Funeral details are announced for former Sheffield Wednesday boss Maurice Setters

The funeral of former Sheffield Wednesday assistant boss Maurice Setters will take place in Doncaster next week.

Tuesday, 8th December 2020, 12:17 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th December 2020, 12:19 pm

Setters, who helped oversee the Owls’ revival in the late 1970s and early 1980s, died last month at the age of 83 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.

His funeral is due to take place at Rose Hill Crematorium, Doncaster next Monday, but due to coronavirus restrictions, the number of mourners will be limited to 25.

During his lengthy football career, he was also in charge of fellow South Yorkshire side Doncaster Rovers, being in charge at Belle Vue between 1971 and 1974.

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Maurice Setters (left) with Jack Charlton.

Brought in as a replacement for Lawrie McMenemy, who was sacked in 1971, the former Manchester United left wing half endured a lean spell in charge of Rovers, with dwindling crowds and tight finances the order of the day against a backdrop of nationwide industrial unrest.

He was shown the door in 1974 and later linked up with long-time friend Jack Charlton at Sheffield Wednesday as assistant manager to the England 1966 World Cup winner, spending more than half a decade with the Owls and beginning the orchestration of their climb back up the Football League.

During his time in Sheffield he was Charlton’s trusted advisor for promotion back to Division Two, for the Boxing Day Massacre and the marathon FA Cup tie against Arsenal, and will be dearly missed by the football fraternity.

His death at Doncaster Royal Infirmary on November 22 came after a six-year battle with Alzheimers and just a few months after the death of Charlton and also Archie Irivine, Rovers’ skipper in the game against Liverpool.

Beginning his playing career at Exeter City and West Brom, he made his name at Manchester United, being signed by legendary manager Sir Matt Busby in a £30,000 deal and going on to make 159 appearances for the club.

The funeral will take place at Rose Hill Crematorium on Monday at noon.

Flowers and donations are permitted and donations can be made to the Sandrock House Residential Fund.

Further details are available from funeral directors E Hurton and Son on 01777 703502.