2014–15 Port Vale F.C. season
(until 18 September)
(from 18 September)
|Football League One||18th (54 points)|
(knocked out by Milton Keynes Dons)
(knocked out by Cardiff City)
(knocked out by Preston North End)
|Player of the Year||Michael O'Connor|
League: Tom Pope (8)|
All: Tom Pope (12)
|Highest home attendance||8,524 vs. Sheffield United, 26 December 2014|
|Lowest home attendance||2,824 vs. Hartlepool United, 12 August 2014|
|Average home league attendance||5,290|
The 2014–15 season was Port Vale's 103rd season of football in the Football League, and second successive season in League One. Before the season began the club were listed as third favourites to be relegated by the bookies.
A run of six defeats resulted in a surprise resignation from manager Micky Adams on 18 September, and his assistant Rob Page took his place in the hot-seat. Chairman Norman Smurthwaite then initiated his plan for the club to sign young players to develop and later sell for profit at a later date. Vale exited the cups in the early stages after coming up against tough opposition, exiting the FA Cup at the hands of Milton Keynes Dons, losing to Cardiff City in the League Cup and Preston North End in the League Trophy. They climbed up the league table under Page, reaching the outskirts of the play-offs by the end of February before a late season collapse saw them finish in 18th place.
- 1 Overview
- 2 League table
- 3 Results
- 4 Squad statistics
- 5 Awards
- 6 Transfers
- 7 References
Manager Micky Adams ended months of speculation surrounded his future when he signed a 12-month rolling contract the following in June 2014. His first signing of the season was versatile left-sided player Colin Daniel. Kaid Mohamed left the club on loan, after he agreed to spend the season playing for Northampton Town. Adams admitted he was finding it difficult to sign new players to take the club forward after losing out on numerous transfer targets to rival clubs. Chairman Norman Smurthwaite was criticised by fans for showing a lack of ambition, but Smurthwaite defended his record by pointing to falling season ticket sales and the high amount of time and money he had invested in the club without financial reward. The second signing of the season was 24-year-old full-back Ryan McGivern, who negotiated a release from relegated Scottish Premier League club Hibernian in order to sign a two-year contract with the Vale. The third arrival was winger Mark Marshall, who had spent the latter half of the previous campaign with Coventry City after serving a two-year ban for taking performance-enhancing drugs. His next signing was winger Byron Moore, who turned down a contract offer at nearby Crewe Alexandra to join the Vale. This capture raised the tensions between Vale and Crewe, particularly after Adams and Crewe boss Steve Davis had a spat over the departure of his son Joe Davis; his father claiming Vale's contract offer to Joe was "derisory". Adams looked at a number of players on trial over the summer, including: Michael O’Connor, Steve Jennings, Javan Vidal, and Sylvestre Guyonet. Adams completed his squad on 18 July with a triple signing, taking on a trio of experienced midfielders: Michael Brown, Steve Jennings, and Michael O'Connor. He took the squad on a pre-season tour of Cornwall, including a stay at HMS Raleigh. Adams added to the squad by taking in versatile right-back Freddie Veseli on a long-term loan from Ipswich Town. Carl Dickinson was appointed as club captain in August 2014, taking the armband from the departed Doug Loft.
Vale opened the season with a 1–1 draw at home to Walsall, with young goalkeeper Sam Johnson being favoured ahead of Chris Neal. An excellent away win followed as Vale picked up a 3–1 win at newly relegated Doncaster Rovers. Adams said this performance was as good as he had seen in an away game during his time as Vale manager. They remained unbeaten after picking up a 1–1 draw with Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. Their unbeaten start to the season came to an end with a 2–0 home defeat to Notts County, with the Vale unable to turn round a 1–0 half-time deficit despite a strong attacking performance in the second half. To boost his attacking options, Adams then took in Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Slew on loan until January. However Adams went on to bemoan defensive errors as Chesterfield left Burslem with a 2–1 win following a bad-tempered encounter upon Daniel Jones's return to Vale Park. After the match opposition player Armand Gnanduillet was racially abused by a Vale supporter. Adams ended the month by signing French striker Achille Campion on loan from Swedish side Norrby IF.
