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'What about my goal?" West Brom hero Derek McInnes recalls Battle of Bramall Lane

Without fail a video of the infamous Battle of Bramall Lane will appear on social media every year on March 16.


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More than 22 years have passed since the clash between West Brom and Sheffield United was abandoned due to one side having a lack of players - the first and only time it has ever occurred in English Football.

The main headlines from the day still remain the horror tackle on Andy Johnson by George Santos, following a previous incident between the two.

Santos and Patrick Suffo would be sent off in the aftermath, with Sheffield United reduced to six men and the game unable to continue through a mixture of dismissals, injuries and no substitutes remaining.

However, there was one man who, despite arguably playing a hand in the incident that sparked an on pitch brawl, had one of his memorable career moments overshadowed.

Albion skipper Derek McInnes had wrapped a 25 yard screamer into the top corner to hand Albion a 2-0 lead before the drama kicked off.

And reflecting on the famous incident while appearing as a guest on the Baggies Broadcast, the 2002 promotion winning skipper joked that his midfield partner stole his limelight that day.

McInnes explained: "A tackle on Andy Johnson and a few head butts! What about my 30 yard raker into the top corner?

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