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 EFL League Two, the fourth level of the English football league system, as of the 2020–21 season. The club was formed in the 1870s, 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 English 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. They competed in Europe in the Anglo-Italian Cup on one occasion and would go on to reach the final, losing 5–2 to Italian club Genoa on 17 March 1996.

Port Vale have won four promotions out of the third tier, going up as champions in 1929–30 and 1953–54, and have won five promotions out of the fourth tier, being crowned champions in 1958–59. They have lifted the Football League Trophy twice, in 1993 and 2001. Two club records are also Football League records: most clean sheets in a season (30 in 46 Third Division North matches in the 1953–54 season) and biggest league defeat (0–10 against Sheffield United on 10 December 1892). Roy Sproson made 842 appearances (760 in the league) for Vale between 1950 and 1972, later becoming manager from January 1974 to October 1977. Wilf Kirkham is the club's record goalscorer with 164 goals in all competitions over two spells between 1923 and 1933, and set the record for most Football League goals in a single season with 38 in the 1926–27 campaign. Gareth Ainsworth is the player Vale have both received and spent the highest sum on in the transfer market: £500,000 was given to Lincoln City in September 1997 and £2 million received from Wimbledon as he departed in October 1998. All top five transfers either in or out were made in the 1990s, before the Bosman ruling and the departure of highly successful manager John Rudge. Chris Birchall is the club record international cap holder with three goals in 27 appearances playing for Trinidad and Tobago between 2001 and 2006, including three appearances in the 2006 World Cup.

Honours and achievements[]

Football League[]

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

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

Football League Trophy

Others[]

North Staffordshire & District League

  • Champions: 1909–10

The Central League

  • Runners–up: 1911–12

Anglo-Italian Cup

Debenhams Cup

Staffordshire Senior Cup

  • Winners: 1898, 1912, 1920, 1947, 1949, 1953, 2001
  • Runners–up: 1900, 1928, 1930, 1948, 1973, 2010, 2014

Birmingham Senior Cup

  • Winners: 1913
  • Runners–up: 1899, 1900, 1914

Staffordshire Junior Cup

  • Winners: 1910

North Staffordshire Charity Challenge Cup

  • Winners: 1883, 1885, 1891
  • Runners–up: 1886

Staffordshire Senior Charity Cup

  • Winners: 1892, 1897

North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup

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

Burslem Challenge Cup

  • Winners: 1885

Hanley Cup

  • Runners–up: 1910

Coronation Cup

  • Runners–up: 1953

Supporters' Clubs' Trophy

  • Winners: 1961
  • Runners–up: 1960
Notes
  1. ^ The trophy was shared

Player records[]

Appearances[]

Most appearances[]

# Name Years League FA Cup Other Total
1  England Roy Sproson Centre-half 1949–1972 760 65 17 842
2  England Phil Sproson Centre-half 1977–1989 426 31 43 500
3  England Harry Poole Half-back 1953–1968 451 32 16 499
4  England Ray Walker Midfielder 1984–1985
1986–1997
366 28 48 442
5  England Andy Porter Midfielder 1986–1998
2004–2006
361 26 51 433
6  England Dean Glover Defender 1989–1998 363 20 48 431
7  England Neil Aspin Defender 1989–1999 348 24 38 410
8  England Russell Bromage Midfielder 1977–1987 347 20 35 402
9  England Terry Miles Midfielder 1955–1968 365 27 9 401
10  England Basil Hayward Utility 1946–1958 349 23 0 372
  1. Appearances and goals are for matches in the English Football League, Central League, North Staffordshire & District League, North Staffordshire Federation League, Midland League, and the Combination.
  2. Appearances and goals are for matches in play-off games, FA Cup, League Cup, League Trophy, Anglo-Italian Cup, Debenhams Cup, Supporters' Clubs' Trophy, and Coronation Cup.

