Everyone connected to the club are deeply saddened to hear of the passing to a higher League of club stalwart Derek Newbould.
Derek was a lifelong Blade who went on to serve United in a wide variety of roles spanning over 51 incredible years, latterly assisting in the management of all first-team kit matters alongside Carl Hopwood.
He finally hung up his boots up at the incredible age of 81 and for many years, the family home was a short kick away from his beloved Bramall Lane on Shoreham Street.
Derek was loyal, fiercely honest and totally dedicated to his lovely family and, of course, the Blades.
Hugely liked and respected by everyone at the club from the boardroom to the tea room, Derek epitomised everything about the family of Sheffield United and what makes us so unique and different to the others.
They genuinely do not make them like Derek anymore. The thoughts of all at the club are with Graham, Julie and all of Derek's family at this sad time.
As a mark of respect, the United players will wear black armbands during tonight's fixture against West Bromwich Albion and supporters are asked to applaud in the 51st minute of the game to recognise to numbers of years Derek served the club.
* Derek's funeral will be held at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Wednesday 9th January 2019, 1.15pm start, and afterwards the Platinum Suite at Bramall Lane.