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Ex Blade Catches The Eye of Barca Boss

Blades flop Luton Shelton will be on cloud nine this week after receiving glowing praise from Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola, who led Barca to the Champions League two years ago came up against Shelton in a friendly last Thursday, and despite not being able to win the game for Norwegian side Valerenga, did catch the eye of the former Spannish international.

'Luton Shelton was extremely fast," the coach told Aftenposten. "He is from Jamaica, so maybe he is the son of Usain Bolt!

Shelton had an unsuccessful spell at Bramall Lane, being signed by Neil Warnock with the club in the Premier League, and despite impressing on his debut at Old Trafford, rarely got chance to show Blades fans what he was fully capable of.

His most famous moment at the Lane, came in the 2-1 FA Cup victory over Manchester City, when he opened the scoring with the help from a blue balloon.

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Writer: Shepsblade Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 4 2010

Time: 6:49PM

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Good old Shelton, If that dick Rob Styles had awarded the certain penalty for the tackle from behind on Shelton by Heinze at Old Trafford on 17th April 2007, we would not have been relegated! LOL. With just four games left we were 5 points clear of West Sham. Team that night was : Kenny, Geary, Kozluk, Morgan, Kilgallon, Jagielka, Webber, Monty, Tonge, Kazim Richards, Shelton. Blades fans gave Rooney a lot of stick about his weight which wound him up enough to get him booked for a tackle on Jags. Man U fans on the radio after the game couldnt believe Styles hadnt awarded the penalty.
Valarenga are from Norway!
Sorry, big gaff on my part. We signed him from Sweden, must have had it on the brain.
Pity he couldn't hit a cow's a*** with a banjo. A Dave Basset Quotation
shelton was awful....a modern day littlejohn with none of his (limited) ability! Id forgot about him - surely one of the worst signings we've ever wasnt that pen at man u glou, it was the open goal he missed at charlton in the first half 4 days later taht couldve made the difference between staying up or not! it was like the ball was an alien object as he didnt know whether to head or kick it or just to let it hit him and go in! he did none of them!!!!
He was very, very, very, VERY fast though gleadless!! He frightened the living daylights out of Man U's defence at Old Trafford! I think your 'awful' comment was a bit harsh. He was young and certainly wasn't what you'd call a finisher but he had potential in my opinion. One of the worst signings we've ever had? I can't agree there either - Geoff Horsfield, Benoit Croissant, Ten Heuvel, Ryan France.... need I go on?
gary abblet beat that one!!!!! paid 1m and he played someting like 30 mins for the all boils down to that fact of we have never had a barrell of money to spend but when we have spent a bit of money on the odd occasions the signings have been awfull and not thought throuhg
gary abblet was good - he played loads of times for us - we only ever had him on loan before he snubbed us for you mean ebbrell? and blade 1889 - who the hell is benoit croissant?????ive never heard of him at all - wish i had though - if he could have played at the same time as laurent d-jaffa cake we could have had a food based team! horsfield was a shocker, mamadou seck was one we never saw but had a while and david sommeil...our big prem signing! axel smeets was crap too! In fact we've had some stinkers over the years havent we!
You don't remember Benoit Croissant? He was a Lane legend.... no I'm only joking, I'm not sure he actually played a first team game for us? He was signed in the mid-90's. I remember getting all excited because he sounded foreign and flambouyant(I was used to names like Gannon and Bryson). I thought he might have been our very own David Ginola but he ended up being pants!! Can you imagine what a field day Sheps would have if he'd signed for us now though. Just think of all the headlines he could use involving croissants!!!
exactly! i cant beleive i missed him....a foreign name did used to get us excitied - i remember chanting "jostein flo is an international" for ages once at the old baseball ground!
derr yeh my mistake i mean ebbrell!!!...what a shocker he was probably the worst ever!!...heard abblet was a type of blood wishes to him and his family.
rogger neilson and jostein flow...those were the days with his trade marlhand and wrist bandage, was was all that about. he never played once without it. my onlycomplaints were that the club shop never sold them!!
