Mel’s dad says thanks to Blades

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THE father of former Sheffield United goalkeeper Mel Rees has expressed his gratitude to the club for continuing to remember his son and honour his name.

Mel, only 26, died from cancer in 1993 having joined the Blades the previous year.

His father, Ronnie, along with his other son, Stephen, travelled up from Cardiff for the Mel Rees Memorial Tournament which was staged at Bramall Lane, one of the four teams including some Blades old boys.

“On behalf of the family, I would like to thank Sheffield United and express my gratitude to all those involved for taking part on the day,” said Ronnie who lives in Cardiff.

“Everyone was superb and I just want to say how grateful we are to the players, officials and spectators for supporting it and people such as Colin Walker and Mick Rooker for all their help.

“Stephen and I certainly enjoyed it and are appreciative of the fact the club put on this event in memory of Mel.”

Ronnie presented the awards in the tournament in which four teams played games of 20 minutes each way with former players such as John Pemberton, Carl Bradshaw and Rob Page turning out along with local players,