List of Port Vale F.C. records and statistics

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Port Vale F.C. is an English professional association football club based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, playing in Football League One, the third level of the English football league system, as of the 2013–14 season. The club was formed in 1876, in 1884 they took the name Burslem Port Vale F.C., dropping the 'Burslem' in 1907. They played their home matches at The Old Recreation Ground between 1912 and 1950 and at Vale Park from 1950 to the present day. The club joined the Football League in 1892 as founder members of the Football League Second Division, resigning in 1907, only to return in 1919. Vale's highest league finish was fifth in the Second Division in 1930–31, whilst they were FA Cup semi-finalists in 1953–54.

Roy Sproson made 842 appearances (760 in the league) for Vale between 1950 and 1972, later becoming manager in 1974. Wilf Kirkham is the club's record goalscorer with 164 goals in all competitions, as well as 38 goals in a season. Gareth Ainsworth is the player Vale have both received and spent the highest sum on in the transfer market, £500,000 spent in 1997 with £2,000,000 received as he exited the following year. Chris Birchall is the club record international cap holder with 24, playing for Trinidad and Tobago between 2001 and 2006, including three appearances in the 2006 World Cup.

Honours and achievements[edit]

Football League[edit]

Football League Third Division / Second Division / League One (3rd tier)

Football League Third Division North: 2 (3rd tier)

Football League Fourth Division / Third Division / League Two: 1 (4th tier)

Football League Trophy: 2

Others[edit]

North Staffordshire & District League: 1

The Central League

Anglo-Italian Cup

  • Runners–up: 1996

Debenhams Cup

  • Runners–up: 1977

Staffordshire Senior Cup: 2

  • Winners: 1920, 2001[1]
  • Runners–up: 1900, 2010

Birmingham Senior Cup: 1

  • Winners: 1913[1]
  • Runners–up: 1899, 1900, 1914

Staffordshire Junior Cup: 1

  • Winners: 1910[1]

North Staffordshire Charity Challenge Cup: 3

  • Winners: 1883, 1885,[a] 1891[a][1]
  • Runners–up: 1886

Staffordshire Senior Charity Cup: 2

  • Winners: 1892, 1897[1]



North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup: 3

  • Winners: 1915, 1920,[a] 1922[a][1]
  • Runners–up: 1921, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1930, 1932

Burslem Challenge Cup: 1

  • Winners: 1885[1]

Hanley Cup

  • Runners–up: 1910

Coronation Cup

  • Runners–up: 1953

Supporters' Clubs' Trophy: 1

  • Winners: 1961[1]
  • Runners–up: 1960
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d The trophy was shared

Player records[edit]

Appearances[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Port Vale F.C. players.

Most appearances[edit]

Competitive, professional matches only.
# Name Years League[a] FA Cup Other[b] Total
1  ENG Sproson, RoyRoy Sproson Centre-half 1949–1972 760 65 17 842
2  ENG Sproson, PhilPhil Sproson Centre-half 1977–1989 426 31 43 500
3  ENG Poole, HarryHarry Poole Half-back 1953–1968 451 32 16 499
4  ENG Walker, RayRay Walker Midfielder 1984–1985
1986–1997
366 28 48 442
5  ENG Porter, AndyAndy Porter Midfielder 1986–1998
2004–2006
361 26 51 433
6  ENG Glover, DeanDean Glover Defender 1989–1998 363 20 48 431
7  ENG Aspin, NeilNeil Aspin Defender 1989–1999 348 24 38 410
8  ENG Bromage, RussellRussell Bromage Midfielder 1977–1987 347 20 35 402
9  ENG Miles, TerryTerry Miles Midfielder 1955–1968 365 27 9 401
10  ENG Hayward, BasilBasil Hayward Utility 1946–1958 349 23 0 372
  1. ^ Appearances and goals are for matches in the Football League, Central League, North Staffordshire & District League, North Staffordshire Federation League, Midland Football League, and the Combination.
  2. ^ Appearances and goals are for matches in play-off games, FA Cup, League Cup, Football League Trophy, Anglo-Italian Cup, Debenhams Cup, Supporters' Clubs' Trophy, and Coronation Cup. Minor cup competitions (such as the Staffordshire Senior Cup) may also be included prior to World War II only, as are all first team league appearances in local leagues prior to World War I. Friendly matches in the 19th century are included.

