Vic Horrocks

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Vic Horrocks
Personal information
Full name Victor Horrocks[1]
Date of birth 1884[1]
Place of birth Goldenhill, Staffordshire, England[1]
Date of death 7 January 1922(1922-01-07) (aged 37-38)[1]
Place of death Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, England[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Burslem Park Boys
Goldenhill Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1904 Stoke 0 (0)
Talke United
Sandyford
Goldenhill United
1905–1907 Burslem Port Vale 33 (2)
Goldenhill United
1908–1911 Stoke 19 (8)
1911–1912 Port Vale 4 (0)
Congleton Town
Total 56+ (10+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Victor Horrocks (1884 – 7 January 1922) was an English footballer who played football in Staffordshire, most notable with Stoke and Port Vale.

Playing career[edit]

Horrocks played for local sides Goldenhill Wanderers, Stoke (without playing a first team game), Talke United, Sandyford and Goldenhill United, before signing with Burslem Port Vale in April 1905.[1] He scored on his debut at outside-left in a 3–1 defeat by Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park on 15 April.[1] Six days later he scored in a 3–2 win over Gainsborough Trinity at the Athletic Ground, and ended the 1904–05 season with two goals in four Second Division games.[1] He played 19 league and two FA Cup games in the 1905–06 campaign, and featured just ten times in the 1906–07 season as he was affected by injury.[1] The club suffered a financial crisis and went into liquidation in summer 1907, and was forced to release all its players, including Horrocks.[1] He returned to Goldenhill United, before re-joining Stoke. He opened his account for the "Potters" on 10 October 1908, claiming two goals in a 7–0 win over Wellington Town at the Victoria Ground, and went on to score six goals in 19 appearances in the 1908–09 season for the Birmingham & District League side. He featured in just one FA Cup game in the 1909–10 season and played only one Southern League game in the 1910–11 campaign. He scored a hat-trick in his final appearance for Stoke, a 3–0 win over Chesham Town on 5 November 1910. He rejoined Port Vale in September 1911.[1] However, he played just four Central League games before getting released for a second time, most likely in 1912.[1] He moved on to Congleton Town before dying in his late 30s.[1]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Vic Horrocks 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
Burslem Port Vale 1904–05 Second Division 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
1905–06 Second Division 19 0 2 0 0 0 21 0
1906–07 Second Division 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 33 2 2 0 0 0 35 2
Stoke 1908–09 Birmingham & District League 18 5 0 0 0 0 18 5
1909–10 Birmingham & District League 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
1910–11 Birmingham & District League 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 3
Total 19 8 1 0 0 0 20 8
Burslem Port Vale 1911–12 Central League 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 142. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.