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Simmsey column: We’ve kept the best of British at Sheffield Steelers

This week’s news that Davey Phillips had signed a new contract has been added to with the confirmation that the irreplaceable Ben O’Connor will spend a further two years in the orange of the Steelers.

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Owls fans at Hillsborough on Saturday.....Pic Steve Ellis

Martin Smith column: Sheffield Wednesdayite leaves his Mark on national radio

His accent was as thick as an old-school pint of Wards’s.

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Danny Ward is my Millers roommate

Richard Wood column: Why teammates won’t share a room with me

Over the years, I’ve been involved in a large number of away fixtures. This means travelling the day before and staying in a hotel the night prior to a game.

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Jerry Andersson

Simmsey column: Desi and the Brits are Sheffield Steelers core strength

So this morning the Steelers confirmed that Guillaume Desbiens was the latest addition to their squad for next season, this after signing a new two-year contract with head coach Paul Thompson.

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Fulham's Tom Cairney is the best midfielder in the Championship for my money

Richard Wood column: The Rotherham United centre-half picks his Team of the Year

As the football season draws to a close, fans, players and media will pick out their Team of the Year and Player of the Year. The PFA will be announcing their teams in the coming weeks. All the Rotherham players voted.

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Delirious joy after a job well done

Simmsey column: Not bad for a Sheffield Steelers’ team with ‘no character!’

So the Steelers are Elite League Play Off Champions – for a record equalling 10th time (in just 21 years) - some record isn’t it?

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Millers relegation day against Fulham last weekend

Richard Wood column: The Rotherham United defender on how Wednesday went down and he had to hide his joy!

No professional football player wants a relegation on their CV. It’s not a nice thing to be associated with.

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Owls scorer Sam Winnall. Pic Steve Ellis

Smithy column: Sam Winnall’s celebration for Sheffield Wednesday at Barnsley proves haters can’t win

He seemed quite pleased with his goal…

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Ervins Mustukovs  - a consistent performer all year

Simmsey column: Sheffield Steelers v Nottingham Panthers - and the importance of two goalies

What a play off series: Sheffield Steelers face their arch rivals the Nottingham Panthers in this weekend’s quarter finals.

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Carlos Carvalhal

Owls fans column: Carlos still has some questions left to answer at Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday headed into the international break with a strange air of division.

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Rob Dowd, in great form going into the Play Offs

Simmsey column: Sheffield Steelers can still end the season with a trophy

Season over? What rubbish there is lots to play for still.

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Nothing beats the feeling of being out on the grass

Richard Wood column: Downhearted, detached, lonely ... life as a pro when you’re injured

The past few weeks have been very frustrating.

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Colton Fretter - Sheffield Steelers v Cardiff Devils 05/03/17

Simmsey column: Cardiff Devils will be a very different team at Sheffield Steelers on Saturday

The Cardiff Devils had their first chance to win the Elite league title last Sunday. But Belfast winning at home to Nottingham - and then the Steelers handing the Welsh side a 6-2 defeat - put their celebrations on ice.

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In action this season in one of my 400-plus professional matches

Richard Wood column: The Rotherham United defender on the sacrifices required to make it as a pro

Ever since I was a young boy I dreamed about being a footballer. It was my childhood ambition.

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Richard Wood column: Sack or survive? The Rotherham United defender’s view on managers

The media focus has been on Leicester City and rightly so. The controversial sacking of boss Claudio Ranieri last week has caused huge debate. Ex-professionals, pundits, current managers, and fans have all had their say.

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Ervins Mustukovs against Nottingham Panthers, last weekend

Simmsey column: ‘Moose’ can lead Sheffield Steelers to Final victory

I bring you breaking news today in this article. Steelers kept it quiet from all of the local media outlets.

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Martin Smith column: Listen, the Blades are going up...

“I suppose we might make the play-offs now then…”

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Sergio Aguero is just quality

Richard Wood column: The Rotherham United defender warms to his grandad’s idea of five up front!

If you want a defensive masterclass, then look no further than Franco Baresi. The AC Milan and Italy legend is one of the greatest centre-backs to ever play football.

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Matt Ritchie wasn't a fan of my retro boots

Richard Wood column: The Millers defender on dressing-room pranks and Jonson Clarke-Harris’s double denim

Ask any ex-professional footballer what they miss about the game and the overwhelming answer will be the dressing-room banter.

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Frank Lampard

Richard Wood column: The Rotherham United defender on Lampard, the ultimate pros’ pro

He played for England more 100 times and scored more than 300 goals through his career. He is probably one of the best scoring midfielders we’ll ever see.

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