Dooley's walk of fame - VIDEO

HE has been honoured with an MBE, and has received the Freedom of the City and an honorary doctorate - and now football hero Derek Dooley is an undisputed Sheffield legend.

Football fans from both sides of the city gathered at the town hall yesterday to watch Mr Dooley unveil his Sheffield Legends plaque on the city's walk of fame.

He was awarded the prestigious star for his work in the Sheffield football scene - firstly as a player and manager for Sheffield Wednesday and later as chairman of the Blades.

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His name is now immortalised alongside TV star Michael Palin, former athlete Seb Coe, ex-astronaut Helen Sharman and designer David Mellor.

Speaking at the event, Mr Dooley said: "I am so proud to receive this award. I have lived in Sheffield all my life and to receive an award like this from the people of this city is just great.

"When I was a footballer my biggest fear was that I would be transferred away from Sheffield because back in those days players had no choice in the matter. I am so pleased that I stayed here.

"Back then someone suggested that they should take the Vulcan off the town hall and put a statue of me in its place.

"I don't think that's going to happen, but I'm more than happy with this!"

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Arthur Dunworth added: "There's no point in the Lord Mayor of Sheffield waxing lyrical about Derek Dooley because everyone in the city knows him.

"Derek has been given the Freedom of the City before but he is the only person who has the freedom of the city's pubs, because he is the only person who can walk into any pub in Sheffield and have people offering to buy him a pint.

"But Derek told me today that he isn't a beer drinker - he only drinks wine!"

Dooley was a prolific goalscorer for the Owls during the early 1950s but he was forced to retire from the game at an early age after a collision with Preston goalkeeper George Thompson left him with horrendous leg injuries.

He was forced to have his leg amputated, but he slowly recovered and later took an office job with Wednesday.

He later managed the club and went on to become chairman of Sheffield United.

Main news indexRoll of Honour

Def Leppard - top-selling rock band.

David Mellor - internationally-acclaimed designer.

Michael Palin - film

and television


Gordon Banks - England's World Cup winning goalkeeper.

Sebastian Coe - Olympic medal winner and chair

of the London 2012

Olympic committee.

Helen Sharman - first British astronaut.

Derek Dooley - football legend.