Alan Biggs at Large: Sheffield United legend Keith Edwards hits the back of the net once more with his new autobiography

Sheffield United  v Rotherham United  8.4.14'Pic : Martyn Harrison'Keith Edwards''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United v Rotherham United 8.4.14'Pic : Martyn Harrison'Keith Edwards''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Keith Edwards was a natural goal scorer turned natural pundit.

His autobiography is exactly what you’d expect from a man who shoots from the hip - and lip.

Edwards didn’t mess around when it came to his 291 career goals, including 163 for Sheffield United in six years up to 1987.

He scored with economy and precision. Neither does he mince words.

As a summariser with BBC Radio Sheffield he is rightly admired for his unflinching honesty.

He hits the target more often than not.

Even if it ruffles feathers, as it did with Neil Warnock who has a similar tendency to directness!

Edwards recalls being summoned to Warnock’s house over comments made about former Blades winger Peter Ndlovu.

It turned out to be an amiable chat in which Warnock showed why he invariably gets the best out of players. “He wanted them to

be defended,” Edwards writes.

“The pair of us left on much better terms.”

But it didn’t last: “Neil is his own man, as I am.

“We once agreed at Radio Sheffield that I wouldn’t be so harsh on Neil, but then we

went to watch United and after twenty minutes he was sent off. So my reaction was sod that, I’ll give him a bit of stick as I didn’t like that polite route anyway.

“Whichever way you looked at it, he showed a lack of discipline and I had never been sent off so why should a manager?”

Keep calling it as you see it, Keith!

n The Keith Edwards story, with Andy Pack, is published by Vertical at £16.99.