We take a look at a 1961 feature from the Reynold’s News and Sunday Citizen newspaper. The feature takes the form of a hand-tinted team photograph and some text on Port Vale’s cup run during the 1961-1962 season.
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Here is the text reproduced in its original form:
SEASON’S BIGGEST CROWD WILL SEE CUP-TIE ON JANUARY 6
PORT VALE completed half of their 1961-1962 Third Division fixtures a week ago, when they were somewhat unlucky 1-0 losers at Portsmouth – now they are placed in the middle of the table, and only an optimist would give Vale a chance of finishing the season in one of the two promotion positions.
But perhaps Vale will make an impact in the FA Cup, for they have a proud tradition in the competiton and, in 1954, became the first club in membership of the old Third Division (North) to reach the semi-final stage. Indeed, they were unfortunate to suffer a 2-1 Villa Park defeat by West Bromwich, then leading the First Division – by virtue of an own-goal and a penalty after being ahead at half-time.
On January 6, then, Vale can anticipate their biggest crowd of the season to see their third round Cup-tie against the resolute Northampton Town team – who are captained by one of Soccer’s leading marksmen in Cliff Holton.
BACK ROW: Terry Lowe, Joe Maloney, Arthur Longbottom, Terry Miles, Lol Hamlett (trainer), Dave Raine, Stan Edwards, Selwyn Whalley
MIDDLE ROW: Roy Gater, Colin Corbishley, Roy Sproson, Bob Taylor, Ken Hancock, Peter Ford, Barry Hancock, Stan Steele
FRONT ROW: Brian Jackson, Harry Poole, Noel Kinsey, Norman Low (manager), Derek Edge, Bert Llewellyn, Colin Grainger
NEXT SUNDAY Readers in all areas will receive a new colour picture of ARSENAL FC