Sid comes home to his beloved Owls

Sid and pals at Tranmere match.
Sid and pals at Tranmere match.

HE’S coming home to South Yorkshire and his beloved Sheffield Wednesday.

Owls fan Kevin Taylor - known to fellow Wednesdayites as Sid - is well enough to come home after fighting his way back from terrible brain injuries.

Sid, aged 52, has battled back from injuries he suffered when he was attacked by a thug as he made his way home after Wednesday’s game last August in Hartlepool.

Paul Bennett, aged 24, from Hartlepool, was jailed for three years for the unprovoked attack.

Sid’s rehabilitation has taken 15 months. But experts at the special unit in Chester where he has been treated now consider him well enough to return home to Swinton near Rotherham.

He’s already had a taste of the life he loves. Sid secretly attended the derby game at Bramall Lane in October as a guest of Sheffield United.

Doctors allowed his mates to pick him up and take him the short journey from Chester to Birkenhead to watch last Saturday’s game at Tranmere where the Owls won 2-1.

Now his mates say he’s especially looking forward to Saturday’s game at Hillsborough when his beloved Owls take on Leyton Orient.

Then in February Sid will get a hero’s reception when he walks on to the pitch in front of a packed crowd at Hillsborough to present the ball to the teams before the Steel City Derby after thousands of fans from both sides of the city backed the Give Sid the Ball campaign.

Sid’s friend Jane Wigfield said: “Following his stays in Middlesbrough and then Rotherham hospitals, Sid has come on leaps and bounds since he was transferred to St Cyril’s specialist unit in Chester.

“The last couple of months he has been living independently in a bungalow in the grounds and has been going to the gym and swimming every week.

“He is now well enough to come home for a trial period.

“Still fanatical about Sheffield Wednesday, he has been to Bramall Lane and Tranmere, where he met up with his old Wednesday mates Now he can’t wait to get back to Hillsborough.

“Sid has made a magic recovery although he will need medication for the rest of his life and is no longer able have a pint before and after matches.

“He is currently unable to work in the family removal business as he is not allowed to drive so it will be a steady further rehabilitation period at home.

“Sid has had unbelievable support and constant visits wherever he has been from family and friends. Football fans all over the world have sent him best wishes thanks to the Give Sid the Ball campaign.”