Sheffield United are saddened to report the passing of former player Reg Matthewson.
Reg was born in Sheffield in 1939 and made his United debut at the age of 22, in 1962.
He was a defender and made his Blades debut in an FA Cup replay against Bury, that took place at Hillsborough, and also achieved the feat of scoring on his Football League debut.
He was always regarded as a strong and totally dependable player for the Blades, so much so that he moved to centre half in 1966, taking over the position from the great Joe Shaw. Injury in 1967 saw Ken Mallender take his place and, after winning a County Cup medal in what turned out to be his final start, Reg asked for a transfer.
He joined Fulham and it proved a great move as he went on to make over 150 appearances for the Cottagers and was well regarded there as well. He finished his league career with a spell at Chester City.
For the Blades he made a total of 173 starts, three more as a substitute, and scored five goals.
Condolences and thoughts of all at United are with his family and friends at this sad time.