Blades legend dies at 79

JOE Shaw, one of Sheffield United's all-time greats and the club record holder for appearances, died at the weekend aged 79.

Regarded as the best centre half never to be capped by England, Joe's career at Bramall Lane spanned more than 20 years and the record books show he made 632 league appearances, by some distance the club's record.

In all he made 714 appearances in all competitions, his first game being at just 16 years and 285 days in a wartime game against Huddersfield in 1945.

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His league debut was in August 1948 against Liverpool and his final game was at West Ham in February 1966 when he was 37.

Born at Murton, Co. Dur ham, Joe was playing for Upton Colliery near Doncaster when he signed for the Blades in 1945. Initially he was a wing half where he played in the opening years of his first team career with the Blades.

He switched to centre half soon after the start of the 1954/55 season and quickly made the position his own. Although not tall, his ability to read the game, his anticipation, positional sense and ability to use the ball, made him an all-time favourite with United followers and admired wherever United played.

Never capped by England, he but did play twice for the Football League representative side. He also captained United for three spells.

After he retired, he joined United's coaching staff and later became manager at York City (1967-68) and Chesterfield from September 1973 to October 1976.

Gary Cahill says he knows nothing about any possible permanent move to Bramall Lane despite reports he could move in January.

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