A trip to London Road opened September for Vale, and Adams changed the team following the run of defeats, but league leaders Peterborough United proved too strong as they ran out 3–1 winners. The run of defeats was extended to five games on 13 September when local rivals Crewe Alexandra picked up their first points of the season. Following the defeat Adams told the media that his position would be under threat if results did not turn around quickly. Three days later league leaders Bristol City made it six defeats in a row by inflicting a 3–0 defeat on the Vale. This proved too much for Adams, who announced his resignation on 18 September. Rob Page stepped in as caretaker-manager initially "until the end of October". His first game in charge saw the Vale beat Barnsley 2–1, Mark Marshall providing a deserved late winner with a mazy penalty box run. At Bradford City former Valiant Billy Knott gave away a penalty which was converted by Chris Lines, but a Mark Yeates free-kick just before half-time levelled the scores. The defence was then bolstered with the signings of two loanee players: Guadeloupe international Stéphane Zubar from Bournemouth, and 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Reiss Greenidge from West Bromwich Albion.
A trip to Fleetwood Town on 4 October proved fruitless after a late penalty gave Fleetwood a 1–0 win; Vale had played well and seemed to have done enough to earn a point despite playing much of the match with ten men after Slew was sent off for striking an opposition player. In search of a first clean sheet of the season, Page signed 19-year-old centre-back Remie Streete on loan from Newcastle United. Vale came out of the relegation zone on 11 October with a convincing 4–1 win over struggling Yeovil Town. A 2–0 defeat followed at Deepdale, with Zubar receiving a straight red card for lashing out at Preston North End's Joe Garner. After the game Page condemned Garner for play-acting throughout the match to try and get Vale player's sent off. The loan signings continued, as Leicester City's Saint Kitts and Nevis international striker Harry Panayiotou arrived on a one-month loan. The club were also in talks with former Premier League midfielder Isaiah Osbourne, who instead joined fellow relegation battlers Scunthorpe United. Ironically a few days later Scunthorpe then came to Burslem, as did the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo, and the game ended 2–2 despite the Vale leading 2–1 and facing ten men after former player Jennison Myrie-Williams was sent off. The fifth signing of Page's reign then arrived in the form of French striker Dany N'Guessan, who signed a two-month deal. The signing came in good time as Tom Pope was later ruled out of action for a few weeks with a knee injury. Vale then beat Leyton Orient 3–0, keeping their first clean sheet of the season; Orient were reduced to ten men early in the first half after Darius Henderson was sent-off for elbowing Richard Duffy. Having taken the club up seven league places within six weeks, Page was appointed as manager on a permanent basis on 29 October.
Vale opened November with three points at Colchester United; Neal saved a first-half penalty before Marshall and Daniel secured the goals in a 2–1 win. The search for talented young players continued, with Aziz Deen-Conteh and Enoch Andoh both joining the club on a trial basis. The clash with Rochdale on 15 November came amidst a defensive crisis as Streete was recalled from his loan and both Duffy and McGivern were suspended. The positive results kept coming however, as Vale moved into the top half of the table with a 1–0 win. Former Chelsea left-back Aziz Deen-Conteh then signed a deal with the club until 2017. Leaving the club, though only on a 28-day loan, was goalkeeper Sam Johnson, who went to Conference Premier side Alfreton Town. Not long after their FA Cup triumph at Vale Park, Milton Keynes Dons hosted the Vale and ran out 1–0 following a sending off to Chris Lines. Another two long-term prospects were then added in the form of Ghana youth international Enoch Andoh, who signed an 18-month contract, and former Manchester City striker Alex Nimely. The "Valiants" then ended the month with a 2–2 draw at Gillingham, Brown's 94th minute equalizer securing a deserved point.
