VIDEO: Nigel Clough pays tribute to Sheffield United superfan ‘Shred’

David 'Shred' Spencer
David 'Shred' Spencer
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has led tributes to Blades superfan David ‘Shred’ Spencer.

The club are flying their main flag at Bramall Lane at half-mast in tribute to the much-loved supporter following his recent death.

The team will also wear black armbands in his memory at tomorrow’s game against Crawley Town.

Mr Clough said: “It is very sad news. He was one of our most loyal yet unassuming supporters.

“He just supported the club through thick and thin. He went all over the country and the world supporting them.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

“We will be wearing black armbands in recognition of him tomorrow.

“He was a supporters’ supporter. It is not much, but it is the very least we can do tomorrow.”

Tributes have also been paid to him by musician and fellow Blades fan Paul Heaton.

Mr Heaton said: “Shred was the most loyal of Sheffield United fan, a good socialist and a brilliant man. One of the kindest people that I have ever met.

“If your coach broke down or you lost your train fare home, he would always squeeze you on to his coach. Quite simply, to sit on Shred’s coach was to ‘sit with kings’.

John Garrett, United’s Supporters’ liaison officer, said: “You will find no one fortunate to know him that will say a bad word about a figure regarded by all as an icon, but the man himself was the most unassuming person you would ever meet.

“Never a bad word to say of anyone, his utopia was all Blades being together - United truly as one. His away coaches are the stuff of Sheffield United folklore.

“All who came under that wing, all who stood or sat next to him will have their own stories, their own view and feelings - all will be feeling their own grief - such is the mark of the man. What a legacy. A complete one off, a decent and honest man who simply wanted all to be the same. All to be equal. They broke the mould, they really did.”