All of the Sheffield United family were saddened earlier this year by the sudden passing of one of our own, who was considered the epitome of what it means to be a Blade.
David Spencer, known to all as 'Shred' was known by many Blades. Passionate, honest, modest, his passing in February was felt by many, many Unitedites.
Many suggestions have been put forward regarding ways to mark his memory. The Club has maintained throughout that any tribute would be guided by the wishes of his family. Something they felt comfortable with. Something David would have been proud to be associated with.
We are delighted to announce that, on the wishes of his family, our prestigious Young Player of the Year Award, presented at our annual Player of the Year dinner, will from this year be known as the 'David Spencer Young Player of the Year Award'.
'Shred' was a constant face at many United games, not just first team fixtures, promotion of youth through the ranks was something that mattered to him. His family feel it fitting that his name and the universal love and respect it carries will be forever now linked to such an award.
His family have shown the same modesty by politely declining our invitation to join us on the evening to make the first presentation; that being the case, and again, with their blessing, we have asked one of his all-time favourite players and former captain, Eddie Colquhoun, to make the presentation on their behalf.
"'Shred' was well known to all of us and well liked, a true fan in every respect. I consider it an honour to be asked to do this on behalf of the Spencer family in his memory on the night," said Eddie
The Young Player of the Year award is kindly sponsored by Winchester Car Sales, long-established supporters of both United and our Community programme.
Managing Director Tajinder Singh commented: "We are pleased to associate Winchester Car Sales with an award that recognises and remembers the name of one of our greatest fans as well as marking the achievement of players mentored, developed and coached through the United Academy at Shirecliffe.
The presentation will be one of the highlights of the evening, which takes place at the Sheffield City Hall Ballroom on Sunday 3rd May, commencing at 7pm.
For more information or to reserve your place at the event please call the Commercial Department on 0871 663 2462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org