Sheffield United are set to welcome Newcastle United to Bramall Lane tonight in what could be a crucial Premier League game.
The Magpies can go level on points with the Blades if they win. Chris Wilder’s men, on the other hand, can strengthen their position in the league table and edge closer towards the European spots with three points.
The Blades are on an impressive unbeaten run at the moment. Their last loss came against Liverpool at home. Even during that game, it was a Dean Henderson mistake that allowed the Reds to take the spoils.
It’s set to be a tight game between the sides in what is a debut on Amazon Prime for both teams.
Both clubs are known for their passionate fanbases. However, the fixture also got us here at Sheffield United.News thinking about players who have played for both clubs.
There’s not too many who have donned the black and white and red and white. But, a look into the last few decades does at least throw up a couple of names who did play for both.
With that, site writer, Lee Connor, took a closer look at the players to play for both Sheffield United and Newcastle United.
The late, great, Gary Speed was loved wherever he went and it’s no different when it comes to Newcastle and the Blades.
Speed had the better spell in terms of his playing career with the Magpies. A six year spell in the north east yielded over 200 appearances. He was a key figure in the likes of Bobby Robson and played with Newcastle legends like Alan Shearer and Robert Lee.
The Welshman moved to Sheffield United some four years after his spell with Newcastle. He spent two seasons with the Blades before stepping into the managerial hotseat in 2010.
Left-back Wayne Quinn got a move to Premier League Newcastle United back in 2001. Following a loan spell with the Magpies, they made his move a permanent one.
Indeed, Quinn played with the aforementioned Gary Speed during his time with the club.
However, a number of injuries and a squad of quality players limited Quinn’s opportunites. He made a brief loan move back to Bramall Lane in 2003 before spending a similar spell with West Ham. He subsequently left the Hammers and dropped into the non-league game before retiring.
Midfielder, Des Hamilton, spent four years with Newcastle between 1997 and 2001. However, he never really got going for the Magpies and spent most of his time out on loan.
One of those loan spells was spent at Bramall Lane with the Blades in 1998.
He made a handful of appearances for the Blades in the centre of midfield before returning to the north east. He was released by Newcastle in 2001 and made a move to Cardiff City before dropping down the leagues and ultimately, into retirement.
Central defender, David Edgar, had an indifferent career and never really found himself settled anywhere.
He did threaten to become a regular for Newcastle during his spell there between 2005 and 2009, making just shy of 20 appearances under different managers at St James’ Park.
Edgar made a loan move to Bramall Lane after finding first-team football hard to come by at Birmingham City. He played the full season too in 2015/16 in League One as the Blades endured a miserable time under Nigel Adkins.
Following his spell with the Blades, he moved back to his homeland and signed for Vancouver Whitecaps. His career has since gone downhill, meaning his time with Sheffield United was his last meaningful spell in English football.