Clinton Boulton passes away: local media in Torquay have announced the death of former Port Vale FC defender Clinton Boulton at the age of 72.
A report in the local media read:
Torquay United has lost one of its most versatile and popular players with the death of 1970s stalwart Clint Boulton.
Boulton, 72, died suddenly while playing golf on Friday, just over 41 years since he made his final appearance for the Gulls, a 1-0 FA Cup win at Gravesend and Northfleet in November 1979.
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Boulton forced his way into Port Vale’s first team as a teenager. At only 16 he became the Valiants’ youngest-ever scorer and then, at 18, the youngest captain in their history under the managership of the great Sir Stanley Matthews.
After being an ever-present in Vale’s 1970 Fourth Division promotion team under future Blackburn and Everton boss Gordon Lee, Boulton was bought by Third Division Torquay for £10,000 in November 1971.
He had already played 267 games for Vale and he went to make 286 appearances and score 36 goals for United over the next eight years.
Boulton began his career at Port Vale and made over 250 appearances before moving to Torquay. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
Our thanks to Clint’s friend Friday Boy for this photo of Clinton:
About Clinton Boulton
Locally-born Clinton Boulton progressed through the Port Vale junior ranks to make it into the first team. He made his first team debut during the 1964-65 season and turned professional in 1965. The defender also scored his first goal in 1965 which at 17 made him the club’s youngest goalscorer. Boulton established himself in the Valiants defence by 1966 and was a member of the 1969-1970 Port Vale promotion side under manager Gordon Lee. He was an ever-present as the Vale were promoted into the Third Division.
After over 250 games for the Vale, he joined Torquay United in November 1971 for a fee of £10,000. He was named the Torquay player of the year in 1976. He was awarded a testimonial by Torquay and he later had a spell for non-league side Minehead. His playing career spanned over 550 games and sixteen years.
Clinton Boulton RIP Forever Valiant