Cliff Richard topped the charts with ‘The Millennium Prayer’, cinemagoers were enjoying Stuart Little and the world was waiting to see what chaos Y2K would bring to computers (spoiler – not much).
You have to go all the way back to December 1999 to find the last time that Pompey welcomed Port Vale to Fratton Park.
But the sides will now battle it out on the south coast once more in Saturday’s League One fixture (3pm kick-off).
The hosts know that victory would see them close the gap on the final play-off spot to just four points, with Bolton not in action due to international call-ups.
Their opponents from Staffordshire, meanwhile, appear to be sitting comfortably in 16th position after winning fourth tier promotion via the play-offs last term.
Darrell Clarke’s men are nine points clear of the drop zone with the same number of games remaining.
But their form in 2023 has not been great – in fact, the Valiants have only won twice since New Year’s Day and were beaten on home soil by Burton last time out.
That most recent Fratton contest last century was a goalless affair, although Pompey came out on top at Vale Park earlier in the current campaign, with Dane Scarlett netting the only goal back in August.
Ronan Curtis (knee), Marlon Pack (knee), Jayden Reid (knee) and Zak Swanson (groin) all remain sidelined for Pompey, while Joe Pigott is suspended.
The hosts are also without Joe Morrell and Dane Scarlett, who are on international duty with Wales and England under-20s respectively,
Former Blues striker Ellis Harrison is likely to feature for the visitors, having netted 10 times since his summer switch from Fleetwood.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 19 wins
Port Vale: 9 wins
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 9 wins
Port Vale: 6 wins
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Referee: Neil Hair
Assistants: Leigh Crowhurst and Paul Kelly
Fourth Official: Andy Bennett
Domestic iFollow subscribers can enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham as usual, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.
There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.
ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated
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Exeter v Accrington
Fleetwood v Lincoln
MK Dons v Morecambe
Peterborough v Derby
Forest Green v Sheffield Wednesday (1pm)