Port Vale to honour Sproson family before York City game
Phil Sproson says it will be a special day for his family when a statue of his uncle Roy is unveiled at Port Vale.
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Last Updated: 16/11/12 1:14pm
A tribute to all-time record appearance holder Roy Sproson has been in the planning for over a decade and now the statue will officially be unveiled outside Vale Park prior to the game with York.
The 16ft (5m) high statue was completed two years ago but the club's financial problems delayed its unveiling.
However, with the help of supporters groups and the club the bronze statue of Sproson, who played for the club a record 842 times for Port Vale between 1950 and 1972 before going onto manage them, will now be unveiled.
Roy's 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.
The Sproson family have unique links with the club and all three men will be honoured in the statue and Phil is delighted that his family's involvement with the club has been recognised in such a way.
"It has been a long time coming, but as a family we are so delighted that the three of us are being recognised for what is a unique family achievement," Sproson told skysports.com.
"It is unique that three members of the same family all played for the same club and our family has had so much involvement with Port Vale over the years.
"It is going to be a special day on Saturday with Gordon Taylor from the PFA, the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries coming down to the unveiling and I believe there will be six or seven thousand Vale fans.
"We are a very close family who were born and bred in the Potteries and it is lovely to think the family are being honoured in this way.
"The statute looks absolutely magnificent and we are thankful to the fans for all their hard work in raising the funds for it.
"The response from Vale fans has been brilliant and the Stoke supporters have also been great.
"For me as the only one of the three of us still alive it is massively humbling for me and to have something clearly marked in the club's history it is nice for my children and grandchildren to see."