How legendary Chesterfield striker Andy Morris stopped Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder from getting "beaten up"

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has revealed how Spireites legend Andy Morris stopped him getting “beaten up” on his way to school.

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 5:24 pm

Wilder, 52, has remarkably led the Blades from League One to the brink of a European spot in three years.

But it was not all rosey when he was growing up as he recalls how 6ft 5 former Chesterfield forward, Morris, 52, who is affectionately known as ‘Bruno’ to Spireites supporters, came to his rescue.

It all came about when Wilder’s family returned back to Sheffield after his dad had been working down south.

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Spireites legend Andy Morris.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live's At Home With Colin Murray podcast, Wilder joked: "I went to the poshest school in Sheffield. I used to get beat up every morning.

"My dad had played with the careers master at one of the best schools in Sheffield. Because we lived in a not-so-great area, when we got back he wouldn't allow me to go to one of the local schools.

"I used to catch the bus at half seven in the morning because if I got the bus at eight o'clock I'd get turned over at the bus stop.

"It's quite funny because I started playing with a boy called Andy Morris who played at Chesterfield. He can look after himself and he went to one of the local schools so I think he put word around that I was one of his pals and they started leaving me alone after a year or so."

Morris joined Chesterfield from Rotherham United in 1988 and went on to score 56 goals in 225 appearances.

He scored the opener in the 3-3 draw against Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.

Morris joined Rochdale in 1998 but later returned to the club as football in the community officer and then he managed the community trust's futsal team.

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