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Naylor returning for an Alzheimer's fund-raiser

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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PORT Vale goalscoring legend Tony Naylor, pictured right, is about to pull on his boots on again for charity at the age of 46.

Naylor, who lives near Leek, netted 150 times in more than 400 Football League appearances.

Ninety of those goals came during his seven-year stint with the Valiants, after joining the Potteries club in a £150,000 transfer deal from Crewe Alexandra.

Naylor's surprise return to action has been prompted by a desire to raise money for Alzheimer's sufferers – his father Joe is in the early stages of the condition.

He will play in a Port Vale side against a Stoke City XI at Vale Park on Sunday, May 18.

Since floating the idea on Facebook, the diminutive former striker has been overwhelmed by the support of the public, not least from his former professional clubs.

He said: "I owe a massive 'thank you' to everyone who has shown an interest so far.

"When the time comes, we would love to fill Vale Park – the awareness that would bring would be phenomenal."

Naylor is organising the event with the help of friend Kevin Jones, son of former Vale director Alan Jones.

He said: "Kev came up with the idea for a charity game and it has snowballed from there.

"This is the first time I have done anything like this, but it is a great cause.

"There are so many people who are going through similar things to our family – worse in some cases."

It was Joe, now 65, who got Tony interested in football as a three-year-old, following Manchester City.

He entered the game with non-league Droylsden before joining Crewe and scoring

66 goals in four years prior to moving to Vale.

The Stoke City XI is being organised by the Stoke City Old Boys Association, with the help of ardent Potters fan and TV presenter Nick Hancock.

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