Player profile

Stan Palk

Birthdate: 28 October 1921
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Other clubs: South Liverpool (1938-40), Port Vale (1948-52), Worcester City, Northwich Victoria, Prescot Cables, Pwllheli, Flint Town United, Oswestry Town, Maghull
Bought from: South Liverpool
Signed for LFC: 1940
Liverpool debut: 12.02.1947
Last appearance: 06.03.1948
Contract expiry: 02.07.1948
Win ratio: 53.85% W: 7 D: 3 L: 3
Wartime games/goals: 62 / 14
LFC league games/goals: 13 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 13 / 0

Player profile

Palk was a right-winger who arrived at Anfield after one of his teammates put in a good word for him to Liverpool. One day when he was in the factory that he had worked at during the war, George Kay, Liverpool's manager, came to talk to him. After impressing at training Palk was signed for £1.50-a-week. Palk made six League appearances in the second half of the 1946/47 season, the first post-war championship eventually going to Liverpool. He was called on seven times the following season but then moved on to Gordon Hodgson's Port Vale in July 1948 as he told LFC.tv in 2005. "I'd just come back from the States [from Liverpool's summer tour] 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 was wanted down at the ground. I turned up and standing there was Gordon Hodgson, the legendary Liverpool centre-forward, who managed Port Vale. I really wanted to stay with Liverpool but the opportunity of first team football was too tempting and I eventually decided to go." Palk was Vale's skipper for four years and made 159 League appearances, scoring 14 goals.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals13000013
1946-1947 600006
1947-1948 700007

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
3Manchester United
1Preston North End
1Blackpool
1Bolton Wanderers
1Burnley
1Grimsby Town
1Stoke City
1Sunderland
1Aston Villa
1Huddersfield Town
1Charlton Athletic
TotalCompetition
13League

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals000000
1946-1947 000000
1947-1948 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalTeam
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TotalCompetition
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TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
031-45
046-60
061-75
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
0Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
1939-194020
1940-1941211
1941-1942208
1942-194321
1943-1944174

Stats note

NOTE: His name is spelt wrongly in various sources as Polk. Stan PALK explained: "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."

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
112.02.1947Grimsby TownAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
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Related Quotes

"One of my team-mates at South (Liverpool) worked for one of the Liverpool directors, Mr Martindale, and he put a word in for me. One day I was in the factory where I worked at the time and in walked George Kay. He introduced himself and invited me to go training with Liverpool. I eventually signed and my first wage was about £1.50 a week. That was during the war, in peacetime it went up to about two quid!"

Stan Palk, from liverpoolfc.tv in February 2005

"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."

Stan Palk - from liverpoolfc.tv in February 2005

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1946-1947 * Defender
1947-1948 * Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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