VIDEO: Players past and present celebrate Sheffield United’s 125th anniversary

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Legends from The Lane gathered to celebrate their club’s 125th anniversary at a glittering bash.

Sheffield United marked the club’s special anniversary with a 96th minute winner against Gillingham on Saturday followed by an awards ceremony to recognise players past and present who have helped shape the club’s history.

Greatest Team - 2002/3 with Robert page and Rob Kozluk

Greatest Team - 2002/3 with Robert page and Rob Kozluk

One of the loudest cheers of the night came after former England midfielder Tony Currie was crowned as United’s greatest-ever player.

He took the accolade ahead of two other internationals, Everton defender Phil Jagielka, who came second and Brian Deane, who came third, after they shortlisted from more than 1,000 who have played for the Blades over the years.

Currie, who received his award in front of a sell-out 1,200 audience at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, said: “This is the greatest honour ever.”

He was signed to the club from Watford and played 377 times for United, scoring 68 goals.

Dave Bassett signing autographs

Dave Bassett signing autographs

The midfielder was reunited with former teammates Alan Woodward and Eddie Colquhoun.

Colquhoun, who still lives in South Yorkshire, was awarded a Scottish international cap by former Blades and Scottish international Stuart McCall, after it emerged that although the centre half had played for his country he had never received a cap.

The greatest manager award, presented by current gaffer Nigel Clough, went to Dave Bassett, who narrowly finished ahead of Neil Warnock in the voting.

Bassett steered the club on a promotion run from the third division to the old Division One, to become founder members of the Premier League.

Greatest Player - Tony Currie

Greatest Player - Tony Currie

They were also FA Cup semi-finalists under his reign.

The award for the greatest goal went to Michael Brown who scored against Sheffield Wednesday in the 2003 Steel City Derby.

Chris Morgan was crowned as the club’s greatest captain and a special award went to Joe Shaw for a record number of appearances for the club.

The most memorable Blades game was voted as the 2003 Play-Off semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

Eddie Colqhoun receives his Scotland cap from Stuart McCall with Alan Woodward and Tony Currie

Eddie Colqhoun receives his Scotland cap from Stuart McCall with Alan Woodward and Tony Currie

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