Sheffield United: Blades lose one of their “greatest” sons

Sheffield United legend Alan Wooward has passed away
Sheffield United legend Alan Wooward has passed away
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Sheffield United are expected to canvass opinion among Alan Woodward’s family and friends before deciding how best to commemorate his memory, writes James Shield.

Woodward, who made nearly 650 appearances for the club after arriving as an apprentice in 1962, passed away at his home in North America aged 68 on Thursday.

A spokesperson for Bramall Lane said it has lost one of its "greatest sons"

A spokesperson for Bramall Lane said it has lost one of its "greatest sons"

Former team mates and rivals alike have joined together to pay their own personal tributes and a Bramall Lane spokesperson said: “Sheffield United Football Club is saddened to learn of the death of one of its greatest sons. On behalf of all the Sheffield United family, sincere condolences to Alan’s family and friends.”

Woodward, United’s leading post-war goalscorer, made his senior debut against Liverpool in 1964. He departed 14 years later to join Tulsa Roughnecks and eventually settled in Oklahoma.

Woodward was a guest of honour at United’s 125th anniversary celebration in September.

“This sad news makes it all the more important to all of us that he was able to come home and be with family, friends and fans,” the statement continued. “It was special to see him and he loved every minute, every handshake, every song and every autograph.”

Alan Woodward made nearly 650 appearances for Sheffield United

Alan Woodward made nearly 650 appearances for Sheffield United

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Bramall Lane, the home of Sheffield United

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