Time at club: 2010, 2011-2015, 2017-
Tom Pope player profile:
Powerful forward Tom Pope first joined the club he supports on loan from Rotherham United. He scored his first goals in a televised win over Bradford City. Pope subsequently joined the Valiants on a permanent basis in the summer of 2011.
He enjoyed a mercurial rise in 2012 as he finished as the league’s top scorer with 33 goals and was named League Two player of the season. The following season he adapted well to League One as he finished top-scorer with 16 goals. He also picked up a second, successive player of the season award.
Pope struggled with injuries during the 2014-15 season but still managed to finish as top-scorer with 12 goals. However, in the summer the Valiants could only afford to offer him a reduced contract and he instead opted to move to rivals Bury ending a four and a half year stay at the club.
In the summer of 2017 he ended his two-year spell at Bury and rejoined the Vale for a third spell. After a prolific spell he was named the League Two player of the month for October 2017 and was crowned the club’s player of the year for a record third time.
In March 2019, Pope reached the milestone of a hundred goals for the club after scoring a penalty against Northampton Town and in 2019-20 he became the club’s record post-war scorer as he passed Martin Foyle’s total of 108.
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