Eight years work in Spartans book

Ken Sproat at the launch of his book 'We're the famous Blyth Spartans'.
Ken Sproat at the launch of his book 'We're the famous Blyth Spartans'.

A Blyth Spartans fan has seen eight years of research reach its conclusion with the launch of a new book on the club

Ken Sproat’s We’re the famous Blyth Spartans was launched with a host of former and present players in attendance.

And the occasion marked the conclusion of years of research.

Ken said: “The eight years of writing have been worth it in the end, I just hope it doesn’t take eight years to sell them all.

“It’s funny that every time I have spoken to someone about the book they have reacted enthusiastically about the club.

“You can see tonight with the turnout and the ex-players coming along what it means to people.

“We are all Blyth at heart and this book is a tribute to the club and the town as well.”

And Spartans general manager Ian Evans paid tribute to the author.

He said: “The book is massive for this club. There are clubs that are a lot higher than us who couldn’t produce something like this, that shows just how special this club is.

“Ken’s commitment to the project and the end product is unbelievable and he deserves to be rewarded for that, hopefully supporters of the club and football in general will ensure that happens.”

Spartans’ senior press officer Mark Carruthers hosted a presentation with the author, who answered questions about the process of putting the book together .

The audience were then invited to ask their own questions before special guests took to the floor.

These included Ron Guthrie, from the famous run to the FA Cup fifth round in 1978, and Graham Fenton, who discussed the visit in 2009 of Premier League side Blackburn Rovers for an FA Cup third round tie.

The book costs £15 and can be purchased by visiting the Supporters’ Club stand inside the social club on match days or by sending an email to sales@blythsgreenarmy.com