A SERIOUSLY injured Wednesdayite who was attacked by a rival fan has been left “stunned” by The Star-backed campaign to give him the ball.
Kevin Taylor, aged 51, of Swinton, Rotherham, is battling back from terrible brain injuries suffered when he was attacked by a thug as he made his way home following last season’s game in Hartlepool.
Pools fan Paul Bennet was jailed for three years for the unprovoked attack.
Kevin, who is known as Sid to his fellow Wednesdayites, is being treated at a specialist hospital in Chester but has vowed to be well enough to attend next season’s Sheffield derby.
And he is said to be delighted with a campaign to allow him to present the teams with the ball.
Sid’s friend Jane Wigfield said: “Thanks for this campaign for Kevin Taylor who is still in the rehab unit of the brain injury unit in Chester.
“Kevin is stunned with the response you have had and is receiving daily hard copies of The Star.
“Meanwhile, push on with the campaign because Sid’s got his heart set on bringing on the ball.”
Scores of fans from both sides of the city’s footballing divide are backing the campaign with messages of support being posted on the Star website.
The campaign was started by Owls fan Darryl Hancock who created a Facebook group after reading Kevin’s story in The Star.
Yesterday the group had more than 850 members - with more than 100 Star readers posting comments on our website.
Wednesday International Jetset posted: “It would be great for this to happen, a fitting gesture by a footballing city.”
And Blades fan 18loyal89 wrote: “Give the guy the ball. So he can then give it out again to Jordan Slew for his hat-trick.
“Give him the ball.”