Sheffield Wednesday murdered fan tribute

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Sheffield Wednesday has contacted the family of a murdered city man - offering his young son the chance to be a mascot at a game.

Simon Holdsworth, aged 36, was attacked as he made his way home from work.

The Sheffield Wednesday season ticket holder had a young son, who turned four on Christmas Eve.

Officials at his beloved club contacted the family over Christmas offering relatives free tickets to games and the chance for his young son to walk out onto the pitch at Hillsborough with first team players ahead of game.

His father in law-to-be revealed details of the club’s goodwill gesture on the Owls Talk fans’ forum.

He said: “The club have offered free tickets to any of the family who wish to attend another match in the near future, and will make arrangements if we would like my grandson to be a mascot.”

Simon, who was due to get married next summer, was found dead in a field off Birley Spa Lane, Hackenthorpe, on December 17.

The paint sprayer, who worked at FBS Prestige in Intake, had caught a number 120 bus on Mansfield Road and was seen on CCTV getting off at his usual stop near The Hog’s Head pub on Birley Spa Lane.

But he failed to make it home, and his body was found the next morning.

A post mortem examination revealed he suffered serious head injuries.

Detectives investigating the incident, described by Det Supt Phil Etheridge as ‘shocking and horrendous’, have not yet made any arrests over the killing.

They are appealing for people in the area that night to come forward.

Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.