Sheffield United to name annual award after super-fan ‘Shred’

David 'Shred' Spencer
David 'Shred' Spencer
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Sheffield United have announced they will name one of their annual awards after super-fan David ‘Shred’ Spencer.

Mr Spencer, from Intake, died in February, leading to a wave of tributes from fellow Blades and a petition signed by almost 2,000 people calling for a Bramall Lane stand to be renamed after him.

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

Hundreds of people attended his funeral, with the cortege applauded by manager Nigel Clough and his players as it passed by Bramall Lane.

The club said they would take ideas on a permanent memorial to Mr Spencer, who organised coaches to away games for many years.

Following discussions with his family, it has now been announced the club’s Young Player of the Year Award, presented at our annual Player of the Year dinner, will from this year be named after him.

The first ‘David Spencer Young Player of the Year Award’ will be presented at this year’s awards dinner at the Sheffield City Hall Ballroom on Sunday May 3.

David 'Shred' Spencer

David 'Shred' Spencer

It will be presented for the first time by one of Mr Spencer’s favourite players, former Sheffield United captain Eddie Colquhoun.

Mr Colquhoun said: “Shred was well known to all of us and well liked, a true fan in every respect.

“I consider it an honour to be asked to do this on behalf of the Spencer family in his memory on the night.”

A spokesman for the club said: “ All of the Sheffield United family were saddened earlier this year by the sudden passing of one of our own, who was considered the epitome of what it means to be a Blade.

“David Spencer, known to all as ‘Shred’ was known by many Blades. Passionate, honest, modest, his passing in February was felt by many, many Unitedites.

“Shred was a constant face at many United games, not just first team fixtures, promotion of youth through the ranks was something that mattered to him. His family feel it fitting that his name and the universal love and respect it carries will be forever now linked to such an award.”