Sheffield United's top 30 players - Number 28

HITC Sport's run-down of Sheffield United's top 30 players continues with Glyn Hodges

With a reported £8billion television deal imminent, it's hard to imagine any top-flight club requiring a whip-round in order to fund a new signing.

That, though, is exactly how Glyn Hodges' 1991 transfer to Sheffield United came to pass.

Having impressed for Dave Bassett's team on loan from Crystal Palace, United conducted a Grand National sweepstake and enough money was raised by supporters to cover the midfielder's £450,000 fee (as reported by Soccerbase).

Hodges played 173 times for the Blades in total, with the vast majority of his appearances coming in the top flight, and scored 23 goals.

Perhaps none of those are more memorable than the one that knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup in early 1993.

Sheffield United found themselves a goal down to the eventual Premier League champions, but strikes from Jamie Hoyland and Hodges, a delicate lob over the keeper, sent the Steel City side into the quarter-finals and ever closer to a semi-final date with city rivals Wednesday.

The Blades were relegated the following year, but the Welshman remained for another two before departing for Derby County at the age of 33.

Not only was Hodges a good footballer, seven years in Wimbledon's Crazy Gang gave him a nasty streak that was equally endearing - though Wednesday's John Harkes will likely disagree.

Sheffield United career: 1991-1996

Appearances: 173

Goals: 23

International career: 1984-1996

Caps: 18

Goals: 2

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