Funeral of Sheffield United legend Alan Woodward taking place in America tomorrow

Alan Woodward at the Gillingham game in September
Alan Woodward at the Gillingham game in September
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The funeral of Sheffield United legend Alan Woodward will take place in his adopted home of America tomorrow.

Woodward, who was 68, made 640 appearances for the Blades after making his league debut against Liverpool in 1964.

Born in Chapeltown in 1946, he remains the club’s leading post-war goalscorer and made the third-highest number of appearances in United’s history.

‘Woody’ moved to Oklahoma in 1979 where he played for the Tulsa Roughnecks.

In 1984, he established a youth team in the US called Tulsa Sheffield United FC and went on to work for American Airlines, retiring in 2009.

Last September, he came back to Sheffield to take part in Sheffield United’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

His funeral is taking place tomorrow morning at the First Baptist Church in Jenks, Oklahoma.

An obituary posted online prior to the funeral by Schaudt’s Funeral Service said: “Throughout his long career whether playing, coaching, training, and volunteering he made a huge impact on youth soccer in Oklahoma.

“He will be deeply missed many other loving relatives, a host of close friends and his devoted fans.”

Sheffield United has opened a book of condolence for supporters to sign, set up in the Blades Superstore.

Sheffield United co-owner Kevin McCabe said this week: “Woody was a real fans’ favourite, a dynamic footballer who had speed, the ability to put in a great cross and, of course, a thumping shot. Another special quality was that he was one of ours. His name is still sung by our fans. For supporters young or old he will long live in our memories as a Blades legend.”