After a two-week break Vale hosted Coventry City on 13 December, and went on to lose the game 2–0 after failing to pose much of an attacking threat. They got back to winning ways the following week by beating struggling Crawley Town 2–1. The visitors on Boxing Day were Sheffield United, who were defeated 2–1 after referee Stuart Attwell sent off "Blades" defender Chris Basham and later gave Vale a penalty. Another tricky tie followed at Swindon Town, who went into the automatic promotion places after beating Vale 1–0.
Vale began 2015 with a home tie against Gillingham, and a victory took them to within a point of the play-offs thanks to a stoppage time winner from Colin Daniel. Shortly after Freddie Veseli's loan signing from Ipswich was made into a permanent deal. Going forward Page managed to adequately cover for the continuing absence of Pope by playing Ben Williamson as a lone striker supported by Louis Dodds in a central attacking midfield role. The next week's opponents, Chesterfield, were one place above Vale, but a 3–0 Chesterfield win put Vale four points and four places outside the play-offs; both chairman and manager described the performance as "embarrassing". This proved to be a temporary setback however, as Vale went on to beat Peterborough 2–1. A win over "A500 derby" rivals Crewe would then take Vale into the play-offs, but a 1–0 win completed a double over Vale for the "Railwaymen"; Neal saved a penalty he himself gave away but could not keep out Nicky Ajose's 39th-minute strike. Next opponents Barnsley tried to buy Tom Pope before Vale's visit to Oakwell. Pope played against Barnsley but it was goalkeeper Neal who opened the scoring after fumbling into his own net just before half-time; Barnsley went on to win the game 2–1. Pope stayed put throughout the remainder of the transfer window, instead it was N'Guessan who departed, whilst Tommy O'Sullivan and Greg Luer arrived on loan.
Vale twice came from behind at home to Bradford on 7 February, Campion scoring the first equalizer before City goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was sent off in stoppage time for bringing down Birchall; O'Connor converted the resulting penalty. A trip to league leaders Bristol City followed, who demonstrated their superiority over the Vale with a 3–1 win. To bolster the defence Page signed 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) teenage centre-back Ryan Inniss on a youth loan from Crystal Palace. The youngster made his debut at Walsall, helping Vale to a rare clean sheet as Tom Pope returned to the score-sheet. A second clean sheet followed in a 3–0 home win over Doncaster Rovers, as both Veseli and Moore opened their accounts with the club to complete the double over "Donny". A 1–0 win over Notts County extended the run of victories and clean sheets and took Vale to within three points of the play-offs.
March began poorly as managerless Oldham broke Vale's run of results with a 1–0 victory in a dour game. Vale then came from behind to win 3–2 at Coventry, moving themselves to within two points of the play-offs in the process. This proved to be Inniss's last game for the club, and Lines also left the club after the game, joining former club Bristol Rovers on loan. Swindon then dented Vale's promotion hopes with a 1–0 in Burslem, defending an eighth-minute lead from Brazilian defender Raphael Rossi Branco. Dodds twice put Vale ahead of Crawley, but the relegation threatened visitors came from behind to win the game 3–2 to effectively end Vale's play-off hopes in front of just 3,852 supporters. Page said the performance was "embarrassing". Pope was dropped for the trip to Bramall Lane, though came on at half-time during a 1–0 defeat to Sheffield United. On deadline loan deal day, Page made a triple signing: Portuguese winger Francisco Júnior (Everton), Scottish defender Neill Collins (Sheffield United), and Senegalese attacker Mohamed Coulibaly (Bournemouth). Francisco Júnior and Collins started at Leyton Orient, but a 1–0 lead turned into a 2–1 deficit following Chris Neal's sending off.
