13 Comments

  1. LIndsay Whitehouse
    3rd January 2021 @ 12:09 pm

    Another one of our great promotion team of 1969/70 gone. Clint Boulton was a fabulous footballer. Before home games he was a regular in the Vale Cafe in Hamil Road where he played pinball and smoked cigarettes non stop. On the field he was strong, resilient, skilful and versatile. In our promotion season he scored half a dozen goals from right back, a pretty decent return. If he was playing now he would stand out as a hugely accomplished footballer. RIP Clint

  2. Ian Clarke
    3rd January 2021 @ 7:32 pm

    My memory of Clint is seeing him playing on the pinball machine in the Vale Cafe with a cigarette in his mouth and the ashtray on the pinball machine catching the ash. Joan who owned the cafe came out of the kitchen and said ‘dinners ready Clint’. Dinner was bacon, sausage, fried bread, beans etc. He was greatly respected by Vale supporters and had a 500 game career. With Vale short of money £10,000 represented a sizeable fee and gave Clint the opportunity to swap Burslem for the English Riviera.

  3. Valeathome
    4th January 2021 @ 12:42 am

    I Remember Clinton Boulton. A Wonderful Player for the Vale. Always worked hard for 90 minutes and always gave everything. Week in week out for the Vale. I have also remembered seeing Clinton in the Vale Cafe. RIP Clinton.

  4. Friday Boy
    4th January 2021 @ 10:44 am

    Clint was a charming fella to the end. He loved his mates and his golf and was hugely popular, competitive and good natured in equal measure. It is my privilege to have played golf with him for years down here in beautiful Devon. He passed away with a great set of lads who did there very best for him and who are broken hearted. Love the stories from the Vale cafe. On the night of the Miracle at Medina Ryder Cup finale, in St Ives, Cornwall on the annual golf tour (3 days of beer more like) there is a great story. There was one pub with a Sky TV and one bloke in it. As the rowdy but peaceful mob arrived, we apologised for disturbing his evening. ‘No problem lads’ came the reply in a Potteries accent. Where are you from we asked and he acknowledged his upbringing in the Potteries. ‘Your lucky night. You are in the company of a Potteries legend’. The guy was a Valiant and recognised Clint. ‘Vale only had to pay Torquay £10k to get rid of him’ we teased. ‘Best marauding full back I ever saw’ he said. Clint was a lovely bloke to the end. We’ll miss him terribly down here.

  5. Jeff Abbotts
    4th January 2021 @ 10:52 am

    Great lad for the Vale, R.I.P. Clint

  6. Grahamsmith
    4th January 2021 @ 2:33 pm

    One of my fave Vale players of all time. We still sing his name even now. Was he as good at golf as he was football? R I P

  7. Steve Pope
    4th January 2021 @ 2:33 pm

    I had the great privilage & honour to know Clint & have remained friends, from when I first met him, back in November 1971 in the home team dressing room of Torquay United. I was an apprentice at the time & Clint had just signed from Port Vale, I made him a mug of tea & waited for all the pros to arrive that day for training,
    A truly lovely, kind & gentle soul, plus of course an absolute brilliant footballer!! He was a steal at £10,000.00 from Port Vale. Good bye my dear friend, God bless you!!!

  8. Michael quinn
    4th January 2021 @ 2:49 pm

    I can remember standing on the Hamil End, knee deep in snow, can’t remember who we were playing but Clint put in a tackle near the corner flag, sliding in the snow, then we heard a crack, he had broken his leg. A true professional, never shied away from anything, RIP Mr Clint Boultom

  9. Derek Harrison
    4th January 2021 @ 3:00 pm

    Lovely man was (Bernie) never a bad word for anyone, wonderful team man and great competitor and team mate. He will be sadly missed. R.I.P.

  10. Roy Cross
    4th January 2021 @ 10:01 pm

    R.I.P. Clint

  11. Bruce Wills
    8th January 2021 @ 11:13 pm

    I briefly lived with Clint in Torquay during the early 1980’s during which time we became very good friends.
    Despite playing very different sports, me playing rugby for Torquay Athletic, we got on like a house on fire.
    Clint was an absolutely genuine and honest bloke and it was a privilege to have known him for all these years.
    Rest in Peace old friend.

  12. Aston Parker
    13th January 2021 @ 6:52 am

    Myself & my wife were friends of Clint Boulton & his wife Rose during his playing days at Torquay. He was a genuinely nice man & very unassuming . It is with great regret to hear of his death
    . He was a very popular local figure following his retirement from football in the torbay area .

  13. Michael Amison
    13th January 2021 @ 1:31 pm

    RIP Clinton Boulton a brilliant fullback far far better than any of our current defenders he was a local boy coming from cellarhead no edge on him just a proper nice bloke

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