John Poole (footballer, born 1932)

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John Poole
Personal information
Full name John Arthur Frederick Poole[1]
Date of birth (1932-12-12) 12 December 1932 (age 84)[1]
Place of birth Stoke-upon-Trent, England[1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Ashley
Penkhull Youth Club
Stoke City
Port Vale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1961 Port Vale 33 (0)
1961–1963 Macclesfield Town 79 (0)
Werrington
Total 112 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Arthur Frederick Poole (born 12 December 1932) is an English former football goalkeeper who made 33 league appearances for Port Vale in the Football League between 1953 and 1961. He later played for non-league sides Macclesfield Town and Werrington.

Playing career[edit]

After playing for numerous youth sides, including Ashley, Penkhull Youth Club, and Stoke City's youth team, Poole graduated through the Port Vale juniors to sign professional forms in September 1953.[1] Manager Freddie Steele handed him his debut on 28 April 1956, in a 3–2 win over Middlesbrough at Vale Park.[1] Remaining as understudy to Ray King, he featured in three Second Division games in the 1956–57 relegation campaign.[1] He played three Third Division South games in 1957–58, as new manager Norman Low recruited former Wales international Keith Jones as the "Valiants" new number one.[1] Poole did not play in the 1958–59 Fourth Division winning campaign, but had a run of games in the 1959–60 season.[1] He managed to earn the first team goalkeeping spot off Ken Hancock in November 1959, but he lost this position after fracturing his nose in a 6–3 defeat at Mansfield Town on 25 April 1960 – the penultimate game of the season.[1] Manager Norman Low informed Poole's wife with a brief phone call: "Hello, Mrs Poole, Norman Low here. John's in the hospital with a broken nose. The good news is he hasn't fractured his skull. Goodnight!"[3] He played just three Third Division matches in 1960–61, as Hancock firmly established himself as the club's preferred goalkeeper.[1] Poole left on a free transfer in May 1961, and later played for Macclesfield Town and Werrington.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Upon his retirement he became a keen Port Vale fan; he co-founded the club's Ex-Players Association with former teammate Ken Hancock.[4] He became a father to two sons: Greg and Duncan; and a grandfather to Reece Poole and Katie Poole.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from John Poole 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 1955–56 Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1956–57 Second Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1957–58 Third Division South 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1958–59 Fourth Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1959–60 Third Division 23 0 5 0 0 0 28 0
1960–61 Third Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 33 0 5 0 0 0 38 0
Macclesfield Town 1961–62[5] Cheshire County League 42 0 2 0 7 0 51 0
1962–63[5] Cheshire County League 37 0 2 0 4 0 43 0
Total 79 0 4 0 11 0 94 0
Total 112 0 9 0 11 0 132 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 234. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ King, Ray (2011), To the End of the Road, p. 108, ISBN 9781844269501 
  3. ^ Johnson, Dave. Fifty Shades of Black & White: Tales From the Vale. p. 183. 
  4. ^ "Port Vale: Ex-players chip in to help fans stay dry". The Sentinel. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Stats". silkmenarchives.org.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2016.