Sheffield United lead tributes as former Blades, Leeds and Rotherham United goalkeeper Steve Conroy passes away

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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.

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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.

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“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.

Steve Conroy (SUFC)Steve Conroy (SUFC)
Steve Conroy (SUFC)

“The club's deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Shirley, and Steve's family and friends at this sad time.”

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