Ken Fish

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Ken Fish
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Henry Albert Fish[1]
Date of birth (1914-02-20)20 February 1914[1]
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa[1]
Date of death 4 August 2005(2005-08-04) (aged 91)[2]
Place of death Stoke-on-Trent, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Railway Association
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1937 Aston Villa
1937–1938 Port Vale 5 (1)
1938–1939 Young Boys
1939 Port Vale 0 (0)
National team
South Africa[2] 4
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kenneth Henry Albert "Ken" Fish (20 February 1914 – 4 August 2005) was a South African footballer who played for English club Port Vale and Swiss side Young Boys. He later served behind the scenes at Port Vale, Birmingham City, and Oxford United.

Playing career[edit]

Fish played for Railway Association (in South Africa) before moving to England to play for Aston Villa.[1] He signed with Port Vale of the Third Division North for a sizeable fee in November 1937.[1] He scored his first goal in a 3–1 defeat to Carlisle United at Brunton Park on 20 November.[1] He played just six games (five in the Football League and one FA Cup) and was sold to Swiss side Young Boys in October 1938.[1] He returned to Vale as the assistant trainer in July 1939 and re-signed as a player the following month.[1]

World War II and post-war coaching career[edit]

World War II disrupted football in 1939 and as a result Fish enlisted in the Army in September 1939.[1] He served as a warrant officer and a remedial specialist.[2] He guested for Stafford Rangers during the war and after its conclusion was appointed as Port Vale's trainer in July 1946.[1] He was temporarily in control of team affairs in November and December 1951, after Ivor Powell's unsuccessful tenure.[1]

In March 1958 he moved on to Birmingham City as trainer-coach, a position he later held at Oxford United.[1] Fish worked at Oxford United for more than twenty years. At the end of the 1986 League Cup Final at Wembley, in which Oxford beat QPR 3–0, the manager, Maurice Evans, insisted that Fish go up to the royal box to receive the medal that would usually have gone to the manager.[3]


  • Sourced from Ken Fish 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
Aston Villa 1936–37 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Port Vale 1937–38 Third Division North 5 1 1 0 0 0 6 1


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 102. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c Sherwin, Phil (2013). Men of Steele. Hanley, Staffordshire: Pass. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-9926579-1-8. 
  3. ^ Struthers, Greg (11 January 2004). "SportsFile: Caught in Time: Oxford United win the League Cup, 1986". Times Online. Retrieved 7 May 2009.