Darren Beckford beats England keeper Peter Shilton – here’s how the national press reported on Port Vale’s creditable home draw with Derby County on January 7th 1990.
The match was of course the precursor to an even more memorable game – as the Valiants travelled to the Baseball Ground and triumphed 3-2 in the replay. It was arguably one of John Rudge’s side’s most accomplished away performances.
However, this first game is often unsung as a result – so read on to find out what the national press made of both the game – and the antics of a Port Vale ballboy!
Thanks to Port Vale fan Ken Grocott for these clippings.