Blades v Man Utd from 1992 on TV

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I think that's the first time I've seen an image of it from that angle. Usually this is the one:

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was thinking 25 yrs of premier league, i was too young as i mentioned above was just turned 2 when deano scored the 1st premier league go. so was curious at what people thought in 1992, to the people who were around for the 1st game & probally months of build up before if you can remember :D

when we broke away from the 1st division to participate in new premier league. what did you think at the time to this new premier league. were you glad of the change, was it much needed or did you want to stick with 103 year history of 1st division being the top tier of English football
 

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Next time you hear a Man U fan twatting on about Mourinho using Fellaini as a blunt instrument, show them the footage of their goal against us, and Dion Dublin coming on as a sub.
 

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was thinking 25 yrs of premier league, i was too young as i mentioned above was just turned 2 when deano scored the 1st premier league go. so was curious at what people thought in 1992, to the people who were around for the 1st game & probally months of build up before if you can remember :D

when we broke away from the 1st division to participate in new premier league. what did you think at the time to this new premier league. were you glad of the change, was it much needed or did you want to stick with 103 year history of 1st division being the top tier of English football
Didn't seem that important really. Just a bit of re-branding and a bit of money going into the game. There was talk about it being 'game changing' or whatever cliche we used in those days but I don't think anyone expected it to be like it is now, a virtual closed shop for all but the wealthiest and the most fortunate.
 

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Beesley captained the side alongside the on-loan McLeary due to Brian Gayle being suspended – not because he was sent off at the end of the previous season, but because he was sent off for head-butting a Forfar player in a pre-season friendly.

Thanks for clearing that up for me. I was struggling to remember who was our No 6 was that day. Alan McLeary, loaned from Millwall (I think). At first I thought that it was Nielson from his looks and mop of blond hair.

I also was surprised how "chunky" Mike Lake looked too.. I do remember him quite well, particularly for scoring an absolute screamer against Forest at their place.
Oh happy days!
 

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Just finished watching it back. How times have changed. Both teams appeared to be equally direct and things were frantic at times. Neither team made much attempt to maintain possession in the manner that we have come to expect in recent years. As others have noted United look well organised and reasonably comfortable. The effort and commitment of the players is relentless. Fantastic memories.
 

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I also was surprised how "chunky" Mike Lake looked too.. I do remember him quite well, particularly for scoring an absolute screamer against Forest at their place.

Indeed. I don't think Lake's career in the team lasted too much longer after that. Seems he was dining out too much on that flurry of long-range efforts the previous season – and dining out too much in general...
 

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was thinking 25 yrs of premier league, i was too young as i mentioned above was just turned 2 when deano scored the 1st premier league go. so was curious at what people thought in 1992, to the people who were around for the 1st game & probally months of build up before if you can remember :D

when we broke away from the 1st division to participate in new premier league. what did you think at the time to this new premier league. were you glad of the change, was it much needed or did you want to stick with 103 year history of 1st division being the top tier of English football

The main innovation that season (rather than the name change for the league) was the new backpass rule. It seemed quite ridiculous at the time but watching pre-1992 games now, the rule has made a positive difference. We also talked a lot about how money had gone mad in the game; John Barnes was reportedly on £10,000 a week and Blackburn had paid a mind-boggling £3.6 million for Alan Shearer.

We tended to do well against Manchester United at home around then (we beat them 2-1 three times between 1991 and 1993), so we generally felt confident going into those games even though our players were far less well known that theirs. At Bramall Lane, we could give anyone a game and I don't think many opposition players enjoyed their visits. Despite our lack of budgets, I think that our keeper and centre forward were as good as any in the whole league.

That Sky advert ("Bradders, what are you doing?"):

 

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Worth comparing how we played against man u compared to our last two away defeats. Notice how 25 years ago we were fairly direct and get the ball up to forwards quickly and make a decent number of efforts on goal. Teams beating us seem to do the same. Last couple of games we seem to get to the last third then nothing effective, just going out to the wings or sideways and no penetration nor decent balls up to forwards. Large dose of viagra required for several.
 

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I watched it last night, after 'the other' game. It was a proper treat - what a team! Deane was phenomenal, not just for the goals but for his all round contribution. What a handful he must have been to play against. Hodges class. Gannon so effective. Gage and Bradshaw showing zero respect to players like Giggs and Hughes and just getting on with stuffing them. Tracey utterly assured with anything that came to him. Unfashionable players like Beesley, Bryson, Cork, Lake and Barnes (and loanee McLeary, from Millwall) not looking out of place at all. Happy memories.
 

