Hero of Sheffield United's promotion day at Leicester City remembers how Blades proved doubters wrong

For Simon Tracey, the goalkeeper who surely proved one of the biggest bargains in Sheffield United's history, the Blades' promotion day at Leicester City in 1990 meant more than just confirming a place in the top flight of English football.

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 2:15 pm

"When you go from one club to another, there's always something there, a doubt nagging away at you," the goalkeeper told The Star of his £7,500 move to the Blades from Wimbledon.

"You think: 'I'll show you, I'll prove that'. It's about character and hunger, to better yourself. That's what I think Harry did so well.

"Look at lads like Bob Booker, who was in his thirties when he came in and probably thouht his career was virtually over. But he had the hunger to do better for himself and had probably the best time and success of his career at Sheffield United.

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"We snapped Brian Deane up and signed Tony Agana, who both had something to prove. They played fantastically well and scored so many goals in that promotion season."

Probably the crowning glory of Bassett's time at United came at Filbert Street in 1990, when thousands of Blades fans swarmed Leicester and watched their side win 5-2 to secure promotion back to the old First Division.

"Leicester will probably always be one of the highlights of my career," Tracey, speaking ahead of this weekend's clash between the Blades and Foxes, added.

"Because of the end result which gave us promotion, of course, but the support what we got that day was unbelievable.

Brian Deane ecstatic after scoring and putting United firmly on the road to promotion in 1990 at Leicester

"Three sides of the ground seemed to be United fans and those luminous shirts we wore at the time stood out a mile!

"I think in the end we had to get rid of them because they were the same colour as what the police and stewards wore. But it's still one of the best selling shirts in the club's history, and the colour that day was fantastic.

"The whole day was, to be honest. From the moment we set out onto the pitch to everything that followed afterwards."

United's joy was compounded after the game with news that Wednesday had been relegated on the same day, sparking the iconic Green 'Un headline: Blades Glory, Owls Down.

Sheffield United v Derby County - 26th January 1991. Simon Tracey organises his defence.