Sez Les: Blades show that you never can tell in football

Blades celebrate the first goal against Peterborough
Blades celebrate the first goal against Peterborough
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You never know in football. You just never know!

Take Sheffield United and their FA Cup exploits this season. Fulham away in the replay. Can’t win that one can they? No... but you never know.

Then there’s the FA Cup-tie with in-form Forest. Can’t beat Forest can they? No... but you never know.

But beat Forest and they’d be one game off Wembley. Could they get to Wembley? You never know.

Well, now you do know. And here’s another I do know - if Charlton aren’t better than they looked at Hillsborough in the last round, then United have a real chance of getting through.

If that happens, could the Blades actually go all the way to the final? You never know.

Take the Play-off situation in League One. They were 14 points off sixth place before last Saturday. Much too far... but you never know.

Suddenly, the gap this week is eight points and people are starting to believe. But it’s still a lot of points to make up and may well prove beyond them. What’s more, the gap would be 11 points if Peterborough beat Crewe tomorrow. They should... but you never know.

Of course, there are some things that you do know and one concerns England’s chances at the World Cup.

Some people are even dubious about their chances of getting out of their group. But you never know.

However, when it comes to suggesting that we won’t be winning the World Cup, everyone seems to agree. No one, as yet, has said... but you never know!

n Took a call from football fan Joel Levack, once of these parts but now in London, who had checked out the England football shirt (No 8 on back) he got in a second hand shop years ago and which he has always worn watching England (on the telly) in major championships.

Joel contacted the FA about it complete with full description. They confirmed it was a genuine shirt relating to either the UEFA U18 Championships qualifiers of 1981/82 or World Youth Championships of 1981.

The wearers would be either Neil Webb, Trevor Steven (later top flight professionals and full internationals) or Geoff Dey, talented Blades youth player from ‘81-83 who never made the first team but had a spell at Scunthorpe. Joel is entitled to wonder which one of the three it belonged to!