Green’Un retro: 25 Years Ago

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The English football season hadn’t yet started in mid August, 1988. Instead cricket provided the main item on the front page of the Green’Un.

Yorkshire openers hit form, stated the main headline, with Martyn Moxon and Ashley Metcalfe getting Yorkshire off to a cracking start at Scarborough against Somerset with the best opening partnership in the Championship so far.

Yorkshire chose to bat first and the duo put on 162, Moxon made 81 and Metcalfe 98.

There was football news of course with Sheffield Wednesday receiving a fitness boost with the big kick-off of August 27 apporaching.

It concerned the return to fitness of centre halves Nigel Pearson and Ian Cranson.

Pearson was expected to be out until September or October after breaking an ankle at Old Trafford in March.

Cranson had had a worse problem than initailly envisaged when he injured his knee at Wembley in the League Centenary Festival in March.

It looked at first as if he had damaged a cartilage but the injury turned out to be ruptured knee ligaments.

Patient work by physio Alan Smith resulted in the £475,000 player being ready for the new season.

And another defender, Ian Knight, was back in full training 18 months after his terrible leg break.

Over at Bramall Lane they were playing the New Faces game.

Manager Dave Bassett paraded his squad and it included a complete new management team of Geoff Taylor, Keith Mincher and Derek French plus four new summer signings in Brian Deane, Francis Joseph, Martin Dickinson and Alan Roberts.

Bassett went as far as he could in forecasting a promotion challenge from United.