An11-year dream to pay tribute to Port Vale legend Roy Sproson came to fruition before Saturday's NPower League 2 game with York City.
Sproson, who made a record 837 starts for the club, had a statue unveiled in his honour by his widow, Joyce, and other family members . They were joined by a host of former Vale players, Stoke City's Lord Mayor, local MP, and PFA Chairman Gordon Taylor amongst others
Several 100 fans, including some visiting York supporters applauded the event.
Fans also paid a noisy tribute to Sproson during the game at 8 minutes 37 seconds on the clock!
It is another positive step for the club, which has suffered in the past year after going into administration for the second time in ten years. New owners are set to take over next week all being well..
Vale drew 2-2 with York and remain 2nd in the table behind leaders Gillingham.
Sproson, who spent three decades at Vale Park as player and then manager never returned to the ground after he was contraversially sacked in 1977. He was a one man club and amazingly for a lower league footballer was voted Gillette Sports Personality of the Year in 1970.