Sheffield United legend Len Badger is laid to rest

Sheffield United supporters and former colleagues paid their respects to Len Badger before the legendary defender was laid to rest yesterday.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 3:42 pm

Badger’s funeral cortege passed through Bramall Lane where he spent the majority of his career, en route to Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium.

After entering the Cherry Street car park, it paused in front of the players’ entrance where a floral tribute was presented on behalf of United’s owners, first team, coaching staff and other employees to honour someone the club’s official website described as “one of our favourite sons.”

Badger passed away last month aged 75, with the news prompting a series of emotional tributes from both fans and ex-team mates alike.

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The funeral of former Sheffield United captain Len Badger passes Bramall Lane.  Picture: Chris Etchells
The funeral of former Sheffield United captain Len Badger passes Bramall Lane. Picture: Chris Etchells

Tony Currie, who played alongside Badger during the 1971 promotion winning campaign, said: “Len was more like a brother to me, a great footballer and an even better bloke.”

Ted Hemsley, another member of that famous squad, echoed those sentiments while Chris Wilder, who left his position as manager in March, said: “Despite everything he achieved, Len never changed from being the same down to earth, friendly and humble person he always was. For me, he embodied all of the qualities that make this city great.”

Born in Darnall, Badger represented both Sheffield Schoolboys and England Schoolboys before signing his first professional contract with United in 1962; a month after making his senior debut during a tour of the USA.

He went on to make 541 appearances for the club he supported, before joining Chesterfield in 1976.

The funeral of former Sheffield United captain Len Badger passes Bramall Lane. Picture: Chris Etchells

Badger remained a popular and recognisable figure at United, attending almost all of their home matches until the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The funeral of former Sheffield United captain Len Badger passes Bramall Lane. Picture: Chris Etchells
Blades legend and friend of Len Badger Tony Currie with club official John Garrett as the funeral cortege of the former Sheffield United captain passes Bramall Lane. Picture: Chris Etchells
The funeral of former Sheffield United captain Len Badger passes Bramall Lane. Picture: Chris Etchells