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1953-1954 Port Vale Season

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The 1953-1954 Port Vale season was one of the most memorable in the club’s history as the Valiants won promotion, set several club records and reached the semi-final of the FA Cup. The club’s success was due to a squad of mostly locally born players and a formidable defence known as the Iron Curtain or Steele Curtain in tribute to manager Freddie Steele. Notable players in the team include Roy Sproson, Tommy Cheadle, Ray King, Albert Leake, Dickie Cunliffe, Basil Hayward and Colin Askey. is an independent Port Vale FC website which was founded in 1996.