In September 2017 club historian Ken Sproat suddenly passed away.
Ken was the oracle on the club’s history, he’d taken up the mantle of club historian having spent 8 years researching the club’s history for his superb book;
‘We’re the Famous Blyth Spartans’.
From interviewing old players to collecting a superb array of memorabilia during his years of research, it had led to him building a vast knowledge of the club and the history of football in the town in general.
Having launched this blog in May 2012 to give the club’s history a digital presence, it was an honour that Ken asked me to help him bring his work together.
Working in the print & design industry all my life it was with great pride that I was involved in bringing the final book to life.
Ken was always a great help in developing this history blog into what it has become.
Quite often people get in touch with me asking about a relative who had played for the Spartans, Ken was the go to man for help.
From long forgotten players to stories passed down through the years, he knew it all.
Many Saturday afternoon’s at Croft Park were spent chatting away about the club’s proud history while the current side battled away in front of us.
Tributes were paid at the club’s home game following his passing. A minute silence was observed and floral tributes placed where he stood to watch games.
You’ll be sadly missed, Croft Park won’t be the same without you.