Owls and Blades support Sid bid

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A CAMPAIGN to allow Wednesdayite Kevin Taylor to present the match ball before the Sheffield derby at Hillsborough next season could be about to pay off.

The 51-year-old, known on the terraces as Sid, is vowing to see the Steel City derby despite being brain damaged when attacked by a hooligan while following the Owls at Hartlepool this season.

The Star-backed campaign was started by Owl Darryl Hancock who created a Facebook group after reading Sid’s story in The Star.

The group calls for the life long fan to be allowed to present the match ball before the Steel City derby next season.

The group has more than 2,000 members from all around the country and it’s growing all the time.

Both clubs are aware of the ground-swell of opinion and say they will do whatever they can to support Sid.

Wednesday and United have promised to invite Sid to their grounds for the derby games.

They say, should he be well enough, he will be given VIP treatment and full hospitality.

And Wednesday are working towards allowing him to present the ball.

A spokesperson for the Hillsborough club added: “We would welcome Sid to the game as our guest if he is able to come.

“However that game’s match ball has already been sponsored, which means we would need the sponsor’s permission to allow Sid to present the ball. We have been unable to contact the person who has sponsored the game as he is unavailable.

“But we will keep trying and if we get an agreement we will give Sid the ball”

Give Sid the Ball Facebook group creator Darryl, 41, who works for a buildings solutions firm in Dronfield, is delighted.

Darryl said: “When I started the group I never expected it to be so well received by fans from both sides of the city.

“Some of the posts have left me feeling quite emotional.

He added: “To think that people from my city can come together to support this has made me feel so very proud.”