McKee’s tribute to city football legends

Wednesday Legends, Class of 93 by Pete McKee
Wednesday Legends, Class of 93 by Pete McKee

Telegraph cartoonist Pete McKee is set to launch two new paintings celebrating the city’s two professional football teams.

Players feature in Pete’s legends series of paintings ‘Wednesday Legends, Class of 93’ and ‘Lane Legends.’

Lane Legends by Pete McKee

Lane Legends by Pete McKee

Pete said: “Being a life-long Wednesdayite can be hard at times, more often than not full of hardships and disappointments. It’s very rarely an easy ride, so I wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the good times and bring back memories of the glory days, when watching Wednesday was a joy and a victory was almost assured - a bit like the Owls now!

“Picking the four players to be represented in the painting was easy for me. Ask any Wednesday fan of my age who their favourite players are and, almost without fail, they will say Hirst, Waddle and Sheridan. So all I needed to do was pick my other personal favourite of the squad, Roland Nilsson and the quartet is complete. To honour the red and white half of the city I set about painting the four greatest players to don a Blades shirt. This wasn’t a straight forward pick as it seems every Unitedite has their own particular favourite four although Currie and Edwards seemed to feature in everyone’s choice.

“Then a whole raft of heroes and legends were mentioned. It seems that there were too many to choose from but it was apparent that the legendary Jimmy Hagan had to feature and that left the final choice and, from my school days, the one player who seemed to get mentioned more than any other by my Blades mates was goal machine Brian Deane.”

Both paintings are on view at Pete’s gallery ‘a Month of Sundays’ and prints are also available.