Tony Currie leads tributes as Sheffield United legend Alan Woodward dies

Alan Woodward
Alan Woodward
  • Fellow Lane hero Currie ‘devastated’ by pal’s passing
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Sheffield United legend Alan Woodward has passed away, aged 68.

The winger made over 500 appearances for United after making his league debut against Liverpool in 1964 and remains Bramall Lane’s leading post-war goalscorer.

Woodward, who was 68, left South Yorkshire 15 years later to move to the United States, joining Tulsa Roughnecks and remained based in Oklahoma.

Tony Currie, the former England international, who was voted United’s greatest ever player at their 125th anniversary recently, told The Star, shortly after hearing of his former team mate’s passing: “Woody was the greatest player I ever played with.

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“I was devastated to hear the news because first and foremost he was a great mate.

“He always used to joke with me that he made me look good and I’ve got to say it was baffling that he was never capped by England.

“He was right up there with the best.

Alan Woodward

Alan Woodward

“Woody was exceptional, he had that rare gift of knowing exactly when to run, when to shoot and where to go to receive the ball.

“We had a telepathy out there on the pitch and instinctively just seemed to know what the other was going to do. “

Currie added: “We were very fortunate back then because we were more than a team.

“We were friends too. We all used to live near each other, we used to go out with each other, we’d socialise as a team.

Woody was a superb footballer, he was also a great bloke

Tony Currie

“Woody was a superb footballer, he was also a great bloke.

“I’m choked, my thoughts are with his family and everyone else who knew him, he’ll be missed but always remembered by everyone associated with Sheffield United and plenty more besides.”

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Alan Woodward

Alan Woodward

Sheffield Utd 1970-71 promotion winning team reunion Dinner at Bramall Lane. Back LtoR. Frank Barlow, Tony Currie, Geoff Salmons, Alan Woodward, Colin Addison, Ted Hemsley, Geoff Goodall (Physio).Front LtoR. Len Badger, David Ford, Billy Dearden, Eddie Colquhoun

Sheffield Utd 1970-71 promotion winning team reunion Dinner at Bramall Lane. Back LtoR. Frank Barlow, Tony Currie, Geoff Salmons, Alan Woodward, Colin Addison, Ted Hemsley, Geoff Goodall (Physio).Front LtoR. Len Badger, David Ford, Billy Dearden, Eddie Colquhoun

Alan Woodward

Alan Woodward