First of all thanks for the support and feedback on our first feature interview last week with Neill Collins. This week we have another exclusive interview with ex-Blades forward Darius Henderson.
As a Yorkshire lad, a move North was always on the cards and when Sheffield United came calling it was a move that suited both parties very well. In the summer of 2008, United paid a fee rumoured to be over £2m as Henderson signed a 4 year deal following a great spell at Watford making over 100 appearances.
Henderson’s debut came in the opening day of that season, a 0-1 defeat away at Birmingham City who went on to finish 2nd that year, 3 points ahead of the Blades. His first goal for the club came in the League Cup against Huddersfield, Darius went on to score a further 6 goals taking his tally to 7 in a season that was hampered by injuries which saw him miss the play-off final defeat to Burnley at Wembley.
The following year Henderson started very well, netting 12 times before being struck with an injury that kept him out for over a year. United were relegated that season, Henderson then moved on in the summer of 2011 to Millwall for an undisclosed fee.
Thanks to Darius for his time in answering the below questions put to him by SUFC Memories...
How much did you know about Sheffield United before signing for the club back in 2008?
Well, growing up in Doncaster I knew quite a bit - I made my first appearance at Bramall Lane as an 11 year old at half time in a five a side game for Doncaster Schools when Sheffield United played Ipswich. Brian Deane scored a hat trick that day in a 3-0 Blades victory!
You signed for around £2m which was a lot of money for Sheffield United as a club at that point – did that add any pressure?
To be honest, it never did. The pressure I put on myself would always outweigh all that stuff.
What is your greatest memory as a Blade?
In terms of my greatest memory/memories as a Blade.... how can I not put in the 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane in there? Another one that always springs to mind is when we played at Ashton gate and beat Bristol City 2-3. I managed to score all three that day with my last being virtually the last kick of the game. Selfishly a very satisfying game.
The low point of your time with Sheffield United?
Personally my lowest points as a Blade always involved being injured. Missing the play off final hurt so much especially not being able to play a part in the game and then seeing the lads get beat on the day. Also my final year as a whole in which I missed most of it due to detaching my hamstring tendon off the bone. Probably my most frustrating period of my career.
The best player you played with during your time at Bramall Lane?
The best player I played with at Sheffield United is an easy one for me.... Gary Speed. The ultimate pro and great guy who had an amazing career at the top level.
Have you followed the clubs progress since you left?
Yes always, and I still go to lots of United games now both home and away. You could argue I’m a bit of a fan!!
Finally, what are you up too now - are you still involved in the game?
I am still in the game as a consultant, advising players and helping them through various obstacles that they may encounter to enable them to full-fill their potential.
Thanks again Darius for speaking to us – as always Blades, hope you have enjoyed the above post, leave any comments or feedback in the comments below!
Next week we have another interview where we speak with another ex-Blade and now Buxton Town striker, Diego De Girolamo!