For the first time at the Football League Awards this season, all 72 member clubs were asked to nominate a Club Hero and Sheffield United was delighted to be able to put forward Captain Blade.
In recognition of this achievement Gary Shanks, better known as Captain Blade, was presented with his award at the recent play-off game by long time serving Sheffield United Supporters' Club representatives Beryl and Peter Whitney.
The award was to recognise the loyalty and service of an individual who had over 10 years' service at the club off the pitch. Over the last 17 years Captain Blade has become very much part of the Blades and it was seen as a very appropriate tribute.
Dave McCarthy, Operations Director at Bramall Lane, said: "We believe that Captain Blade's long service to United, his commitment as a fan of the Club and his willingness to support Club events, on match and non-matchdays, added to his ongoing contribution to support various charities, is impressive.
"With the popularity of the role of Captain Blade and what it adds to the Club as a whole, as well as his commitment to the cause, he is more than worthy of the award as our 'Club Hero'."
Captain Blade, on receiving the award, commented: "It means so much to have my efforts acknowledged and I would like to thank the Club and the fans for all their support and good wishes."