Second-from-bottom Colchester opened the Easter weekend with a 2–1 win at Vale Park, leaving Vale just four points above the relegation zone. Five changes were made for the trip to Rochdale, but a stoppage time goal from former Valiant Calvin Andrew condemned Vale to a sixth successive defeat. The run of defeats was ended with a 0–0 draw at home to third-place Milton Keynes Dons. Richard Duffy then scored the first goal of his Vale career against Scunthorpe and secured a draw that took the club over the 50 point mark; however a Kyle Wootton goal five minutes into stoppage time denied Vale the victory. Second-place Preston twice took the lead against Vale, but despite Duffy being sent off Vale came back with two Michael O'Connor penalties to claim an important point. Vale secured their League One status with 2–1 win at bottom-club Yeovil, ending a run of nine games without a win. This left the final game against Fleetwood as a formality, as Vale fell to a 2–1 defeat.
The first departure announced at the end of the campaign was from the coaching staff, with Mark Grew standing down after 25 years at Vale Park. Of the playing staff only three players were not offered new contracts: Chris Robertson, Kaid Mohamed and Alex Nimely. Star striker Tom Pope chose to leave the club, rejecting an offer of a 50% pay cut in favour of a move to newly promoted Bury. The next player to depart was strike partner Ben Williamson, who left for Gillingham. Chris Lines had his contract cancelled in order to join Bristol Rovers on a permanent basis and free up the wage budget for Page. Full-back Freddie Veseli and star winger Mark Marshall also left the club after rejecting new contract offers.
Finances & ownership issues
PVFC Limited, the club's holding company, was hit with a winding-up order by HM Revenue and Customs in July 2014; chairman Norman Smurthwaite insisted this would not affect the club and that a funding error caused the problem and expected the order to be withdrawn. Smurthwaite continued to affect changes at the club, controversially axing the system of door-to-door lottery collectors and banishing the Port Vale Community Trust out of Vale Park; the charity subsequently was offered a rent-free tenancy at the Touch building in Trinity Street, Hanley by Vale supporter Jason Nixon who also stated that he had business contacts interested in buying the club.
Smurthwaite invested £500,000 into the playing budget in order to help Micky Adams strengthen the squad. Despite not wanting him to resign, once Adams left the club Smurthwaite initiated a policy of experimenting with young players in the hope of turning a profit from player sales in the future. Smurthwaite did cause controversy however by telling a reporter that supporters who only attended away matches (due partly to Vale Park's high ticket costs) "disgusted" him and that they should "go and support another club".
In February, the home game with Doncaster Rovers was put into doubt after Smurthwaite refused to pay extra policing costs that Staffordshire Police had demanded following intelligence that there would be troublemakers instigating violence at the game. Smurthwaite denied Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis's claim that Smurthwaite threatened to close the club down during the dispute, but retracted his threat to bar police officers from entering the ground during the match. Smurthwaite cancelled an expensive arranged loan deal for an unnamed Premier League player in March after being disappointment with low home attendances; he stated "I feel like I am banging my head against a brick wall with it all." An e-mail sent from Smurthwaite's account claimed that he was looking to sell the club and would invest no further money in the club, but he claimed his account had been hacked and that the e-mail was a hoax.
A tricky draw in the First Round left Vale facing Milton Keynes Dons; the game proved to be an entertaining one, but despite Dany N'Guessan scoring two goals he ended up on the losing side as the Dons ran out 4–3 winners.
Vale made progress in the League Cup by beating League Two side Hartlepool United 6–2 in the First Round, Ben Williamson scoring a hat-trick within the space of ten minutes. Their Second Round opponents were newly relegated Championship side Cardiff City, who ran out 3–2 victors with former Manchester United striker Federico Macheda marking his debut with a brace; the highlight for Vale was a 40-yard goal from Michael O'Connor.
After a bye in the First Round of the Football League Trophy, Vale faced a tricky tie with Preston North End at Deepdale. Tom Pope cancelled out Chris Humphrey early strike, but the game was won in the 63rd minute by a deft chipped goal from Joe Garner, with Paul Gallagher and Tom Pope completing the scoring to make it 3–2 to the "Lambs".