Goalscorers[edit]

Competitive, professional matches only.
# Name Years League[a] FA Cup Other[b] Total
1  ENG Kirkham, WilfWilf Kirkham Forward 1923–1929
1932–1933
153 11 0 164
2  SCO McGinnes, FrankFrank McGinnes Forward 1889–1892 33 1 75 109
3  ENG Foyle, MartinMartin Foyle Forward 1991–2000 83 9 16 108
4  ENG Brough, JoeJoe Brough Forward 1906–1907
1909–1910
1913–1922
64 9 0 104
 ENG Reynolds, BillyBilly Reynolds Forward 1882–1892 4 7 93 104
6  ENG Steele, StanStan Steele Inside forward 1955–1961
1968
88 4 3 95
7  ENG Nolan, TomTom Nolan Forward 1931–1935
1936–1940
89 3 1 93
8  JAM Earle, RobbieRobbie Earle Midfielder 1982–1991 77 4 9 90
9  ENG Naylor, TonyTony Naylor Forward 1994–2001
2005
71 2 16 89
10  ENG Capes, AdrianAdrian Capes Forward 1900–1905 75 9 0 84
  1. ^ Appearances and goals are for matches in the Football League, Central League, North Staffordshire & District League, North Staffordshire Federation League, Midland Football League, and the Combination.
  2. ^ Appearances and goals are for matches in play-off games, FA Cup, League Cup, Football League Trophy, Anglo-Italian Cup, Debenhams Cup, Supporters' Clubs' Trophy, and Coronation Cup. Minor cup competitions (such as the Staffordshire Senior Cup) may also be included prior to World War II only, as are all first team league appearances in local leagues prior to World War I. Friendly matches in the 19th century are included.

Transfer fees[edit]

Gareth Ainsworth is the club's record incoming and outgoing transfer.
Paid
# Fee Paid to For Date Notes
1 £500,000 Lincoln City  ENG Gareth Ainsworth Winger September 1997 [10]
2 £450,000 York City  NIR Jon McCarthy Winger August 1995
3 £375,000 Oxford United  ENG Martin Foyle Forward June 1991 [11]
4 £350,000 Wrexham  ENG Dave Brammer Midfielder March 1999
5 £300,000 Bristol Rovers  ENG Peter Beadle Forward August 1998 [12]
£300,000 Crystal Palace  ENG Marcus Bent Forward January 1999
Record progression
Date Fee Paid to For Notes
March 1931 Undisclosed Oldham Athletic  ENG Stewart Littlewood Forward [13]
October 1946 Undisclosed Blackpool  NIR Jimmy Todd Half-back [14]
July 1948 £10,000[a] Liverpool  ENG
 ENG
Mick Hulligan
Stan Palk
Winger
Inside forward
[15]
January 1956 £7,000 Tottenham Hotspur  ENG Eddie Baily Inside forward [16]
July 1963 £15,000 Leicester City  ENG Albert Cheesebrough Forward [17]
August 1963 £15,000[b] Everton  NIR Billy Bingham Outside-right [18]
August 1978 £37,000 Wolverhampton Wanderers  ENG Ken Todd Midfielder [14]
November 1978 £40,000 Bury  ENG Peter Farrell Midfielder [19]
February 1989 £200,000 Middlesbrough  ENG Dean Glover Defender [20]
June 1991 £375,000 Oxford United  ENG Martin Foyle Forward [11]
August 1995 £450,000 York City  NIR Jon McCarthy Winger [21]
September 1997 £500,000 Lincoln City  ENG Gareth Ainsworth Winger [10]
  1. ^ This sum was for two players so did not break the record for the transfer of a single player.
  2. ^ This sum equalled the previous record.
Received
# Fee Received from For Date Notes
1 £2.0m Wimbledon  ENG Gareth Ainsworth Winger October 1998 [22]
2 £1.5m Birmingham City  NIR Jon McCarthy Winger September 1997
3 £1.0m Sheffield Wednesday  ENG Ian Taylor Midfielder August 1994 [23]
£1.0m Bradford City  ENG Lee Mills Forward August 1997
5 £950,000[a] Leicester City  ENG Steve Guppy Winger February 1997
  1. ^ Includes £100,000 in add-ons
Record progression
Date Fee Paid to For Notes
February 1921 £4,750 West Bromwich Albion  ENG Bobby Blood Forward [24]
January 1949 Undisclosed Queens Park Rangers  ENG Bill Pointon Forward [25]
August 1967 £30,000 Blackpool  ENG Terry Alcock Defender [26]
October 1978 £55,000 Leicester City  ENG John Ridley Midfielder [27]
September 1987 £350,000 Charlton Athletic  WAL Andy Jones Forward
June 1991 £925,000 Norwich City  ENG Darren Beckford Forward [28]
August 1994 £1.0m Sheffield Wednesday  ENG Ian Taylor Midfielder [23]
September 1997 £1.5m Birmingham City  NIR Jon McCarthy Winger
October 1998 £2.0m Wimbledon  ENG Gareth Ainsworth Winger [22]

Club records[edit]

Tom Holford played for the club against Derby County at the age of 46.
Chris Birchall won 24 caps for Trinidad and Tobago whilst at Port Vale.
Roy Sproson made 842 first team appearances for Port Vale.

