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Sheffield United Clockwork Orange 
Terrace culture sticker courtesy of Swinton Blades

Sheffield United Clockwork Orange

Terrace culture sticker courtesy of Swinton Blades

Tony Currie - Sheffield United Legend - You Can Do Magic « click & listen for the soundtrack to a magician

Tony Currie - Sheffield United Legend - You Can Do Magic « click & listen for the soundtrack to a magician

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Up for the Cup
FA Cup Round 1 day and the Blades are away at Bristol Rovers. A decent excuse to dig out my Blades Rosette, a relic of football watching past. It has a dubious replica of the FA Cup on it with the words The Football Association Cup, however I think I got it at an Anglo Scottish Cup tie v Grimsby or a League Cup tie v Arsenal!

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Up for the Cup

FA Cup Round 1 day and the Blades are away at Bristol Rovers. A decent excuse to dig out my Blades Rosette, a relic of football watching past. It has a dubious replica of the FA Cup on it with the words The Football Association Cup, however I think I got it at an Anglo Scottish Cup tie v Grimsby or a League Cup tie v Arsenal!

Let Arthur Wharton come back from the dead
To see the man in black blow the final whistle.
Let the game of two halves be beautiful,
Not years ahead. Let every kissing of the badge,
Every cultured pass, every lad and lass,
Every uttered thought, every chant and rant,
Every strip and stripe – be free of it.

Then football would have truly played a blinder,
And Arthur returned to something kinder.
Let the man in black call time on racism.
And Arthur will sing out on the wings,
Our presiding spirit – the first black blade.
Imagine having everything to play for.
This is our pitch. Now hear us roar.

Anti-racism poem by Jackie Kay - read out prior to the Sheffield United v Portsmouth league 1 game at Bramall Lane on 29th Oxctober 2012. (to the memory of Arthur Wharton)
1901 FA Cup Final Sheffield Utd v Tottenham Hotspur at Crystal Palace. Attendance 110000.
The first football game in the World to attract a six figure crowd. (via carltonbasks)

1901 FA Cup Final Sheffield Utd v Tottenham Hotspur at Crystal Palace. Attendance 110000.

The first football game in the World to attract a six figure crowd. (via carltonbasks)

Rotherham United & Sheffield United - Panini 1981
A bit of a trip down memory lane thanks to the Panini football collection of 1980/81. Here’s the squad stickers & club info for the two Uniteds of Rotherham and Sheffield complete with an enthusiastic schoolboy endorsement for the Blades.
The Millers had finished the season Champions of Division 3 (current League 1) and the double they recorded over their big-city neighbours the Blades helped send the Sheffield club down into Division 4.
The Blades sacked the hapless Harry Haslam and it was to Millmoor the club looked in search of a replacement. Ian Porterfield left the Millers, dropping 2 divisions in the process, and took over the managerial reigns at Bramall Lane. Not a bad move as it turned out for he bagged his second successive promotion as he led the Blades out of Division 4 at the first attempt.

Rotherham United & Sheffield United - Panini 1981

A bit of a trip down memory lane thanks to the Panini football collection of 1980/81. Here’s the squad stickers & club info for the two Uniteds of Rotherham and Sheffield complete with an enthusiastic schoolboy endorsement for the Blades.

The Millers had finished the season Champions of Division 3 (current League 1) and the double they recorded over their big-city neighbours the Blades helped send the Sheffield club down into Division 4.

The Blades sacked the hapless Harry Haslam and it was to Millmoor the club looked in search of a replacement. Ian Porterfield left the Millers, dropping 2 divisions in the process, and took over the managerial reigns at Bramall Lane. Not a bad move as it turned out for he bagged his second successive promotion as he led the Blades out of Division 4 at the first attempt.

I went to Wembley last week to watch Sheffield United take on Huddersfield Town in the Football League One Play-Off Final. It ended 0-0 AET so went to penalties. Huddersfield missed their first three but still went on to win 8-7. There’s good report here - Wembley Strife and £4 Pints

That’s now four play-off finals that the Blades have lost - all without scoring a goal. 

