The statue was unveiled on 17 November 2012. This
was after nearly a decade of fund raising by fans
that amounted to the £96,000 required.
Roy Sproson was a left sided defender (mainly
centre half) who spent his entire professional
career at Port Vale amassing a club record 837
appearances between 1950 & 1972. He also
managed the Club between 1974 and 1977. Roy
Sproson passed away in 1997, aged 66.
The Plinth reads: 'Through three decades as a
player and captain, he made a record 837
appearances for Port Vale and scored 35 goals. He
was a true legend who combined style and steel
with loyalty. The very spirit of Port Vale ran
through this unique man, who also went on to
manage the Club'.
The plinth also acknowledges Roy's older brother
Jess and nephew Phil, who also both played for
Special thanks to Alex Steventon for providing the