Time at club: 1950-1972 Appearances: 837 Goals: 35 Roy Sproson player profile Roy Sproson is perhaps the ultimate Port Vale legend as he spent his entire, long playing career at Vale Park and also managed the club for a spell. A locally-born player, Sproson made his debut in a 1-1 draw with Gillingham in November […]
Category: Club Legends
A selection of Port Vale club legends.
Time at club: 1920-1929, 1932-1933 Appearances: 273 Goals: 163 Wilf Kirkham player profile: Legendary striker Wilf Kirkham tops the club’s all-time scoring charts. He turned professional with the Valiants in 1923 and during two spells with Vale the prolific forward scored four goals in a game twice and also hit thirteen hat-tricks. Kirkham was sold […]
Time at club: 1949-1957 Appearances: 275 Goals: 0 Ray King player profile: Ray King was an outstanding England B keeper who was first-choice at Port Vale for eight years and the custodian of the famed ‘Iron Curtain’ side of 1954. He began his career at Newcastle United but suffered a number of injuries and he […]
Time at club: 1997-98 Appearances: 59 Goals: 11 Comments: A popular winger who arrived for a club record £500,000 fee from Lincoln and who rapidly became a vital player for the Valiants. He departed for a club record £2m to Wimbledon twelve months later. Free scoring for a winger, he scored on his home debut and […]
Time at club: 1977-1982 Appearances: 110 Goals: 19 Comments: The brother of Neville Chamberlain, skilful winger Mark made his debut aged just 16 years old. He was the star of the side in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s being chosen in the PFA Division Four team of the year in 1982. He was also […]
Time at club: 1992-1994 Appearances: 106 Goals: 35 Comments: A tall midfielder signed from non-league Moor Green for £15,000. Taylor went straight into the first-team and was Player of the Year and was top scorer with nineteen goals in his first season with the club. He was a key member of the Autoglass Trophy winning […]
Time at club: 1985-1987 1989 Appearances: 129 Goals: 64 Comments: A prolific striker who joined the club for £3,000 from Rhyl. He quickly became a regular and was joint top-scorer in the 1985-86 season. He then equalled the post-war scoring record with 37 during the 1986-1987 season – a tally that included a hat-trick against Fulham […]
Time at club: 1995-1997, 2002 Appearances: 125 Goals: 17 Comments: An elegant right-winger who was signed for a club-record fee of £450,000 from York City. McCarthy formed a quality wing partnership with Steve Guppy and the pair were instrumental in the FA Cup defeat of Everton. McCarthy departed to Birmingham City for a club record […]
Time at club: 1997-1999 Appearances: 128 Goals: 13 Comments: A gifted left-winger who joined the club for £250,000 from Newcastle United. Guppy and fellow wingman Jon McCarthy were crucial factors in the 1995-1996 season when the club finished in the highest league position for fifty years. Guppy also starred in an FA Cup giantkilling over […]
Time at club: 1949-1952 1958-1982 Appearances: 118 Goals: 0 Comments: A legendary figure at Vale Park, locally-born Hamlett began his career at Bolton Wanderers before joining Vale in 1949. He played right-back in the first team for three years He subsequently became the club trainer for an incredible 25 year spell from 1958 until 1983. […]
Time at club: 1944-1950 Appearances: 155 Goals: 40 Comments: The striker progressed through the junior ranks to make his Vale debut in April 1945 aged just 16. He scored his first goal in August 1945 and was top-scorer in 1947-48 with thirteen goals. He was sold to West Bromwich Albion in 1950 for a club […]
Time at club: 1951-1956 Appearances: 179 Goals: 23 Albert Mullard player profile: Locally-born player Albert Mullard was a key member of the famed Port Vale Iron Curtain side. Mullard had been a prisoner of war for much of World War Two but he decided to become a football professional in 1946 playing for Walsall, Crewe […]
Time at club: 1945-1958 Appearances: 196 Goals: 56 Comments: Forward Griffiths was a member of the Vale’s legendary 1953-54 side. Locally-born, he joined Vale as an amateur in 1945 and became professional in 1950. He was a regular in the 1950-51 season and scored 16 goals in the 1953-54 season although he was unfortunate to […]
Time at club: 1991-1995 Appearances: 210 Goals: 26 Robin van der Laan player profile: The club’s first foreign signing, Robin van der Laan proved to be a massive success at Port Vale after his move from Dutch football. Van der Laan was signed by John Rudge for £80,000 in 1991. Originally a striker, he was […]
Time at club: 1950-1958 Appearances: 217 Goals: 23 Colin Askey player profile The legendary locally-born winger Colin Askey was a key player in the famed Iron Curtain side of 1954. He progressed through the junior ranks to become a professional in 1949 although his first year was disrupted by national service. His performances in the […]
