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