Everyone at Port Vale Football Club is saddened to hear of the death of former Vale midfielder, Harry Poole, who passed away aged 88.
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Poole signed for Port Vale as an amateur in February 1953 before becoming professional in 1956 and would go on to amass 499 appearances over a 15-year period for the Valiants, the third-highest in the club’s history.
During the 1958/59 season, Harry was part of the side that won the Fourth Division, adding 'flexibility and fluidity' in his 36 appearances, he also bagged 16 of Vale's record 110 goals in the league.
Poole was described as ‘One of the best wing-halves ever produced in the Potteries’ by The Sentinel's Jon Abberley following his performances during the 1960/61 season.
He remained a key fixture throughout for the Valiants and was a vital player and retained his first team place undermanager Freddie Steele, Jackie Mudie and Stanley Matthews.
He shared a testimonial match with Terry Miles, in August 1967 before retiring in 1969.
Following his incredible playing career, Harry was a season ticket holder at the club for more than 50 years.
Harry will be sorely missed by everyone at Port Vale and we would like to send our sincere condolences to his family.