On This Day 1997 | Stoke Beat Vale

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It was on this day 19 years ago that Stoke City last beat Port Vale.

The 2-1 victory was the first Potteries Derby at Stoke’s new Britannia Stadium, and was a rare shining light in a dreadful season.

Stoke were ultimately relegated, but recorded their fourth win from the opening six league matches at the Brit after a hard fought triumph against their near neighbours.

Richard Forsyth scored an early goal for Stoke, but that was cancelled out by Tony Naylor’s strike.

That set the match up for Kevin Keen to score a deciding winner after 34 minutes to send the majority of the 20,125 crowd home happy.

Stoke had a little help thanks to Steven Tweed’s handball on the line- conveniently missed by the referee- but have failed to win any of the last six meetings between the two sides.

The Stoke City side that day was as follows: Muggleton, Pickering, Sigurdsson, Tweed, Griffin, Forsyth, Kavanagh, Wallace, Keen, Andrade (Crowe 86), Thorne. Unused: Whittle, MacKenzie

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