  • 1997 - Lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace (last minute goal!)
  • 2003 - Lost 3-0 to Wolves
  • 2009 - Lost 1-0 to Burnley
  • 2012 - Lost 8-7 on penalties to Huddersfield

A shocking record but hey as Bladesmen from the Lane  We’ll Carry on Regardless

There is some happy news though. In 1892/93 the Blades, along with Darwen, by virtue of victory in end-of-season Test matches - play-offs in all but name - became the first two football clubs in the World to be promoted. How cool is that!

Pitch invasion at Bramall Lane following the end of the Sheffield United v Stevenage 2011/12 League One Play-Off Semi Final 2nd Leg that the Blades won 1-0.

The Prince of Half-Backs - Ernest Needham
As Sheffield United captain he led the club to the first division championship in 1898 as well as runners-up spots in 1897 & 1900. He lifted the FA Cup for the Blades in 1899 & 1902 as well as being a losing finalist in 1901.
He represented England 16 times included one occassion as captain - a 6-0 win over Wales at St James’ Park in Newcastle. He marked his captaincy with a goal. 
He also played first class cricket for Derbyshire & he even wrote a book Association Football by Ernest Needham. What a guy - a true club legend.

The Prince of Half-Backs - Ernest Needham

As Sheffield United captain he led the club to the first division championship in 1898 as well as runners-up spots in 1897 & 1900. He lifted the FA Cup for the Blades in 1899 & 1902 as well as being a losing finalist in 1901.

He represented England 16 times included one occassion as captain - a 6-0 win over Wales at St James’ Park in Newcastle. He marked his captaincy with a goal. 

He also played first class cricket for Derbyshire & he even wrote a book Association Football by Ernest Needham. What a guy - a true club legend.

Bramall Lane - Home of Sheffield United #sufc
Taken from the front row of the Kop at the recent Division 3 game v Stevenage.
Score: 2-2 Att: 30043
More photos here

Bramall Lane - Home of Sheffield United #sufc

Taken from the front row of the Kop at the recent Division 3 game v Stevenage.

Score: 2-2 Att: 30043

More photos here

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Welcome to #Sheffield - Home of Bramall Lane - The World’s Oldest Professional Football Ground #sufc

Welcome to #Sheffield - Home of Bramall Lane - The World’s Oldest Professional Football Ground #sufc

The Greasy Chip Butty Song

Challenged by photo-blogging site blipfoto to come up with a visual representation of his favourite song James Lister came up with this. (via fillingupmysenses)

The Greasy Chip Butty Song

Challenged by photo-blogging site blipfoto to come up with a visual representation of his favourite song James Lister came up with this. (via fillingupmysenses)

Empire Day Pageant at Bramall Lane, 1906

Empire Day Pageant at Bramall Lane, 1906

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The last time the Blades won anything of note was the Division 4 title back in 1982. This led to the rather rare occurrence of a Sheffield Utd player holding aloft a trophy!
Further reading: Sheffield United: A Philatelic Journey

The last time the Blades won anything of note was the Division 4 title back in 1982. This led to the rather rare occurrence of a Sheffield Utd player holding aloft a trophy!

Further reading: Sheffield United: A Philatelic Journey

A Cut Above - Super Blades Stay Sharp

Sheffield United Division Four Champions 1981/82 - A two page spread from Match Weekly Magazine paying tribute to the Blades Championship winning team.

This was my first full season supporting the Blades and one I can remember as if it was yesterday. Off the top of my head the games that stand out are, in no particular order ..

a League Cup game against Arsenal at Bramall Lane when we won 1-0, a great result given we were in the bottom division and the Arsenal, as usual, were in the top flight.

an evening goalfest under floodlights at Bramall Lane with the Blades just about managing to see off Northampton Town by seven goals to three.

a 2-2 draw at home to promotion rivals Bradford City that attracted the day’s highest crowd in England that included Liverpool playing at home in Europe.

Keith Edwards scoring a last minute winner to clinch a 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic in a match that saw Larry Lloyd get some good-natured abuse from the Kop.

Jeff King (pictured above) scoring a late winner to give the Blades a scintillating 3-2 win away at Crewe & send three sides of the ground delirious with joy.

Final home game of the season bringing a fantastic 4-0 win over Peterborough with the last moments of the game being played out with Blades fans encircling the pitch ready for a celebratory pitch invasion.

an 11000 strong travelling army of Blades celebrating the title in style at Darlington in the last game of the season.

What’s your most memorable season supporting your club?

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