|Full name||Stanley John Trafford|
|Date of birth||21 December 1945|
|Place of birth||Leek, Staffordshire, England|
|Date of death||2020 (aged 74)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Stanley John Trafford (21 December 1945 –2020) was an English footballer and cricketer. He played his football for Port Vale and Macclesfield Town, and his cricket for Staffordshire.
Trafford was born in Leek, Staffordshire on 21 December 1945.He was a keen football and cricket player in his youth and once took four wickets in four balls when playing for his school side. Trafford also played for the Port Vale youth team.
Trafford signed for Port Vale as a professional under manager Freddie Steele in October 1964.He made 12 Third Division appearances and scored one goal during the 1964–65 season. Making his first team debut at Vale Park on 17 October, in a 2–1 defeat to Bristol City, it was reported that "the loud mouths on the terraces certainly did a good job [of] hindering Stan Trafford". He scored his only goal in the English Football League in a 2–1 win over Oldham Athletic on 15 March. He was handed a free transfer by new boss Jackie Mudie in April 1965. He signed with Macclesfield Town of the Cheshire County League in January 1966, and made ten appearances before leaving Moss Rose in the summer.
"They were the best days of my life. If I was in the first team, I got £20 a week, which in comparison to guys working in an office or factory, was good money. There was £4 win bonus and £2 for a draw. I couldn’t believe I was getting paid for something I enjoyed doing so much. My biggest attribute was I was quick.
Trafford was a member of Port Vale's ex-players association and attended a game at the club in the 2019–20 season. He remained close friends with former team-mate Terry Lowe.
In cricket, Trafford made his debut for Staffordshire in 1963, playing two matches that season against Northumberland and Durham in the Minor Counties Cricket Championship. Trafford next appeared for Staffordshire in 1976, playing two further Minor Counties Championship matches against Cheshire and Shropshire.It was in 1976 that Trafford played his only List A match, which came against Essex in the Gillette Cup. In this match, he was dismissed for a single run by John Lever. He retired as a player in 1984.
Trafford was associated with Leek Cricket Club for 60 years, as a junior cricketer and later as a committee member and club secretary.Leek won the NSSCL Premier Division, Talbot Cup and Staffordshire Cup whilst Trafford was club secretary in 2001. He also spent 25 years coaching Staffordshire Under-19s.
Trafford's death was announced by Port Vale on 19 November 2020, at the age of 74.
|Port Vale||1964–65||Third Division||12||1||0||0||0||0||12||1|
|Macclesfield Town||1965–66||Cheshire County League||9||0||0||0||1||0||10||0|
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