Salute to Port Vale is a vintage cartoon from the March 1954 edition of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly.
Salute to Port Vale
The cartoon celebrates the achievements of Port Vale’s legendary 1954 Iron Curtain side.
Here’s the front cover of the Charlie Buchan’s Football Monthly magazine:
And here’s the Salute to Port Vale cartoon itself.
Want to find out more about that legendary 1954 side?
About the 1953-54 Port Vale Iron Curtain side
Known as the “Iron Curtain” for their tremendous defensive qualities, the Port Vale FC side of 1953-54 set numerous club records and are regarded as probably the greatest Port Vale side of all-time.
Managed by Freddie Steele, the side were crowned Third Division North Champions and also reached the FA Cup semi-final where they unluckily lost to West Brom.
Their success was based on a squad of nineteen players, many of whom were locally born. Players included Ray King, Roy Sproson, Tommy Cheadle, Colin Askey, Dickie Cunliffe, Albert Leake and Basil Hayward.
The side set three Football League records including the least number of goals conceded in a season, a club record eleven successive home wins and they were undefeated at home all season.
Read more about them in our dedicated section