|Full name||Thomas Sproson|
|Date of birth||9 December 1903|
|Place of birth||Stoke-upon-Trent, England|
|Date of death||1976 (aged 72–73)|
|1925–1928||West Bromwich Albion||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Thomas Sproson (9 December 1903 – 1976) was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.
The English people are a nation and an ethnic group native to England who speak the English language. The English identity is of early medieval origin, when they were known in Old English as the Angelcynn. Their ethnonym is derived from the Angles, one of the Germanic peoples who migrated to Great Britain around the 5th century AD. England is one of the countries of the United Kingdom, and the majority of people living there are British citizens.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
The goalkeeper, often shortened to keeper or goalie, is one of the major positions of association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by the goalkeeper moving into the path of the ball and either catching it or directing it away from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are able to use their hands, making them the only players on the field permitted to handle the ball. The special status of goalkeepers is indicated by them wearing different coloured kits from their teammates.
|West Bromwich Albion||First Division||1925–26||2||0||0||0||2||0|
|Port Vale||Second Division||1928–29||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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