Former Reading midfielder Steve Sidwell recounted a hilarious story in which Sheffield United picked up their bar tab on an appearance on the Peter Crouch Podcast.

Sidwell played over 180 times for the Royals in a golden period, earning promotion to the Premier League with a record 106 points in 2006.

Winning promotion by March, Sidwell revealed that the team had two mid-season breaks to Marbella after confirming their place in the top-flight.

The Blades, who finished second behind Steve Coppell's side, also happened to be out in Spain at the same time- the result a hilarious one for the Royals.

"Reading was class. Good lads. It was nice to get them into the Premier League for the first time. Good dressing room and a good team. We’ve got the record still, 106 points, and we were promoted by March," he told Peter Crouch.

"We went to Marbella twice for 'mid-season training' before the end of the season in the space of six weeks. The second time, Sheffield United were there with us because they went up as well. We were at Plaza Beach on the front, and we had two tables next to each other. It wasn’t overly busy and there were drinks flying around. We left and stuck all our bill on their bill, so they got our bill and didn’t even know about it. We came back and still won every game."

Neil Warnock's Blades were relegated immediately back in 2006/07, while Sidwell helped fire Reading to eighth.

However, he departed in 2007 to join Chelsea, remaining in the Premier League with the likes of Aston Villa and Stoke City until 2015.