Sheffield United: Blades chief describes Woodward as a “footballing hero”

Sheffield United co-owner Kevin McCabe � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United co-owner Kevin McCabe � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Kevin McCabe, Sheffield United’s co-owner, has paid his own personal tribute to Alan Woodward who passed away on Thursday.

Woodward, described by fellow Bramall Lane legend Tony Currie as “the greatest player I ever worked with”, made nearly 650 appearances for United in league and cup competitions before joining Tulsa Roughnecks of the NASL.

Alan Woodward in action for Sheffield United

Alan Woodward in action for Sheffield United

Writing on the club’s official website, McCabe said: “First and foremost our thoughts are with Alan’s family. “This is a sad loss. Woody was a real fans’ favourite, a dynamic footballer who had speed, the ability to put in a great cross and, of course, a thumping shot.

“As a youngster growing up in Sheffield I was fortunate to see Woody many, many times. His partnership with TC was simply outstanding. They terrorised defences in the top flight of English football.”

McCabe, who met Woodward at United’s 125th anniversary celebrations last year, continued: “Another special quality was that he was one of ours. He was one of several local lads at that time who came up through the ranks all of whom went on to make a real impression at Bramall Lane.

“His name is still sung by our fans. For supporters young or old he will long live in our memories as a Blades legend.

“It was great to see and meet Woody again. One of my footballing heroes who will always have a special place in the history of Sheffield United.”

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