Top class right-back who got his break at Christmas in the 1933/34
season and became a regular at the start of the following
campaign. Selected for England at the age of 21, his talent was
recognised by all who saw him, and it was no surprise that many other
bigger clubs wanted his services. In the end, Leeds needed the money,
so he went down to Spurs in summer 1938, but never settled in London
and wanted to return to the north. Manchester City came in with a
bid, and he signed up for the Blues on the day before Spurs were due
to play them at Maine Road. Having travelled north with his old
team-mates, he faced them on the following day. During the war he
guested for Port Vale, Millwall, Aldershot and Wrexham, and made 3
appearances for England in wartime internationals. After the war he
returned to Maine Road and helped City to the 1947 Division 2 title
before dropping down a level to play for Ashton United for a season.
He later switched his north-west allegiances to Bolton, coaching and
scouting for Wanderers.
Hi I'm Hugo Sproston I just wanted to find out whether Bert was a
relation, because of the name and I'm also a great right back.
Sam Sproston says: Hi my name is sam sproston my grandfather was a
distant relative of berts I have researched his playing career and
received letters from Nat Lofthouse and Jimmy Armfield .
Susan Bradley nee Sproston says: I'm researching Sproston history
and would love to hear from you if you are a Sproston or if you have
any info on Bert Sproston's parents (my father still maintains he was
a cousin) www.sproston.org.uk
ed sproston says: no bert sproston was my great great uncle..my
father found a cigette card at a boot fair with bert on it
Bill Sproston says: Bert Sproston was my Grandfathers Cousin. My
family all originate around the cheshire area.
Diana Sproston says: Hello. Bert was definately my Grandfathers
cousin (the posting from 'Bill Sproston' must be my brother - Hi
Bill!). Susan - What was your fathers name?
david sproston says: i never knew of bert but do have sproston
relations in merseyside. Late grandfather Victor, Father Geoffrey with
brothers Raymond and Roger.I am seeking the family coat of arms if
anyone can help.as i intend to do a tribute disc to my Late Mother and
Elliot Sproston says: Bert Sproston was my grandfathers
brother. Following his playing career he became a coach at Bolton
where he also lived.