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Currie voted top Blade

17 April 2014

Tony Currie is the greatest ever to play for the Blades, according to fans in a poll conducted as part of The Football League's 125th Anniversary celebrations.


The resounding choice for the vote-winner was Currie, who picked up 58% to finish well ahead of Phil Jagielka, Brian Deane, James Beattie and Alan Kelly.


Currie was signed from Watford in 1968 and by the time of his departure eight years later, he had made more than 375 dazzling appearances for the Blades, whilst also becoming an England international.


In addition, Neil Warnock was voted as United's greatest manager. Sheffield-born lifelong Blade Warnock just edged out Dave Bassett in the voting, with John Harris making up the top three.


Warnock took on the Bramall Lane job in 1999 and succeeded in taking the Club to the top flight when the Blades were promoted as Championship runners-up in 2006.


Chris Morgan was the skipper during the promotion season and his longevity and whole-hearted displays have resulted in him taking the vote as the Club's greatest captain with 63%, a long way clear of Joe Shaw, Eddie Colquhoun, Paul Stancliffe and Robert Page.


United's 2002-03 season was voted as the greatest in the Club's history. Despite losing to Wolves in the play-off final at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, after finishing third in the First Division, the Blades reached the last four of the League and FA Cup. That campaign took 56% of the vote, ahead of 2005-06 and 2006-07.


Warnock, Currie and Morgan sit alongside legends of the game including Brian Clough, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Tom Finney, Billy Wright, Sir Stanley Matthews, Trevor Francis, Billy Bremner and Herbert Chapman, who have all been named in a list of the greatest contributors to clubs' league history in a vote as part of The Football League's 125th Anniversary celebrations.


The names feature in lists for each of the current 72 Football League clubs' greatest in various categories including managers, players, captains, fan favourites, matches and seasons.


The polls were run by The Football League to celebrate each club's own contribution to the last 125 years of league football. The results have been announced on the anniversary of The Football League's formation on 17th April 1888 to bring down the curtain on a year of activity celebrating the start of the world's original league football competition.


Nearly 100,000 votes were cast in the polls after clubs were first invited to compile their own shortlist for each category based on fans' nominations via social media.


A list of the winners in each category can be seen at www.FL125.co.uk/vote, and a club-by-club breakdown for each vote with more detail on the winners can be seen at www.fl125.co.uk/sheffield-united.


Supporters can find out more about The Football League's 125th Anniversary at www.FL125.co.uk. Fans also still have a chance to visit a special exhibition called 'Game Changers' at the National Football Museum in Manchester celebrating 125 years of The Football League, with contributions from every club. The exhibition is free to enter and open 7 days a week - for more details visit http://po.st/GameChangers


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