Ken Todd

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Ken Todd
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Todd[1]
Date of birth (1957-08-24) 24 August 1957 (age 56)[1]
Place of birth Butterknowle, England[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1978 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 (1)
1978–1979 Port Vale 44 (9)
1979–1980 Portsmouth 3 (1)
Fareham Town
Waterlooville
Total 52+ (11+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kenneth "Ken" Todd (born 24 August 1957) is an English former footballer who scored 11 goals in 52 league games in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Port Vale, and Portsmouth in the late 1970s. Despite being bought for £37,000 by Vale and £20,000 by "Pompey", he dropped into the Southern League with Fareham Town and Waterlooville.

Playing career[edit]

Todd began his career at Sammy Chung's Wolverhampton Wanderers, who won promotion as champions of the Second Division in 1976–77. They then finished 15th in the First Division in 1977–78. He played only five league games during his time at Molineux. Despite his lack of experience, Port Vale manager Dennis Butler broke a club record to purchase him for a £37,000 fee in August 1978.[1] Expectations loomed large on the youngster as he struggled to live up to his price tag and was singled out for abuse at Vale Park.[1] He scored eight goals in 42 Fourth Division and FA Cup games in the 1978–79 season.[1] He lost his first team place under new boss Alan Bloor in August 1979, and played just three games in the 1979–80 season before he was sold on to Portsmouth for £20,000 in October.[1] He scored just one goal in three Fourth Division games Frank Burrows's "Pompey" in the 1979–80 promotion campaign. He left Fratton Park and later played for Fareham Town (Southern League) and Waterlooville. After retiring, Todd returned to Portsmouth as the youth team manager.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 291. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.