We take a look back to 1993 and a news report announcing Port Vale’s free transfer signing of striker Bernie Slaven.
In March 1993, veteran striker Slaven signed for John Rudge’s Port Vale side on a free transfer. His Vale career got off to the worst possible start as he was sent off on his debut in a 1–0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road on 20 March – the first red card of his career.
He scored his first goal for the “Valiants” with a 25-yard volley in a 4–0 win over Wigan Athletic at Springfield Park on 17 April. Later that season, Vale reached the Autoglass Trophy final at Wembley. Slaven set up Paul Kerr for Vale’s first goal before scoring the second decisive goal of a 2–1 victory.
He started the 1993–94 season with a hat-trick in a 6–0 win over Barnet in the first home game of the campaign on 21 August.[
However, he picked up a calf strain and lost his first team place to Nicky Cross. Slaven wanted to return to the North-East to be with his familyc, however manager John Rudge was reluctant to lose Slaven. He scored his last goal for the club in a 1–0 win over Premier League Southampton in an FA Cup third round replay at Vale Park on 18 January
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