Sportsman pub Lodge Moor: Tribute as Sheffield local shuts after reports of tragic death of popular landlady
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Tributes have been paid to the landlady of a Sheffield pub, following reports of her death.
Jill Hoffman was the landlady at the well known Sportsman pub, on Redmires Road, for over 20 years, and shocked members of the junior football club which plays its games next to the pub, held a minute's applause for her before their weekend match.
Hallam and Redmires Rangers junior football club put a tribute to Jill on their social media pages, announcing their plans.
They stated: "Hallam and Redmires Rangers JFC are heartbroken to hear the news that Jill Hoffman, landlady at The Sportsman, Lodge Moor, has passed away.
"Jill was a great supporter of the club and took great interest in how the teams individually and collectively were performing. The Sportsman has hosted countless managers’ meetings, post-match food and drinks and end-of-season celebrations.
"As a mark of respect to Jill, all teams playing at home this weekend will deliver one minute of applause and thanks to Jill before kick off."
The pub remained closed yesterday, with handwritten notices on the windows, which stated: "Closed due to unforeseen circumstances."
No one was answering the telephones, its profile on Google was coming up as 'temporarily closed'. The car park was empty with no sign of any activity at the well known venue, which has views right across the South Yorkshire countryside.
It is understood that Jill's dad, Bill, also ran the Sportsman before her.
The pub has in recent years been well known locally as the venue of the Gillyfest, which has in the past been described as an unofficial warm-up for Tramlines, and which also raised money for the charity the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Jill described it in 2017 to The Star as building up slowly over the years with audiences reaching around 500.