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Bramall Lane stand to be named after Sheffield United's greatest ever player

Tony Currie in his playing days at Sheffield Unite d
Tony Currie in his playing days at Sheffield Unite d
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Tony Currie says he is 'overwhelmed by this honour' after Sheffield United announced that his name would adorn a stand at Bramall Lane..

The Blades greatest player will be immortalised on the 8,000-seater South Stand, which is to be renamed The Tony Currie Stand.

Tony Currie, right, with current captain Billy Sharp

Tony Currie, right, with current captain Billy Sharp

The legendary midfielder, who made 313 appearances between 1968 and 1976, scoring 54 goals, will be honoured ahead of United’s glamour home friendly against Inter Milan on July 24.

“I am overwhelmed with this honour. This is a very special tribute,” said Tony who has remained a part of the club in various capacities since retiring from playing.

“Everyone knows what United and the fans mean to me- its an unbreakable bond that began 50 years ago and is as strong today as its ever been.

“The ground is also so close to my heart. It was the scene of so many moments that I cherish dearly.

“Its history is awesome - the events that have happened here that shaped football and sport in the world mean that having a stand named after me adds to the story and writes another page in the legend of the Lane.

“Incredible. I would never have dreamed all those years ago when I arrived as an 18-year-old from Watford that my name would one day adorn the front of a stand. I am so proud and want to thank the Blades family for adopting me as one of their own down the years. Things in my life have changed so much down the years, but Sheffield United has always been there.”

Currie was named as Sheffield United's greatest every player during their 125th anniversary celebrations.

Club historian John Garret said: “Fifty years associated with the Club is an incredible statistic. Tony is such a huge part of the Club and its story and it showed the love and affection the fans hold for him when he was voted the greatest player to have pulled on the famous red, white and black during the 125th anniversary celebrations.

“He is humble and I know just how much this will mean to both him and his family. It’s a measure of his standing amongst his team mates that many of them will be joining him on the night to be a part of what will be a very special occasion."