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Blades remember 'Hodgy' and 'Baldy'

11 December 2015

Sheffield United will pay tribute on Sunday to two stalwarts of the Club who passed away this week.

Goalkeeping legend Alan Hodgkinson MBE and Club photographer Martyn 'Baldy' Harrison will be remembered by family representatives and friends, Club officials, staff, and players.

Fans are being encouraged to wear green as a mark of respect for 'Hodgy'.

Alan, aged 79, clocked up 674 appearances in goal during an association with the Club of more than 20 years. When he hung up his gloves, the Laughton Common-born man became a highly revered goalkeeping coach, at a time when such a position was almost non-existent. Among the clubs with which Hodgkinson worked was Coventry City, whom he joined in 2002 under Gary McAllister.

Martyn, aged 60, provided photographic coverage of thousands of Blades' matches following his first snap in the mid-1980s.
Ahead of the televised game, both teams will wear black arm bands, there will be a special edition of the match day programme, a specially commissioned flag will be taken around the stadium and wreaths will be laid.

Former players Tony Currie, Ted Hemsley, Eddie Colquhoun, Tommy Hoyland and Carl Bradshaw and Len Badger will assist in the tributes to both men which start at 11.45am on match day.

Club historian John Garrett said: "Hodgy when he appeared for his beloved Sheffield United did it in a good, old fashioned green 'keeper shirt and we urge all to wear something green in his memory this Sunday.

"Tony Currie and Len Badger will carry the wreaths to The Kop goal mouth. We believe that it is fitting for that to be the place they are laid as it was Martyn's favoured vantage point and, of course, Alan's footsteps for an entire career.

"Fans are being encouraged to "Turn the Lane Green" for Hodgy and "picture it" in memory of Martyn through their mobile devices and then tweeting the images using #ripbaldy," added John.

There will also be a minute's applause ahead of kick-off for the players, officials, staff and supporters to mark their respect.

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