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Alex Legends To Face Vale

24 July 2015

Ex-Striker Tony Naylor is organising derby game in July for Alzheimer charity

Crewe Alex will visit Port Vale this weekend in a charity match organised by former striker Tony Naylor.


Naylor, who played for both clubs and helped the Railwaymen to promotion in 1994, is behind the idea to get some of the stars of yesteryear to go head-to-head in a local derby at Vale Park on Sunday, July 26.


Dario Gradi will take charge of an Alex team expected to feature the likes of Craig Hignett, Kenny Lunt, Shaun Smith, Steve Macauley, Ashley Ward and Lee Unsworth.


And John Rudge will boss a side of ex-Valiants such as Ray Walker, Neil Aspin, Robin van der Laan, Jon McCarthy and Ian Bogie.



The aim is to raise cash for two charities - one in South Cheshire and another in North Stafforshire. The match at Vale Park will kick off at 1.30pm and tickets are priced at £10 for adults and seniors and £5 juniors.


Naylor, 48, said: "Both clubs are very close to my heart and I've had a great response from the players.


"The main thing is to raise awareness about Alzheimer's, which my dad suffers from, and to raise money for charity. But it's also important to me that we put on a really good game of football too.


"If it wasn't for Crewe and Dario Gradi I might have been one of those players who never made it, so I have nothing but total respect and love for the club.

“I owe a massive debt to both clubs for what they did for my career.”


Naylor was a huge success at Crewe, scoring 66 goals in four years after Gradi signed him from non-league Droylsden in 1990.


A highlight was his brilliant free-kick, along with Ward's strike, which sealed promotion to the third tier with a 2-1 win over Chester at the Deva Stadium in 1994-94.


Then he moved to Vale Park where he banged in 90 goals in seven successful years.


The match Naylor is organising is the sequel to a Vale versus Stoke City charity game last summer.


That raised £20,000 for North Staffs mental health charity Approach after 3,844 fans turned up.


Now Naylor, who also played for Cheltenham Town, is hoping for another memorable afternoon.


He added: "It was such a fantastic day last year that it would have been a shame to leave it as a one-off."


Naylor will announce which two local charities will benefit in the near future.


He is helped by his friend and fellow organiser and good friend Kevin Jones, whose companies ICL and manorshop.com are sponsoring the game.


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