Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year

These photographs were originally taken to publicise the BBC 2, 6 part series ‘United’, which followed Sheffield United’s (The Blades) progress to Division One (now the Premier League) during the 1989-90 season. They are intended to show the club as a cohesive family of passionate fans, players and management who are devoted to the success of ‘United’.

Sheffield United’s manager was Dave (Harry) Bassett between 1988-95, he masterminded United’s promotion to First Division football for the 1990-91 season. Top scorers during the 1989-90 season were: Brian Deane 21 goals, Tony Agana 10 goals, and Ian Bryson 9 goals, the team captain was central defender Paul Stancliffe.

“I moved to Sheffield in September 1979 to study photography at the Psalter Lane Art College, living at the end of Woodhead Road which adjoins Bramall Lane. Before the upper tier of the Westfield Health Corner Stand was built, I could clearly see from my bedroom window the central part of the pitch, but not either goal mouth. During those dark, cold and often rainy Saturday afternoons I loved watching the flood lit game from my bedroom, but had to guess from the collective sound of the fans whether there was a goal, corner, free kick or foul!

“As an outsider, I admired the sense of identity and purpose Blades supporters had and could appreciate the rewards of belonging to a wider community of like minded people.”

Enclosed are a selection of photographs taken from this project.

All images are Strictly Copyright © Bill Stephenson – All Rights Reserved

Pre-match build up

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-01 Police briefing

[SU 01] Police briefing at a warehouse near the ground 2 hours before the 3pm match kick off against Watford, FA Challenge Cup, 4th Round. Final score 1-1. 27.01.90.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-02 Visiting fans

[SU 02] Visiting fans arrive by coach outside the John Street Family Stand.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-03 Season ticket holder

[SU 03] Season ticket holder entering the ground through a narrow turnstile entrance on Bramall Lane. The narrow entrance meant only one person with one ticket could enter the ground at a time. This stopped multiple people attempting to pushing through with one ticket. Large gates were opened at end of the game to speed fans exit.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-04 Actor Sean Bean and his mates

[SU 04] Actor Sean Bean (L) and his mates outside the Sportsman pub,10 Denby Street, off Bramall Lane. The Sportsman opened in 1901 and closed in 2014, it was later converted into the Sportsman Residential Flats in 2016. It was a popular pub for pre-match drinks and meeting place for the BBC (Blades Business Crew).

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-05 Sean Bean and his mates

[SU 05] Sean Bean and his mates finish their pints in unison before going into the ground.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-06 Sean Bean

[SU 06] Sean Bean has been a supporter since he was 8 yrs and has a ‘100% Blade’ shoulder tattoo. He later became a board director between 2002-2007.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-07 Boy waits for his dad outside the Sportsman pub

[SU 07] Boy waits for his dad outside the Sportsman.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-08 Boy peeps through door of Sportsman pub

[SU 08] He peeps through the door of the Sportsman trying to see him.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-09 Pre-match drinkers in the Sportsman pub

[SU 09] Pre-match drinkers in the crowded Sportsman pub.

SU10 Super fan Winnie Royston holding knitted Bertie Bassett doll mascot

[SU10] Super fan Winnie Royston in the Sportsman pub. She is holding a Bertie Bassett doll mascot, based on the Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts figure. The presumed link is manager Dave (Harry) Bassett and Bertie Bassett’s common surname. Dave Bassett was known as ‘Harry’ after the escapologist Harry Houdini, due to his ability to escape relegation a number of times.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-11 A member of the Blades Business Crew (BBC)

[SU 11] A member of the Blades Business Crew (BBC) strikes a pose outside the ground. His neck tattoo says ‘Ian Curtiss RIP’. The BBC were hooligans often involved in fighting with visiting supporters. They were particularly active during the 1980’s-90’s.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-12 A member of the Blades Business Crew (BBC)

[SU 12] A member of the Blades Business Crew (BBC) outside the Sing Hill police station.

