Alan Bennett (footballer, born 1931)

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Alan Bennett
Personal information
Full name Alan Bennett[1]
Date of birth (1931-11-05)5 November 1931[1]
Place of birth Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England[1]
Date of death 17 January 2006(2006-01-17) (aged 74)
Height Stoke-on-Trent, England
Playing position Left-winger
Youth career
Grove Youth Club
Port Vale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1957 Port Vale 123 (8)
1957–1958 Crewe Alexandra 10 (0)
Total 133 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alan Bennett (5 November 1931 – 17 January 2006) was an English footballer who played on the left-wing. He made 133 league appearances in a nine-year career in the Football League. He played for Port Vale between 1949 and 1957, and was a member of the Third Division North winning side in 1953–54. He retired in 1958, following one season with Crewe Alexandra.

Playing career[edit]

Bennett graduated from the Port Vale juniors to sign his first professional contract with the club in 1949.[1] He made his senior debut on 26 March 1949, in a 2–0 defeat to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic at The Old Recreation Ground.[1] He played ten Third Division South games for Gordon Hodgson's "Valiants" in 1949–50.[1] He featured 31 times in 1950–51, and scored his first senior goal on 30 September, in a 2–1 home win over Swindon Town.[1]

Bennett scored three goals in 40 appearances in 1951–52, after retaining his first team place at Vale Park despite the transition of manager from Hodgson to Ivor Powell and then to Freddie Steele.[1] He scored three goals in 29 games in 1952–53, as Vale went on to finish second in the Third Division North.[1] He lost his first team place in December 1952, and featured only five times in 1953–54, as Vale won the league title and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.[1] He played four Second Division games in 1954–55, and then featured seven times in 1955–56 and just twice in 1956–57.[1] Having failed to revive his career under new manager Norman Low, Bennett was transferred to Maurice Lindley's Crewe Alexandra in September 1957.[1] The "Railwaymen" finished bottom of the Football League in 1957–58, and Bennett then announced his retirement, aged just 27.

Style of play[edit]

A skilful and speedy winger, he required the protection of his teammates to prevent opposition hatchet men taking him out of the game.[2]

Post-retirement[edit]

After leaving the game, Bennett took up the greengrocer trade, later becoming a coal merchant.[3]

Honours[edit]

with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 25. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ Kent, Jeff (December 1991). Port Vale Tales: A Collection Of Stories, Anecdotes And Memories. Witan Books. p. 234. ISBN 0-9508981-6-3. 
  3. ^ Sherwin, Phil (2013). Men of Steele. Hanley, Staffordshire: Pass. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-9926579-1-8.