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Blades help honour a legend

15 September 2013

Last week, Blades Historian John Garrett and Vice President Ian Cameron accept an invitation on behalf of Sheffield United to journey to County Donegal to see Blades legend Billy Gillespie honoured in the village of his birth - Kerrykeel.

Gillespie was born in RAC Barracks there on 7th August 1891 and made his first steps to legendary status, a short way over the border in Derry with Institute FC.

Gillespie then played for the Blades between the years of 1911 and 1932, clocking up 563 games and scoring 161 goals. He was the captain of the last Blades team to lift the FA Cup and was the first Irish captain to pick up the once-famous Home Nations Championship in 1913.

Billy's granddaughter Jane and great grandson Andrew joined the party that had been organised by the Billy Gillespie committee - a team of ardent football fans all involved with local Club, Kerrykeel 1971, and it came following their contact with United some two years ago, asking for assistance - we were only too delighted to help and put them in contact with the family.

All this culminated with the unveiling of a superb granite plaque on the side of their superb new Billy Gillespie pavilion, featuring a list of his clubs and achievements - Sheffield United featuring very prominently, of course. The picture on it is the great man in his beloved red and white stripes.

The Blades party was well looked after by, amongst others, Fergus McAteer, John-Joe McAteer and David Moen and great connections have been made.

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