Match days

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-13 Striker Tony Agana leads the team out against Watford

[SU 13] Striker Tony Agana leads the team out against Watford in the FA Challenge Cup, 4th Round. Final score 1-1. 27.01.90.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-14 United fans at the Watford FA Challenge Cup

[SU 14] United fans at the Watford FA Challenge Cup.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-15 United fan at the Watford FA Challenge Cup

[SU 15] United fan at the Watford FA Challenge Cup.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-16 Central defender and team captain Paul Stancliffe

[SU 16] Central defender and team captain Paul Stancliffe, played for United between 1983-90. Known by fans as ‘Stan the Man’, he leads his team out against Newcastle United. He is followed by midfielder Bob Booker. Final score 1-1. 24.02.90

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-17 Girl at the Newcastle United game

[SU 17] Girl watches me at the Newcastle United game.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-18 Woman & smoking man watch the Newcastle United match

[SU 18] Woman & smoking man watch the Newcastle United match.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-19 Girlfriends of United players watch the Newcastle game

[SU 19] Girlfriends of United players watch the Newcastle game.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-20 Blades fans taking the mickey

[SU 20] Blades fans ‘taking the mickey’ out of me… much to the amusement of the crowd.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-21 Blades fans taking the mickey

[SU 21] Blades fans ‘taking the mickey’ out of me… much to the amusement of the crowd.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-22 Fans celebrate after United score against West Bromwich Albion

[SU 22] Euphoric fans celebrate after United score against West Bromwich Albion. Final score 3-1. 02.12.89

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-23 Fans celebrate goal against West Bromwich Albion

[SU 23] Fans celebrate another goal after United score against West Bromwich Albion.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-24 Boy watching AFC Bournemouth

[SU 24] Boy watching AFC Bournemouth. FA Cup 3rd round. Final score 2-0. 06.01.90

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-25 Boy and his dad in a pitch side dugout watch the AFC Bournemouth match

[SU 25] Boy and his dad in a pitch side dugout watch the AFC Bournemouth match.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-26 Fan laments after losing to local rivals Barnsley

[SU 26] Deflated fan laments after losing to local rivals Barnsley. Final score 1-2. 24.03.90

Club activities off the pitch

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-27 Bootboys in the boot room

[SU 27] Bootboys in the boot room. They are members of the club’s youth apprentice scheme. L-R John Reed, Lee Morris, Steve Circuit. Bootboys amongst other duties, clean the boots of the senior professional players. They all later became successful professional footballers.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-28 Mary Coldwell holds up midfielder Ian Bryson's No 11 shirt

[SU 28] Mary Coldwell holds up midfielder Ian Bryson’s No 11 shirt in the laundry room.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-29 Martyn Hawthorn and his daughter Danielle aged 2

[SU 29] Martyn Hawthorn and his daughter Danielle aged 2. He has registered her as a Junior Blades Supporter at the club shop.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-30 Physiotherapist Derek French and striker Brian Deane

[SU 30] Physiotherapist Derek French, known as ‘Frenchie’ and striker Brian Deane. Brian was United’s top scorer playing between 1988-93.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-31 Striker Billy Whitehurst

[SU 31] Striker Billy Whitehurst, renowned as one the hardest players in the game, waiting for routine treatment from physiotherapist Derek French.

Away match against Bradford City (the Bantams) at the Valley Parade ground. United win 4-1. 03.03.90

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-32 Away match coach trip to Bradford City

[SU 32] Away match coach trip to Bradford City. Everyone is singing “…the blades are going up… the blades are going up…”

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-33 Playing bingo en route to the Bradford City Ground

[SU 33] Playing bingo en route to the Bradford City Ground. The man standing in the coach aisle is calling out bingo numbers.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-34 United supporters grab a burger before the match

[SU 34] United supporters grab a burger before the match.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-35 Midfielder John Gannon runs onto the pitch at the start of the Bradford City game

[SU 35] Midfielder John Gannon runs onto the pitch at the start of the Bradford City game.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-36 United supporters euphoric as they score another goal against Bradford City

[SU 36] United supporters are euphoric as they score another goal against Bradford City.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-37 Young women in their away kit celebrate United's 4-1 win

[SU 37] Young women in their away kit celebrate United’s 4-1 win after returning to the Sportsman pub.

United suffered a devastating defeat against long time rivals Manchester United, losing 1-0 after a disputed corner in the FA Cup Quarter-final, 6th round. 11.03.90.

Manchester went on to win the FA Cup final 1:0 against Crystal Palace.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-38 Manchester United defender Gary Pallister and referee

[SU 38] Manchester United defender Gary Pallister and referee leave the pitch at Half Time. Manchester are 1-0 up.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-39 Midfielder Dane Whitehouse is stretchered off

[SU 39] Midfielder Dane Whitehouse is stretchered off, during Manchester United game. He was taken by ambulance for an X-ray, fortunately no serious injury was reported.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-40 Referee and linesmen drink tea at half time

[SU 40] Referee and lines men drink tea at half time.

