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Bert Sproston

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Position Right back
Born 22 Jun 1914, Elworth (England)
Height 171 cm
Weight 74 kg
International Caps England: 11 full

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 Jun 1933 01 Jun 1938 140 1 £9500
Tottenham Hotspur 01 Jun 1938 04 Nov 1938 9 0 £10000
Manchester City 04 Nov 1938 01 Jun 1950 125 5  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1933 - 1934 5  0  0  0  0 
1934 - 1935 25  3  0  0  0 
1935 - 1936 40  4  0  0  0 
1936 - 1937 23  1  0  0  0 
1937 - 1938 371 2  0  0  0 
Total 1301 10  0  0  0 

Jabba's Comments

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 Father

Elliot Sproston says: Bert Sproston was my grandfathers brother. Following his playing career he became a coach at Bolton where he also lived.


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