Tommy Cheadle

Tommy Cheadle

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Thomas (Tommy) Cheadle (8 April 1919 – 4 September 1993) was an English former footballer. He played for Port Vale in various positions for over a decade. It was his time as a centre-back, captaining some of the most successful Vale sides in the club's history, that made Cheadle a legend at the club.

Playing style

Former teammate Roy Sproson said that: "Tom was quick and strong and nobody could beat him. Pound for pound, in fact, I would say Tom is the hardest man I have ever met."

World War II

During the war, Cheadle received a shrapnel injury. At a rehabilitation centre, Cheadle spoke to Vale trainer Ken Fish, who told him to report Port Vale after the war where the club may have a place for him. Playing in Army matches, Cheadle was coached by Matt Busby who managed to secure a trial for Cheadle for Liverpool against Stoke City.

Playing career

Cheadle took the advice of Fish and came to the Old Recreation Ground, he signed professional forms in March 1946 for £8 a week. He made his league debut in a 4–1 victory against Ipswich on 2 March 1946. His first goal was against Southend United in a 2–1 win on 20 April that year. Signing as a professional in May...
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