Leeds in Mourning as Sprake Passes Away

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By Ian Waterhouse

The sad news broke yesterday evening that former Leeds stopper Gary Sprake had passed away aged 71.

Welshman Sprake, made his debut for the whites in 1962 against Southampton and went on to represent the club over 500 times in a career which saw him help us lift the First Division title in 1969 and the League Cup in 1968 along with the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1968 and 1971.

Sprake, left Leeds at the end of the 1973 season when he signed for Birmingham City after falling out with white’s manager Don Revie.

At the time, the £100,000 fee payed was a world record for a goalkeeper and he went on to make 16 league appearances for the blues.

Sprake also represented Wales and made his debut as an 18-year-old against Scotland in November 1963 and represented his nation 37 times in a 12-year career.


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