Ivan Sproule - Player Profile
|Born:||February 18th, 1981 (Castlederg)|
|Signed:||January 18th, 2013|
|First Manager:||Derek Adams (2nd Spell)|
|Career Stats:||25 appearances, 8 goals|
|Full Debut:||January 19th, 2013 - St Mirren 1 - 4 Ross County (League - SPL)|
|First Goal:||January 19th, 2013 - St Mirren 1 - 4 Ross County (League - SPL)|
|Also Played For:||Hibernian|
Sproule, a winger who was known for his explosive pace, played in the Irish Football League for semi-professional clubs Omagh Town and Institute. He combined playing football with his full-time career as an engineer. Scottish Premier League club Hibernian invited him for a trial in January 2005, after he had been transfer listed by Institute. He impressed manager Tony Mowbray and signed as a full-time professional until the end of the season. Hibs paid Institute a transfer fee of £5,000.
The gamble of signing a player from outside professional football paid off for both Sproule and Hibs. Although he had a slow start with Hibs and it was rumoured that he would return to Northern Ireland, he scored one of the goals in a 3–1 win over Celtic at Celtic Park. Sproule was offered an extended contract which he accepted. Sproule hit the headlines in August 2005 by scoring a hat-trick in a 3–0 defeat of champions Rangers at Ibrox Stadium.
Sproule caused further damage to Rangers by helping Hibs eliminate them from the 2005–06 Scottish Cup. Sproule scored one goal and assisted with another, as Hibs again won 3–0 at Ibrox. He was part of the team that won the 2007 Scottish League Cup Final.
Sproule joined Bristol City on a three-year contract on 27 June 2007 for an undisclosed fee, believed to be about £500,000. He made his debut for the West Country club on 29 August 2007 against Manchester City in the League Cup. He was made to sit out the first four games of the season due to a suspension which he received while playing for Hibernian. He scored his first goal for Bristol City on 24 October 2007 in their 2–1 victory over Southampton. Sproule was part of the Bristol City squad who were beaten in the Championship 2008 play-off final against Hull City.
He was loaned to Yeovil Town in November. He was then loaned to Notts County in March 2011.
In April 2011, Sproule held discussions with Colin Calderwood about a proposed return to Hibernian. Sproule signed a pre-contract agreement with the club a month later.
On the opening game of the season, he played his first Hibs match in a 2–0 loss against Celtic; scored on his first match two months later, in a 3–2 win over St. Johnstone.
Sproule moved to Ross County on a free transfer in January 2013. He scored two goals in his first appearance for the club, in a 4–1 victory at St. Mirren on 19 January.
After the match, Manager Derek Adams praised Sproule's performance, while Sproule, himself, said his debut was a 'dream' A week later, Sproule scored again but this time was against his former club Hibs in a 1–0 win. Sproule scored 8 goals in 25 appearances for Ross County, but decided to leave the club in November 2013 due to personal reasons.
Sproule agreed in December 2013 to sign for Linfield.
|Jan 19th, 2013||League||(A)||vs. St Mirren||4 - 1||(71')|
|Jan 19th, 2013||League||(A)||vs. St Mirren||4 - 1||(74')|
|Jan 30th, 2013||League||(H)||vs. Hibernian||1 - 0||(36')|
|Feb 16th, 2013||League||(H)||vs. St Johnstone||1 - 0||(11')|
|Feb 23rd, 2013||League||(H)||vs. Motherwell||3 - 0||(34')|
|Apr 26th, 2013||League||(H)||vs. Dundee Utd||1 - 0||(54')|
|Sep 15th, 2013||League||(H)||vs. Dundee Utd||2 - 4||(72')|
|Nov 9th, 2013||League||(H)||vs. Celtic||1 - 4||(68')|
Representing Northern Ireland