Martin Tyler has shared his most notable memory of Bramall Lane and it was a pretty big night for Sheffield United.
Tyler is one of the most iconic voices in English football, having been a commentator since the 1970s. Perhaps the 74-year-old’s most defining moment came in 2012 with his ‘Agueroooo’ commentary.
Primarily commentating on the Premier League and Champions League, unfortunately Tyler hasn’t had much call to come to the Blades.
This season is only United’s fourth as a Premier League club. The last time before this campaign that they were in the division was in 2006/07.
They had a one-year cameo in the top tier under manager Neil Warnock, eventually being relegated back to the Championship on the final day.
Tyler’s defining moment of Sheffield United at Bramall Lane
Tyler says he has only been to the home of the Blades once this term. That came back in October as they beat Arsenal 1-0.
When they were last in the top flight 12 years ago, he commentated on the same fixture. It was also the same scoreline, with Christian Nade netting the only goal of the game.
Yet the drama didn’t end there, with Phil Jagielka also having to play in goal. Back at the club this campaign after 12 years at Everton, Jagielka was certainly a utility player under Warnock.
With the ability to operate in defence and midfield, the England international was also backup goalkeeper to Paddy Kenny.
“That evening Jagielka had to swap his outfield shirt for the goalkeeper’s jersey when Paddy Kenny was hurting too much to carry on,” Tyler wrote in his Sky Sports column.
“The manager Neil Warnock disliked naming a substitute keeper, and he knew that in Jagielka he had a worthy stand-in. This was not the only time Phil put on the gloves but it was his finest half-hour.
“United had a lead to defend, following a goal scored by Christian Nade, a French forward who only spent that one season in Sheffield.
“If Nade won the day, “Jags” certainly saved it with one particularly splendid stop from Robin van Persie as the crowd chanted ‘England’s number one!'”