Roy Sproson

Roy Sproson

Roy Sproson

Time at club: 1950-1972

Appearances: 837

Goals: 35

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Roy Sproson is the ultimate Port Vale player as he spent his entire playing career at Vale Park and also managed the club for a spell.

A locally-born player, Sproson made his debut in November 1950. After a spell out of the side he won his place back in 1952 and was ever-present for five seasons and was voted Player of the Year in 1967. He was also a key part of the famed ‘Iron Curtain’ defence during the 1953-1954 promotion season.

In total, he won three promotions with the Valiants and was also named as the Gillette Sportsman of the Year in 1970.  His final appearance came on 8 May 1972 in a 2–1 defeat to Rotherham United at Vale Park.

After the departure of Gordon Lee Sproson was appointed manager in 1971 and was in charge for five years until his sacking in October 1977.

Sproson Park where the club training pitches are located is fittingly dedicated to the Sproson family’s immense contribution to Port Vale FC while a statue of Roy Sproson proudly overlooks the club’s main entrance.

Roy’s love of the club is best summed up by these words – “I have always loved the game and I have always loved the club. The satisfaction of playing the game I love for the club I love has always been enough for me.”

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