VIDEO: Touching online tribute to Blades superfan ‘Shred’ as hundreds back campaign to rename Sheffield United stand

David 'Shred' Spencer
David 'Shred' Spencer
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Hundreds of Sheffield United supporters have signed a petition calling for the Blades to rename one of the club’s stands after superfan David ‘Shred’ Spencer.

News of the well-known supporter’s recent death became public yesterday and led to a wave of tributes to him.

Sheffield United lowered their main flag at Bramall Lane to half-mast, while the team will wear black armbands at today’s game at Crawley Town.

Supporters have now started an online petition calling for the club to consider changing the name of a stand in memory of Shred, who organised coaches to away games for many years.

More than 500 people have signed the petition since it was launched yesterday evening.

A touching online tribute to Mr Spencer has also been posted on YouTube by fellow supporters.

Fans have also been leaving tributes to Shred outside Bramall Lane.

An open letter to the club from the petition campaigners says: “A true Blade Dave Spencer (Shred) will be missed by so many people after his passing.

“Shred has followed Sheffield United for many, many years both home, away and in other countries.

“Taking fans under his wing on his ‘away days’ and always being there should you need him. A legend of Sheffield United Football Club deserves a fitting memorial for his passion, dedication and love for the club.”

The club said on Friday it will consider any ideas for permanent tributes to Shred after consulting his family.

A spokesman said: “The club he dedicated everything to will listen to suggestions of tributes that the football family at Bramall Lane he cared for so much wish to make in any way it can, but this has to be led with the approval of his family first and foremost, and we ask all to understand and respect this.”

To view the petition, visit www.change.org/p/rename-a-stand-at-sheffield-united-for-sheffield-united-to-consider-renaming-a-stand-at-bramall-lane-for-fan-shred-after-his-sad-death