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Ray's Blades memories

14 August 2013

Ray Lewington, a Blade in the 1985-86 campaign under Ian Porterfield's stewardship, was delighted to return to the steel city with England's U21s on Tuesday night.

Lewington, now assistant to Roy Hodgson and the national team spoke highly of his brief stay with the Blades upon his midweek return and says the United team he played in should have won promotion from the old Second Division.

Speaking of his time at the Lane in Tuesday night's official matchday programme, Lewington commented: "Bramall Lane is a Premier League stadium and I always remember the atmosphere being really good when the team was doing well.

"We should have gone up in the season I was with United, we had some experienced players and were top at Christmas, before falling away after suffering a number of injuries.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Blade, I signed a four-year deal and fully intended to see that out, but when Ray Harford told me there was an opportunity to cut my teeth in coaching at Fulham, it was too good a opportunity to decline.

"I will always be very grateful to Sheffield United for allowing me to leave after just one season, they were reluctant at first, but in the end they accepted it was something I was desperate to do."

On last night's 6-0 victory over Scotland, England's number two added: "The whole experience of the game was ideal for us. I knew the supporters would turn out in numbers because Sheffield is such a proud footballing city, but to get that many here for an U21s friendly deserves to be recognised as a fantastic effort from all concerned."

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