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Last Updated: Thursday, 31 March, 2005, 15:33 GMT 16:33 UK
Sheffield United's cult heroes

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Tony Currie has been voted Sheffield Utd's all-time cult hero by Football Focus viewers.

Currie won with 53% of the vote, ahead of fellow Blades favourites Bob Booker and Brian Deane.


Probably fair to say he was not the most skilful player on the planet, but nonetheless a guy who gave 100% every time he played. He came to us after 10 years at Brentford and was initially booed by the crown after a few indifferent performances. However, he then quickly established himself as a crown favourite, and was given the nickname "ooh aah" long before the copycat chants for Paul McGrath and Eric Cantona. He was very involved in the community, and even came round my house for a cup of tea on my 12th birthday thanks to a bit of string pulling from a neighbour with contacts at the Lane. I was star-struck, the man is a legend and is still loved by the red and white side of Sheffield.
Chris Sayles

A journeyman player who always give his all whenever he played. Always played as if he was proud to be a Blade. A real fans' favourite.
David Nunn

Made up for his obvious limitations with a fantastic level of commitment. Super Bob scored the goal against QPR at the end of the '91 season to ensure United stayed in Division One after their remarkably terrible season start, that saw them collect 3 points by Christmas.
Richard Quance

Not the best player but totally committed (and should have been committed!).
Alastair Gill

Not the most gifted player, but a real 100%-er who epitomised the 'never say die' attitude of Bassett's early 90s team... a real crowd favourite!
Scott Sargeant, England

The original 'ooo aahhh Bob Booker, I said ooo aahhh Bob Booker'. (Leeds then stole it for some fella from France.)
Karl Smith


A gifted player who always delighted the crowd with his skills.
David Nunn

What an entertainer! A privilege to watch, a true maestro.
Ian Ferraby

He made the crowd buzz with anticipation whenever he got the ball, and as John Motson said of one of his great goals: "A quality goal by a quality player".
Mike Jolly

He was simply awesome in midfield, classy with a great shot from distance. He could dribble, hold the ball under pressure (what could that do for the national team now!) and could pass the ball 60 yards and land it on a sixpence. He had a telepathic understanding with Alan Woodward and made many goals for him. If England had had a manager who liked flair he would have had more caps and earlier. He had to wait till he was at L**ds before he got the recognition and that was after his best form had ended. He scored a fantastic goal against WHU which John Motson described as "a quality goal from a quality player" and he got 10 out of 10 in the review in the Sunday paper for that game. He now organises football in the community for the Blades.
Pete Livesidge

All-time favourite crowd pleaser. Would have been an England regular if he'd have played for a more fashionable club.
Scott Sargeant, England

Crowd pleaser as well as being United's best post-war player. Immortalised by John Motson's "a quality goal by a quality player" commentary.
Tony Damms


He was the first prolific goalscorer that I saw. I'll always remember the first game of the Premiership season, and Brian Deane scored the first ever Premiership goal against Man Utd in a fantastic 2-0 win. He left to go to Leeds but he returned to have another successful stint up front. Always a pleasure to watch, and loved by all Blades.
Matthew Tindale

The player most responsible for getting the team to the Premiership from the second division.
David Nunn

A great presence up front and scored many goals. Came back for his second spell in 99/00 and helped guide United to a play-off semi-final. Kept United up at the start of the Premiership years and he also scored the first ever Premiership goal.

Scored the first ever Premiership goal while in a Blades shirt, against the most successful Premiership team.
Karl Smith

Top-quality striker who produced for United at the top level. Also became the Blades' first England cap since Currie.
Tony Damms

My original football hero, the 1st player that I really loved! Primarily for the goals but mainly for the relationship that he had with the fans. Hearing 'Deano' bellow round Bramall Lane is something that I miss but is one of those things that will always stay with me! As for one moment, well to nutmeg England's No 1 goalkeeper in the first derby game for years, to clinch victory in a game that we were odds on favourites to lose, stands up there. It also allowed me to go to school the next day with a smile!
Daniel Newton

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