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Darren Beckford

Personal information
Full nameDarren Richard Lorenzo Beckford
Date of birth12 June 1967(age 49)
Place of birthMoss Side, Manchester, England
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionForward

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Darren Richard Lorenzo Beckford (born 12 June 1967 in Moss Side, Manchester) is a former professional footballer. His younger brother Jason also played professional football. They both played as forwards.

In fourteen years as a professional footballer he scored a total of 103 goals in 309 league games. Advancing through the Manchester City youth team, he also spent a brief time on loan at Bury before joining Port Vale in 1987. He enjoyed the most successful time of his career at Vale, scoring 68 goals in 167 league games, helping the club to promotion via the play-offs in 1989. After four successive seasons as the club's top scorer he earned a £925,000 move to Norwich City in 1991. Unable to find the form he hit at Vale Park, he was sold on to Oldham Athletic for £300,000 in 1993. Three years later he moved on to Scottish side Hearts. He later played for Preston North End, Fulham, Walsall, Rushden & Diamonds, Southport, Total Network Solutions, Bury and Bacup Borough.

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