Proud to be part of memorable night

Sheffield United celebrated its 125th anniversary in style at a glittering dinner, show and awards event at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.


Celebrity guests, including playing and management legends, internationals, representatives of the football community and the current management and playing squad formed part of a sell-out 1,200 audience.

On the night, club shirt sponsor John Holland Sales donated £5,000 to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity after hearing the touching story of an 18-year-old South Yorkshire student’s fight against cancer, as well as leading the VIP reception which included the display of two rare and vintage motorbikes.​

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John Holland Sales business owner Mark Holland said: “Oran’s story is remarkable. We do a lot of charity work and we’re delighted to donate to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity as it is such a great cause.”

On the night, guests raised a total of £15,000 for the charity after college student Oran Kenyon, from Doncaster, shared his story on stage in front of the sell-out crowd.

Chris Morgan, who was crowned as the club’s greatest ever captain, and Mark Holland presented him with a Sheffield United shirt with the name Kenyon and the number 18 printed on the back, to mark his recent 18th birthday.

Mark said: “It was a truly special evening and we’re very proud to have been part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations following our shirt sponsorship with the Blades.”

There were eleven award categories in total, with former England midfielder Tony Currie being crowned as United’s greatest-ever player, taking the accolade ahead of Everton defender Phil Jagielka, who came second, and Brian Deane, who came third, after they were shortlisted from more than 1,000 stars who have played for the Blades over the years.

The greatest manager award, presented by current boss Nigel Clough, went to Dave Bassett.

The other awards presented on the night included…

  • Greatest Goal: Winner - Michael Brown, v Sheffield Wednesday, 2003
  • Special Award: Winner - Joe Shaw, record appearance maker (received by daughters Pamela and Yvonne)
  • Greatest Away Shirt Winner:  1989-91 Umbro luminous green
  • Greatest United Team: Winner: Team of 2002-03
  • Special Award: Winner - The McCabe family
  • Most Memorable Blades Game Ever: Winner - 2003 Play-Off semi-final v Nottingham Forest