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Full name  Derek Tomkinson
Name  Derek Tomkinson
Playing position  Inside-forward
Role  Footballer
Years  Team
Position  Forward
1949–1951  Port Vale

Date of birth  (1931-04-06) 6 April 1931 (age 84)
Place of birth  Stoke-on-Trent, England

Derek Tomkinson (born 6 April 1931) is an English former footballer who played at inside-forward for Burton Albion, Port Vale, Crewe Alexandra, and Macclesfield Town. He helped the "Valiants" to win the Third Division North title in 1953–54.


Playing career

Tomkinson joined Port Vale as an amateur in 1949. He never featured at The Old Recreation Ground, and instead departed for Burton Albion in 1951. He returned to Port Vale in December 1952 to sign as a professional and made his debut on Boxing Day 1951 in a 4–1 win over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. He played five further Third Division North games in 1952–53, as the "Valiants" finished second in the league. He scored five goals in 20 games in the 1953–54 title winning campaign, and played in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to West Bromwich Albion. He played four Second Division games in 1954–55, before leaving Vale Park for Crewe Alexandra. The "Railwaymen" finished bottom of the Third Division North in 1955–56 and 1956–57 under the stewardship of Maurice Lindley. He then moved on to Cheshire County League side Macclesfield Town in 1958, appearing as a regular first team player for three seasons and helping the "Silkmen" to win the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1960. He made 39 appearances for Altrincham during the 1961–62 season.


He retired to France, but later returned to England and in December 2013 was living in Cullompton.


  • Sourced from Derek Tomkinson profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  • Honours

    with Port Vale
  • Football League Third Division North runner-up: 1952–53
  • Football League Third Division North champion: 1953–54
  • with Macclesfield Town
  • Cheshire Senior Cup winner: 1960
  • References

    Derek Tomkinson Wikipedia

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