Time at club: 1948-1952
The inside-forward was signed alongside Mick Hulligan in a club-record £9,000 deal from Liverpool in 1948.
The player later told liverpoolfc.tv that: “I’d just come back from the States and I got the shock of my life. Tom Bush, a former centre half who was then working on the office staff, knocked on my door and said I wanted down at the ground. I turned up and standing there was Gordon Hodgson, the legendary Liverpool centre forward who managed Port Vale. He wanted to sign Mick Hulligan and myself in a double deal. I was unsure what to do at first because I really wanted to stay with Liverpool but the opportunity of first team football was too tempting and I eventually decided to go.”
He was a regular for three seasons including the first campaign at Vale Park but he was released by new manager Ivor Powell in 1952.
There has always been confusion over the player’s surname as he is often referred to as “Polk” – the surname is Cornish and the “a” is often pronounced as a “o”.
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