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Alan Cork didn't have many fans but watching the match you can see how defenders hate playing against him. He may lack pace but had a very good footballing brain. He was always aggressive, can find space to play a deft back header to his strike partner. I remember Deane speaking highly of him
 

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Alan Cork didn't have many fans but watching the match you can see how defenders hate playing against him. He may lack pace but had a very good footballing brain. He was always aggressive, can find space to play a deft back header to his strike partner. I remember Deane speaking highly of him
Dirty fucker though. Mind you so was Hughes and a bit of a coward watching that game. Taking out Gannon, our smallest player. He fully deserved the treatment he got from our players in other games.
 

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Dirty fucker though. Mind you so was Hughes and a bit of a coward watching that game. Taking out Gannon, our smallest player. He fully deserved the treatment he got from our players in other games.
I recall him booting Tuttle up the arse in the Cup game the season after as well.
 

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Alan Cork didn't have many fans but watching the match you can see how defenders hate playing against him. He may lack pace but had a very good footballing brain. He was always aggressive, can find space to play a deft back header to his strike partner. I remember Deane speaking highly of him

How he was a professional footballer is beyond me.
 

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was thinking 25 yrs of premier league, i was too young as i mentioned above was just turned 2 when deano scored the 1st premier league go. so was curious at what people thought in 1992, to the people who were around for the 1st game & probally months of build up before if you can remember :D

when we broke away from the 1st division to participate in new premier league. what did you think at the time to this new premier league. were you glad of the change, was it much needed or did you want to stick with 103 year history of 1st division being the top tier of English football

I mainly remember it meaning better exposure on telly - 2 live games a week promised by Sky and a whole host of other programmes linked to the PL, think originally was 60 games a year.

BBC won the highlights package which meant a return to Match of the Day to our screens.

To compare what it was like the previous year the only live football was 'The Match' presented by Elton Welsby on ITV who showed around 18 live games a season between October and March and the only highlights were regional.
 

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I mainly remember it meaning better exposure on telly - 2 live games a week promised by Sky and a whole host of other programmes linked to the PL, think originally was 60 games a year.

BBC won the highlights package which meant a return to Match of the Day to our screens.

To compare what it was like the previous year the only live football was 'The Match' presented by Elton Welsby on ITV who showed around 18 live games a season between October and March and the only highlights were regional.
Sky won the contract mainly because Alan Sugar leaked details of the FL meetings to them and advised them to make a better offer than ITV. His company. Amstrad were providers of Sky dishes

http://www.wsc.co.uk/the-archive/42-Media/1928-vision-excess
 

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Would have thought they offered more money as well?

I'll be honest at that time I thought it was a good thing as liked watching footy on telly mind you I was a virgin back then!
If Alan Sugar wasnt a 1st division football club chairman then Sky wouldnt know the details of ITV's offer.
 

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If Alan Sugar wasnt a 1st division football club chairman then Sky wouldnt know the details of ITV's offer.

Ah fair enough

I vaguely recall sky been able to dedicate more games and time given they had dedicated sports channels whereas footy on itv might have suffered so Bullseye could be shown on time!

That and Elton Welsby was a shit presenter.

ITV THE match was shit.
 

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Ah fair enough

I vaguely recall sky been able to dedicate more games and time given they had dedicated sports channels whereas footy on itv might have suffered so Bullseye could be shown on time!

That and Elton Welsby was a shit presenter.

ITV THE match was shit.
The deadline for bids were nearing at it seemed ITV were going to win the bid so Alan Sugar went on the phone to Sky advising them to make a last hour bid. Sky then knew how much ITV offered so they offered a bit more. If Alan Sugar had not made that phone call then Sky maybe wouldn't be as powerful as it is nowadays (they might have folded in a few years time??) and maybe there would have been less money in the PL
 

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The deadline for bids were nearing at it seemed ITV were going to win the bid so Alan Sugar went on the phone to Sky advising them to make a last hour bid. Sky then knew how much ITV offered so they offered a bit more. If Alan Sugar had not made that phone call then Sky maybe wouldn't be as powerful as it is nowadays (they might have folded in a few years time??) and maybe there would have been less money in the PL

Anything to do with Alan Sugar being the sole supplier for SKY TV Digiboxes for the first few years I wonder?
 

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Anything to do with Alan Sugar being the sole supplier for SKY TV Digiboxes for the first few years I wonder?
Yes, his company Amstrad provided the Sky dishes. Sky winning the contract was very good news for Amstrad and their share prices then shot up
 

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