PORT VALE F.C.
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|ENTERED LEAGUE||1892 as Burslem Port Vale 1898 1920|
|LEFT LEAGUE||Left in 1896 1907 now in Division 1 for the 2015-16 season|
|GROUNDS||Vale Park (1950)|
|NICKNAMES||Valiants a derivation of their name|
|BEST WIN||9-1 v Chesterfield on 24/9/1932|
|WORST DEFEAT||0-10 v Sheffield United on 10/12/1892|
|HIGHEST LEAGUE POSITION||8th in Division 1 in 1996-7|
|LOWEST LEAGUE POSITION||20th in Division 4 in 1979-80|
|MOST LEAGUE PTS (2 pts)||69 in Division 3 North 1953-4|
|MOST LEAGUE PTS (3 pts)||89 in Division 2 in 1992-3|
|MOST LEAGUE GOALS||110 in Division 4 in 1957-8|
|BEST F.A.CUP SEASON||Semi Finals 1954 v West Bromwich Albion (see details below)|
|MOST INDIVIDUAL APPEARANCES||761 Roy Sproson 1950-72|
|MOST INDIVIDUAL GOALS||164 Wilf Kirkham 1923-33|
|HIGHEST LEAGUE CROWD||49,768 v Aston Villa on 20/2/1960|
|LOWEST LEAGUE CROWD|
|WHERE ARE THEY NOW?||Division 1 for 2015-16 season|
I am grateful to Nick Stanway for the rare unofficial programme for the 1954 F A Cup Semi-Final. At that time Port Vale were the leaders in the Third Division North and the match was played at Villa Park. A crowd of 70,000 witnessed the match and saw Port Vale take the lead through Albert Leake. At half time Vale led 1-0 but within 15 minutes of the restart West Brom equalised through Jimmy Dudley. The match remained tight until George Lee was fouled and a penalty was awarded. Ironically this was converted by former Vale player Ronnie Allen. For the record, West Brom went on to lift the trophy at Wembley beating Preston North End 3-2.