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Joe Brough
Brough, whilst with Port Vale
Brough, whilst with Port Vale
Born (1886-11-09)9 November 1886[1]
Burslem, England[1]
Died 5 October 1968(1968-10-05) (aged 81)[1]
Stockton Brook, Stoke-on-Trent, England[1]

Joseph Brough (9 November 1886 – 5 October 1968) was an English footballer. He was also an accomplished cycler and sprinter, and continued cycling right up until his death at age 81.[2]

Able to play at half-back or as a forward, he began his professional career with Burslem Port Vale in February 1907. He transferred to Stoke later in the year, before finding himself at Tottenham Hotspur. Failing to make an impression in London, he returned to Port Vale in 1909, and scored a club record 43 goals in the 1909–10 season. This won him a move to Liverpool in August 1910, though after falling from the first team picture he moved on to Bristol City in January 1912. He again returned to Port Vale in May 1913, before he saw action in World War I in 1917. He retired from professional football in 1922, having featured in 209 competitive games for Port Vale.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Brough played for Smallthorne, before he joined Burslem Port Vale as an amateur in the autumn of 1906, signing professional forms in February 1907.[1] He scored his first Second Division goal on 13 April 1907, in a 2–1 win over Hull City at the Athletic Ground.[1] This was his only goal in 12 appearances in the 1906–07 season.[1] The club then went into liquidation, and Brough transferred to Stoke.[1] He appeared in just the one game for the "Potters" in 1907–08, and then went on to appear in one league and one cup game for Tottenham Hotspur in 1908.[3]

Brough returned to Port Vale in 1909 in a centre-forward capacity, and scored a club record of 43 league and cup goals in the 1909–10 season, helping the club to the Staffordshire Junior Cup title in the process.[1] He signed for Liverpool in August 1910, and played 11 First Division games in the 1910–11 season.[4] He moved on from playing reserve team football at Anfield, and signed with Second Division side Bristol City in January 1912.[4] He scored 11 goals in 22 league games for the "Robins" in 1911–12.

A third move to Vale followed in May 1913. He bagged 35 goals in the 1913–14 season, but was conscripted to fight in World War I in 1917.[1] He was demobilised in October 1919 and continued playing for the Vale, winning the Staffordshire Senior Cup and North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup titles in 1920.[1] He scored six goals in 25 appearances in the 1919–20 season, hit one goal in 33 appearances in 1920–21, and then scored once in nine games in 1921–22.[1] Brough then left The Old Recreation Ground after feeling that he was too "worn out" to continue to play professional football.[1] In all, he played a total of 209 matches (including 72 in the English Football League) for Port Vale, and scored 111 goals (including 6 in the Football League).[1][5]

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Source:[6]

Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Burslem Port Vale 1906–07 Second Division 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Stoke 1907–08 Second Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
Tottenham Hotspur 1908–09 Second Division 1 0 1 0 2 0
Port Vale 1909–10 North Staffordshire & District League 20 22 0 0 17 21 37 43
Liverpool 1910–11 First Division 10 3 0 0 10 3
Bristol City 1911–12 Second Division 8 1 0 0 8 1
1912–13 Second Division 14 10 0 0 14 10
Total 22 11 0 0 0 0 22 11
Port Vale 1913–14 Central League 31 23 7 4 6 8 44 35
1914–15 Central League 23 13 3 2 4 2 30 17
1919–20 Second Division 22 4 1 2 2 0 25 6
1920–21 Second Division 31 1 1 0 1 0 33 1
1921–22 Second Division 8 0 1 1 0 0 9 1
Total 115 41 13 9 13 10 141 60
Career total 180 78 14 9 30 31 224 118

Honours[edit | edit source]

Port Vale
  • Staffordshire Junior Cup winner: 1910
  • Staffordshire Senior Cup winner: 1920
  • North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup winner: 1920

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 44. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. https://www.amazon.ca/Port-Vale-Personalities-Jeff-Kent/dp/0952915200. 
  2. Kent, Jeff (December 1991). Port Vale Tales: A Collection Of Stories, Anecdotes And Memories. Witan Books. pp. 230. ISBN 0-9508981-6-3. 
  3. A-Z of Tottenham Hotspur players Retrieved 27 November 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Joseph Brough". lfchistory.net. http://www.lfchistory.net/Players/Player/Profile/551. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  5. Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888-1939. soccerdata. p. 38. ISBN 1-899468-63-3. 
  6. J at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)

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