'Versus Spurs in 1968 - I shared my debut with Tony Currie' - Sheffield United fans' memories of watching their first Blades game

Whether it’s five, 10, 20 or 50 years ago, football fans will always have a special place in their heart for the very first game they saw live.

By Ashley Booker
Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 6:00 am

Let’s face it, there's nothing quite like being inside a ground on matchday to soak up the atmosphere, catch up with friends who sit – or stand – around you and, of course, to hopefully cheer on your heroes to victory.

Every fan has their match day ritual, from enjoying a pre-match pint or two in the boozer to placing a bet on the first goalscorer ahead of kick-off.

Of course, these are things we’ve all sorely missed during the coronavirus crisis and none of us can wait to get back inside Bramall Lane to support Chris Wilder’s side in their second season back in the Premier League.

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So, what memories of their first United game do Blades fans have?

Let’s take a look at what some of you have had to say in ‘my first game’ feature.

Ian Longley

“1978 against Brighton or Preston, can't remember which was first. Lost 1-0 in both games, played poor in both games, still loved the atmosphere and been hooked ever since.”

The Sheffield United squad of 1968.

Fraser Paul Jones

"14th August 1993.....Sheffield United v Swindon Town. Blades won 3-1. I was only a babbie mi sen.”

Andy Patchett

"Chelsea ‘76, I think a cup game. Sure we won 1 0 through a goal from Chris Guthrie.”

Mick Smith

"1978 v Liverpool. Great win for the Blades.”

Al Roberts

"Versus Spurs in 1968. Turned out I shared my debut with TC, except he got to celebrate it on the pitch. He scored too in a 3-2 win!”

Martin Etherton

“1971 - 3-0 versus Watford and sealing promotion to the old Division One. Classic.”

Mark Colton

"1971 v West Brom. The result was 0-0. No stand out memories other than it became my club and I am so proud to have followed them for 49 years. Part of my life and now my kids.”

Michael Beckett

“Beat Bristol Rovers 5-1 in a midweek game at the Lane in 1959. I was 10 years old at the time. My uncle took me and he was a Wednesday fan!”

Mark Walker

"Dare I say?? Boxing Day 1979.”

David Lee

"Everton 1966-67 season, just after they had beaten Wednesday in the Cup final.”

Michael Aldred

“First game was versus Leyton Orient, August 1978. Alex Sabella’s first game for United.”

Rob Smith

"1976, I think, versus West Ham ‘to see if I liked it’. Won 3-2. Immediately hooked. Season ticket next season in the Bramall Lane Stand.”

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