February 6, 2015
| Swindon Town|
| (1944-06-30) 30 June 1944 (age 71)|
February 6, 2015(2015-02-06)
Alan Sproates Wikipedia
Alan Sproates (born 30 June 1944, died 6 February 2015 (age 70)) was an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He made nearly 350 appearances in the Football League, including more than 300 for Darlington, and also played in the United States.
Sproates was born in Hetton-le-Hole, now part of the City of Sunderland. He began his football career with Sunderland, but made no first-team appearances before he joined Swindon Town in 1963. After two seasons in which he played only five first-team games, Sproates moved to Darlington in part-exchange for Jimmy Lawton. He remained at the club until 1974, making 316 league appearances and helping the club to runners-up spot in the Fourth Division and promotion to the Third Division in the 1965–66 season. He spent the summer of 1973 playing in the North American Soccer League for Miami Toros. After a year with Scunthorpe United, Sproates was signed by Ukrainian Sports Club Lion in Adelaide playing in the South Australian First Division. He was so impressive that he was voted the Best and Fairest player in the league winning the John Martin Medal. Soon after he moved to the United States, where he coached football and played in the American Soccer League for Los Angeles Skyhawks and for the San Francisco Fog during the 1980–81 Major Indoor Soccer League season.
He lives with wife Bonnie in San Anselmo, California.Darlington
Fourth Division runners-up: 1965–66