Thomas Reaney

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Thomas Reaney
Personal information
Full nameThomas Reaney [1]
Playing position Right-back
Youth career
Bridgetown Amateurs
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1904–1905 Burslem Port Vale 3 (0)
Total3(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Reaney was a footballer who played three games at right-back in the Football League for Burslem Port Vale in the mid-1900s.

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Playing career

Reaney played for Bridgetown Amateurs before joining Burslem Port Vale in August 1904. [1] His debut came on 17 December; in a 2–1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers at the Athletic Ground. [1] He played only a further two Second Division games before being released at the end of the season. [1]

Port Vale F.C. association football club

Port Vale Football Club is a professional association football club based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. Port Vale is one of the few English league clubs not to be named after a geographical location, their name being a reference to the valley of ports on the Trent and Mersey Canal. They have never played top-flight football, and hold the records for the most seasons in the English Football League (108) and in the second tier (41) without reaching the first tier. After playing at the Athletic Ground in Cobridge and The Old Recreation Ground in Hanley, the club returned to Burslem when Vale Park was opened in 1950. Outside the ground is a statue to Roy Sproson, who played 842 competitive games for the club. The club's traditional rivals are Stoke City, and games between the two are known as the Potteries derby.

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Bolton Wanderers Football Club is a professional football club in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England, which competes in EFL League One, the third tier of English football. Formed as Christ Church Football Club in 1874, it adopted its current name in 1877 and was a founder member of the Football League in 1888. Bolton have spent more seasons than any other club in the top flight without winning the title. They finished third in the First Division in 1891–92, 1920–21 and 1924–25. Bolton won the FA Cup three times in the 1920s, and again in 1958. The club spent a season in the Fourth Division in 1987–88 before regaining top-flight status in 1995 and qualifying for the UEFA Cup twice, reaching the last 32 in 2005–06 and the last 16 in 2007–08.

The Athletic Ground also known as Cobridge Stadium was a football stadium and greyhound racing stadium, located in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent.

Statistics

Source: [2]

ClubSeasonDivisionLeague FA Cup OtherTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Burslem Port Vale 1904–05 Second Division 30000030
Total30000030

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 246. ISBN   0-9529152-0-0. ASIN   0952915200.
  2. Thomas Reaney at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)