What ever happened to Flo? Did he go back to Norway in the end? I always felt a bit sorry for him cos he was always a little bit in the shadow of his younger brother Torre Andre Flo. Now he was a great player!
Gleadless, I remember coming out of The Valley with the draw safely earned by a great Jon Stead goal in front of 3300 away Blades, saying to SonofGlouc "That will do it, we are safe now" Ah well....
Blade...Sheps headline would have been half baked as usual. :)
Croissant never played first team football at BDTBL. He played in pre season games in 2001 then went to Tel Star in Holland and was never seen again!
Blade1889- Flo returned to Norway when he left BDTBL in 1996, played for a local team then retired in 2002. He then became director of football at Stromgodset. He played 79 times for Blades scoring 22 goals over two and a half years.
you can put your blades journal away now glouc... yeh as usual we got the 5h1t brother out of the two, typical of united
Cheers for doing the research Glouc!! I didn't realise Croissant was with us as recently as 2001. That means he might still be playing? Perhaps we could look into signing him back. He could finally fulfill that potential! ;-)
No probs Blade1889, I'll find out where he is now!
He's playing for Tampines Rovers in Singapore after failing to get into Major League Soccer in the US, and failing in a trial for Aussie League Queensland Fury last season. Seems Warnock was right about him.
i bet blackwell signs him today!
youre right glou, that stead goal at charlton was quality - said a similar thing myself after the game!
Yes, we found ourselved going against the tide of Charlton fans on our way back to the car after the game and we must have been smiling a lot cos we got some real slagging from a few of their fans as they passed.
Doesn't sound like Croissant quite fulfilled his potential then! Charlton away is one of my favourite away memories :-) It was so tense and it looked like being a disaster when they scored that lucky deflected goal. But when Steady rifled that shot right into the corner - what a relief!! The whole away end went mental!!! You're not alone Glouc, I also thought that point had done it for us and we were home dry. We should really should know better as unitedites!
I had the opposite feeling at Villa Park when they scored the third.
Speaking of worst signings, Gleadless, What about Mike Whitlow in 2003 ! He was older than me and about as quick as Glen Little. Then there was Pedro Verde at the end of the 70's - probably too long ago for you, but Harrogate will remember him - Pedro was another Argie who came in with a big reputation, a striker who was going to get lots of goals. TV coverage from the airport when he arrived, the full bifty. He played a handfull of games and was never seen again.
Talking of players who were never seen again, whatever happened to Marcelo? I'll always remember him for his goal against Coventry in the FA Cup quarters, ripping off his shirt only to reveal an identical shirt underneath - Genius!!! :)
"just the one marcelo, give him to me, he's got two shirts on for wemberlee!" ...too young for verde, only born late 70s but heard all about him - aye mike whitlow was a crap one - as was steve yates also signed that summer
what a great thread this is turing out to be, i really enjoy hearing some of the good old stuff from people it s what makes it interesting and wanting more. what is interesting is that things never seem to have changed through a supporters eyes since 1889..ha ha.
I think Lee Baxter has to be up there, as a fairly recent one, but at least we didn't spend money on him, like we did Barry Hayles. Axel Smeets was a shocker, but that year we also had Davy Gysbrechts. As far as value for money, John Ebbrell has to top the list of shockers without a doubt.
Barry Hayles, we were all excited when NW signed him. I went down to Cornwall for the pre season tour and saw him at Weymouth where United played in pink! I remember his comments to a group of us on the terrace about the colour of the shirts! I think that was the most contribution he ever made!
Marcelo went back to Portugal after being transfered to Birmingham City in 1999 where he spent 3 seasons scoring 24 goals in 77 games, then a handful of games at Walsall. He retired in 2004 having played 30 games for his local club. No information on what he is doing now.
he's a plasterer in portugal now glouc!!
Singaporean here....Benoit croissant playing in sleague over here...looking good... :)

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