Former striker Lee Hughes came onto the pitch during the half-time interval of Sunday’s game between Port Vale and Plymouth.
Hughes had completed a move to Forest Green Rovers earlier in the week and to the striker’s credit he came to the Vale match to bid farewell to the Port Vale supporters.
The veteran forward, who scored ten goals during Vale’s promotion campaign, received a warm sending-off from the home supporters.
Lee Hughes' Vale career stats
Joined Port Vale: 8th January 2013
Left Port Vale: 3rd January 2014
With thirteen goals in 34 games, Hughes achieved exactly what he was bought for – securing promotion from League Two for the club. Hughes had previously been the subject of two failed Vale bids – one by John Rudge in 1997 and a loan move in November 2012 that collapsed due to late paperwork.
However, when he finally signed in January 2013, he scored on his first appearance and totalled ten goals in Vale’s promotion season. His appearances this season have been less frequent but he still managed three goals, including a last-minute equaliser against Bristol City. His final appearance for the club was in the 2-1 win over Notts County on Boxing Day.