Physically and emotionally exhausted players in the team changing room and showers after losing to Manchester United.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-41 Team captain Paul Stancliffe and midfielder Paul Wood

[SU 41] Team captain Paul Stancliffe and midfielder Paul Wood.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-42 Goalkeeper Simon Tracy and centre back Colin Hill

[SU 42] Goalkeeper Simon Tracy and centre back Colin Hill.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-43 Players head to the communal showers

[SU 43] Players head to the communal showers.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-44 Players take a shower

[SU 44] Players take a shower.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-45 Midfielder Bob Booker

[SU 45] Midfielder Bob Booker.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-46 Team captain Paul Stancliffe

[SU 46] Team captain Paul Stancliffe

Miss Sheffield United Beauty Competition

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-47 Miss Sheffield United Contestants 1989-90 at the Lane Social Club, Bramall Lane

[SU 47] Miss Sheffield United Contestants 1989-90. This annual event was held at the Lane Social Club, Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-48 Miss Sheffield United Contest winner Louise Bartells

[SU 48] Miss Sheffield United Contest winner Louise Bartells.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-49 Miss Sheffield United Contest Winner Louise Bartells with trophy presented by manager Dave Bassett and striker Brian Deane

[SU 49] Miss Sheffield United Contest Winner Louise Bartells with her trophy, presented by manager Dave Bassett and striker Brian Deane.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-50 'Singles Night' was a dating event held at the Lane Social Club each Thursday night

[SU 50] ‘Singles Night’ was a dating event held at the Lane Social Club each Thursday night. It was known as ‘grab a granny’ as admittance was limited to over 25 year olds.

Past Board Members and Chairmen

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-51 Derek Dooley MBE (1929-2008) Managing Directer and chairman 1999-2006

[SU 51] Derek Dooley MBE (1929-2008). Managing Directer and chairman 1999-2006.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-52 Alan Laver, Club President (1923-97)

[SU 52]  Alan Laver (1923-97). Local timber merchants Arnold Laver & Co Ltd were the main team sponsor of Sheffield United between 1985-95. His father Arnold Laver was director of the club for 30 years, who was later followed by his son Alan.

In 2023 Sheffield United were promoted to the Premier League, after many years absence  Arnold Laver were once again the clubs principle sponsor.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-53 Paul Woolhouse 1991-92

[SU 53] Paul Woolhouse 1991-92

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-54 Richard Wragg 1990-92

[SU 54] Richard Wragg 1990-92

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-55 Dick Wragg 1961-76

[SU 55] Dick Wragg 1961-76.

Pre-match build up

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-01 Police briefing

[SU 01] Police briefing at a warehouse near the ground 2 hours before the 3pm match kick off against Watford, FA Challenge Cup, 4th Round. Final score 1-1. 27.01.90.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-02 Visiting fans

[SU 02] Visiting fans arrive by coach outside the John Street Family Stand.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-03 Season ticket holder

[SU 03] Season ticket holder entering the ground through a narrow turnstile entrance on Bramall Lane. The narrow entrance meant only one person with one ticket could enter the ground at a time. This stopped multiple people attempting to pushing through with one ticket. Large gates were opened at end of the game to speed fans exit.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-04 Actor Sean Bean and his mates

[SU 04] Actor Sean Bean (L) and his mates outside the Sportsman pub,10 Denby Street, off Bramall Lane. The Sportsman opened in 1901 and closed in 2014, it was later converted into the Sportsman Residential Flats in 2016. It was a popular pub for pre-match drinks and meeting place for the BBC (Blades Business Crew).

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-05 Sean Bean and his mates

[SU 05] Sean Bean and his mates finish their pints in unison before going into the ground.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-06 Sean Bean

[SU 06] Sean Bean has been a supporter since he was 8 yrs and has a ‘100% Blade’ shoulder tattoo. He later became a board director between 2002-2007.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-07 Boy waits for his dad outside the Sportsman pub

[SU 07] Boy waits for his dad outside the Sportsman.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-08 Boy peeps through door of Sportsman pub

[SU 08] He peeps through the door of the Sportsman trying to see him.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-09 Pre-match drinkers in the Sportsman pub

[SU 09] Pre-match drinkers in the crowded Sportsman pub.

