Long-serving Louis Dodds set for Vale appearance number 300

Forward Louis Dodds will make his 300th appearance for Port Vale should he feature against Fleetwood at the weekend.

Dodds, Vale’s longest-serving current player has been at the club since July 2008. He was signed by former Vale manager Lee Sinnott who said at the time: “Once he became available, he was a player we were keen to secure his services. We’ve been aware of him for some time now but it was a case of waiting to get the green light, we’re very pleased.”

He has a great brain and he sees passes that nobody else sees. He has unbelievable quality…

Dodds is currently in 27th place in the all-time appearances list for the club (see below). However, if Dodds continue to feature in the first-team this season, he may move up to as high as nineteenth place by the end of the season.

Dodds has experienced the highs and lows while a Vale player. He was one of the squad that signed a new contract in 2012 despite the club remaining in administration and he was subsequently a member of the side that won promotion in 2013.

Highlights of Dodds’ career also include being awarded the “goal of the season” twice (in 2012-13 for a stunning strike against Fleetwood Town and in 2011-12 for a strike against Bradford City) and a hat-trick in a 7-2 win over Morecambe.

Former team mate Tom Pope said of Dodds: “He has a great brain and he sees passes that nobody else sees. He has unbelievable quality.”

Our congratulations to Louis Dodds on reaching this landmark.

Louis Dodds Vale career stats

  • League appearances: 178+82
  • FA Cup appearances: 10+7
  • League Cup appearances: 7+2
  • Other appearances: 10+3
  • Total appearances: 205+94
  • League goals: 45
  • FA Cup goals: 4
  • League Cup goals: 0
  • Other goals: 1
  • Total goals: 50

Top Port Vale appearance makers

[simpletable caption=”All-time leading appearances”width=”100%”colalign=”left|left”]
Name, Appearances
Roy Sproson,837
Harry Poole,498
Phil Sproson,495
Andy Porter,437
Dean Glover,430
Ray Walker,423
Neil Aspin,410
Terry Miles,397
Russell Bromage,394
Basil Hayward,372
Stan Steele,370
Tommy McLaren,369
Tommy Cheadle,368
Paul Musselwhite,367
Robbie Earle,357
Martin Foyle,356
Roger Jones,346
Bob Connelly,341
Billy Briscoe,331
Colin Tartt,327
Allen Tankard,324
Jimmy Oakes,316
John Ridley,310
Tom Page,302
Dickie Cunliffe,302
Reg Potts,301
Louis Dodds,299


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