Sheffield United Club’s tributes to Bob the Blade, 107

One of Sheffield United's oldest fans, Lewis Clark, who has died aged 107.
One of Sheffield United's oldest fans, Lewis Clark, who has died aged 107.
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Sheffield United’s oldest fan has died, aged 107.

Lewis Robert Clark supported the Blades for a century and was fondly remembered by the club.

Last November, Blades bosses paid tribute to him on his birthday by sending him a number 23 shirt - he turned 107 on the 23rd - and inviting him to a game.

Head of operations Dave McCarthy said: “Sheffield United was extremely honoured that we could pay tribute to Lewis on what was his 107th birthday in November.

“We did extend an invitation to Lewis to visit us for a game of his choice, however he didn’t manage to make that one last visit to Bramall Lane.

“We have been in touch with the family and they tell us that he certainly enjoyed receiving his number 23 shirt and having his photo taken with it.”

Lewis, known as Bob to his friends, was born in Sheffield in 1906. As a young footballer he had trials for Luton Town and Queens Park Rangers.

He moved to London at the age of 19 and ran an exhibition stand until he retired in his 60s.

Mr Clark and his first wife, Hilda, had three children - Brian, Michael and their adopted daughter Pam. Hilda lost her battle with a brain tumour in the 1960s and their three children have all died of cancer in the last 12 years. He married his second wife, Pauline, now aged 77, in 1968.

Bob died peacefully last month in Newbury, Berkshire, and is survived by eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Bob’s granddaughter, Jenny Philpott, said: “He smiled continually and if anything went wrong he carried on smiling and never gave up.

“We can all learn from someone who was so positive. No-one is perfect, but he was an inspiration in that he fought on and tried to help people whenever he could. He wanted the best for people.”