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Stan Palk

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Stanley Palk 28 October 1921 – 12 October 2009 was an English footballer An inside-forward, he moved from South Liverpool to Liverpool in 1940 He remained at the club throughout World War II, whilst also serving with the Royal Navy in Mombasa He played 13 league games for the club after the war, and was a squad member for the First Division title winning season of 1946–47, before joining Port Vale as part-exchange for a £10,000 transfer fee in July 1948 He made 169 appearances in all competitions for the "Valiants", before heading into non-league football with Worcester City, Flint Town, Oswestry Town, and Maghull


  • 1 Playing career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Palk or Polk
  • 4 Statistics
  • 5 Honours
  • 6 References

Playing career

Palk started his career with South Liverpool, when in 1940 he was invited to train with Liverpool by manager George Kay He scored 14 goals in 61 games throughout World War II, including one in the Merseyside derby match of April 1944, in the Liverpool Senior Cup He spent 1944 to 1946 in Mombasa, serving in the Royal Navy On his return to Anfield he made thirteen competitive appearances, featuring in the First Division title winning season of 1946–47, and the disappointing 1947–48 campaign He signed for a then club record transfer fee of £10,000 in July 1948

"I'd just come back from the States and I got the shock of my life Tom Bush, a former centre half who was then working on the office staff, knocked on my door and said I wanted down at the ground I turned up and standing there was Gordon Hodgson, the legendary Liverpool centre forward who managed Port Vale He wanted to sign Mick Hulligan and myself in a double deal I was unsure what to do at first because I really wanted to stay with Liverpool but the opportunity of first team football was too tempting and I eventually decided to go"

— Palk in a liverpoolfctv interview in February 2005

Palk scored four goals in 42 Third Division South games in the 1948–49 campaign, scoring his first senior goal against Reading in a 2–1 win at Elm Park on 1 September He then scored three goals in 46 appearances in 1949–50, in the last ever season of football at The Old Recreation Ground During a 2–1 defeat at Bristol Rovers on 17 December 1949, he caused a minor dispute as his successfully converted penalty kick passed through the net

He hit six goals in 49 appearances in the 1950–51 season, missing just one league game This was the first season of football at the newly opened Vale Park Following the death of manager Gordon Hodgson, Ivor Powell was appointed as manager, before he was replaced by Freddie Steele in December 1951 Palk played 31 games in 1951–52, scoring one goal, before he was released by the club He had made 169 appearances 159 in the Football League and 10 in the FA Cup for the "Valiants", scoring 14 league goals He later played for Worcester City, Flint Town and Oswestry Town

Personal life

Palk had a son, Gary, and two daughters in Alex and Nicola He also had four grandchildren Rob, Rachel, Caroline and Natalie and one great grandchild Oliver before his death at Royal Liverpool University Hospital on 12 October 2009

Palk or Polk

Palk has often been recorded as Polk

"It's all down to a mix-up with the birth certificate when I first signed for the Reds For some reason I had two birth certificates, one with Palk and one with Polk On the day I signed I had to produce it and must have shown them the wrong one The name Palk is Cornish and is actually pronounced with an 'O', so I can understand how the confusion has come about It's never bothered me though"

— Palk explains the confusion over his surname



Club Season Division League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 1946–47 First Division 6 0 0 0 6 0
1947–48 First Division 7 0 0 0 7 0
Total 13 0 0 0 13 0
Port Vale 1948–49 Third Division South 42 4 1 0 43 4
1949–50 Third Division South 42 3 4 0 46 3
1950–51 Third Division South 45 6 4 0 49 6
1951–52 Third Division South 30 1 1 0 31 1
Total 159 14 10 0 169 14


with Liverpool
  • Football League First Division champion: 1946–47


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Kent, Jeff 1996 Port Vale Personalities Witan Books p 233 ISBN 0-9529152-0-0 
  2. ^ a b c d e "RIP Stan Palk: A Former Red Dies" liverpoolfctv 15 October 2009 Retrieved 16 October 2009 
  3. ^ Profile lfchistorynet
  4. ^ "Quotes for Stan Palk" lfchistorynet Retrieved 16 October 2009 
  5. ^ Stan Palk profile at the English National Football Archive subscription required

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