Eric Prince

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Eric Prince
Personal information
Full name Eric Prince[1]
Date of birth (1924-12-11)11 December 1924[1]
Place of birth Ipstones, England[1]
Date of death 2003 (aged 78–79)
Playing position Centre-forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1944–1948 Port Vale 14 (2)
1948–1949 Macclesfield Town 1 (0)
Total 15 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Eric Prince (11 December 1924 – 2003) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Port Vale in the mid-1940s.

Playing career[edit]

Prince played for Ipstones; the local village club, before joining Port Vale in September 1944.[1] He scored on his debut; a 2–1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in a Football League North match on 9 September.[1] He was a regular for the "Valiants" during the war years, but also guested for Crewe Alexandra in March 1945.[1] He scored twice in 18 games during the 1946–47 season, scoring against Aldershot and Brighton & Hove Albion at The Old Recreation Ground in late December.[1] He featured in just three Third Division South matches in 1947–48, before he was released by manager Gordon Hodgson in February 1948.[1] He moved on to Macclesfield Town, and later turned out for Simplex Creda.[1][2]


  • Sourced from Eric Prince profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1946–47 Third Division South 14 2 4 0 0 0 16 2
Macclesfield Town 1948–49[3] Cheshire County League 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 240. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Profile". Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Stats". Retrieved 12 July 2016.