Sheffield United are deeply saddened to report the passing of well-known Blades fan David Spencer.
Staff, friends and colleagues, and undoubtedly fellow supporters at Bramall Lane are all shocked by the passing of 'Shred' to a higher league.
John Garrett, United's Supporters' Liaison Officer, comments: "We say 'Shred' because that is the name that all knew David by. What can any of us say, you will find no one fortunate to know him that will say a bad word about a figure regarded by all as an icon, but the man himself was the most unassuming person you would ever meet.
"Never a bad word to say of anyone, his utopia was all Blades being together - United truly as one. His away coaches are the stuff of Sheffield United folklore. How many fans were weaned at his side and looked after with an arm round them as a young 'un by a man respected by all? A massive influence on so many, a fact that makes this piece so hard to write, so hard to find the right words because all who came under that wing, all who stood or sat next to him will have their own stories, their own view and feelings - all will be feeling their own grief - such is the mark of the man. What a legacy. A complete one off, a decent and honest man who simply wanted all to be the same. All to be equal. They broke the mould, they really did."
The Club he dedicated everything to will listen to suggestions of tributes that the football family at Bramall Lane he cared for so much wish to make in any way it can, but this has to be led with the approval of his family first and foremost, and we ask all to understand and respect this.
The main flag on the John Street side of Bramall Lane flies at half-mast in memory of one of our own loved and respected by all. A proper Blade, a proper bloke.
Those wishing to make a suggestion or those simply wanting to pass their sympathies and love to the family and those closest to him are welcome to do so at firstname.lastname@example.org