Blades group to turn 30

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Sheffield United’s Senior Blades supporters group celebrate their 30th anniversary on Thursday, August 18, with an evening of dinner and entertainment.

The group, for fans over 60, was formed in 1981 by George McCabe and former Sheffield Wednesday player and Blades chairman Derek Dooley. It boasts nearly 600 members.

Senior Blades’ club secretary, Mike Webb, 76, said: “The original idea was to form this group to honour those who’ve supported Sheffield United for decades, rain or shine.

“It’s an absolutely fantastic organisation.”

The evening will be held in Bramall Lane’s Premier Suite, and club chairman Kevin McCabe, manager Danny Wilson and captain Chris Morgan are to attend. Rotherham’s World Cup final referee Howard Webb will also make an appearance.

The club meets on the second Tuesday of every month, and has socials at the Platinum Suite every other Sunday.

Guest speakers have included a member of a Derbyshire mountain rescue team and former Manchester United and Rotherham manager Tommy Docherty.

Annual membership costs £2, and anyone interested should call 0114 2366754.