In Pictures: The late Sheffield United legend Alan Woodward

Alan Woodward Benefit Match at Bramall Lane - 9th May 1974'Sheffield United's Alan Woodward runs out onto the field to the applause of the Sheffield Wednesday players and the crowd
Alan Woodward Benefit Match at Bramall Lane - 9th May 1974'Sheffield United's Alan Woodward runs out onto the field to the applause of the Sheffield Wednesday players and the crowd
1
Have your say

A true Sheffield footballing legend passed away on Thursday night...for Blades of a certain age, Alan Woodward was their boyhood hero and stories of his exploits in the red and white shirt have been passed down from generation to generation.

The man with the lethal strike, regarded by many at the time to be the hardest in football, spent 14 fruitful, eventful years at Bramall Lane before eventually moving on to play for Tulsa Roughnecks in the US.

READ MORE:

Tony Currie leads the tributes to old friend Alan Woodward

Football fans unite to pay respects to Woody

He remained in Oklahoma following those final stages of his footballing career and it was there he passed away.

Thankfully, Woodward made it to the club’s recent 125th anniversary event, where fans and ex-players alike were given the opportunity to pay tribute to one of the all-time greats.

As put in the tribute released by the club: “This sad news makes it all the more important to all of us that he was able to come home and be with family, friends and fans. It was special to see him and he loved every minute, every handshake, every song and every autograph.”

Fellow Lane hero Tony Currie said of his great pal: “Woody was a superb footballer, he was also a great bloke.

“I’m choked, my thoughts are with his family and everyone else who knew him, he’ll be missed but always remembered by everyone associated with Sheffield United and plenty more besides.”

Alan Woodward, Sheffield United

Alan Woodward, Sheffield United

Here are some pictures from The Star archive, of Woodward in all his glory...

Alan Woodward, Sheffield United in action against Crystal Palace in 1978

Alan Woodward, Sheffield United in action against Crystal Palace in 1978

Alan Woodward remonstrates with the referee during a match against Nottingham Forest on March 19 1979

Alan Woodward remonstrates with the referee during a match against Nottingham Forest on March 19 1979

Alan Woodward receiving an award in 1977

Alan Woodward receiving an award in 1977

Alan Woodward pictured here with his son on March 13 1974

Alan Woodward pictured here with his son on March 13 1974

Alan Woodward in action against Newcastle on August 7 1976

Alan Woodward in action against Newcastle on August 7 1976

'Woody'

'Woody'

Alan Woodward scores again

Alan Woodward scores again

Team mates and friends Alan Woodward and Tony Currie 'united' outside the Bramall Lane ground on May 23 1989

Team mates and friends Alan Woodward and Tony Currie 'united' outside the Bramall Lane ground on May 23 1989

Woody is sent off against Burnley in 1978

Woody is sent off against Burnley in 1978