The 11th September 2014 marks seventeen years since Vale broke their transfer record to sign winger Gareth Ainsworth.
Ainsworth had been purchased to replace Jon McCarthy who had moved to Birmingham City for a club record £1.5m fee.
In a brief but dazzling Vale spell he was named the 1997-98 player of the year and after eleven goals in 59 games, he was sold on to Wimbledon for a club record £2m fee.
When OVF chatted to Ainsworth…
Read our interview with Gareth Ainsworth from the late 1990’s when he was a Wimbledon player. Read about his respect for John Rudge, his friendship with Stewart Talbot and his weakness for chocolate…