John Garrett, Sheffield United’s historian, will be signing copies of his new book ahead of tomorrow’s game against Gillingham.
‘Folklore and Fables’ is a compilation of articles Garrett has written for the League One club’s matchday programme which take, according to the author himself, “a different look” at some of the characters associated with Bramall Lane.
“Football clubs are really about people,” Garrett said. “And that’s what I’ve always tried to highlight in these pieces.
“I can remember hearing someone say there are no characters left in the game anymore and I thought ‘Well, that’s wrong.’ So when I was asked by (editor) Kev (Cookson) to write something for the programme I thought that’s what I’d highlight.
“Folk who know me will understand that I can come at things from a different angle at times. But I’ve had some good feedback about readers enjoying what I’ve written so that’s when the idea (to publish) the book came about. To put some of my favourite ones, and a few bits that haven’t seen the light of day yet, in there.”
“I got the initial inspiration for the theme of these articles when I was trying to find out in which cemeteries some old United players were buried,” Garrett, curator of the Legends of the Lane museum, added. “There are some wonderful stories associated with people who have represented our great club and I can’t express how much I enjoy doing them.”
*John will be signing copies of Folklore and Fables, priced £10.99, between 1pm and 2.30pm in the Blades Superstore.