This week marks 41 years since Port Vale’s all-time record goalscorer Wilf Kirkham sadly passed away. He was 73 years old.
You can watch a video of Wilf Kirkham scoring goals for Port Vale above.
So, who was Wilf Kirkham and what was his impact on the club?
- Born on the 26th November 1901 in Cobridge
- Made his Port Vale debut on 27 October 1923
- Split his time between playing and teaching
- Top-scorer for five consecutive seasons
- Two spells with the club and another with Stoke City
- Overall, he was top scorer in six seasons
- Holds four goalscoring records for the club
- Holds record of most goals in a season (41 in 1926-27)
- Scored 13 competitive hat-tricks
- His overall record was 164 goals (153 in the League)