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
Port Vale's score comes first
|12 July 2014||Newcastle Town||0–6||Port Vale||Lyme Valley Stadium|
Lloyd 55', 57'
|14 July 2014||Alsager Town||0–8||Port Vale||Wood Park Stadium|
|19:30 BST||Report||McGivern 11'
Lines 43' (pen.)
Pope 57', 68'
|15 July 2014||Norton United||0–1||Port Vale||Norton Cricket Club & Miners Welfare Institute|
|19 July 2014||Alfreton Town||1–2||Port Vale||North Street|
|15:00||Jackson 5'||Report||Lloyd 18'
|21 July 2014||Plymouth Parkway||0–4||Port Vale||Bolitho Park|
|19:30 BST||Report||Marshall 8'
|23 July 2014||Bodmin Town||1–4||Port Vale||Priory Park|
|19:30||Shepherd 74'||Report||Birchall 2'
|Referee: Andrew Quinn
|26 July 2014||Tiverton Town||1–1||Port Vale||Ladysmead|
|15:00||Mudge 11'||Report||Williamson 83'|
|30 July 2014||Port Vale||1–2||Bolton Wanderers||Vale Park|
|19:45||Pope 84'||Report||Mills 7'
|2 August 2014||Southport||4–2||Port Vale||Haig Avenue|
Brogan 51' (pen.)
|Report||Foster 64' (og.)
|5 August 2014||Port Vale||3–2||West Bromwich Albion||Vale Park|
Referee: Rob Lewis
; = Away; = Home; = Win; = Draw = Loss
|9 August 2014 1||Port Vale||1–1||Walsall||Vale Park|
|15:00||Pope 25'||Report||Bradshaw 59'||Attendance: 7,050
Referee: Darren Bond
|16 August 2014 2||Doncaster Rovers||1–3||Port Vale||Keepmoat Stadium|
|15:00||Bennett 74'||Report||Williamson 27'
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
|19 August 2014 3||Oldham Athletic||1–1||Port Vale||Boundary Park|
|19:45||Wilson 64'||Report||Pope 8'||Attendance: 3,592
Referee: Kevin Wright
|23 August 2014 4||Port Vale||0–2||Notts County||Vale Park|
Referee: Mark Brown
|30 August 2014 5||Port Vale||1–2||Chesterfield||Vale Park|
|15:00||Marshall 41'||Report||Doyle 9'
|Attendance: Jeremy Simpson
|6 September 2014 6||Peterborough United||3–1||Port Vale||London Road Stadium|
|Report||Slew 83'||Attendance: 6,024
Referee: James Linington
|13 September 2014 7||Crewe Alexandra||2–1||Port Vale||Gresty Road|
|Report||Slew 32'||Attendance: 6,357
Referee: Simon Hooper
|16 September 2014 8||Port Vale||0–3||Bristol City||Vale Park|
|19:45||Report||Wilbraham 13', 61'
Referee: Andy Woolmer
|20 September 2014 9||Port Vale||2–1||Barnsley||Vale Park|
|Report||Hourihane 59' (pen.)||Attendance: 5,415
Referee: Dean Whitestone
|27 September 2014 10||Bradford City||1–1||Port Vale||Valley Parade|
|15:00||Yeates 45+3'||Report||Lines 12' (pen.)||Attendance: 12,703
Referee: Seb Stockbridge
|4 October 2014 11||Fleetwood Town||1–0||Port Vale||Highbury Stadium|
|15:00||Dobbie 80' (pen.)||Report||Attendance: 4,196
Referee: Kevin Johnson
|11 October 2014 12||Port Vale||4–1||Yeovil Town||Vale Park|
|15:00||Pope 18', 29'
|Report||Martin 86'||Attendance: 4,798
Referee: Darren Handley
|18 October 2014 13||Preston North End||2–0||Port Vale||Deepdale|
Referee: Mick Russell
|21 October 2014 14||Port Vale||2–2||Scunthorpe United||Vale Park|
Referee: James Adcock
|25 October 2014 15||Port Vale||3–0||Leyton Orient||Vale Park|
Clarke 81' (og.)
