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Remembering John Hope

12 August 2016

Several Blades supporters will be aware of the sad passing of former goalkeeper John Hope last month.

The team wore black armbands in his honour in the pre-season game at Halifax and the Club flags flew at half-mast.

On Saturday, we ask all Unitedites at the game EFL League One fixture with Rochdale to put their hands together in applause for Hope in the 71st minute, in memory of his life and the contribution he made in sealing our promotion in the 1970/71 season.

Members of the Hope family are guests for the game and we think 'Hopey' would appreciate your kind thoughts being channelled to helping get behind the players during the game.

John made his Football League debut at the age of 16 for Darlington just after his 16th birthday in 1965 and also represented Newcastle United before arriving at Bramall Lane with David Ford in a swap deal involving John Tudor moving to St James's Park at a crucial point in United's promotion campaign of 1970-71.

John's arrival saw the legendary Alan Hodgkinson make way and it was to prove to be a shrewd move as the Blades secured a place back in the top flight, where John kept the gloves until the final four games of the season, including United's impressive start to the campaign.
In total he made 72 appearances for the Blades before moving back to the north east with Hartlepool United.

Club Ambassador and former team-mate Tony Currie commented: "He became one of my best mates in football and we shared a lot, I had played with him for England at under 23 level, so it was a familiar face when he joined the Blades to replace 'Hodgy' - I can't believe that we have lost them both, as well as Woody, in a little over a year.

"John was a class goalkeeper, it was a few nerves and a few mistakes that really cost him such a lot, and that is a real shame. No Blade should ever underestimate his contribution to both promotion and the side in general, he was a lovely lad with a mischievous sense of humour, a trait that he carried through with his illness in recent years, even though he was very poorly he was still joking and seeing the bright side of things."

John was back at the Lane a couple of years ago, a guest as the club celebrated the 125th anniversary.

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