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3 November 2012

Physio looks back on his time with the Blades

John Denver has a lot to answer for, not least his infuriatingly catchy ditty 'Annie's Song', written for his wife.

It's doubtful, though, whether the American troubadour could have envisaged his hit song would become popular in the steel city of Sheffield, with vastly different lyrics all about a chip butty!

Rovers physio Phil Kite, who began his playing career with us, and moved to Sheffield United in August 1990, remembers hearing the chip butty song for the first time.

"When you are out on the pitch you can hear the fans singing and the noise coming from the stands and the terraces, but all I could make out when hearing that song for the first time was something about a greasy chip butty. Of course, it didn’t take me long to find out the rest of the words from the amazing supporters who follow United."

The former goalkeeper has many fond memories of his time with the Blades.

"Dave Bassett signed me in the summer of 1990. United had gained promotion to the First Division and their Number 1 keeper at the time was Simon Tracey. He had virtually won them promotion the previous season, and was their Player of the Year and I didn’t really expect to be in the side.

"There were some great characters in the dressing room, among them Tony Agana, Brian Deane, Glyn Hodges, Bob Booker, Vinny Jones and Billy Whitehurst who was as hard as nails and one of the toughest footballers I’ve ever known, but a great character!"

His first team debut came sooner than expected.

"In the first game of the 1990/91 season United played Liverpool and Simon Tracey broke his cheekbone in a clash with Ian Rush,  so I went straight in the side and played in the next seven games, making my debut in a 1-1 draw against Derby County.

"Simon got back in the side when he recovered, naturally, but even though I wasn't in the first team that often I have some great memories of being at a fantastic club that was followed all over the country by thousands of brilliant supporters."

'Kitey' really bought into life in the Sheffield area and was able to indulge in another of his passions, fishing, whilst up north.

For the full interview with Phil, pick up a copy of today's match day programme, The Pirate, priced at just £3. Or order your copy online now

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