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Don't forget your copy of tonight's UTB

5 December 2019

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Tonight's edition of UTB - United's official matchday programme - features perhaps one of the most colourful characters to represent both the Blades and tonight's opponents Newcastle.

John Burridge played for 29 clubs in a 30-year career, which included nearly three seasons at the Lane between 1984 and 1987.

The popular goalkeeper hasn't lost any of his enthusiasm for the game, after speaking to UTB for an hour on the phone from his home out in Oman.

'Budgie' recounts some memorable moments which included almost running over a manager who tried to stop his move to the Lane!

There is a full feature in tonight's matchday programme, but here, the now 67-year-old, explains how Blades boss Ian Porterfield and Magpies gaffer Kevin Keegan, who employed him as coach, has had the biggest impact on his career.

"I loved Kevin Keegan. He was a great manager. The players loved him. When he left Newcastle, all the staff resigned with him.

"Ian Porterfield at Sheffield United was the same. I say my prayers for him every night. He eventually took me to Oman. He was brilliant. When I went to Sheffield United as a player Ian Porterfield told me I was signed because I knew how to organise a defence. I think he liked that about me.

"In my final season with Sheffield United I was gutted we didn't get promotion. I left purely because there was an opportunity to play in the First Division at Southampton. We started off great that last year, but we petered out towards the end, the goals dried up. I went there to get back to the top flight, so it was a shame it didn't happen with United. We lost a couple of players, and that hurt us, but I loved it at the Lane."

Also, in tonight's edition of UTB, we catch up with Chris Basham who talks about his formative years with Newcastle and life with the Blades back in the Premier League.

Midfielder John Lundstram looks back on his career, which includes his time with England at youth level, to pick his One2Eleven.

Wing-back George Baldock goes through his toughest opponents, whilst David McGoldrick talks about his career influences.

There are also interviews with Chris Wilder, John Egan, Phil Jagielka and Ollie Norwood plus much more.

The 100-page bumper edition is available from all the usual outlets, priced at £3.50.


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