Leeds fans post heartfelt messages on Twitter after former goalkeeper passes away
By Will Butcher
Leeds fans have paid tribute to former goalkeeper Gary Sprake on Twitter, after he died aged 71.
Sprake made 381 league appearances in 13 years at Elland Road, before moving to Birmingham City.
The Midlands outfit revealed the news on their official Twitter account, offering his family their condolences after learning of Sprake’s passing.
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) October 19, 2016
The 37-time Wales international was part of the Leeds side that was considered England’s best during the late 1960s and early 1970s under manager Don Revie.
Leeds fans have reacted to the news on Twitter, with many recalling their memories of Sprake’s goalkeeping talents.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Sad to hear that. Sprake was my goal-keeping idol late 60′s and after, and never seemed to get the credit for how good a keeper he was. RIP https://t.co/da04gMksgK
— Chris Emmerson (@XenMedia) October 19, 2016
RIP Gary Sprake. A fine keeper and #LUFC stalwart for ten years. Often the hero, occasionally the villain. Such is the goalkeeper's lot.
— Bernie Banter (@BanterBernie) October 19, 2016
RIP Gary Sprake. Derided by those who didn't know the details of the game. Those who played with him knew how good he was. #lufc
— Gregg Huish (@HuishGregg) October 19, 2016
— LUSC (@LUSCExec) October 19, 2016
Sad to hear about Gary Sprake. One of my heroes in the Sprake, Reaney, Cooper, Bremner, Charlton, Hunter….. team. #lufc.
— Carole Bateman (@CabInStelling) October 19, 2016
— rob cartwright (@robcartwright6) October 19, 2016
Sorry to hear that Gary Sprake has died. First name on that legendary Revie team sheet, one of the heroes of my youth. RIP
— Mike Fatkin (@mikefatkin) October 19, 2016
RIP Gary Sprake #goalkeepersunion
— Darrel Rose (@DRose1968) October 19, 2016
So sorry to hear of the death of former Wales, Leeds & Birmingham 'keeper Gary Sprake. Worked latterly for Solihull Council. Nice man. RIP.
— Stuart Linnell (@Stuart_Linnell) October 19, 2016
Along with the likes of Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles and Peter Lorimer, Sprake was a stalwart of the Leeds side that dominated English football under Revie.
Born in Swansea, Sprake broke into the Leeds side in 1962 against Southampton and became a regular from there on in.
Sprake was part of the Leeds side that won the 1968-69 First Division trophy, and also has a League Cup winners’ medal and a Second Division champions medal to his name.