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24 October 2012

Statue erected well in time for unveiling

Port Vale Supporters' Club is delighted to announce that today the Roy Sproson statue was finally erected at Vale Park ahead of the planned official unveiling ceremony next month.

There is still plenty of work to do before then and the statue has now been covered over again.

We would like to take this opportunity to thanks everyone who has played a part over the last 11 years in turning this tribute to the club's greatest servant into a reality.

Roy is back where he belongs watching over his beloved Port Vale FC.

Roy Sproson Information

Born in the Mother Town of Burslem in 1930, Roy Sproson went on to play 837 times for the club he loved and was also manager for four years.

During that time he was part of the 1954 promotion-winning side and he also played and captained two other promotion-winning teams in 1958/59 and 1969/70.

He was a member of the Vale team which won the Football Supporters' Clubs' Trophy in 1961 and was voted Gillette 'Sportsman of the Year' in 1970.

Roy finished his playing career in 1972 with the distinction of never having been sent off and only being booked twice.

His older brother Jess also played for the Vale 38 times while his nephew Phil made 495 appearances – putting him third in the all-time appearances list and cementing the Sproson family's unique links with the club.

Port Vale Supporters' Club, which has more than 1,600 members, would like to wish Micky Adams and his team all the best for Saturday’s game away at Northampton Town.

Up The Vale!

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