Star Football Awards: Sheffield United legend Dave Bassett wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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Sheffield United legend Dave Bassett has been awarded the Derek Dooley Lifetime Achievement Award at tonight's Star Football Awards.

Youdan Trophy's Jock Waugh presented the award along with Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and Blades legend Brian Deane.

No manager in history has won more promotions than Bassett and he is part of the prestigious 1,000 game club.

During this time, Bassett masterminded seven promotions, including three in four years with Wimbledon’s Crazy Gang, taking them from the bottom division to the top.

He took Barnsley to a play-off final, got Nottingham Forest promoted and had spells with Leicester, Crystal Palace and Southampton.

But it is his time at Bramall Lane which made him a Sheffield legend.

Though the Blades were relegated at the end of his first season, it is the way they bounced back which wrote this man’s name into club folklore.

Back to back promotions took them from the old Division Three into the top flight, including the brilliant 1989/90 season.

And Bassett kept United in the top flight for four seasons, almost extending their stay for another year in the process.

Under his guidance United were tough, they were uncompromising and they were successful.

It meant when the Blades celebrated their 125th anniversary, Bassett was voted the greatest manager in their history.