Time at club: 1989-1994
Forward Nicky Cross joined Port Vale in 1989 after lengthy spells with West Bromwich Albion and Walsall. The Valiants paid Leicester City £125,000 for the striker’s services. His first goal for Vale ironically came against Leicester in a 2-1 win in October 1989. Cross also netted the winner in a famous FA Cup upset against top-flight Derby County as he finished with fifteen goals in his first season with the club.
He was a regular in his second season until he was sidelined for fourteen months with a knee ligament injury. He returned from action in 1992 and he scored twelve times during the successful 1992-93 season when Vale won the Autoglass Trophy. The following season Vale were promoted with Cross scoring twelve times – six of them in three consecutive games.
In 1994, at the age of 33 he was given a free transfer to Hereford United and later played for Solihull Borough.
Nicky Cross images:
- Cult hero 67: Nicky Cross
- Vale video rewind: Port Vale 3-0 Burnley, 1993
- Vale video rewind: Wigan Athletic are thrashed by Port Vale in 1993
- Nicky Cross
- Video: Vale knock Derby out of the cup, 1990
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