Not bad for a ‘fat lad from Sheffield’: Sharp out for promotion with Blades

The record breaking goalscorer is enjoying captaining his hometown club and wants to take them to the Premier League

Perhaps Billy Sharp’s best quality, aside from his ability inside the 18-yard box, is that he does not take himself too seriously. Long before and long after he unveiled an undershirt with the words “fat lad from Sheffield” in 2010 – poking fun at how Sean O’Driscoll, his then manager, said Sharp could be portrayed when off-colour – the striker has scored goals for fun.

On New Year’s Day he netted his 220th league goal in 496 matches; no one has scored more in league football this century. In all competitions, he is on 232, fast approaching another milestone. “I’d like to get to 250,” Sharp says.

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