Sheffield United were saddened to hear of the passing last week of former club physio Geoff Goodall, after illness.
Geoff, who lived in Dronfield, was arguably the first person to hold the role of physio as an actual post other than way back in the days of George Waller. Joining the staff in 1962, Geoff also practised as a chiropodist. He was a key member of the backroom at the Lane in the days of John Harris and was well regarded by all.
Club legend, Len Badger, commented: "Geoff was a great bloke and good at his job, he ran the treatment room that was in the cricket pavilion, looking after all the knocks and scrapes when the facilities and equipment were not what they are today, he was around for all the years that I played and lived not too far from me and the other lads in Dronfield.
"It is always sad when another important part of our lives passes on, he was a part of some great United sides and shared the joy of promotion in 1970/71. People always remember the players but, as it is today, there are other unsung heroes that play an important part behind the scenes, and Geoff came under that description. I always bumped into him out and about and looked forward to seeing him, a genuinely good man who saw such a lot with us all, our thoughts are with his lovely family at this sad time."
Geoff, pictured treating goalkeeper John Hope, stayed with United until 1981, just short of 20 years' service. He attended various reunions of that famous side at Bramall Lane over the years with the lads that he had helped mend and get back out on the pitch playing back in the days when football was a very different game.
The owners, directors and staff at Sheffield United would like to echo Len Badger's sentiments and extend their sincere condolences to the Goodall family at this sad time.