We catch up with Sh­effield United’s 1983-84 pro­mo­tion-win­ning side

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

KEITH ED­WARDS ad­mits he was stopped by his wife from cel­e­brat­ing Sh­effield United’s pro­mo­tion – they went up by just one goal!

The pro­lific Ed­wards won the Golden Boot af­ter fir­ing the Blades to a se­cond pro­mo­tion in three years with 42 goals, two years af­ter leav­ing cash-strapped Hull.

But it could have been so dif­fer­ent had the Tigers beaten Burn­ley by three clear goals in their last game of the sea­son, which would have seen them pro­moted in­stead.


Ed­wards, who blasted four goals on the open­ing day of the sea­son against Gilling­ham, was left at home lis­ten­ing to the game, which Hull won 2-0, on the ra­dio.

“It couldn’t have got any closer, with Hull be­ing my for­mer club. It made pip­ping them to the post some­what spe­cial for me,” he said.

“At Sh­effield United, we recog­nised we’d got as low as we could and there was only one way to go, whereas Hull were still try­ing to get over their fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, which is why we made progress quicker.

“My time at Hull was dif­fi­cult be­cause they were broke. I had to be sold to fi­nance some of their dif­fi­cul­ties.

“I went back to Hull in 1988 and had some fan­tas­tic times there, but the Blades were my team and got pro­moted by one goal – and how of­ten has that hap­pened?

“I re­mem­ber a few of the lads went with Colin Mor­ris to the Hull game be­cause he had a con­nec­tion with Burn­ley.Then there were half a dozen that went out.

“I sat in and lis­tened to it on the ra­dio but couldn’t stand it too much.When we re­alised we were go­ing up, I wanted to go out and meet the lads but our lass wouldn’t let me.

“So, I missed out on it. I should have been out with the lads, though we made up for it later. It was a great set of guys at the club then.

“A lot of them were from the North-East like me, but we had a few York­shire­men. We all got on great.” 1. Tom Hef­fer­nan: A right-back who be­came a painter and dec­o­ra­tor in Bournemouth but has now re­turned to his na­tive Ire­land, re­main­ing in the same trade. 2. Joe Bolton: A full-back who fea­tured in The House­martins’ hit Happy Hour. He was Mat­lock Town boss and is work­ing as a lorry driver in his na­tive Birt­ley. 3. Keith Waugh: A goal­keeper who be­came youth team man­ager at Wat­ford be­fore join­ing Bed­ford­shire po­lice. He has been a de­tec­tive for the last 14 years. 4. Paul Stan­cliffe: A de­fender who has been as­sis­tant man­ager and youth team coach at York be­fore be­com­ing head of youth of Don­caster Rovers, where he is pro­fes­sional phase de­vel­op­ment coach. 5. Gary West: The Eng­land youth in­ter­na­tional de­fender is back liv­ing and work­ing in his na­tive Scun­thorpe. 6. Paul Tom­lin­son: A goal­keeper now liv­ing in Dron­field, Sh­effield, where he has been work­ing in the pub trade. 7. Tony Philliskirk: The for­mer striker went into coach­ing and is head of youth at Old­ham Ath­letic. His son, Danny, is play­ing for Black­pool. 8. Glenn Cock­er­ill: A mid­fielder who man­aged Wok­ing and Winch­ester. Has also scouted for Carlisle and Brighton. Now work­ing as a painter and dec­o­ra­tor. 9. Steve Charles: A mid­fielder who has man­aged Gains­bor­ough Trin­ity and is work­ing at Nor­ton Col­lege, Sh­effield, as a tu­tor in sports sci­ence. 10. Kevin Arnott: A mid­fielder who worked in the fam­ily build­ing busi­ness in South Wear­side. Then be­came a driv­ing in­struc­tor in his na­tive Tyne and Wear. 11. Jim McGuigan: The for­mer Crewe, Grimsby, Ch­ester­field, Rother­ham and Stock­port man­ager died in Ch­ester­field in March 1988, aged 64. 12. John McSeveney: A for­mer miner who was as­sis­tant man­ager and later scouted for Wolves, Coven­try, Bolton, Ip­swich and Derby. Now re­tired and liv­ing in Barns­ley. 13. Jim Dixon: The for­mer trainer and coach is now liv­ing in re­tire­ment in the North-East. 14. Bob Atkins: The for­mer de­fender is now liv­ing back in his na­tive Le­ices­ter­shire. Is earn­ing a liv­ing as a prison of­fi­cer. 15. Mike Hen­der­son: A de­fender who was care­taker-man­ager at Ch­ester­field be­fore be­com­ing a po­lice­man in Sh­effield, where, for 19 years, he has been a dog han­dler. 16. Gary Brazil: A mid­fielder who went into coach­ing and has twice man­aged Notts County. He is now the academy man­ager across the Trent at For­est. 17. Ray McHale: A de­fender who twice man­aged Scar­bor­ough Town. He had a spell as Old­ham’s chief scout, worked as an FA tu­tor and ran a soc­cer school un­til re­tir­ing to Spain. 18. Colin Mor­ris: A mid­fielder who be­came a car sales­man for Arun­dale of Bridling­ton. He then moved to Por­tu­gal, where he was a cur­rency dealer. His son Lee played for the Blades. 19. Ian Porter­field: The hero of Sun­der­land’s 1973 FA Cup win man­aged all over the world be­fore his death from can­cer in Septem­ber 2007, aged 67. 20. Keith Ed­wards: A striker who worked as a lorry driver be­fore join­ing Can­cer Re­search UK. Now a lorry driver with Sh­effield In­stal­la­tions and has been a sum­mariser for BBC Ra­dio Sh­effield. 21. Tony Kenworthy: A de­fender who moved to Scot­land, where he worked for a youth train­ing pro­gramme and then lived in Stock­ton-on-Tees. Worked for the Press As­so­ci­a­tion. 22. Paul Garner: A left-back who stayed in his na­tive Sh­effield and worked as an in­sur­ance agent and a milk­man be­fore be­com­ing a plumber. NOT PIC­TURED Mike Trus­son: A mid­fielder who be­came youth team coach and then first team coach at Bournemouth. Now a coach ed­u­ca­tor, work­ing for var­i­ous county as­so­ci­a­tions. Paul Richard­son: A mid­fielder who has spent many years work­ing for BT. Jeff King: A mid­fielder who set­tled in Derby, where he is work­ing as a painter and dec­o­ra­tor. Alan Young: A striker who lives in Not­ting­ham and has worked for BBC Le­ices­ter and in youth de­vel­op­ment for Notts County, Ch­ester­field and Leeds. Steve Neville: A striker now liv­ing in Western Aus­tralia. He was se­nior coach with Sor­rento FC and works as a plas­terer. His son, Scott, is an Aus­tralia Un­der-23 in­ter­na­tional. Terry Cur­ran: A striker, he bought a trans­port cafe and opened a pal­let busi­ness. Later turned the cafe into a mo­tel and Ital­ian restau­rant be­fore sell­ing up to a prop­erty de­vel­oper and re­tir­ing. Paul Smith: A winger who be­came a po­lice­man in Sh­effield. Ju­lian Brod­dle: A full-back who is now a po­lice­man with the Greater Manch­ester force. Stu­art Hous­ton: A full-back who was twice care­taker-man­ager of Arse­nal, man­aged QPR and coached a num­ber of other clubs. He then scouted for the Gun­ners.

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