Wilf Kirkham

Remembering Wilf Kirkham…

Remembering Wilf Kirkham…

This week marks 41 years since Port Vale’s all-time record goalscorer Wilf Kirkham sadly passed away. He was 73 years old.

You can watch a video of Wilf Kirkham scoring goals for Port Vale above.

So, who was Wilf Kirkham and what was his impact on the club?

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  • Born on the 26th November 1901 in Cobridge
  • Made his Port Vale debut on 27 October 1923
  • Split his time between playing and teaching
  • Top-scorer for five consecutive seasons
  • Two spells with the club and another with Stoke City
  • Overall, he was top scorer in six seasons
  • Holds four goalscoring records for the club
  • Holds record of most goals in a season (41 in 1926-27)
  • Scored 13 competitive hat-tricks
  • His overall record was 164 goals (153 in the League)