Sheffield United: Rival looks forward to facing his boyood club

Ritchie Humphreys is looking forward to the derby with Sheffield United
Ritchie Humphreys is looking forward to the derby with Sheffield United
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Chesterfield’s Ritchie Humphreys is relishing the prospect of tomorrow’s derby with Sheffield United at the Proact Stadium.

The 36-year-old grew-up supporting the visitors but made his professional debut for arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday nearly two decades ago.

Humphreys, who helped Paul Cook’s side secure promotion from League Two last term said: “I spent many years going to Bramall Lane with my dad. I’ve seen them go from the fourth division all the way up to the Premier League when Harry Bassett was manager.

“I ended up playing for Wednesday but, being a Sheffield boy, I’ve got lots of friends on both sides of the city.

“I managed to score a goal against Sheffield United for Hartlepool at Bramall Lane so that was a boyhood dream ticked off even though it was not for them but at their ground.

“It’ll be a good game for me being a local boy but for us at Chesterfield it’s one we’re looking forward to. The atmosphere is always red hot, it’ll rub off on the players.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1