All at Sheffield United are saddened to learn of the passing in the early hours of this morning of a former player, Ted Burgin.
Widely regarded as one of the best of his era, Ted was born in Stannington on 29th April 1927 and joined the Blades in 1949, going on to make 314 appearances as a goalkeeper with the club. Ted played a key part in the 1952/53 Division Two Championship winning side as well as taking part in the FA Tour of Australia in 1951. He was also capped for England at 'B' Level.
He effectively took the gloves from 1936 FA Cup finalist Jack Smith and handed them over to Alan Hodgkinson when he departed the Lane for Doncaster Rovers in 1957. Ted also had spells with Leeds and Rochdale before playing non-League football and was still active coaching in the game to a ripe old age.
As a mark of respect, United will ask fans to join together in the 53rd minute of Saturday's game v Bristol City to mark his passing and also celebrate the year that he helped the club lift one of its major honours - in that way we can lift the atmosphere yet further and get behind Chris Wilder and the team, those who knew him are sure that he would have approved, very much.
The sincere condolences of all at Sheffield United go out to Ted's family at this sad time.