20-year reunion for derby joy Blades

paul bradshaw
paul bradshaw

It was to be the last season of the old Division One...

Twenty years ago both Sheffield clubs were enjoying much better fortunes than is currently the case.

The Owls had gained promotion to the top flight and were to finish third, gaining a place in Europe while United also enjoyed a top 10 finish climbing to ninth.

For the Blades, the season was to be remembered for two still much talked about victories over their inter-city rivals in the Steel City derbies, under the astute management of Dave ‘Harry’ Bassett.

Now those memorable days for Unitedites are to come flooding back next Thursday (November 17) at the Platinum Suite, Bramall Lane, when the boys of ’91 get back together- many for the first time in 20 years at a special dinner.

Sadly, Bassett will not be there but the players and many members of the backroom staff will be.

Carl Bradshaw said: “It’ll be great to get the lads all back in one room again.

“The spirit that we had at the Lane back then was second to none. Harry was a great man manager who had the ability to really get the best out of you. When you crossed the white line in a red and white shirt you knew that you wanted to die for the cause- it was special.’’

Where are they now?

Carl Bradshaw- still living in Sheffield and running a successful building business. Bradders also looks after the sponsors in the Platinum Suite each match day at Bramall Lane

Dane Whitehouse - became a father for the first time a short while ago. Living in Sheffield and now working in the steel industry

Simon Tracey - ‘Trace’ is still very much in Sheffield and was head goalkeeping coach at Barnsley, working alongside Mark Robins, until earlier this year

Brian Gayle - one time record signing and team captain on the day; runs a Sheffield based landscape gardening business

Ian Bryson – still involved in the game and living in the Preston area.

Tommy Cowan - signed from Rangers. He now works for the South Yorkshire Fire Service and still attends games at the Lane.

Brian Deane - currently completing his licensed coaching badges, Brian lives in Leeds. Again, he is a regular visitor to Bramall Lane.

Kevin Gage – started his career under Bassett at Wimbledon before joining the Blades from Villa. ‘Gagey’ is the Match Day host in the TC suite at Bramall Lane and also a successful licensee in Dronfield.

Colin Hill - cultured Northern Ireland defender now works for the PFA and returns to Bramall Lane for the evening for only the second time since joining Leicester City!

Glynn Hodges - popular Welsh International midfielder ‘Hodgy’ is considered by many to be one of the classiest midfielders to represent the club in the last 30 years. Glynn is still working in the professional game.

Jamie Hoyland - son of Blades legend Tommy, Jamie joined the Blades from Bury and was a huge part of the fabled ‘Sheffield Spine’ that ran through the team. Currently coaching at Preston.

John Pemberton - now the Director of the Sheffield United Academy and the driving force behind the youngsters’ appearance in the FA Youth Cup final last season.

Derek French - fabled physio and collector of baseball caps! A key member of the backroom staff and still one of the match day hosts at the Lane today.

The cost is £25 per head or £180 for a table of 10.

To book your ticket call the box office.