Sheffield United Football Club is saddened to learn of the death of one of its greatest sons, Alan Woodward, who passed away at his American home on Thursday.
Born in Chapeltown and raised in Silkstone Common, he was spotted by scout Archie Clark and signed by John Harris. Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United had courted his talents, but he liked the homely feel of Sheffield United and signed as an apprentice in 1962, making his senior debut in the Football League at Anfield on 7th October 1964.
Alan and United were a well-suited match. He would go on to make 640 appearances for his beloved Blades, making him the third highest in our all-time league appearance list. He is also the Club's second highest goalscorer of all time, not bad for a player who played the majority of games on the right wing!
Alan's talents graced 14 years in the Red and White stripes before he crossed the pond to the United States to play in the for Tulsa Roughnecks, his skills were also employed as a Gridiron kicker before he retired from sport for good and worked for American Airlines.
Alan came home for the first time in too long in September last year as a special guest for the Club's 125th birthday celebrations. This sad news makes it all the more important to all of us that he was able to come home and be with family, friends and fans. It was special to see him and he loved every minute, every handshake, every song and every autograph.
On behalf of all the Sheffield United family, sincere condolences to Alan's family and friends.
Rest in peace, Alan.
BladesPlayer spoke to Alan on his last visit to the UK, last September, for United’s 125th anniversary celebrations.