Sh­effield United’s FA Cup semi-fi­nal­ists of 1993

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

KEVIN GAGE be­lieves the Blades would have booked their first FA Cup fi­nal ap­pear­ance since 1936 had their 1993 semi­fi­nal against arch ri­vals Wed­nes­day not been switched to Wem­b­ley.

The FA took the de­ci­sion to move the semi-fi­nals to the Twin Tow­ers for the first time af­ter north Lon­don gi­ants Ar­se­nal and Tot­ten­ham were drawn to­gether.

The un­prece­dented de­mand for tick­ets was such that they had lit­tle op­tion.

Mid­fielder Gage says the smaller pitch at El­land Road – the orig­i­nal venue – would have suited their side’s style of play a lot more.

In­stead United faced an up­hill bat­tle when Chris Wad­dle opened the scor­ing af­ter two min­utes with a mag­nif­i­cent free-kick.

Alan Cork lev­elled a minute be­fore half-time and af­ter they couldn’t be sep­a­rated in nor­mal time Mark Bright scored a fa­mous 108th minute win­ner.

Gage says: “We were ini­tially quite pleased to draw Wed­nes­day, we had the In­dian sign over them and they hadn’t beaten us for many, many years.

“The pre­vi­ous sea­son we had done the league dou­ble over them, so we were more than con­fi­dent. We felt that even though they were rid­ing quite high in the Pre­mier League, top six or some­thing, we could beat them.

“What messed us up was that they switched the semi-fi­nal to Wem­b­ley be­cause of Ar­se­nal-Tot­ten­ham.

“(Man­ager) Dave Bas­sett was the in­sti­ga­tor of our switch as well. He ob­vi­ously thought there was a chance to make a load of money for the club. Sh­effield United were skint at the time.

“We would have had a far bet­ter chance of beat­ing Wed­nes­day if it had been played at Leeds.

“El­land Road was a smaller pitch with not quite as good a qual­ity sur­face. It would have suited our play a bit more.

“Wed­nes­day were a foot­balling side but we were more di­rect and ro­bust and a lot of our play­ers hadn’t played at Wem­b­ley so it was a com­pletely new ex­pe­ri­ence.”

1. John Pem­ber­ton: For­mer di­rec­tor of the Sh­effield United Academy and Not­ting­ham For­est de­vel­op­ment coach, now as­sis­tant man­ager at Bris­tol City.

2. Paul Rogers: For­mer com­modi­ties bro­ker in the City is now commercial man­ager for his last pro­fes­sional club, Brighton.

3. Mike Lake: Af­ter his ca­reer ended in in­jury he re­turned to Den­ton in Manch­ester where he has worked as a post­man.

4. Jamie Hoy­land: The son of Blades leg­end Tommy has coached at Rochdale, Bolton, Pre­ston and Sh­effield United. Is now a pun­dit on lo­cal ra­dio.

5. Brian Gayle: The one time club record sign­ing is now run­ning a Sh­effield based land­scape gar­den­ing busi­ness.

6. Mel Rees: He led out the United team at Wem­b­ley but shortly af­ter­wards he lost a bat­tle with cancer aged just 26

7. Brian Deane: Now based in Arthing­ton near Leeds, runs a foot­ball academy and a con­sul­tant for a law firm and man­ages Sarps­borg in Nor­way.

8. Glyn Hodges: He has worked at a num­ber of clubs with Mark Hughes and is cur­rently U21 coach at Stoke City.

9. Paul Beesley: Has coached the youth teams at Notts County and Leeds and is now work­ing as a pain­ter and dec­o­ra­tor.

10. Alan Cork: The fa­ther of Southamp­ton’s Jack, has man­aged Swansea and Cardiff and held a num­ber of other coach­ing posts in­clud­ing one with the Blades.

11. Ian Bryson: Has coached at Pre­ston North End’s cen­tre of ex­cel­lence, worked as a floor man­ager for Pre­mier League Pro­duc­tions and for Ley­land Trucks. A reg­u­lar on Ra­dio Lan­cashire.

12. Derek French: Af­ter re­tir­ing he stayed on at the club as a match day-host.

13. Dane Whitehouse: Liv­ing in Sh­effield and now in the steel in­dus­try af­ter work­ing for a par­cel de­liv­ery firm.

14. Carl Brad­shaw: Liv­ing in Sh­effield and run­ning a suc­cess­ful build­ing busi­ness in the City.

15. David Barnes: He was last known to be work­ing as a PE teacher in the south of Eng­land.

16. Si­mon Tracey: He be­came goal­keep­ing coach with Rother­ham and Barns­ley and is now a free­lance coach and scout.

17. Nathan Peel: Liv­ing in Clitheroe and works as a PE teacher at Rib­bles­dale High School. 18. Alan Kelly: Coached goal­keep­ers in the United States be­fore re­turn­ing to coach Ire­land and Pre­ston’s academy. 19. Char­lie Hart­field: Has scouted for the Blades and is now a builder in Chistle­hurst, Kent. 20. Kevin Gage: Went into pub and restau­rant trade. Owns three high street venues in Dron­field. 21. John Gan­non: Has held a num­ber of coach­ing posts; now scout­ing for Manch­ester City. 22. Ge­off Tay­lor: Ex-di­rec­tor of youth at Brent­ford moved on to coach in Read­ing’s academy. 23. Brian Marwood: Af­ter work­ing for Nike and Sky Sports he is now foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer at Manch­ester City. 24. Tom Cowan: Worked as an elec­tri­cian, re­mained in Sh­effield with South York­shire Fire Ser­vice 25. Andy Cale: The FA’s head of player de­vel­op­ment and re­search since 2000. 26. John Reed: Never played a first team game, now liv­ing and work­ing in Sh­effield. 27. Dave Bas­sett: Work­ing within the me­dia and do­ing af­ter din­ner speak­ing. 28. Richard Lu­cas: Be­lieved to be liv­ing and work­ing in the North East. 29. John Greaves: He has been di­rec­tor of coach­ing at Yard­ley Make­field Soc­cer Club in the United States since 2003. 30. Mitch Ward: Ran the Black-a-Moor Inn at Troway and then be­came a plas­terer in north Der­byshire and is a parter in a hair­dressers. 31. Adrian Lit­tle­john: Has coached at Sh­effield United’s academy and works for Rother­ham United within their academy set up.
































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