Anniversary reunion for vintage Blades

Back row left to right: Badger, Salmons, Dearden, Currie, Hope, Colquhoun. Front- Goodall (Physio) Crawford, Flynn, Staniforth, Ford.
Back row left to right: Badger, Salmons, Dearden, Currie, Hope, Colquhoun. Front- Goodall (Physio) Crawford, Flynn, Staniforth, Ford.
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THEY may be older and greyer - but they still make a pretty impressive line-up.

These are some of the lads who did it for the Blades back in the 1970s.

The victorious team in 1971.

The victorious team in 1971.

And here they are re-United at the Lane to celebrate one of their finest moments.

Four decades ago, in May 1971, some 38,000 fans watched the Blades triumph 3-0 over Watford to gain promotion to the English top division.

And 40 years on, Tony Currie, Len Badger, Ted Hemsley, John Hope, Graeme Crawford and Eddie Colquhoun were among the special guests at a champagne reception.

The event included a special viewing of the silent grainy footage shot by a fan from the upper tier of a Bramall Lane stand.

Fans were also treated to a humorous speech from Ted, a question-and-answer session led by club media manager Andy Pack and an autograph signing session.

John Garrett, historian and archive manager at Sheffield United, said: “The 1971 Anniversary Evening was a must for all Blades fans.

“During the meal a vintage film was shown to a delighted audience, followed by the unseen footage of the Watford game from 1971.

“Fans in the room were fascinated and fully engrossed in the film which proved to be a great opportunity to see all three memorable goals that secured United’s victory.”

Lane legend Bill Dearden added: “More than 300 people attended the event to reminisce about a match from 40 years ago.

“I’m privileged that fans still feel so much for the Blades.”