Port Vale: Sproson memorabilia up for auction
PORT Vale legend Phil Sproson is giving away a unique piece of football memorabilia to benefit three local football clubs.
He will be presented with a framed Vale shirt to mark the unveiling of a statue of his uncle, club legend Roy Sproson, outside Vale Park before Saturday's home game against York City.
But Phil wants the shirt to be auctioned at a sportsmen's dinner and the profits shared between Hanley Town, Baddeley Green WMC and Brown Edge football teams.
The one-off shirt features the Sproson name, the number six and the names, Vale appearances and goals of Phil, Roy and Phil's father, Jess – all club stalwarts in their time.
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It will be auctioned at a dinner organised jointly by the three amateur clubs, featuring Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier and comedian John Stiles, at Baddeley Green WMC on Friday.
Anthony Munday, secretary of Baddeley Green WMC FC, has sat next to Phil in the press box at almost every Port Vale home game for the past 10 years. They both work for the Press Association.
He said: "It's an absolutely fantastic gesture by Phil. I told him the shirt should really stay in the Sproson family, but he insisted on giving it to me for our auction.
"The shirt will be at our dinner and I will take it back to Vale Park on Saturday in time for it to be presented to Roy's widow, Joyce, and Phil on the pitch before kick-off.
"Phil will give it back to me after the match and I will then deliver it to the highest bidder."
Anyone interested in bidding for the shirt can do so before the night by contacting Anthony Munday on 07743 876421.