Referee: Lee Collins
|1 November 2014 16||Colchester United||1–2||Port Vale||Colchester Community Stadium|
|15:00||Sears 79'||Report||Marshall 56'
Referee: Trevor Kettle
|15 November 2014 17||Port Vale||1–0||Rochdale||Vale Park|
|15:00||Brown 64'||Report||Attendance: 5,043
Referee: Graham Horwood
|22 November 2014 18||Milton Keynes Dons||1–0||Port Vale||Stadium mk|
|15:00||Baker 3'||Report||Attendance: 12,007
Referee: Gary Sutton
|29 November 2014 19||Gillingham||2–2||Port Vale||Priestfield Stadium|
|15:00||Egan 29', 55'||Report||N'Guessan 18'
Referee: Brendan Malone
|13 December 2014 20||Port Vale||0–2||Coventry City||Vale Park|
Referee: Mark Heywood
|20 December 2014 21||Crawley Town||1–2||Port Vale||Broadfield Stadium|
|15:00||Henderson 88'||Report||Brown 30'
Referee: Tim Robinson
|26 December 2014 22||Port Vale||2–1||Sheffield United||Vale Park|
|Report||Campbell-Ryce 55'||Attendance: 8,524
Referee: Stuart Attwell
|28 December 2014 23||Swindon Town||1–0||Port Vale||County Ground|
|15:00||Williams 56'||Report||Attendance: 9,248
Referee: Darren Sheldrake
|3 January 2015 24||Port Vale||2–1||Gillingham||Vale Park|
|Report||McDonald 31'||Attendance: 4,783
Referee: Fred Graham
|10 January 2015 25||Chesterfield||3–0||Port Vale||Proact Stadium|
Doyle 60' (pen.)
Referee: Darren Bond
|17 January 2015 26||Port Vale||2–1||Peterborough United||Vale Park|
|Report||Washington 21'||Attendance: 4,446
Referee: Carl Berry
|24 January 2015 27||Port Vale||0–1||Crewe Alexandra||Vale Park|
|15:00||Report||Ajose 39'||Attendance: 8,002
Referee: Gavin Ward
|31 January 2015 28||Barnsley||2–1||Port Vale||Oakwell|
|15:00||Neal 45+2' (og.)
|Report||Daniel 66'||Attendance: 8,660
Referee: Graham Salisbury
|7 February 2015 29||Port Vale||2–2||Bradford City||Vale Park|
Referee: Michael Bull
|10 February 2015 30||Bristol City||3–1||Port Vale||Ashton Gate Stadium|
|Report||Marshall 77'||Attendance: 10,891
Referee: Brendan Malone
|14 February 2015 31||Walsall||0–1||Port Vale||Bescot Stadium|
|15:00||Report||Pope 28'||Attendance: 4,504
Referee: Andy D'Urso
|21 February 2015 32||Port Vale||3–0||Doncaster Rovers||Vale Park|
Referee: Keith Stroud
|28 February 2015 33||Notts County||0–1||Port Vale||Meadow Lane|
|15:00||Report||Marshall 7'||Attendance: 5,179
Referee: Darren Drysdale
|3 March 2015 34||Port Vale||0–1||Oldham Athletic||Vale Park|
|19:45||Report||Jones 42'||Attendance: 4,423
Referee: David Webb
|7 March 2015 35||Coventry City||2–3||Port Vale||Ricoh Arena|
Referee: Mick Russell
|14 March 2015 36||Port Vale||0–1||Swindon Town||Vale Park|
|15:00||Report||Rossi Branco 8'||Attendance: 5,120
Referee: Andy Madley
|17 March 2015 37||Port Vale||2–3||Crawley Town||Vale Park|
|19:45||Dodds 4', 45'||Report||Wordsworth 43'
Referee: Kevin Wright
|21 March 2015 38||Sheffield United||1–0||Port Vale||Bramall Lane|
|15:00||Baxter 29' (pen.)||Report||Attendance: 18,729
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
|28 March 2015 39||Leyton Orient||3–1||Port Vale||Brisbane Road|
|15:00||Mooney 55' (pen.)
