This photo shows the signing of Manchester City striker Darren Beckford in 1987
The addition of Darren Beckford to the Port Vale ranks was a masterstroke by manager John Rudge but the signing itself was a close-run affair. First, Vale fans raised half of the transfer fee through bucket collections while a tribunal agreed the fee. Vale offered £5,000 and City wanted £60,000. Luckily, it came down closer to Vale’s proposal with the decision of a £15,000 fee. Beckford is pictured with (from left) Andy Porter, chairman Bill Bell, Alan Webb, Gary Hamson, Beckford, Paul Smith, Richard O’Kelly and John Rudge.
Darren Beckford signs for Port Vale