Tommy Cheadle player profile: biography, stats, images and news about this legendary Port Vale player.
Time at club: 1946-1955
Tommy Cheadle player profile:
Tommy Cheadle, the legendary captain of the “Iron Curtain” side, a former centre-forward, was an ever-present during 1949-1950 and 1952-1953 and formed a formidable defensive partnership with Roy Sproson.
As centre-half and captain of the side Cheadle played a key role in the Iron Curtain defence setting numerous club records during the 1953-54 season. Cheadle played in the FA Cup semi-final game against West Brom and it was the captain who conceded the controversial “penalty” (which appeared to take place outside the penalty box) in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to West Brom.
Cheadle signed as a professional with the Valiants in 1946 and made his first-team debut later that year. After an eleven year spell with Port Vale, Cheadle moved to Crewe Alexandra as player-coach in 1957.
In the noughties, the Port Vale pub was renamed “Tommy Cheadle’s” in his honour.
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