Blades fan asks Sheffield football family to unite in tribute to tragic Wednesday supporter Nigel

Sheffield United fan Kevin Gascoigne, left, wants Blades fans to join him in a minutes' applause for his friend and Sheffield Wednesday supporter Nigel Goodinson, right, who died at Hillsborough on April 22.
Sheffield United fan Kevin Gascoigne, left, wants Blades fans to join him in a minutes' applause for his friend and Sheffield Wednesday supporter Nigel Goodinson, right, who died at Hillsborough on April 22.
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A lifelong Sheffield United fan has called on fellow Blades to put city rivalries aside and pay tribute to a Sheffield Wednesday supporter this weekend.

Kevin Gascoigne wants to see Bramall Lane united in a minute's applause for his friend Nigel Goodinson, who died at Hillsborough on Saturday.

Nigel suffered a bleed on the brain just before the Owls kicked off against Derby County. He was given emergency first aid and taken to hospital, but later died.

Kevin, 60, from Sothall, knows exactly what Nigel's family has gone through. In 1993 his brother Greg suffered a heart attack at Burnley's Turf Moor ground, where he had gone to watch his beloved Blades in the FA Cup, and died.

Greg missed out on a trip to Wembley to see United face their city rivals in the cup semi-final that year. Nigel will also miss a possible trip to the national stadium, with the Owls poised to secure a play-off spot this season.

Kevin now hopes Sheffield football supporters will put their rivalries on hold and come together in support of his good friend.

Nigel with his son Ryan.

Nigel with his son Ryan.

"We argued like cat and dog on social media and in person, but it was always good fun and banter, and a bit of point scoring," he said.

"That's what Sheffield football is all about.

"We have both said we would hate to live in a city where you didn't have this rivalry."

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Kevin added: "At the end of the day we are all Sheffielders, and I wanted to show unity with Wednesdayites."

Nigel, 58, was more than just a Sheffield Wendesday fan. He was heavily involved in amateur football, helping to run Handsworth Junior Sporting Club and Handsworth Parramore FC, and managing a number of junior and adult sides over the years.

His family have asked the Owls to pay tribute on the 58th minute of the next home match against Fulham.

Blades fans have been urged to pay tribute at their final home game against Chesterfield on Sunday.

Blades fans have been urged to pay tribute at their final home game against Chesterfield on Sunday.

And a post on social media asking United fans whether they would support the minute's applause has been met only with positive reactions, said Kevin.

"I have had hundreds of people saying 'let's do it'," he said.

"We are all football fans and you shouldn't ever go to a match and never come back."

A Sheffield United spokesman said: "“Firstly, condolences to the friends and family of Nigel, who was well known in local football circles.

"We are aware of the social media activity around organising a minute’s applause on 58th minute - in fairness, our supporters have organised a number of these this season and we are happy to lend our support.”

Earlier this week Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvahal offered his congratulations to the Blades for winning League One this season.

He also congratulated Doncaster Rovers for their promotion from League Two, and said he hoped to see Rotherham United back in the Chapionship.

He said: "Because it is important to the city and the region, I want to give congratulations to Sheffield United and Doncaster.

"It is important to this area it can have strong and powerful clubs. I hope that all of us can join in the Premier League in the future."

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