A new book celebrating the work of long-serving photographer Martyn Harrison will hit the shelves of the Blades Superstore next week.
Martyn was a well-known and recognisable figure at Bramall Lane, his bald head a distinguishing and endearing feature as he clocked up more than 30 years taking pictures of his beloved Blades.
Baldy's Blades is a tribute to Martyn, who passed away last year following a battle with cancer. The coffee-table style book will be launched on Tuesday, which would have been Martyn's 61st birthday, and has been compiled on behalf of United by Programme Editor Kevin Cookson.
Kevin said: "For 30 years Martyn had, in his opinion, the best job in the world. Taking photographs of his beloved team. From the mid 1980s, the man known to everyone at Bramall Lane as 'Baldy', took thousands and thousands of images of the team he supported as a boy.
"Before his passing, he donated his entire library to United. Action photos, stock shots, team pictures and everything in between, his collection is immeasurable.
"In this book, the proceeds from which will go to his preferred charity of Macmillan Cancer Support, there is just a small offering of the pictures he took and the memories that are attached to them."
With a foreword from Chris Wilder, the book is not designed to be Martyn's best pictures, they are a selection of his work through the years of capturing moments, being in the right place at the right time and an indication of the access to all things Sheffield United he had, through a succession of regimes and managers.
Amongst the highlights in the book are:
- More than 200 Blades-related photographs
- Examples of Martyn's early work from the 1980s
- Exclusive pictures from behind the scenes at Bramall Lane
- Extensive coverage from Neil Warnock's reign as Blades boss
- Images from Martyn's personal collection
Martyn was a recognisable face on the touchline at Bramall Lane and away grounds when United were in action. He is sadly missed by family and friends, many of whom are fellow Blades supporters.
The book will be available from Tuesday from the Blades Superstore and sufcdirect.co.uk and costs just £10, the proceeds of which will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.