Phil Sproson player profile: biography, stats, images and news about this Port Vale player.
Time at club: 1977-1989
Phil Sproson player profile:
Phil Sproson was a commanding and long-serving centre-half who was the nephew of Port Vale great Roy Sproson. A powerful header of the ball, Sproson was also a useful goalscorer in the opposition box.
He progressed through the Vale youth ranks and was a member of the 1982-1983, 1985-1986 and 1988-1989 promotion teams but his Port Vale career was cruelly interrupted by a career-threatening injury just as the team closed on promotion in 1989. He had finished just five short of 500 appearances for the club.
He retired through injury until Port Vale accepted a payment of £50,000 from Birmingham in lieu of an insurance payment for Sproson to resume his career.
He played 12 games for the Blues before injuries finally ended his career.
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More on Phil Sproson:
- Match Weekly magazine's coverage of Port Vale's win over Spurs in 1988
- The national press previews Port Vale's game against Tottenham Hotspur in 1988
- Seven players in four years: Port Vale's close relationship with Nottingham Forest
- Phil Sproson confirms Port Vale have made Jake Taylor offer
- When Vale shocked Spurs to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup
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