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Road renamed in Dooley's honour

Derek Dooley Way (picture by Grace Shaw)
Dooley's wife Sylvia said the tribute was a "great honour"

A section of Sheffield's new relief road is to be renamed Derek Dooley Way in tribute to the footballing legend, who died earlier this year.

Dooley, who was involved with both Sheffield United and Wednesday, died in March, aged 78.

The Sheffield Northern Inner Relief Road was built to cut congestion by diverting traffic away from the narrow Victorian streets in the city.

Dooley's wife Sylvia said the tribute was a "great honour".

She said: "I am absolutely delighted that the Inner Relief Road will be named after Derek.

"The road links both football clubs, so this is certainly a fitting tribute."

True legend

Sheffield City Council said it had been working with the Dooley family to decide how he should be remembered.

Council leader Paul Scriven said: "Derek was loved by football fans across Sheffield and beyond.

"He was one of the city's true legends and one of the most respected people in sport.

"It is wholly appropriate to name this section of the Inner Relief Road after Derek to acknowledge his great popularity throughout the city."

The section of the relief road currently named Cutler's Gate will be renamed Derek Dooley Way.

Dooley played for and managed Wednesday, while he worked in several jobs off the field at United. He was made an MBE in 2003.


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