Unreliable History

To be written.

 

Famous Players : – 

Famous Fans : –   Robbie Williams (Musician formerly of Take That); Phil “The Power” Taylor (ex-World Darts champion).

 

Club Records


Formed 1876

Turned Professional 1885

Became a Limited Company 1911

Previous names Port Vale = 1876-1884
Burslem Port Vale = 1884-1909

Previous grounds The Meadows, Limekiln Lane, Longport = 1876-1881
Westport Meadows = 1881-1884
Burslem Football & Athletic Ground = 1884-1886
The Athletic Ground, Waterloo Road = 1886-1913
The Old Recreation Ground, Hanley = 1913-1950

Nickname “THE VALIANTS”

Motto “FOR ALL WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE”

Club Colours
[Images courtesy of the wonderful Colours of Football website]
HOME :

AWAY :

THIRD :


Record Football League Win 9-1  v  Chesterfield  (Division2 )      24.09.1932
8-0  v  Gateshead  (Division 4)      26.12.1958

Record Football League Defeat 0-10  v  Sheffield United  (Division 2)     10.12.1892

Record Cup Win 7-1  v  Irthlingborough Town  (FA Cup First Round)  (Home)     12.01.1907

Record Fee Paid £500,000 to Lincoln City for Gareth AINSWORTH (11.09.1997)

Record Fee Received £2 million from Wimbledon for Gareth AINSWORTH (29 October 1998)

Record Appearances 842  –  Roy SPROSON  (1949-1972)

Record League Appearances 760  –  Roy SPROSON  (1949-1972)

Record League goal-scorer 153  –  Wilf KIRKHAM  (1923-1929 & 1932-1933)

Record all-time goal-scorer 164  – Wilf KIRKHAM  (1923-1929 & 1932-1933)

Record goal-scorer in a League season 38  – Wilf KIRKHAM  (1926-1927)  (42 games)

Record goal-scorer in a season 41  – Wilf KIRKHAM  (1926-1927)  (46 games)

Most goals scored in a League match 6  –  Stewart LITTLEWOOD  v  Chesterfield  (Division 2)    24.09.1932

Record Home Attendance (Manor Ground) 49,768 v  Aston Villa  (FA Cup Fifth Round)  20.02.1960

Record total of goals in a League season 110  –  Division 4   (1958-1959)   (46 games)

Record League points total 2 points for a win  :  ??  –    (19??-19??)  Division ?  (?? games)
3 points for a win  :  89  –   Division 2  (1992-1993)  (46 games)

Most Capped Player while at club 27  –  Chris BIRCHALL  (Trinidad & Tobago)

Youngest Player Nelson AGHO  –  15 years and 262 days  v  Walsall   (EFL Trophy)  13.11.2018

Oldest Player Tom HOLFORD  –  46 years and 68 days  v  Derby County  (Division 2)  05.04.1924

 

Stadium details 

Address :  Vale Park, Hamil Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire  St6 1AW

Telephone :   01782 655800
Ticket Office :   01782 655800  (Option 1)

Capacity :  19,052
Away Allocation :   4,500
Pitch size :  104m x 70.5m  (114 yards  x 77 yards)
Official website :   www.port-vale.co.uk

Directions

There are good directions to Vale Park on the Port Vale website and more information on the Away Days website.

Honours


Division Three North Champions  (Third Tier) 1929-1930

Division Three Champions  (Third Tier) 1953-1954

Division Two Runners-up  (Third Tier) 1993-1994

Division Champions  (Fourth Tier) 1958-1959

Football League Trophy Winners 1993, 2001

Anglo-Italian Cup Finalists 1996

Debenhams Cup Finalists 1977

 

