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Woody was a real fans' favourite, says McCabe

22 May 2015

Sheffield United co-owner Kevin McCabe has paid tribute to Blades legend Alan Woodward, who died on Thursday in America, aged 68.

"First and foremost our thoughts are with Alan's family. This is a sad loss. Woody was a real fans' favourite, a dynamic footballer who had speed, the ability to put in a great cross and, of course, a thumping shot," said Mr McCabe, speaking from abroad where he is on business.

"As a youngster growing up in Sheffield I was fortunate to see Woody many, many times. His partnership with TC (Tony Currie) was simply outstanding. They terrorised defences in the top flight of English football.

"Another special quality was that he was one of ours. He was one of several local lads at that time who came up through the ranks all of whom went on to make a real impression at Bramall Lane. His name is still sung by our fans. For supporters young or old he will long live in our memories as a Blades legend," added Kevin, who met up with Alan again last year in Sheffield at the Club's 125th anniversary celebrations.

"It was great to see and meet Woody again. One of my footballing heroes who will always have a special place in the history of Sheffield United."

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