Tulsa Roughnecks paid tribute to the late Alan Woodward yesterday with a rendition of the ‘Woody on the Wing’ song which became popular during his time with Sheffield United.
The song formed part of a tribute to the popular former Blade, who died last week - aged 68 - at his adopted home in America.
The Roughnecks wore black armbands in their cup game again OKC yesterday to honour Woodward, who made over 500 appearances for United and remains Bramall Lane’s leading post-war goalscorer, before moving to Tulsa and playing for the Roughnecks.
Fans at the game observed 30 seconds of silence for the first half of the seventh minute - chosen to honour the late star’s number during his playing days with both clubs - before a rendition of the ‘Woody on the Wing’ song which was often heard on the terraces of Bramall Lane in the 1960s and 1970s.
“The Roustabouts encourage all fans to participate in the 30 seconds of silence and in the chant to honor this Tulsa soccer legend,” a statement from the largest Roughnecks supporters’ group read.
Woodward joined the Roughnecks in 1979 and played 47 times, before establishing the Tulsa Sheffield United FC youth soccer program in 1984.
“He had a big impact on growing the sport in the area,” said Jim Tindell, the executive director of local youth soccer organization TSC Hurricane and a close friend of Woodward’s.
“A lot of people grew up as fans of the original Roughnecks watching him play and that created future fans and a lot of those people are now coaches or involved in the game or have kids playing.”