Sheffield United: Michael Brown “can’t wait” for emotional return to Bramall Lane

Michael Brown scores for Sheffield United against Sheffield Wednesday
Michael Brown scores for Sheffield United against Sheffield Wednesday
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Former Sheffield United midfielder Michael Brown has admitted he “can’t wait” to get back to Bramall Lane after paying tribute to the South Yorkshire club.

Brown was speaking ahead of this afternoon’s meeting with Port Vale where, after winding down his playing career, he is now a key member of Bruno Ribeiro’s backroom staff.

Chris Basham was sent-off following a challenge on Michael Brown when Sheffield United visited Port Vale under Nigel Clough 
� copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Chris Basham was sent-off following a challenge on Michael Brown when Sheffield United visited Port Vale under Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

The 39-year-old made over 170 appearances for United after arriving from Manchester City in 2000 and was a member of the teams which, under Neil Warnock’s tutelage, reached the last four of both major domestic cup competitions and Championship play-off final in 2003.

“I always look forward to going back to Sheffield United,” Brown said. “It is a fantastic club with great support and I had four great years there. Every time I go back I get looked after and they never forget what a good team we had there. I can’t wait to get there and just be back in the stadium which always gives me a great feeling.”

Chris Wilder, the United manager, yesterday acknowledged Brown deserved a good reception from the home crowd to recognise his contribution before joining Tottenham Hotspur 12 years ago.

Brown, Vale’s assistant manager, said: “It is a great test. It will be another big team in League One. We have to be ready for a big atmosphere with 20,000 there. It will be the biggest crowd we have faced this year and the type of football will be another test so bring it on.”

Michael Brown and Matt Done, the Sheffield United striker, battle for the ball : Blades Sports Photography

Michael Brown and Matt Done, the Sheffield United striker, battle for the ball : Blades Sports Photography

Michael Brown won plenty of awards during his time at Bramall Lane

Michael Brown won plenty of awards during his time at Bramall Lane