SU10 Super fan Winnie Royston holding knitted Bertie Bassett doll mascot

[SU10] Super fan Winnie Royston in the Sportsman pub. She is holding a Bertie Bassett doll mascot, based on the Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts figure. The presumed link is manager Dave (Harry) Bassett and Bertie Bassett’s common surname. Dave Bassett was known as ‘Harry’ after the escapologist Harry Houdini, due to his ability to escape relegation a number of times.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-11 A member of the Blades Business Crew (BBC)

[SU 11] A member of the Blades Business Crew (BBC) strikes a pose outside the ground. His neck tattoo says ‘Ian Curtiss RIP’. The BBC were hooligans often involved in fighting with visiting supporters. They were particularly active during the 1980’s-90’s.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-12 A member of the Blades Business Crew (BBC)

[SU 12] A member of the Blades Business Crew (BBC) outside the Sing Hill police station.

Match Days

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-13 Striker Tony Agana leads the team out against Watford

[SU 13] Striker Tony Agana leads the team out against Watford in the FA Challenge Cup, 4th Round. Final score 1-1. 27.01.90.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-14 United fans at the Watford FA Challenge Cup

[SU 14] United fans at the Watford FA Challenge Cup.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-15 United fan at the Watford FA Challenge Cup

[SU 15] United fan at the Watford FA Challenge Cup.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-16 Central defender and team captain Paul Stancliffe

[SU 16] Central defender and team captain Paul Stancliffe, played for United between 1983-90. Known by fans as ‘Stan the Man’, he leads his team out against Newcastle United. He is followed by midfielder Bob Booker. Final score 1-1. 24.02.90

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-17 Girl at the Newcastle United game

[SU 17] Girl watches me at the Newcastle United game.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-18 Woman & smoking man watch the Newcastle United match

[SU 18] Woman & smoking man watch the Newcastle United match.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-19 Girlfriends of United players watch the Newcastle game

[SU 19] Girlfriends of United players watch the Newcastle game.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-20 Blades fans taking the mickey

[SU 20] Blades fans ‘taking the mickey’ out of me… much to the amusement of the crowd.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-21 Blades fans taking the mickey

[SU 21] Blades fans ‘taking the mickey’ out of me… much to the amusement of the crowd.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-22 Fans celebrate after United score against West Bromwich Albion

[SU 22] Euphoric fans celebrate after United score against West Bromwich Albion. Final score 3-1. 02.12.89

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-23 Fans celebrate goal against West Bromwich Albion

[SU 23] Fans celebrate another goal after United score against West Bromwich Albion.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-24 Boy watching AFC Bournemouth

[SU 24] Boy watching AFC Bournemouth. FA Cup 3rd round. Final score 2-0. 06.01.90

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-25 Boy and his dad in a pitch side dugout watch the AFC Bournemouth match

[SU 25] Boy and his dad in a pitch side dugout watch the AFC Bournemouth match.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-26 Fan laments after losing to local rivals Barnsley

[SU 26] Deflated fan laments after losing to local rivals Barnsley. Final score 1-2. 24.03.90

Club activities off the pitch

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-27 Bootboys in the boot room

[SU 27] Bootboys in the boot room. They are members of the club’s youth apprentice scheme. L-R John Reed, Lee Morris, Steve Circuit. Bootboys amongst other duties, clean the boots of the senior professional players. They all later became successful professional footballers.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-28 Mary Coldwell holds up midfielder Ian Bryson's No 11 shirt

[SU 28] Mary Coldwell holds up midfielder Ian Bryson’s No 11 shirt in the laundry room.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-29 Martyn Hawthorn and his daughter Danielle aged 2

[SU 29] Martyn Hawthorn and his daughter Danielle aged 2. He has registered her as a Junior Blades Supporter at the club shop.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-30 Physiotherapist Derek French and striker Brian Deane

[SU 30] Physiotherapist Derek French, known as ‘Frenchie’ and striker Brian Deane. Brian was United’s top scorer playing between 1988-93.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-31 Striker Billy Whitehurst

[SU 31] Striker Billy Whitehurst, renowned as one the hardest players in the game, waiting for routine treatment from physiotherapist Derek French.

