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Argyle do not want FA Cup tie at Port Vale put back by 24 hours

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

By Chris Errington Chief Football Writer @ChrisErrington1

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Argyle defenders Curtis Nelson (left) and Maxime Blanchard (right) pictured playing in the 4-0 defeat away to Port Vale in January

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PLYMOUTH Argyle officials believe there is a strong case for their FA Cup clash away to Port Vale to be played on Saturday, January 4, and not be put back by 24 hours.

Port Vale and their Potteries’ rivals, Stoke City, have both been drawn at home in the third round of the competition.

Stoke will welcome Leicester City to the Britannia Stadium and there is no chance of the two ties being played on January 4.

They and Port Vale will now have to hold discussions about who plays when.

However, the possibility of one of the ties being played on Friday, January 3 has already been ruled out because of the traditional New Year’s Day fixtures.

The Herald understands that Argyle officials believe it makes sense for the Port Vale tie to remain as scheduled on January 4.

That is because it would be easier for Leicester and their supporters to make the relatively short trip to Stoke on the Saturday.

Otherwise, Argyle fans will have to make the 490-mile round trip to the Potteries on the Sunday, when public transport will be limited and many will have to work the following day.

Edmund Shillabeer, chairman of the Plymouth Argyle Supporters' Board, wants to see the fixture take place on January 4.

He said: "On behalf of the many groups of fans whose representatives make up PASB, I plead for due consideration to be given to the needs of Argyle's long distance travelling supporters when deciding when the tie is to be played. Fans first please."

Port Vale will be aiming to reach the FAS Cup fourth round for the first time since 2005/06.

They have reached this stage of the competitions with wins against two non-League opponents – 4-0 away to Shortwood United and 4-1 at home to Salisbury City.

Vale assistant manager Mark Grew said: “We have got a home draw and the fourth round is a massive incentive.

“However, this will be a tough game and we certainly won’t be taking them lightly.”

Argyle’s away fixture against Fleetwood Town in League Two, scheduled for January 4, will now have to be rearranged.

No new date for the long trip to Lancashire has been confirmed but it will probably have to be played on a Tuesday night.

FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW

Barnsley v Hartlepool/Coventry

Yeovil v Leyton Orient

Liverpool v Oldham/Mansfield

Nottingham Forest v West Ham

Bristol City v Watford

Southend v Millwall

Middlesbrough v Hull

West Brom v Crystal Palace

Kidderminster v Peterborough

Doncaster v Stevenage

Stoke v Leicester

Southampton v Burnley

Newcastle v Cardiff

Rochdale v Leeds

Wigan v MK Dons.

Charlton v Wrexham/Oxford.

Manchester Utd v Swansea

Port Vale v Plymouth

Norwich v Fulham

Aston Villa v Sheffield Utd

Macclesfield v Sheffield Wed

Sunderland v Carlisle.

Bolton v Blackpool

Blackburn v Manchester City

Everton v QPR

Brighton v Reading

Arsenal v Tottenham

Birmingham v Bristol Rovers/Crawley

Grimsby v Huddersfield

Ipswich v Preston

Derby v Chelsea

Bournemouth v Fleetwood/Burton

Matches to be played over the weekend of January 4/5.

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  • MikeSpiligan  |  December 10 2013, 8:09AM

    Port Vale Argyle on the Saturday or Stoke Leicester ? I somehow doubt that it will take them very long to figure that one out... will it ? So what are we left with ? The prospect of a Sunday trip to Port vale for a cup game, the outcome of which is sadly already a formality, and a lovely Tuesday night trawl up to Fleetwood in the darkest recesses of January.... oh the joys and magic of the cup, thank you very much Teddy and son

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  • wakeymike  |  December 10 2013, 12:45AM

    David's right ....AGAIN!! These two clubs ( Stoke and Port Vale) are always massively over policed and I can't see anyway that the bigger club won't get the Saturday match. A bit of a ****** for home based Green Army fans but nothing unusual there....we'll still have a decent turn out.

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  • PLYMFOX01  |  December 09 2013, 11:27PM

    It would make more sense for the Port Vale v Argyle game to be played on a Saturday. For Leicester City fans getting to Stoke isn't that easy by public transport on a Sunday either but at least its only about an hour's drive whereas from Plymouth it's a lot more. I personally think although the clubs will be consulted the final say will be with the authorities (and possibly the TV companies). We shall see.

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  • DavidofLancas  |  December 09 2013, 10:19PM

    The arguments in favour of our game going ahead on the Saturday are very persuasive but it will come down to the Police. If they regard it as a major operation to police the Stoke game they will consider the cost of policing the game on a Sunday, especially given the larger crowd and fact that it is almost a local derby and this may take precedence. I feel for those who would travel on the Sunday, especially as it won't be televised, but I don't fancy our chances of winning this argument, or the cup tie come to that.

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