Time at club: 1987-1991 Appearances: 215 Goals: 91 Darren Beckford player profile: A prolific goalscorer, Darren Beckford initially joined the Valiants in 1987. After a spell on loan, he joined for a fee of £15,000 with half the money provided by bucket collections among Port Vale fans. It proved to be money well spent. In […]
Time at club: 1950-1959 Appearances: 302 Goals: 55 Comments: The legendary left-winger joined the club in 1950 and was a key member of the famous 1954 “Iron Curtain” side. He was also a vital member of the 1958-1959 promotion season before being sold to Stoke City for £2,000 in 1959. He later played for Macclesfield, Stafford […]
Time at club: 1951-1961 Appearances: 291 Goals: 43 Comments: A legendary inside-forward who was a key part of the 1954 ‘Iron Curtain’ side. He joined Port Vale from Stoke City in 1950 and became a first-team regular in 1952. In the legendary “Iron Curtain” season Leake scored memorable FA Cup goals against Blackpool and the […]
Time at club: 1950-1957 Appearances: 246 Goals: 0 Comments: A locally-born player, Turner signed for the Valiants in 1949 and made his debut a year later. He established himself in the team under manager Freddie Steele and became a key figure in the famed “Iron Curtain” defence of 1953-54. He was injured in 1955 and […]
Time at club: 1970-1976 1999-2004 Appearances: 258 Goals: 37 Brian Horton player profile: A goal-scoring midfielder, Brian Horton was signed for a nominal fee from non-league Hednesford in 1970. He rapidly became the club’s key player and was controversially sold to promotion rivals Brighton for £30,000 in 1976. Horton later returned for a five year […]
Time at club: 1977-1989 Appearances: 495 Goals: 41 Phil Sproson player profile: Phil Sproson was a commanding and long-serving centre-half who was the nephew of Vale great Roy Sproson. He progressed through the youth ranks and was a member of the 1982-1983, 1985-1986 and 1988-1989 promotion teams but his Port Vale career was cruelly interrupted by […]
Time at club: 1956-1968 Appearances: 499 Goals: 79 Comments: A locally-born player who became the second-highest appearance maker for the club. He signed as a professional in 1956 and made his debut later that year. He scored his first goal for the club in November that year. He soon became a key player for the […]
Time at club: 1985-1998, 2004-2006 Appearances: 447 Goals: 26 Andy Porter player profile: Andy Porter was a battling midfielder who progressed through the Port Vale junior ranks to become a firm crowd favourite. He made his league debut in 1986. Porter was a member of the 1988-1989 promotion side, the Autoglass Trophy winning side and […]
Time at club: 1984-1997 Appearances: 441 Goals: 42 Ray Walker player profile: Cultured midfielder Ray Walker was signed for just £12,000 from Aston Villa in 1986 after an earlier loan spell in 1984 Known as the ‘Hoddle of the lower leagues’ Ray Walker was a set-piece expert and briefly shot to national fame with a […]
Time at club: 1988-1998 Appearances: 430 Goals: 20 Dean Glover player profile: Dean Glover was a cultured central defender who was signed from Middlesbrough in 1989 for a then club record £200,000, Glover formed a formidable partnership with Neil Aspin and the pair were key players in the 1993-1994 promotion side. After a long playing […]
Time at club: 1989-1999 Appearances: 409 Goals: 3 Neil Aspin player profile: Neil Aspin was a centre-half signed from Leeds United for £140,000 in 1989 and who formed a solid central-defensive partnership with Dean Glover. A reliable defender and huge fans’ favourite, Aspin was twice voted the player of the year and was a key […]
Time at club: 1946-1958 Appearances: 373 Goals: 58 Comments: A legendary centre-half or centre-forward who was leading scorer in the 1952-1953 and 1953-1954 seasons. He was also ever-present in the 1956-1957 season. He joined the Valiants in 1946, aged 16, and made his debut later that year. He left Port Vale to join Portsmouth in 1958 […]
Time at club: 1967-1977 Appearances: 369 Goals: 29 Tommy McLaren player profile: Tommy McLaren was a long-serving Port Vale midfielder who was signed from Berwick Rangers in 1967. He soon became a fans’ favourite with energetic performances in midfield and was a member of the 1969-1970 promotion side plus voted player of the year in […]
Time at club: 1946-1955 Appearances: 368 Goals: 15 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. Cheadle signed as a professional in 1946 and made his first-team debut later that […]
Time at club: 1991-2000 Appearances: 353 Goals: 108 Comments: Martin Foyle is the second-highest scorer in the history of the club with 108 goals. Foyle was signed for a then club record fee of £375,000 from Oxford United in 1991. He was leading scorer in 1991-1992, 1993-1994 and 1998-1999. He was also voted Player of […]
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