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Anniversary of making history

22 January 2014

87 years ago today Sheffield United played another significant part in the history of the game when we took part in the first ever football game to be broadcast live on radio - we met Arsenal at Highbury.

The Division One game was a 1-1 draw with our goal being scored by club legend and captain Billy Gillespie.

United Historian, John Garrett, says: "The Radio Times featured a pitch divided into 10 squares, 2-8 for the outfield sections, the other 2 representing the goal areas - this meant the commentator could conjure a more accurate description for the listener of where the ball was in play at that time - in fact, the famous phrase 'back to square one' came from the ball being passed back to the goalkeeper.

"It is believed that the game was chosen by the BBC due to the status of both clubs and the fact that Highbury was a short distance from the studios. The crowd that day was just under 17,000 - a week earlier Bramall Lane had its record for a league attendance when 59,555 saw a 2-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday."

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