Today Leicester City will play Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. A number of players have crossed paths between the clubs, and as they are red and white, maybe sometimes with a bit of black, you can start thinking of those who wore both shirts.
Richard Stearman is of course one, who started his professional life in football with Leicester City and are among the players in the Sheffield United team today. Stearman left a long time ago, moving to Wolverhampton in 2008, 11 years ago. He was then a fresh young talent, and his Wolves days were impressive, performing steady in the Premier League. Later spells at Fulham and Ipswich and a special return to Molineux, before joining “Blades” in 2017. At the age of 32 he is on the fringe of Chris Wilder’s team, and most certainly not a starter today.
Next name in line is Brian Deane. Deane had a number of spells at Bramall Lane. Deane was a very influential player when Sheffield United reached the top tier back. He also became historical when he, against Manchester United, scored the first goal in Premier League action. This was 27 years ago, August 1992.
A man that has been in charge of both clubs are Dave Bassett. Bassett became a master of promotions making that incredible climb with Wimbledon and later doing a bit of the same with Sheffield United. His time at Leicester City was a bit as a “caretaker” and had a short time in management just before and after Micky Adams was in charge.
Micky Adams has also been in charge at both clubs, Leicester City from 2002 to 2004 and at Sheffield United from 2010 to 2011. Adams never played for his home town club, neither did Jamie Vardy or Gordon Banks, but as we all know, Leicester City’s record sale Harry Maguire is a born and bread Sheffield United lad, strangely three of Leicester City’s most iconic players Vardy, Banks and Maguire are all born in Sheffield.
We should not forget Alan Birchenall who started his career with Sheffield United, and later moved to Leicester City, after spells in London with Chelsea and Crystal Palace. Ade Akinbiyi is another with a life in both camps, had a short spell at Sheffield United from 2005 to 2007.
Former Leicester City great, Arthur Rowley, had a management period at Sheffield United, and as we all know spent a period of time as a fox, scoring goals for fun. Marcus Bent is also a former Blade and Fox.
Danny Cadamarteri, is also one to have been in both camps, short spells, not to forget the tricky winger Franz Carr. Nathan Dyer spent time on loan at Leicester City and Sheffield United, being part of the title winning team of 2015/16. Goalkeeper Mark Bunn, is also one with a few games.
The lively forward Bobby Davison used to turn out for Sheffield United, actually in two different periods, in between his time at Leicester City. Geoff Horsfield might no be recognized for his time in both camps, with only short loan spells. Joe Mattock is another who we all know were a glorious young talent at Leicester City, and the now Rotherham defender used to play on loan at Bramall Lane back in 2010-11.
One single appearance was what former Leicester City goalkeeper Carl Muggleton experienced while on loan at Sheffield United. Dean Sturridge is one who also had a short loan spell at Bramall Lane, and played for a short period of time at Leicester City.
Not to forget Alan Young, who was sold to Sheffield United by Gordon Milne, who cashed in a fee of £200.000 on the tall Scottish, Filbert Street, fans favorite.
A list of players in both camps,
- Mark Bunn
- Carl Muggleton
- Alan Fettis
- Joe Mattock
- Ritchie De Laet
- Harry Maguire
- Richard Stearman
- John Curtis
- Mike Whitlow
- Rob Ullathorne
- Nathan Dyer
- Franz Carr
- Willie Carlin
- Lilian Nalis
- Geoff Salmons
- Alan Birchenall
- Brian Deane
- Danny Cadamarteri
- Alan Young
- Bobby Davison
- Dean Sturridge
- Marcus Bent
- Richard Cresswell
- Barry Hayles