Over 1,000 supporters back Sheffield United stand name change for ‘Shred’

David 'Shred' Spencer
David 'Shred' Spencer
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More than 1,000 Sheffield United supporters have signed a petition calling for the Blades to rename a club stand after superfan David ‘Shred’ Spencer.

News of the death of the well-known supporter, who was from Stanhope Road, Intake, became public on Friday and led to a wave of tributes to him.

David 'Shred' Spencer

David 'Shred' Spencer

Sheffield United lowered their main flag at Bramall Lane to half-mast, while the team wore black armbands at Saturday’s game at Crawley Town.

Supporters have now started an online petition calling for the club to consider changing the name of a stand in memory of Mr Spencer, who organised coaches to away games for many years.

Over 1,100 people have signed the petition since it was launched on Friday evening.

Fans have also been leaving tributes to Shred outside Bramall Lane.

Crawley Town v Sheffield United   28.2.15'Pic : Martyn Harrison'TRIBUTE TO DAVID SHRED SPENCER'� copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Crawley Town v Sheffield United 28.2.15'Pic : Martyn Harrison'TRIBUTE TO DAVID SHRED SPENCER'� copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Lewis Tyree, who started the petition and lived near Mr Spencer in Intake, said: “He just lived and breathed Sheffield United and he was such a lovely man.

“He took everybody under his wing and never had a bad word to say about anybody.

“We knew there were a lot of people who liked him but I thought we might get a couple of hundred signatures, not over 1,000.”

The club said on Friday it will consider any ideas for permanent tributes to Shred after consulting his family.

A spokesman said: “The club he dedicated everything to will listen to suggestions of tributes that the football family at Bramall Lane he cared for so much wish to make in any way it can, but this has to be led with the approval of his family first and foremost.”

The petition is due to be closed on Friday before being sent to club officials for consideration.

To view the petition, visit www.change.org and search for ‘Shred’.