Away match against Bradford City (the Bantams) at the Valley Parade ground. United win 4-1. 03.03.90

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-32 Away match coach trip to Bradford City

[SU 32] Away match coach trip to Bradford City. Everyone is singing “…the blades are going up… the blades are going up…”

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-33 Playing bingo en route to the Bradford City Ground

[SU 33] Playing bingo en route to the Bradford City Ground. The man standing in the coach aisle is calling out bingo numbers.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-34 United supporters grab a burger before the match

[SU 34] United supporters grab a burger before the match.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-35 Midfielder John Gannon runs onto the pitch at the start of the Bradford City game

[SU 35] Midfielder John Gannon runs onto the pitch at the start of the Bradford City game.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-36 United supporters euphoric as they score another goal against Bradford City

[SU 36] United supporters are euphoric as they score another goal against Bradford City.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-37 Young women in their away kit celebrate United's 4-1 win

[SU 37] Young women in their away kit celebrate United’s 4-1 win after returning to the Sportsman pub.

United suffered a devastating defeat against long time rivals Manchester United, losing 1-0 after a disputed corner in the FA Cup Quarter-final, 6th round. 11.03.90.

Manchester went on to win the FA Cup final 1:0 against Crystal Palace.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-38 Manchester United defender Gary Pallister and referee

[SU 38] Manchester United defender Gary Pallister and referee leave the pitch at Half Time. Manchester are 1-0 up.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-39 Midfielder Dane Whitehouse is stretchered off

[SU 39] Midfielder Dane Whitehouse is stretchered off, during Manchester United game. He was taken by ambulance for an X-ray, fortunately no serious injury was reported.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-40 Referee and linesmen drink tea at half time

[SU 40] Referee and lines men drink tea at half time.

Physically and emotionally exhausted players in the team changing room and showers after losing to Manchester United.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-41 Team captain Paul Stancliffe and midfielder Paul Wood

[SU 41] Team captain Paul Stancliffe and midfielder Paul Wood.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-42 Goalkeeper Simon Tracy and centre back Colin Hill

[SU 42] Goalkeeper Simon Tracy and centre back Colin Hill.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-43 Players head to the communal showers

[SU 43] Players head to the communal showers.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-44 Players take a shower

[SU 44] Players take a shower.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-45 Midfielder Bob Booker

[SU 45] Midfielder Bob Booker.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-46 Team captain Paul Stancliffe

[SU 46] Team captain Paul Stancliffe

Miss Sheffield United Beauty Competition

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-47 Miss Sheffield United Contestants 1989-90 at the Lane Social Club, Bramall Lane

[SU 47] Miss Sheffield United Contestants 1989-90. This annual event was held at the Lane Social Club, Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-48 Miss Sheffield United Contest winner Louise Bartells

[SU 48] Miss Sheffield United Contest winner Louise Bartells.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-49 Miss Sheffield United Contest Winner Louise Bartells with trophy presented by manager Dave Bassett and striker Brian Deane

[SU 49] Miss Sheffield United Contest Winner Louise Bartells with her trophy, presented by manager Dave Bassett and striker Brian Deane.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-50 'Singles Night' was a dating event held at the Lane Social Club each Thursday night

[SU 50] ‘Singles Night’ was a dating event held at the Lane Social Club each Thursday night. It was known as ‘grab a granny’ as admittance was limited to over 25 year olds.

Past Board Members and Chairmen

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-51 Derek Dooley MBE (1929-2008) Managing Directer and chairman 1999-2006

[SU 51] Derek Dooley MBE (1929-2008). Managing Directer and chairman 1999-2006.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-52 Alan Laver, Club President (1923-97)

[SU 52]  Alan Laver (1923-97). Local timber merchants Arnold Laver & Co Ltd were the main team sponsor of Sheffield United between 1985-95. His father Arnold Laver was director of the club for 30 years, who was later followed by his son Alan.

In 2023 Sheffield United were promoted to the Premier League, after many years absence  Arnold Laver were once again the clubs principle sponsor.

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-53 Paul Woolhouse 1991-92

[SU 53] Paul Woolhouse 1991-92

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-54 Richard Wragg 1990-92

[SU 54] Richard Wragg 1990-92

Sheffield United 1989-90 Promotion Year SU-55 Dick Wragg 1961-76

[SU 55] Dick Wragg 1961-76.

All images are Strictly Copyright © Bill Stephenson – All Rights Reserved