Collins 61' (og.)
|Report||Birchall 28'||Attendance: 5,623
Referee: Darren Handley
|3 April 2015 40||Port Vale||1–2||Colchester United||Vale Park|
|15:00||Dodds 84'||Report||Moncur 57'
Referee: Charles Breakspear
|6 April 2015 41||Rochdale||1–0||Port Vale||Spotland Stadium|
|15:00||Andrew 90+4'||Report||Attendance: 2,948
Referee: Andy Haines
|11 April 2015 42||Port Vale||0–0||Milton Keynes Dons||Vale Park|
Referee: Nigel Miller
|14 April 2015 43||Scunthorpe United||1–1||Port Vale||Glanford Park|
|19:45||Wootton 90+5'||Report||Duffy 43'||Attendance: 3,002
Referee: Trevor Kettle
|17 April 2015 44||Port Vale||2–2||Preston North End||Vale Park|
|19:45||O'Connor 52' (pen.), 85' (pen.)||Report||Johnson 12'
Garner 59' (pen.)
Referee: Richard Clark
|25 April 2015 45||Yeovil Town||1–2||Port Vale||Huish Park|
|15:00||Ugwu 80'||Report||Pope 13'
Referee: Graham Scott
|3 May 2015 46||Port Vale||1–2||Fleetwood Town||Vale Park|
|12:15||O'Connor 90+4'||Report||Morris 17'
Referee: Keith Hill
|8 November 2014 1||Port Vale||3–4||Milton Keynes Dons||Vale Park|
|15:00||Spence 11' (og.)
N'Guessan 44', 85'
|Report||Afobe 31', 59' (pen.)
Referee: Charles Breakspear
|12 August 2014 1||Port Vale||6–2||Hartlepool United||Vale Park|
|19:45||Williamson 8', 14', 18'
Pope 74', 84'
Austin 59', pen.'
Referee: Graham Scott
|26 August 2014 2||Port Vale||2–3||Cardiff City||Vale Park|
Macheda 60', 79'
Referee: David Webb
|7 October 2014 2||Preston North End||3–2||Port Vale||Deepdale, Preston|
|Report||Pope 51', 89'||Attendance: 3,836
Referee: Peter Bankes
Appearances and goals
|Pos.||#||Name||League One||FA Cup||League Cup||League Trophy||Total|
|Players that left the club mid-season:|
|Place||Position||Nation||Number||Name||League One||FA Cup||League Cup||League Trophy||Total|
|–||MF||Northern Ireland||15||Michael O'Connor||6||0||1||0||7|
|9||MF||Trinidad and Tobago||7||Chris Birchall||3||0||0||0||3|
|Number||Nation||Position||Name||League One||FA Cup||League Cup||League Trophy||Total|
|15||Northern Ireland||MF||Michael O'Connor||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||0|
|5||Northern Ireland||DF||Ryan McGivern||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|7||Trinidad and Tobago||MF||Chris Birchall||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
Sourced from Soccerway.
