47 years on: Tommy McLaren’s debut

47 years on: Tommy McLaren’s debut

The 25th of November 2014 marks 47 years since Port Vale cult hero Tommy McLaren made his first-team debut.

McLaren began his career with Berwick Rangers but was one of a number of Scottish youngsters to be signed by Vale general manager Sir Stanley Matthews in 1967. After impressing in the reserves, McLaren made his senior debut against Swansea Town (a 4-2 defeat for Vale) and scored his first goal in March in a 1-0 win over Exeter City in 1968.

He played for the Valiants for a further ten years, making 333 appearances and scoring 28 goals. Sadly, he died in July 1978 aged 29 years of age.

We have some clippings from Tommy’s early Vale career below:





Team news as McLaren is set to make his first-team debut.


Scoring a goal against Wrexham



McLaren in action against West Ham in 1973. Vale lost 1-0.

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The ultimate Vale cult hero?

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