Former Port Vale player John Ridley, who made over 300 appearances during two spells at the club, has passed away aged 67 years of age.
Ridley initially progressed through the Valiants junior ranks but left to go to University. He returned to the Vale and made his debut in 1973.
He was soon a regular first-team pick and was named as player of the year in 1976 before he was sold to Leicester City for a then club-record £55,000 fee in 1978.
He returned to Vale on a free transfer from Chesterfield in 1982 and he then helped the club to promotion in 1982-1983.
In 1985, he left the club in order to join Stafford Rangers in a player-coach role. He made a total of 310 appearances for the club, scoring nine times.
John Ridley Factfile
Time at club:
1973-1978 and 1982-1985
John Ridley 1952-2020. RIP. Forever Valiant.