Updated: Nov 23, 2018
Dean Windass, a personality wherever he has been - and that was no different during his stint with the Blades.
Best regarded for both his appearances and goals at both Bradford City and Hull City - Windass also did the rounds at a number of other clubs including both the right and the wrong side of Sheffield.
Whilst at Middlesbrough, Windass was suffering with a number of injuries and was given the opportunity to get back to match fitness, this was how his brief stint at W*******y came about.
Upon return to full fitness his loan spell at our neighbours came to an end and he then came on loan to Bramall Lane. Scoring 3 in 4 his loan deal was made permanent in the January (2003).
Windass’ powerful displays and goals helped the Blades into the play offs that season but was inexplicably dropped by Warnock for the final – the Blades went on to comfortably lose 3-0 to Wolves that day whilst Windass watched the game in a pub!
He then returned to Bradford City where he went on to have an incredibly successful 4 years as their talisman up top.
Since retiring Dean has moved into punditry work and is often seen on Sky Sports covering games up and down the country.
Here Dean speaks to SUFC Memories surrounding the ups and downs of his time at Bramall Lane;
How much did you know about Sheffield United before signing for the club back in 2002?
To be honest with you, I didn’t know all that much – I had a chat with Stuart McCall before I signed and he said that they would get in the Play Offs that season so that made my mind up. He was right as well!
You are one of a small number of players to play for both sides of the steel city – how did they compare?
I only signed for Wednesday because I wanted to get back into the Middlesbrough team – I needed some fitness, I’d been out for a little while with a bad back so was a good opportunity to get playing again.
What is your greatest memory as a Blade?
Easy one for me – playing the Derby.
The low point of your time with Sheffield United?
Not playing in the Play Off final is by far the lowest point of my time with the Blades!
The best player you played with during your time at Bramall Lane?
Michael Brown – he was unplayable at that time.
Have you followed the clubs progress since you left?
Yeah, I look out for all of my previous clubs every week and like to see them doing well.
The day of the play off final vs. Wolves – did you know prior to the game you would be dropped? What was the rationale behind that?
I found out on the Wednesday before the game at the weekend. Warnock told me he wanted to go into the game with pace. My place on the bench was also gone as he wanted to go with Kelly as a back up to Paddy Kenny in case he got injured. Something we hadn’t done all season.
Finally - do you remember kissing a fan after you scored at the Kop End of Bramall Lane?
Haha, of course I do!
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