Sheffield United lead tributes as former Blades, Leeds and Rotherham United goalkeeper Steve Conroy passes away
Sheffield United have paid tribute to their former goalkeeper Steve Conroy after confirming he passed away after a “brave” battle with illness at the age of 64.
Born in Chesterfield, Conroy joined United’s set-up in 1972 but didn’t make his first-team debut until 1977. He established himself as United’s first-choice goalkeeper a year later, before suffering a broken arm in an Anglo-Scottish Cup game against St Mirren in 1979.
The injury kept him out for over a year, and he was a member of the team that was relegated to Division Four before bouncing back at the first attempt.
Conroy’s finest hour in a Blades shirt came against the European champions Liverpool in 1978, when he was outstanding in a 1-0 League Cup win for the Blades.
“Sheffield United is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former goalkeeper, Steve Conroy after bravely battling illness for some time,” a Blades statement read.
“All in all, Steve made 135 starts in a United shirt, and was a player well regarded by fans and colleagues alike as he played though one of the toughest periods in in the club's history.
“He had a brief spell with Leeds before joining Rotherham United, then Rochdale before a return to Rotherham in 1985.
“Steve was a popular character at the club and officials were always delighted to see him when his work in the licensing trade allowed him to get back for a game.
“The club's deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Shirley, and Steve's family and friends at this sad time.”