first half.

Port Vale bring a few familiar faces to The MBI Shay Stadium tomorrow, although no of these being any players, all backroom staff. Neil Aspin managed the Shaymen for six years from 2009-2015, helping Town to three promotions, two of which were back to back. Aspin even made an appearance for FC Halifax Town when on 1st October 2014, now aged 49, he played himself as a 69th-minute substitute for Lee Nogan in a 3–0 defeat at Guiseley in the first round of the West Riding County Cup.

Another Familiar name Lee Nogan returns as Neil Aspin’s Assistant Manager as he was when Neil oversaw Town, Lee Nogan also played in that game against Guiseley coming on as a 7th minute sub.

Port Vales now coach Gary Brabin returns to the Shay after signing for the Halifax Town AFC in 2005 for Chris Wilder’s side making 4 appearances and scoring one goal.

Goalkeeping coach Ronnie Sinclair apart of Port Vales backroom staff played for Halifax Town AFC back in the late 80’s on loan from Leeds United. Ronnie made 15 appearances in two seasons at Halifax

Last time we met The Valiants in a competitive game was back in 1986 where a 2-0 win in the fourth division separated the two sides. Over 50 meetings, Vale winning 23, Town winning 13 and 16 draws.

Admission Prices:

£12. Adults Conc. £10. Under 18s. £7 Under 12s free

Car Parking: 

Availability in the East Stand Car Park – £5 per car

Seating:

All fans will be in the East Stand (away fans at the north end of the stand)

Club Shop: 

Unfortunately the Club Shop will not be open tomorrow night due to Council maintenance. Any urgent orders, please email orders@fchtshop.com

Follow the Game:

There will be live updates and commentary available on the club website and Shaymen TV.

You can also follow the action via Town’s official Twitter account, @FCHTOnline.

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