REVEALED: Which Sheffield legend topped our poll to find city's number one sports star?

Some of Sheffield's sporting greats.
Some of Sheffield's sporting greats.
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Sheffield soccer icon Derek Dooley has topped a poll to find the city's number one sports star of all-time.

The player and manager, who enjoyed spells at both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, claimed top spot in our online survey ahead of city golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill who clinched runners-up spot.

Third spot went to the city's famed boxing trainer Brendan Ingle who has helped shape the career of some of the country's top fighters.

Dooley, who died in 2008 at the age of 78, was a goalscoring legend at Hillsborough, netting 62 goals in 61 appearances for the Owls between 1947 and 1953.

During the 1951-52 season, he scored a total of 46 goals, surpassing the 25-year-old record of 37 goals that was held by Jimmy Trotter. The tally remains a club record to the present day.

But his career was abruptly ended on 14 February 1953, when he collided with the Preston goalkeeper George Thompson at Deepdale and broke his leg. An infection caused gangrene to set in and his leg had to be amputated.

He became Owls manager in 1971 but was sacked on Christmas Eve, 1973 and the decision left him so bitter about his treatment that it would be almost twenty years before he would set foot in Hillsborough again.

He crossed the Steel City divide, taking the position of Commercial Manager at United and went on to have a variety of roles including the role of managing director before taking on the job of chairman of United in 1999.

After declining several previous offers he finally accepted an invitation to watch the Sheffield derby at Hillsborough in 1992. There he was given a standing ovation by both sets of fans.

Dooley topped our poll of the city's sporting greats, putting him ahead of Ennis-Hill, who put the city on the map when she won heptathlon gold at the 2012 London Olympics.


1. Derek Dooley (Football)

2. Jessica Ennis-Hill (Athletics)

3. Brendan Ingle (Boxing)

4. Kell Brook (Boxing)

5. Gordon Banks (Football)

6. Prince Naseem Hamed (Boxing)

7. Joe Root (cricket)

8. Lord Sebastian Coe (Athletics)

9. Michael Vaughan (cricket)

10. Herol "Bomber" Graham (Boxing)

11. Danny Willett (Golf)

12. Nick Matthew (squash)

13. Grace Clough (Paralympics)

14. Roger Taylor (tennis)