|End of Season Awards||Winner|
|Player of the Year||Michael O'Connor|
|Away Travel Player of the Year||Mark Marshall|
|Supporters' Club's Trophy||Michael O'Connor|
|Players' Player of the Year||Michael O'Connor|
|Youth Player of the Year||Jonny Kapend|
|Goal of the Season||Michael O'Connor (vs Cardiff City, 26 August 2014)|
|Players transferred in|
|2 June 2014||MF||Colin Daniel||Mansfield Town||Free|||
|30 June 2014||DF||Ryan McGivern||Hibernian||Undisclosed|||
|2 July 2014||MF||Mark Marshall||Coventry City||Free|||
|3 July 2014||MF||Byron Moore||Crewe Alexandra||Free|||
|18 July 2014||MF||Michael Brown||Leeds United||Free|||
|18 July 2014||MF||Steve Jennings||Tranmere Rovers||Free|||
|18 July 2014||MF||Michael O'Connor||Rotherham United||Free|||
|23 October 2014||MF||Dany N'Guessan||Swindon Town||Free|||
|17 November 2014||DF||Aziz Deen-Conteh||Ergotelis||Free|||
|25 November 2014||MF||Enoch Andoh||AEL Limassol||Free|||
|27 November 2014||FW||Alex Nimely||Manchester City||Free|||
|2 January 2015||FW||Achille Campion||Norrby IF||Undisclosed|||
|7 January 2015||DF||Freddie Veseli||Ipswich Town||Free|||
|Players transferred out|
|6 January 2015||FW||Steve Jennings||Tranmere Rovers||Free|||
|2 February 2015||MF||Dany N'Guessan||AEL||Free|||
|9 May 2015||DF||Chris Robertson||Ross County||Released|||
|9 May 2015||MF||Kaid Mohamed||Port Talbot Town||Released|||
|9 May 2015||FW||Alex Nimely||Poli Timișoara||Released|||
|9 June 2015||FW||Tom Pope||Bury||Rejected contract|||
|15 June 2015||FW||Ben Williamson||Gillingham||Rejected contract|||
|30 June 2015||MF||Chris Lines||Bristol Rovers||Released|||
|30 June 2015||DF||Freddie Veseli||FC Lugano||Rejected contract|||
|30 June 2015||MF||Mark Marshall||Bradford City||Rejected contract|||
|Players loaned in|
|Date from||Pos.||Name||From||Date to||Ref.|
|29 July 2014||DF||Freddie Veseli||Ipswich Town||4 January 2015|||
|29 August 2014||FW||Jordan Slew||Blackburn Rovers||3 January 2015|||
|1 September 2014||FW||Achille Campion||Norrby IF||1 January 2015|||
|29 September 2014||DF||Stéphane Zubar||Bournemouth||27 October 2014|||
|29 September 2014||DF||Reiss Greenidge||West Bromwich Albion||31 December 2014|||
|9 October 2014||DF||Remie Streete||Newcastle United||12 November 2014|||
|20 October 2014||FW||Harry Panayiotou||Leicester City||16 November 2014|||
|2 February 2015||MF||Tommy O'Sullivan||Cardiff City||2 March 2015|||
|2 February 2015||FW||Greg Luer||Hull City||2 March 2015|||
|12 February 2015||DF||Ryan Inniss||Crystal Palace||14 March 2015|||
|12 March 2015||MF||Tommy O'Sullivan||Cardiff City||30 June 2015|||
|26 March 2015||MF||Francisco Júnior||Everton||30 June 2015|||
|26 March 2015||DF||Neill Collins||Sheffield United||30 June 2015|||
|26 March 2015||MF||Mohamed Coulibaly||Bournemouth||30 June 2015|||
|Players loaned out|
|Date from||Pos.||Name||To||Date to||Ref.|
|12 June 2014||MF||Kaid Mohamed||Northampton Town||31 May 2015|||
|13 August 2014||GK||Ryan Boot||Norton United||13 September 2014|||
|26 September 2014||GK||Ryan Boot||Newcastle Town||20 November 2014|||
|24 October 2014||DF||Nathan Smith||Stafford Rangers||31 May 2015|||
|27 October 2014||MF||Steve Jennings||Tranmere Rovers||5 January 2015|||
|20 November 2014||GK||Sam Johnson||Alfreton Town||8 December 2014|||
|13 February 2015||GK||Ryan Boot||Worcester City||31 March 2015|||
|9 March 2015||MF||Chris Lines||Bristol Rovers||31 May 2015|||
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