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