Streaks[edit]

  • League wins: 8, 8 April 1893 to 30 September 1893[31]
  • Draws: 6, 26 April 1981 to 12 September 1981[31]
  • Losses: 9, 9 March 1957 to 20 April 1957[31]
  • Clean sheets: 7, 11 February 1922 to 18 March 1922[31]
  • Without a win: 17, 7 December 1991 to 21 March 1992[31]
  • Without a draw: 20, 10 September 1906 to 19 January 1907 & 30 October 2004 to 5 March 2005[31]
  • Without a loss: 19, 5 May 1969 to 8 November 1969[31]
  • Without a clean sheet: 22, 22 September 1956 to 23 February 1957[31]
  • Without failing to score: 22, 12 September 1992 to 13 February 1993[31]
Home
  • Wins: 12, 9 February 1952 to 8 September 1952[31]
  • Draws: 6, 10 October 1977 to 27 December 1977 & 20 January 1982 to 6 March 1982[31]
  • Losses: 6, 1 January 1992 to 14 March 1992[31]
  • Clean sheets: 11, 7 September 1953 to 13 February 1954[31]
  • Failing to score: 5, 13 April 1998 to 31 August 1998[31]
  • Without a win: 12, 28 March 1978 to 21 October 1978[31]
  • Without a draw: 19, 25 August 1928 to 6 April 1929[31]
  • Without a loss: 42, 8 November 1952 to 18 September 1954[31]
  • Without a clean sheet: 13, 26 September 1964 to 15 March 1965[31]
  • Without failing to score: 33, 19 October 1946 to 13 March 1948[31]
Away
  • Wins: 5, 20 March 1993 to 24 April 1993[31]
  • Draws: 6, 20 March 1954 to 26 April 1954 & 19 January 1985 to 29 March 1985[31]
  • Losses: 14, 21 September 1895 to 18 April 1896[31]
  • Clean sheets: 5, 20 March 1993 to 24 April 1993[31]
  • Failing to score: 6, 8 January 1966 to 9 March 1966[31]
  • Without a win: 29, 17 January 1903 to 8 October 1904[31]
  • Without a draw: 27, 26 January 1895 to 3 December 1898[31]
  • Without a loss: 10, 5 May 1969 to 8 November 1969[31]
  • Without a clean sheet: 42, 18 December 1976 to 30 September 1978[31]
  • Without failing to score: 15, 10 January 1998 to 26 September 1998[31]

Matches[edit]

Vale Park held 49,768 supporters for the visit of Aston Villa on 20 February 1960
Notes
  1. ^ a b Also a Football League record.[29]

References[edit]

General
  • Kent, Jeff: "The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale" (Witan Books, 1990, ISBN 0-9508981-4-7).
  • Kent, Jeff: "The Port Vale Record 1879–1993" (Witan Books, 1993, ISBN 0-9508981-9-8).
  • Kent, Jeff: "Port Vale Personalities: A Biographical Dictionary of Players, Officials and Supporters" (Witan Books, 1996, ISBN 0-9529152-0-0).
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Kent & 1990 p291
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Kent & 1990 p292
  3. ^ "21 things you didn't know about Port Vale". The Sentinel. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sam Johnson eager to make his mark". The Sentinel. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Kent & 1993 p288
  6. ^ Baggaley, Mike (27 November 2015). "How Ajay Leitch-Smith compares to Vale goal heroes". The Sentinel. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5mbRUdJFFo
  8. ^ Sherwin, Phil (2010). The Port Vale Miscellany. Brimscombe Port: The History Press. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-7524-5777-2. 
  9. ^ Kent & 1996 p214
  10. ^ a b Shaw, Steve (20 November 2010). "Port Vale: Rudge was huge influence on career, says Gareth Ainsworth". The Sentinel. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Struthers, Greg (21 September 2008). "Caught in Time: Vale drunk on success". The Times. London, UK. Retrieved 25 November 2008. (subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ "Profile" (PDF). watfordfcarchive.com. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Kent & 1996 p273
  14. ^ a b Kent & 1996 p291
  15. ^ Kent & 1996 p146
  16. ^ Kent & 1996 p14
  17. ^ Kent & 1996 p59
  18. ^ Kent & 1996 p30
  19. ^ Kent & 1996 p98
  20. ^ Shaw, Phil (26 January 2006). "FA Cup Countdown: Heroes and Villans". The Independent. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  21. ^ "Red raiders net Greening". York Evening Press. 24 March 1998. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  22. ^ a b Shaw, Steve (20 November 2010). "Port Vale: Rudge was huge influence on career, says Gareth Ainsworth". The Sentinel. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  23. ^ a b Kent & 1996 p287
  24. ^ Oakes, Beverley (2015), The Valiant, Country Books, p. 89, ISBN 978-1-910489-20-8 
  25. ^ Kent & 1996 p233
  26. ^ "Whatever happened to... Terry Alcock". Blackpool F.C. 19 September 2006. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  27. ^ Kent & 1996 p250
  28. ^ Kent & 1996 p22
  29. ^ a b c "Football League Records". football–league.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  30. ^ Baggaley, Mike (26 January 2017). "Port Vale talking points: Scouts, signings and likely game change". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "Port Vale scoring and sequence records - Statto.com". Statto.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  32. ^ a b c Kent & 1993 p284
  33. ^ a b Kent & 1993 p286