Whilst in the course of research for more OVF historical features, we were given these amazing images of Vale’s 1954 FA Cup semi-final clash with West Bromwich Albion.
In 1954, Vale’s astonishing Iron Curtain side romped to promotion and also reached the semi-final of the FA Cup. The Valiants lost (unuckily) thanks to a match-winning penalty converted by former Valiant Ronnie Allen.
Now the editor of the Wolves Heroes website (www.wolvesheroes.com) Dave Instone has kindly allowed OVF to display these three images which are:
Thanks to David Instone for these images.
About the 1953-54 Port Vale Iron Curtain side
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.
We have a series of special features, press clippings, images and video about the 1954 Port Vale side