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Blades backing for County FA’s Respect Team of the Month

26 October 2018

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Sheffield United showed their respect for a grassroots football team during the Blades' SkyBet Championship fixture against Stoke City at Bramall Lane.

Local team AFC Dronfield's U16s side was selected by a panel of judges from the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA as the regional football association's Respect Team of the Month for September - which led to the side enjoying a night to remember at the Lane.

As a reward for AFC Dronfield U16s' commitment to fair play and respect, the Blades invited the youth team side to travel from Dronfield to Bramall Lane for the fixture in style on United's official team bus, which is ordinarily used by the Blades' first team squad and management to travel to and from away games.

In addition, the grassroots side was then honoured pitchside at half-time during the SkyBet Championship fixture at Bramall Lane.

The recognition came through the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA's Respect Team of the Month programme, and with the Stoke City game United's designated Respect fixture the Blades chose it as the ideal time to host the grassroots side.

Dave McCarthy, operations director at Sheffield United, said: "As a football club and as a professional football club in the area, we know how important respect is.

"We're aware of the new initiative set up by the FA, and we wanted to do what we could - and we said that sending the team bus for them and hosting them at Bramall Lane would be our mark of respect to them, to congratulate the team."

Barry Unwin, U16s coach at AFC Dronfield, said: "The lads have been really excited and we've got a group of players who have worked hard to earn this award. They're mostly United fans, so they were really excited about the evening and getting the team bus up to Bramall Lane. United have looked after us and we really appreciate everything they've done.

"It's a fantastic initiative and it's great to pick out teams which show particular respect to opponents and referees, so we're really pleased to have won the award."

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