Harry Poole

Harry Poole

Time at club: 1956-1968

Appearances: 499

Goals: 79


A locally-born player who became the second-highest appearance maker for the club. He signed as a professional in 1956 and made his debut later that year. He scored his first goal for the club in November that year.

He soon became a key player for the club and was a member of the 1958-1959 promotion winning side.

Poole was famed for his swerving free-kicks with Roy Sproson commenting that Poole would “specialise in bending the ball round the defensive wall from free-kicks long before they became fashion.”

During his career Vale rejected bids from Bolton and Spurs for his services. He left the club in 1968 after 15 years service.


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