Bill McGarry: 1928-2005


Locally born, former Port Vale player Bill McGarry has sadly passed away at the age of 77.

McGarry was discovered by the Valiants in 1945 and was transferred to Huddersfield Town for £12,000 in 1951.

McGarry made his debut for Vale in a home defeat by Walsall and went on to make 158 appearances, scoring five goals. He was a great favourite for the Valiants during his spell at Vale – Vale legend Roy Sproson even considered McGarry to be the finest right-half the Valiants had ever had.

He went on to win four England caps and manage Wolves and Ipswich amongst other clubs. He led Wolves to the final of the UEFA Cup and success in the 1974 League Cup Final.

His funeral will take place in South Africa at the weekend.

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