Remember when: Port Vale’s Tony Naylor stunned Sunderland

We take a step back to 1997 when two stunning goals from striker Tony Naylor gave Port Vale a 3-1 win over Sunderland.

Naylor’s second goal has often been described as the best goal ever seen at Vale Park as the striker starts from the half-way line with a clever back heel and cuts through the Sunderland defence to score with a curling effort.

Video below:

The match took place on August 23rd 1997 in front of 8,290 at Vale Park and current Vale manager Neil Aspin also played in the Valiants defence.

Here are the match stats:


Stats

Scorers: Vale (Mills 3, Naylor 39,72), Sunderland (Phillips 76)

Vale: Musselwhite, Hill, Aspin, Glover, Tankard, McCarthy, Porter, Talbot (Bogie) , Corden (Stokes), Mills, Naylor (Foyle)

Sunderland: Perez, Ord, Makin, Gray, Melville, Ball, Byrne (Smith), Clark, Aiston (Mullin), Quinn, Phillips


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