Goalfix, based in Sheffield has a unique relationship with local premier league club Sheffield United.
It’s the only club in the top flight who don’t use a standard supplier for their goalposts. Instead they use Goalfix to supply them with the posts and nets for the hallowed Bramall Lane pitch.
Goalfix talks to club captain Billy Sharp about what it means to score in those unique Goalfix goals in front of the Kop.
A Blade through and through, fan favourite Billy Sharp was made Club captain by Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder on his arrival at the club.
He has been an inspirational player for the ‘Blades’ leading the team both on and off the field with his experience, strength of character and unique ability to score goals at all levels.
“I love scoring in these goals in front of our amazing home fans” Billy enthuses.
Goalfix Football Goals
The current Goalfix Sports goals replaced the old Bramall Lane goals that were in place when Brian Deane scored the very first FA Premier league goal of the season in season 1992.
The goals were installed at SUFC on 20th July 2015 and what an incredible journey it’s been for the club and Billy since then!
Being a local lad what does he think about the goals being supplied and constructed by a local company?
“Sheffield has a strong history with manufacturing so it’s great that we can keep a bit of that a live and the club can use locally made goals. I think it says a lot about the club that they would do this, but it also speaks to the quality of the goals. I love scoring in them, but I’m a striker so I love scoring wherever.”
Russell Warnock, Director of Goalfix is just as passionate about the club and is delighted that Billy is scoring in Goalfix goals.
“Over the years we have established a long standing relationship with Sheffield United which includes supplying the football goals at the Training Academy as well as the main ground at Bramall Lane.
Supplying the Stadium goals at Bramall Lane was a very proud moment because we are a Sheffield based company and the goals were designed and manufactured only 3 miles from the ground.”
From Academy to Premier League
Billy joined the Sheffield United Academy (formerly The Centre of Excellence) in 2000 where he developed his knowledge and skills under the guidance of the Academy Director, John Warnock (a director of Goalfix Sports), and the Senior Academy coaching staff at the club Ron Reid and Kevin Fogg.
He made his debut for Sheffield United in the 2004/05 season.
In recent years, Billy has been regularly putting the ball in the back of the new nets in three Divisions; EFL 1st Div, the EFL Championship and now in the FA Premier League. His Bramall Lane career has included two successive promotion successes to reach the top flight.
Now at 34 years of age he can reflect on his football life. Following life at the Academy and early taste of League football he went on loan to Rushden and Diamonds before moving to Scunthorpe in the 2005/6 season where he scored 56 goals in 96 games- an indication to his striking talents.
Rejoining the blades
He re-joined SUFC in 2007. He scored his first goal for the ‘Blades’ in a League Cup win against Morcambe when he hit the back of the net twice.
In 2009 Billy moved from SUFC to Doncaster Rovers and then had spells at Southampton, Nottingham Forest, Reading and Leeds Utd before returning to the ‘Blades’ in July 2015. He scored 21 goals in 39 games on arrival!
On Dec 26th 2016 he scored his 50th career goal for Sheffield United against Oldham Athletic.
100th goal for Sheffield United came against Aston Villa on Feb 8th 2019 when he got a hat trick.
His honours include being named in the 2018/19 Championship team of the season, the year he skippered Sheffield United into the Premier League.
Billy’s first Premier League goal in Aug 2019 was a typical poachers goal when he equalised against Bournemouth in the 88th minute down on the South coast gaining a well deserved point.
In January 2019 Billy scored his 220th professional goal which made him the leading English born goalscorer in English professional football during the 21st Century. And that season is 24 goals for the club helped win them promotion back to the Premier League.
He now has a career total of 248 goals and still counting!!!
At 34 years of age, still amazingly fit, and scoring goals he continues to lead and inspire players of all ages at Sheffield United Football Club.
Original research by William John Warnock MBE Director Goalfix Sports Ltd, Former Director of SUFC Centre of Excellence 1988 -1999 and Head of Youth and Academy Director 2000- 2004 SUFC
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