Steel City derby fans to roar Sid on to recovery

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A SELL-out Hillsborough crowd will give a rousing reception to a very special guest at Sunday’s derby.

Wednesdayite Kevin Taylor - known to all as Sid - will walk out onto the pitch to hand the football to the Blades and the Owls teams before the big kick-off.

In doing so he will fulfil a dream which has helped him on the road to recovery. Sid, aged 52, from Swinton, Rotherham, is recovering from terrible brain injuries he suffered when he was attacked on his way home after Wednesday’s game last August in Hartlepool.

His derby day honour comes about thanks to supporters of a campaign backed by The Star and masterminded by Dronfield builder Darryl Hancock.

Darryl, 41, a fellow Owls fan, read Sid’s story in The Star - then created a support group on Facebook to launch his Give Sid The Ball campaign. Since then it has been backed by thousands of owls and Blades fans.

Wednesday’s director of communications Trevor Braithwait confirmed Sid will be guest of honour at the game. He said: “Sheffield Wednesday are delighted, first and foremost, that Sid has recovered sufficiently to take the ball onto the pitch this weekend.

“The ordeal he endured was horrific and stands against everything the game should stand for.

“We wish Sid the very best for now and the future, and keep everything crossed that the team rounds off his memorable day with all three points.”

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