Managers


Sam GLEAVES August 1896 – May 1905

Tommy CLARE July 1905 – July 1906

Sam BENNION July 1906 – May 1907

Harry MYATT October 1913 – May 1914

Tom HOLFORD May 1914 – 1918

Jock CAMERON August 1918 –  January 1919

Joe SCHOFIELD March 1920 – 29 September 1929

Tom MORGAN September 1929 – May 1932

Tom HOLFORD June 1932 – September 1935

Warneford CRESSWELL May 1936 – May 1937

Tom MORGAN December 1937 – April 1939

Jack DIFFIN October 1944 – December 1944

David PRATT December 1944 – August 1945

Billy FRITH August 1945 – October 1946

Gordon HODGSON October 1946 – 14 June 1951

Ivor POWELL July 1951 – November 1951

Ken FISH (Caretaker) November 1951 – 24 December 1951

Freddie STEELE 24 December 1951 – 15 January 1957

Norman LOW February 1957 – October 1962

Freddie STEELE October 1962 – February 1965

Jackie MUDIE 14 March 1965 – 31 May 1967

Stanley MATTHEWS 31 May 1967 – April 1968

Gordon LEE May 1968 – 14 January 1974

Roy SPROSON 14 January 1974 – 31 October 1977

Colin HARPER (Caretaker) 31 October 1977 – 17 November 1977

Bobby SMITH 17 November 1977 – 17 May 1978

Dennis BUTLER 17 May 1978 – 30 August 1979

Alan BLOOR 30 August 1979 – 1 December 1979

Bill BENTLEY (Caretaker) 1 December 1979 – December 1979

John McGRATH December 1979 – 5 December 1983

John RUDGE 5 December 1983 – 18 January 1999

Brian HORTON 22 January 1999 – 12 February 2004

Martin FOYLE 13 February 2004 – 26 September 2007

Dean GLOVER (Caretaker) 26 September 2007 – 5 November 2007

Lee SINNOTT 5 November 2007 – 22 September 2008

Dean GLOVER/Andy PORTER (Joint Caretakers) 23 September 2008 – 6 October 2008

Dean GLOVER 6 October 2008 – 2 May 2009

Micky ADAMS 5 June 2009 – 30 December 2010

Mark GREW/Geoff HORSFIELD (Joint Caretakers) 30 December 2010 – 6 January 2011

Jim GANNON 6 January 2011 – 21 March 2011

Mark GREW (Caretaker) 21 March 2011 – 8 May 2011

Micky ADAMS 13 May 2011 – 18 September 2014

Rob PAGE 18 September 2014 – 19 May 2016

Bruno RIBEIRO 20 June 2016 – 26 December 2016

Michael BROWN 26 December 2016 – 16 September 2017

David KELLY/Chris MORGAN (Joint Caretakers) 16 September 2017 – 4 October 2017

Neil ASPIN 4 October 2017 – 30 January 2019

John ASKEY 4 February 2019 – 4 January 2021

Danny PUGH (Caretaker) 4 January 2021 – 15 February 2021

Darrell CLARKE 15 February 2021 – 

 

League Record

The Football League structure has historically been as follows …

1888-1892 1892-1920 1920-1921 1921-1958 1958-1992 1992-2004 2004 to date
First tier Football League Division One Division One Division One Division One Premiership Premier League
Second tier Division Two Division Two Division Two Division Two Division One Championship
Third tier Division Three Division Three
(North) and (South)
Division Three Division Two  League One
Fourth tier Division Four Division Three League Two

As Burslem Port Vale

Elected to Division Two  (Second Tier) 1892

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1892-1896

Not re-elected 1896

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1898-1907

Re-formed as Port Vale

Elected to Division Two  (Second Tier) 1919

Elected to Division Two  (Second Tier) 1919-1929

Division Three North  (Third Tier) 1929-1930

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1930-1936

Division Three North  (Third Tier) 1936-1938

Division Three South  (Third Tier) 1938-1939

Division Three South  (Third Tier) 1946-1952

Division Three North  (Third Tier) 1952-1954

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1954-1957

Division Three South  (Third Tier) 1957-1958

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1958-1959

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1959-1965

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1965-1970

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1970-1978

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1978-1983

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1983-1989

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1989-1992

Division Two  (Third Tier) 1992-1994

Division One  (Second Tier) 1994-2000

Division Two  (Third Tier) 2000-2004

League One  (Third Tier) 2004-2008

League Two  (Fourth Tier) 2008-2013

League One  (Third Tier) 2013-2017

League Two  (Fourth Tier) 2017-


Spurs v Port Vale Notes


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They are linked with both


Milija Aleksic Started his career as an amateur at Port Vale.

Eddie Baily .

Peter Beadle .

Joe Brough .

Ivor Brown

Wayne Cegielski .

Ernie Coquet .

Clayton Fortune

Anthony Gardner .

Albert Gosnell .

Ken Hancock .

Billy Leech .

Colin Lyman

Bert Lyons .

Paul Mahorn .

Harry Marshall .

Jeff Minton

Luke Prosser .

Chris Young .

 

Debuts against Port Vale


Jimmy Smy 09.02.1929

Jimmy McCormick 18.03.1933

Andy Barcham 08.11.2006

 

Last game for the club – played against Port Vale


Charlie Handley 29.09.1928

Arthur Grimsdell 09.02.1929

Harry Wilding 09.02.1929

Andy Barcham 08.11.2006

 

First goal scored for the club – scored against Port Vale


Bert Smith 01.11.1919

Fred Barnett 09.02.1929

Davie Colquhoun 21.11.1931

Fred Sargent 01.02.1936

Neil Ruddock 30.01.1988

Tom Huddlestone 08.11.2006

 

Last goal scored for the club – scored against Port Vale


Fred Barnett 09.02.1929

Bert Lyons 21.11.1931

 

Milestones




 

 

Transfers from Tottenham to Port Vale


Name Date Fee

Paul MAHORN March 1998 ??

Eddie BAILY January 1956 £7,000

Colin LYMAN May 1946 ??

 

Transfers from Port Vale to Tottenham


Name Date Fee

Anthony GARDNER January 2000 £1,000,000

Harry MARSHALL March 1932 ??