Martin Tideswell interviews Phil Sproson

Martin Tideswell interviews Phil Sproson

In the first of a series of special OVF features to mark the build-up to the unveiling of the long-awaiting Roy Sproson statue, here’s Martin Tideswell’s interview with Vale legend Phil Sproson.

Martin’s blog posting begins:

It has taken 11 years, an awful lot of time, effort and fund-raising, and there have been numerous headaches and hurdles along the way.

But next Saturday, at 1.45pm up at Vale Park, supporters will finally have their chance to gaze upon a permanent memorial to a unique Potteries footballing family.

The Sproson statue, orchestrated and funded by Vale fans, will be unveiled to supporters, the media and a gathering of VIPs including Roy Sproson’s widow Joyce and Gordon Taylor OBE from the Professional Footballers’ Association…

Read the full interview:

More Sproson features will appear later this week…

What’s the Sproson legacy?

The Sproson family produced three Port Vale players who totalled 1370 appearances for the club, a feat that is unlikely to be repeated in the modern game. Eleven years ago, the Sproson Fund was set up with the intention of unveiling a statue of Roy Sproson (842 appearances for the club) at the ground and the statue is finally set to be unveiled on the 17th November 2012. To celebrate this special event, OVF is producing these features in the run-up to the statue being officially unveiled.

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