Wed, 14. Nov. 2018

David Dean - RIP (UPDATED)

We have funeral details for Club's former Press Officer, Programme Editor and Webmaster David Dean, who passed away in the early hours of last Wednesday morning. 

It will take place on Friday 7th December at 1.00pm at the Grenoside Crematorium. Refreshments served in the Tearoom afterwards.

No flowers please. Donations can be made to The Macmillan Palliative Care Unit at the Northern General.

"Deano" as he was affectionately known, was a dedicated member of the Sheffield FC family and committee for over ten years, being editor of the Sheffield FC matchday programme in the late 90s to early 2000s, as well as being the founder of the much loved supporters' website Behind The Flag.

As well as being a follower of SFC, he was also a mad Harlequins RFC supporter, travelling home and away to watch the Quins, and was also a big fan of bands Crowded House and The Stranglers, and had plenty of stories to tell of the bands - including the day he inadvertently ended up on the Crowded House tour bus by mistake. 

Probably our fondest memories of Deano was his dry wit, and observational humour, as well as his loyalty to Sheffield FC during the switch from Don Valley Stadium to our current home at The Coach and Horses. 

All at Sheffield FC send their love and condolences to Deano's partner Marilyn Swales, as well as his brother Steve. 

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. 

Rest in Peace Deano. 


By Tim Surr (not verified) on
Can we honour his memory with a minutes applause on Saturday please .
By sheffield on

From John Shepherd

"That is a perfect tribute, Stu - thank you with all my heart.

I got to know David and Marilyn when I started watching Club a little 
before the turn of the century, although it turned out we had been close 
neighbours just on nodding terms for some years before that.

David took a while to work out - he had his own little ways, but we had 
a similar sense of humour and I soon grew to like him immensely. Our 
text and email exchanges when we tried to out-pun one another on any 
given subject could go on for hours. He usually got the last one in, 
although I did once score a knockout with a cracking cricket pun based 
on Geoff Boycott - I wish a could remember what it was!

We only seriously fell out once, but soon realised the futility and made 
up to remain good friends ever since. Having lapsed in recent years from 
watching SFC, we made a spur-of-the-moment decision to catch up with our 
old Club friends at Stocksbridge on August Bank Holiday this year, and 
had the most wonderful afternoon. I shall treasure that memory - it was 
just like old times for both of us.

I'll miss the cantankerous old goat more than I could have imagined"

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