Goalscorers[]

As of 19 December 2020.
# Name Years League FA Cup Other Total
1  England Wilf Kirkham Forward 1923–1929
1932–1933
153 11 0 164
2  England Tom Pope Forward 2011–2015
2017–present
96 10 9 115
3  England Martin Foyle Forward 1991–2000 83 9 16 108
4  England Stan Steele Inside forward 1955–1961
1968
88 4 3 95
5  England Tom Nolan Forward 1931–1935
1936–1940
89 3 1 93
6  Jamaica Robbie Earle Midfielder 1982–1991 77 4 9 90
7  England Tony Naylor Forward 1994–2001
2005
71 2 16 89
8  England Adrian Capes Forward 1903–1905
1908–1911
75 9 0 84
9  England Darren Beckford Forward 1987–1991 71 4 6 81
10  England Harry Poole Forward 1953–1968 73 6 0 79
  1. Appearances and goals are for matches in the English Football League, Central League, North Staffordshire & District League, North Staffordshire Federation League, Midland League, and the Combination.
  2. Appearances and goals are for matches in play-off games, FA Cup, League Cup, League Trophy, Anglo-Italian Cup, Debenhams Cup, Supporters' Clubs' Trophy, and Coronation Cup.

Transfer fees[]

Gareth Ainsworth is the club's record incoming and outgoing transfer.
Paid
# Fee Paid to For Date Notes
1 £500,000 Lincoln City  England Gareth Ainsworth Winger September 1997
2 £450,000 York City  Northern Ireland Jon McCarthy Winger August 1995
3 £375,000 Oxford United  England Martin Foyle Forward June 1991
4 £350,000 Wrexham  England Dave Brammer Midfielder March 1999
5 £300,000 Bristol Rovers  England Peter Beadle Forward August 1998
£300,000 Crystal Palace  England Marcus Bent Forward January 1999
Record progression
Date Fee Paid to For Notes
March 1931 £1,550 Oldham Athletic  England Stewart Littlewood Forward
October 1946 Undisclosed Blackpool  Northern Ireland Jimmy Todd Half-back
July 1948 £10,000 Liverpool  England
 England
Mick Hulligan
Stan Palk
Winger
Inside forward
January 1956 £7,000 Tottenham Hotspur  England Eddie Baily Inside forward
July 1963 £15,000 Leicester City  England Albert Cheesebrough Forward
August 1963 £15,000 Everton  Northern Ireland Billy Bingham Outside-right
August 1978 £37,000 Wolverhampton Wanderers  England Ken Todd Midfielder
November 1978 £40,000 Bury  England Peter Farrell Midfielder
February 1989 £200,000 Middlesbrough  England Dean Glover Defender
June 1991 £375,000 Oxford United  England Martin Foyle Forward
August 1995 £450,000 York City  Northern Ireland Jon McCarthy Winger
September 1997 £500,000 Lincoln City  England Gareth Ainsworth Winger
  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  England Gareth Ainsworth Winger October 1998
2 £1.5m Birmingham City  Northern Ireland Jon McCarthy Winger September 1997
3 £1.0m Sheffield Wednesday  England Ian Taylor Midfielder August 1994
£1.0m Bradford City  England Lee Mills Forward August 1997
5 £950,000 Leicester City  England 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  England Bobby Blood Forward
January 1949 Undisclosed Queens Park Rangers  England Bill Pointon Forward
August 1967 £30,000 Blackpool  England Terry Alcock Defender
October 1978 £55,000 Leicester City  England John Ridley Midfielder
September 1987 £350,000 Charlton Athletic  Wales Andy Jones Forward
June 1991 £925,000 Norwich City  England Darren Beckford Forward
August 1994 £1.0m Sheffield Wednesday  England Ian Taylor Midfielder
September 1997 £1.5m Birmingham City  Northern Ireland Jon McCarthy Winger
October 1998 £2.0m Wimbledon  England Gareth Ainsworth Winger

PFA Team of the Year[]

The following players have been included in the PFA Team of the Year whilst playing at the club:

International caps[]

The following players have won full senior international whilst playing at the club:

