Former Blades goalkeeper Steve Conroy passes away

Written by Tom Hardwick

Credit: Sheffield United

Former Sheffield United goalkeeper Steve Conroy passed away yesterday aged 64, following a long battle with illness.

Conroy, who was born in Chesterfield, first signed for United in 1972 as an apprentice, having represented both his hometown club and England as a schoolboy.

Regularly employed as back-up goalkeeper early in his career, Conroy made his first-team debut under Jimmy Sirrel in August 1977.

Soon after he established himself as first-choice keeper at Bramall Lane, and was regarded highly by the Blades faithful, making the most of his 135 United starts in this period.

However, after suffering a broken arm in an Anglo-Scottish Cup clash against St Mirren in December 1979, Conroy was ruled out until the 1980-81 season, which saw United plummet into the fourth tier for the first time in the club’s history.

Conroy struggled with injuries from this point in his career, and after a short stint at Leeds United, in 1983 he signed for near-neighbours Rotherham United on non-contract terms.

A two-year spell at Rochdale followed, before returning to Millmoor, where his time as a professional footballer ended in 1985.

Conroy remained a well-liked figure at United, spending some time on the club’s coaching staff, before returning regularly whilst working in the licensing trade.

Our thoughts are with his wife Shirley and Steve’s loved ones.

 

 

 

Written by Tom Hardwick

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