Roy Sproson

Time at club: 1950-1972 Appearances: 837 Goals: 35 Comments: Roy Sproson is the ultimate Port Vale player as he spent his entire playing career at Vale Park and also managed the club for a spell. A locally-born player, Sproson made his debut in November 1950. After a spell out ofRead More →

Wilf Kirkham

Time at club: 1920-1929, 1932-1933 Appearances: 273 Goals: 163 Comments: 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 he scored four goals in a game twice and hit thirteen hat-tricks. He was sold toRead More →

Time at club: 1949-1957 Appearances: 275 Goals: 0 Comments: An outstanding England B keeper who was first-choice for eight years and the custodian of the ‘Iron Curtain’ side of 1954. He began his career at Newcastle United but suffered a number of injuries and he thus opted to join hisRead More →

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 scoredRead More →

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 yearRead More →

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 memberRead More →

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 thatRead More →

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 BirminghamRead More →

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 inRead More →

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 yearRead More →

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 AlbionRead More →

Time at club: 1951-1956 Appearances: 179 Goals: 23 Comments: The locally-born player was a key member of the famed Iron Curtain side. Mullard had been a prisoner of war for much of WW2 but he decided to become a football professional in 1946 playing for Walsall, Crewe and Stoke beforeRead More →

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 seasonRead More →

Time at club: 1991-1995 Appearances: 210 Goals: 26 Comments: The club’s first foreign signing proved to be a massive success after his move from Dutch football. Van der Laan was signed by John Rudge for £80,000 in 1991. Originally a striker, he was serving a lengthy ban in his homeRead More →

Time at club: 1950-1958 Appearances: 217 Goals: 23 Comments: The legendary locally-born winger 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 theRead More →

Time at club: 1987-1991 Appearances: 215 Goals: 91 Comments: A prolific goalscorer, 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 Vale fans. It proved to be money well spent. InRead More →

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. HeRead More →

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 CupRead More →