Name Position Country Caps Goals Years Notes
Chris Birchall Midfielder Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 27 3 2001–2013 Club record international caps and goals; first and only representative at a FIFA World Cup.
Tony Rougier Midfielder Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 20 1 1999–2000 Played four games in the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Sammy Morgan Forward Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 7 2 1972–1973 Scored on his debut against Spain.
George Abbey Defender Nigeria Nigeria 6 0 2004–2007
Teddy Peers Goalkeeper Wales Wales 4 0 1922–1923 First player to be capped whilst at Port Vale.
Eamonn O'Keefe Forward Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 4 1 1984–1985 Scored against China in Kirin Cup semi-final.
Jon McCarthy Winger Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 4 0 1996–1997
Andy Jones Forward Wales Wales 3 1 1987 Scored on his debut against Finland.
Billy Bingham Outside-right Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 3 0 1963 Would later also manage his country.
Anthony Griffith Midfielder Montserrat Montserrat 2 0 2011 Also captained his country.
Ryan McGivern Defender Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2 0 2014
Andrew Little Forward Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 1 0 2011 At the club on loan from Rangers.
Neville Southall Goalkeeper Wales Wales 1 0 1983 At the club on loan from Everton.
James Lawrie Forward Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 1 0 2009 Also capped for the Northern Ireland B team.
David Healy Forward Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 1 0 2014 At the club on loan from Manchester United.

Club records[]

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[]

  • League wins: 8, 8 April 1893 to 30 September 1893
  • Draws: 6, 26 April 1981 to 12 September 1981
  • Losses: 9, 9 March 1957 to 20 April 1957
  • Clean sheets: 7, 11 February 1922 to 18 March 1922
  • Without a win: 17, 7 December 1991 to 21 March 1992
  • Without a draw: 20, 10 September 1906 to 19 January 1907 & 30 October 2004 to 5 March 2005
  • Without a loss: 19, 5 May 1969 to 8 November 1969
  • Without a clean sheet: 22, 22 September 1956 to 23 February 1957
  • Without failing to score: 22, 12 September 1992 to 13 February 1993
  • Without scoring a goal: 6, 19 August 2017 to 12 September 2017
Home
  • Wins: 12, 9 February 1952 to 8 September 1952
  • Draws: 6, 10 October 1977 to 27 December 1977 & 20 January 1982 to 6 March 1982
  • Losses: 6, 1 January 1992 to 14 March 1992 & 26 December 2018 to 19 February 2019
  • Clean sheets: 11, 7 September 1953 to 13 February 1954
  • Failing to score: 5, 13 April 1998 to 31 August 1998
  • Without a win: 12, 28 March 1978 to 21 October 1978
  • Without a draw: 19, 25 August 1928 to 6 April 1929
  • Without a loss: 42, 8 November 1952 to 18 September 1954
  • Without a clean sheet: 13, 26 September 1964 to 15 March 1965
  • Without failing to score: 33, 19 October 1946 to 13 March 1948
Away
  • Wins: 5, 20 March 1993 to 24 April 1993
  • Draws: 6, 20 March 1954 to 26 April 1954 & 19 January 1985 to 29 March 1985
  • Losses: 14, 21 September 1895 to 18 April 1896
  • Clean sheets: 5, 20 March 1993 to 24 April 1993
  • Failing to score: 6, 8 January 1966 to 9 March 1966
  • Without a win: 29, 17 January 1903 to 8 October 1904
  • Without a draw: 27, 26 January 1895 to 3 December 1898
  • Without a loss: 10, 5 May 1969 to 8 November 1969
  • Without a clean sheet: 42, 18 December 1976 to 30 September 1978
  • Without failing to score: 15, 10 January 1998 to 26 September 1998

Matches[]

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

European statistics[]

Record by season[]

Season Competition Qualification method Round Date Country Club Venue Result
1995–96 Anglo-Italian Cup Invitation Group A 5 September 1995  Italy Cesena Away 2–2
11 October 1995  Italy Ancona Home 2–0
8 November 1995  Italy Genoa Home 0–0
13 December 1995  Italy Perugia Away 3–5
English semi-final 23 January 1996  England Ipswich Town Away 2–4
English final 24 February 1996  England West Bromwich Albion Away 0–0
5 March 1996  England West Bromwich Albion Home 1–3
Tournament Final 17 March 1996  Italy Genoa Neutral 5–2

Record by opposition nationality[]

Competition Played Won Drawn Lost Goals
for
Goals
against
Anglo-Italian Cup  England 3 2 1 0 7 3
 Italy 5 2 2 1 11 10
Total 8 4 3 1 18 13

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