Clipping Heroes #12: Tommy Cheadle

Clipping Heroes #12: Tommy Cheadle

On the 22nd anniversary of his death at the age of 74, here is a brief tribute from OVF.

The following images or clippings are from the OVF Archives and document some of Tommy’s time at the club.

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Profile

1954-cheadleThe legendary captain of the “Iron Curtain” side, Tommy Cheadle, a former centre-forward, was an ever-present during 1949-1950 and 1952-1953 and formed a formidable defensive partnership with Roy Sproson.

He signed as a professional in 1946 and made his debut later that year. After an eleven year spell with Vale, he moved to Crewe as player-coach in 1957.

Time at club: 1946-1955

Appearances: 368

Goals: 15

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A photograph from the Sentinel’s special edition brought out to commemorate Port Vale’s FA Cup semi-final against West Brom. Tommy was captain of the Vale team that season.

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Vale skipper Tommy Cheadle is unable to prevent Albion's first goal
Vale skipper Tommy Cheadle is unable to prevent Albion’s first goal in the FA Cup semi-final

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“It was Matt Busby and a faulty no. 69 grenade that made Tommy Cheadle into Port Vale’s centre-half and captain. Matt Busby, then captain of Liverpool, was Cheadle’s PTI. Matt was the Unit centre-half. Playing behind the cultured Scot, Tommy studied the art of centre-half and finally moved into the position himself.Move now to 1944, a battlefield in Holland. The Monmouths are attacking. Private Cheadle throws a grenade. It goes off almost in his hand and Tommy wakes up in Hospital. Enter now another PTI – Ken Fish, trainer of Port Vale.Demob…a social call on Ken Fish…a trial…the immediate signing of professional forms. Thus began at 26 a career that might have won national fame had his rich gifts of speed, strength and courage been recognised earlier.” [/box]

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Tommy Cheadle’s signature (top row, second from left and next to manager Freddie Steele) from a team photo from 1953-54.

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A salute to the 1953-54 side from Football Monthly magazine.

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A 1957 press cutting predicting the exit of Cheadle – he would later join Crewe Alex that year.

Tommy Cheadle 1919-1993 – RIP Forever Valiant