Sheffield United: Blades fans ready to salute legends

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It will be a parade like no other in the club’s 125 year history.

There could be those who may just wipe away a tear as the “Legends of SUFC Parade” gets underway on the Bramall Lane pitch this afternoon.

There will be legends, greats and simply the very good amongst those players who will take a bow and again stride out onto the pitch they once graced.

The parade will start some 15 minutes before the 1.25pm kick off and the players will then form a guard of honour for the appearance of Sheffield United and Wolves from the tunnel.

A lot of former players are returning covering several decades with the oldest two, who played in the 1940s, being left winger Colin Collindridge, now 93, and right back Fred Furniss, 91, both club stalwarts. They made hundreds of appearances between them.

They will be there and announced but will be unable to take part in the parade.

There will be seven decades represented in all... “there are lots of favourites in there and it will be great for the fans to see and salute these players out on that famous turf again,” said club historian and Supporters Liaison Officer John Garrett.

Just before this, the big screen will show a specially-commissioned video charting United’s history and the parade will then be a nostalgic climax to over two hours of 125th anniversary celebrations which begin outside the stadium at 11am in a special Fan Zone on the Cherry Street car park with various activities planned.