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Glen Cockerill - a foot in both camps

12 September 2019

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One of the first names which spring to mind when the Blades and Southampton are mentioned is Glenn Cockerill.

Naturally with the Saints visiting the Lane this weekend, UTB, United's official matchday programme, set off to track down the whereabouts of a player who graced both Bramall Lane and The Dell during a long and successful career.

Now living in Surrey, Glenn was more than happy to share his memories for an exclusive bumper interview for this weekend's programme.

The ex-Lincoln and Fulham ace was so accommodating, we couldn't fit everything into the feature, so here's a taster of what to expect on Saturday as the now 60-year-old recalls his first 10 games which helped the Blades to promotion in 1983/84.

Glenn says: "I came in for the last 10 games and we sealed promotion which was fantastic. It came about really quickly but it was a great move for me. I remember making my debut away at Scunthorpe which was a 1-1 draw, but I settled in very well.

"I started out playing up front alongside Keith Edwards, but I was versatile between midfield and playing up top. I did well in my first game, and I just picked up momentum from there. I finished the season well, and we were promoted."

Despite only playing in one full season at the Lane, where he won Player of the Year, Glenn says his spell at Bramall Lane gave him the confidence in his ability which would see him represent the Saints in the top flight for a number of years.

Glenn adds: "My time at Sheffield United gave me some more confidence in my ability. I was a confident player anyway, but I was pleased with how things had worked out. My game wasn't really that complicated anyway. I knew what I was good at, and I stuck to that.

"I've really enjoyed my football, so I was a lucky man to play for both United and Southampton."

The full feature-length interview with Glenn is available to read in issue three of UTB, available from all the usual sale outlets.

Glenn goes into further detail about his time at the Lane, including the promotion celebrations and reveals what happened to the numerous awards he won in S2, 35 years on.

He also reveals the story behind his move to United, where the Blades faced stiff competition for his signature, plus much more.

Now 100-pages, UTB is priced at £3.50 and this week also includes a big feature with striker Oli McBurnie and news of a new name in the Blades history books.

All this plus additional exclusive interviews and features with Chris Wilder, Chris Basham, Billy Sharp and Kieron Freeman.

United are currently selling subscriptions to UTB which will ensure a copy delivered to your door on the morning of every game and all can be ordered through our design partners Ignition Sports Media - click here.

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