Terry Miles

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Terry Miles
Personal information
Full name Terence Miles[1]
Date of birth (1937-05-07) 7 May 1937 (age 77)[1]
Place of birth Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, England[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Milton Youth Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1968 Port Vale 365 (17)
Sandbach Ramblers
Eastwood
Michelin
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Terrence "Terry" Miles (born 7 May 1937) is an English former football midfielder. He played for Port Vale between 1955 and 1968, helping them to the Fourth Division title in 1958–59. He later turned out for Eastwood, before returning to Vale Park as a coach.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Miles attended Carmountside Secondary Modern, and played for Milton Youth Club alongside Harry Poole.[2] Miles joined Port Vale in June 1955, and went on to make five Second Division appearances in the 1956–57 relegation season.[1] He played six games in the Third Division South in the 1957–58 season.[1] He then became a first team regular, and missed only one match of the 1958–59 Fourth Division title winning season.[1] He played 41 games in the 1959–60 season, as the "Valiants" posted a mid-table finish in the Third Division under the stewardship of Norman Low.[1] He also scored his first goal in the Football League, in a 2–1 win over Norwich City at Vale Park on 23 January.[1] He was an ever-present in the 55 game 1960–61 season, and bagged three goals against Chesterfield and in both fixtures with Notts County.[1] He played 52 matches in the 1961–62 campaign.[1] He retained his place under new boss Freddie Steele in the 1962–63 season, playing 41 games and claiming three goals against Reading, Bradford Park Avenue, and Bristol Rovers.[1] However he featured just 27 times in the 1963–64 season, finding the net against Southend United and Colchester United.[1] He posted 35 appearances in the 1964–65 season, and bagged goals against Peterborough United (2), Bristol City, Brentford, and Southend United; Vale were relegated at the end of the season, despite the introduction of new boss Jackie Mudie.[1] Miles became the club's first ever playing substitute in the Football League in a 2–0 home win over Stockport County on 4 September 1965.[1] He went on to play 30 games in the 1965–66 season, as Vale struggled at the foot of the Fourth Division table.[1] He played 45 games in the 1966–67 campaign, and found the net against Exeter City, Newport County, and Stockport County.[1] However Miles lost his first team place under new manager Stanley Matthews, and played only 22 games in the 1967–68 season.[1] He was then given a free transfer in May 1968, and played for semi-professional club Sandbach Ramblers, alongside former classmate and Vale teammate Harry Poole. Miles later played for Eastwood and Michelin.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Upon his retirement as a footballer, Miles became the coach and assistant manager of Wolstanton Park Rangers and then schoolboy coach for Port Vale.[1] He left the club after they turned down his recommendation to sign a teenage Adrian Heath,[3] though he remained a keen Vale fan.

Honours[edit]

with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 198. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Nostalgia Letter: 'I loved every minute of my footballing days'". The Sentinel. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Kent, Jeff (December 1991). Port Vale Tales: A Collection Of Stories, Anecdotes And Memories. Witan Books. p. 29. ISBN 0-9508981-6-3.