Sad news emerged from Bramall Lane last night as former Sheffield United striker, Luton Shelton, was pronounced dead at the age of 35.
Shelton is well-remembered for his time at Bramall Lane when United were last in the Premier League. A memorable goal through a crowd of balloons at home against Manchester City, a particular highlight.
Per a number of confirmed reports, Shelton passed away after losing a long-running battle with Motor Neuron Disease.
Naturally, a number of former players and the club itself wanted to pay their respects to the Jamaican, who bows out as his countries top goalscorer at international level.
Two former teammates in Billy Sharp and Paddy Kenny led the tributes to Shelton on Twitter.
Shelton was clearly loved in the footballing community by those who knew him, including current Blades star Sander Berge, who revealed this touching tribute over on his Instagram.
There are no words that we can offer other than Shelton will be fondly remembered in the red and white for those few moments of brilliance he provided.
He put in one of the best attacking displays we’ve seen at Old Trafford against Manchester United, as he ran the Red Devils’ defence ragged with his searing pace and power.
Luton Shelton will clearly be missed. 35 is no age and we offer condolences to his friends and family at this difficult time.
As the saying goes, ‘Once a Blade, Always a Blade…’.