Give Sid the ball for the Steel City derby

Campaign: Fans want Sid to present the match ball in the  Sheffield derby match next season.
Campaign: Fans want Sid to present the match ball in the Sheffield derby match next season.
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football fans from across the city are supporting a campaign to allow Wednesdayite Kevin Taylor to present the match ball before the Sheffield derby at Hillsborough next season.

The 51-year-old, known on the terraces as Sid, is vowing to see the Steel City derby despite being brain damaged by a single punch while following the Owls at Hartlepool this season.

The Star’s website has received almost 100 comments from Owls and Blades fans after Sid’s brave fight was highlighted yesterday.

And now a campaign to ‘Give Sid The Ball’ has started for him to present the ball before Wednesday take on United.

A spokesman for Sheffield Wednesday said: “Sheffield Wednesday would never condone violence on or off the pitch. And those who flout the law must bear the consequences.

“We will though comply with the wishes of Sid’s family and do everything we can to help.”

The ball is usually presented to the referee just before kick-off by representatives of the match’s sponsors.

Sid, from Swinton, Rotherham, is currently receiving treatment at a specialist brain injury unit in Chester.

His attacker, Paul Bennett, was jailed for three years and five months after admitting causing grievous bodily harm.

Back our campaign. Email staronline@sheffieldnewspapers.co.uk with ‘Give Sid The Ball’ in the subject bar.

Comments on thestar.co.uk

steelerblade

Get well soon Sid! Those idiots have shamed English football but both Blades and Owls fans can get together in times like this and make it proud again.

newboldowl

Thanks to all the Blades for their good wishes, we should get on to Wednesday and if Sid is out of hospital let him present the match ball against the Blades @ Hillsborough... Give Sid the match ball, (come on)

North stand Owl

Get well soon Sid if

you can, then deffo

GIVE SID THE BALL.

The Dukeries Owl

My faith in human nature is on the verge of being restored. A big thumbs up to the GIVE SID THE BALL campaign.

bocablade

Get well soon sid, “GIVE SID THE BALL”