Deane and Cranie among 7 players to play for Middlesbrough and Sheffield United

It’s always worth a trip down memory lane when Sheffield United play anyone, so we’ve looked at 7 players to play for both the Blades and Middlesbrough during their career.

Brian Deane

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Perhaps the most famous of all to don both strips, Deane’s success with Sheffield United is known to the masses.

Deane moved to Middlesbrough after his spell with Benfica over in Portugal and stayed at the Riverside for three seasons. He scored nine times during his second year with Boro, only for things to go sour the year after.

The striker then moved to Leicester, before spells with various clubs saw him wind up back at Bramall Lane during the 2005/06 campaign.


Jan Aage Fjortoft

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You can’t speak about Deane, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United without talking about one of his strike partners, Jan Aage Fjortoft.

Fjortoft and Deane enjoyed a fine partnership at The Lane together before both were sold in what is a memorable day for all the wrong reasons for Sheffield United fans.

Harry Chapman

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Chapman is an often forgotten member of the Sheffield United squad which climbed out of League One under Chris Wilder. And while injuries played their part in disrupting his progress, he did indeed play his part.

United landed Chapman on loan from Boro and he made 14 appearances as United won League One in the 15/16 campaign.

Chapman is still in the Championship now with Blackburn Rovers.

Ugo Ehiogu

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Sadly, the giant defender is no longer with us but he is well-remembered at both clubs for his personality, and performances.

It was at Boro were Ehiogu left a bigger stamp. He made in excess of 100 appearances for the northeast side, with just shy of 30 coming in the red of white of United during the 2008/09 campaign.

Ehiogu was a class-act and an England international – and goalscorer – for that matter. A fine player, who is missed dearly in the footballing world.

Martin Cranie

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Sheffield United fans love Martin Cranie. Few can forget his antics following promotion to the Premier League. If there was a competition for drunkest player, Cranie would be in with a big shout.

He made just a handful of appearances for United but was seen as an integral member of the squad. Chris Wilder often spoke of Cranie and other fringe players’ importance.

For Boro, he made just the nine appearances after signing in January 2018.

Tony McMahon

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Defender McMahon is another in the camp of making over 100 appearances for Middlesbrough. He’s also played for both United and Wednesday.

McMahon was part of a Boro side that played European football and did well enough for the Blades before being shunted to one side to make room for the enigmatic John Brayford back in 2014.

Barry Robson

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Somewhat a forgotten man at Sheffield United, Robson was with the Blades for just a half season and netted twice in 17 appearances.

For Middlesbrough, he enjoyed far more success. He made over 80 appearances on Teesside, scoring 17 goals, including the fastest goal at the Riverside with just 24 seconds on the clock.

The Scot finished his career with Aberdeen back in 2016.

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