Sheffield United name stand after golden girl Jess Ennis

Jess Ennis
Jess gets to grips with her gold Photo: PA

Sheffield United have renamed one of their stands after the city's Olympic golden girl, Jessica Ennis.

The Blades have renamed the Bramall Lane stand 'The Jessica Ennis Stand'.

Jess' family are Blades fans and her sister Carmel will be at this Saturday's game.

Jessica and her family are Unitedites and after discussions with them we all agreed that renaming the Bramall Lane stand after her would provide an additional sporting legacy from the London games, a permanent reminder that will hopefully act as an inspiration to other youngsters to come forward and achieve their dreams through sport.

– Kevin McCabe, Sheffield United owner

Winning the gold medal at the Olympics was amazing, and to be honest, still hasn't really sunk in. It is also wonderful and totally unexpected to have further recognition from within Sheffield and from the football club. I never expected when I started out in athletics in Sheffield all those years ago, that I would have a football stand at Sheffield United named after me. I can't be at the match on Saturday, but I look forward to coming down on a match day very soon, when i can see for myself how the stand looks as well as being able to meet supporters.

– Jess Ennis, Olympic gold medallist