Time at club: 1987-1991
A prolific goalscorer, Beckford initially joined the Valiants in 1987. After a spell on loan, he joined for a fee of £15,000 with half the money provided by bucket collections among Vale fans.
It proved to be money well spent. In his first season, he netted ten goals but then hit 23 as the club secured promotion in 1988-89.
The following season, he hit 21 goals despite the higher division and hit 23 goals in 1990-91 to become the club’s highest scorer for four consecutive seasons.
He agreed to move to Norwich City in 1991. The Valiants wanted £1.5m for their striker so the deal went to a Football League tribunal who agreed a transfer fee of £925,000.
More on Darren Beckford:
- Ultimate Port Vale XI: the strikers
- Clipping Heroes #13: Vale Cover Stars
- 1980s: Darren Beckford and Ron Futcher to the fore
- Clipping Hero #1: Darren Beckford
- Video vault: Beckford Goals Compilation
- Darren Beckford
- Vale Legends No.3 - the MBE routine
- 50 years of Port Vale hat-tricks (with video)
- Video Vault: Beckford and Earle, 1990
- 1980's/90's: The joy of staying up
- Goals of the 1988-89 season - part two
- Video vault: 1980's double bill
- Video Vault: Beckford's treble sinks Preston
- Video Vault: Celebrating promotion in 1989
- Video Vault: When Vale scored 11 in 3 days...
- Flashback: Beckford's 150th game
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