Legendary Sheffield Wednesday assistant passes on – football mourns the passing of Maurice Setters
Former Sheffield Wednesday assistant manager, Maurice Setters, has sadly passed away at the age of 83.
Following a six-year battle with Alzheimers, it was confirmed today that the former Manchester United captain had passed on, just a few months after his long-time friend and colleague, Jack Charlton.
His former club announced the sad news earlier this afternoon as they stated that they were ‘deeply saddened’ by his death, calling him ‘a popular member of the squad’ – revealing that he was also the best man at Bobby Charlton’s wedding.
They added, “Devon-born Setters had come through the ranks at local side Exeter City before making his name in the top flight with West Brom. He signed for United for £30,000, with Matt Busby looking for a replacement for Wilf McGuinness who had recently broken his leg, and his feisty and combative style made him a key player during a transitional period for the club.”
He was Charlton’s right-hand man for many years outside of South Yorkshire, but it was his time in Sheffield that will be most fondly remembered by Wednesdayites after he played his part in resuscitating the Owls in the 1970s.
Setters spent more than half a decade with the Owls as he joined alongside Charlton in 1977 to begin the orchestration of their climb back up the Football League, and even took over – very briefly – as caretaker following Charlton’s exit in 1983.
During his time in Sheffield he was Charlton’s trusted advisor for promotion back to Division Two, for the Boxing Day Massacre and the marathon FA Cup tie against Arsenal, and will be dearly missed by the football fraternity.