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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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Gary Speed tributes at Bramall Lane

Visited Bramall Lane today to get some tickets and pay my respects. Great to see the LUFC memorabilia too - no rivals in respect. 

RIP Gary, a professional gentleman. (via hollowspy)

Filling Up My Senses is a tumblr blog all about Sheffield United. It’s aim is to curate the memories of Blades fans in visual form. Even if you’re not a Sheff Utd fan there’s some great stuff to see. The image above is a collage of the match tickets from the Blades cup runs of 2002/03. Here’s a little something I’ve written about those cup runs & the stand-out memories from some great games.
Typical Blades - Sheffield United’s 2002/03 season

Filling Up My Senses is a tumblr blog all about Sheffield United. It’s aim is to curate the memories of Blades fans in visual form. Even if you’re not a Sheff Utd fan there’s some great stuff to see. The image above is a collage of the match tickets from the Blades cup runs of 2002/03. Here’s a little something I’ve written about those cup runs & the stand-out memories from some great games.


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Sheffield United Subbuteo team catalogue ref: 009
If, like me, you were a fan of the table-top revolution of the 20th century you will most likely have had Subbuteo team reference 009 on your wish list, or it would have taken pride of place in your collection. In the 70’s United wore white socks so the fact that 009 had red socks was a minor irritation for me (attention to detail and all that.) Rejoice! from 1981 onwards, the team strip featured red socks and all was well with the world again. An upturn in United’s fortunes coincided with this. From 1987 onwards, the home strip went through a number of weird designs and 009 was our team no more, just Brentford and Estudiantes.
photo courtesy of 8LAD35
(via fillingupmysenses)

Sheffield United Subbuteo team catalogue ref: 009

If, like me, you were a fan of the table-top revolution of the 20th century you will most likely have had Subbuteo team reference 009 on your wish list, or it would have taken pride of place in your collection. In the 70’s United wore white socks so the fact that 009 had red socks was a minor irritation for me (attention to detail and all that.) Rejoice! from 1981 onwards, the team strip featured red socks and all was well with the world again. An upturn in United’s fortunes coincided with this. From 1987 onwards, the home strip went through a number of weird designs and 009 was our team no more, just Brentford and Estudiantes.

photo courtesy of 8LAD35

(via fillingupmysenses)

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Red, White & Khaki - The Story of the 1915 FA Cup Final


Red, White and Khaki: The Story of the Only Wartime FA Cup FinalA new book all about the only FA Cup Final to be played during wartime will soon be published. Written by Matthew Bell (who co-authored Fit and Proper?: Conflicts and Conscience in an English Football Club) it tells the story of how Sheffield United and Chelsea reached the 1915 FA Final amidst the chaos of a world at war.

"When, on April 24th 1915, Sheffield United captain George Utley lifted the FA Cup, it brought to a close one of the most controversial football seasons in history. The same day, thousands of allied troops were killed or injured in a German poison gas attack near Ypres.

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32 Programmes by Dave Roberts - The Next Chapter Programme 33

32 Programmes by Dave RobertsI’ve recently finished reading what for me is most definitely the football book of the year. 32 Programmes by Dave Roberts is a fascinating & evocative tale of love, life and obsession. When the author relocates to the USA, his wife informs him that they can only take what is ‘absolutely essential’. Packing his collection of 1000+ (1,134 to be precise - football fans are sticklers for statistics) football programmes he is aghast to be informed that the programmes do not fall into that category. He must whittle down his treasured archive to just 32 programmes, the amount that will fit into a paperback sized plastic container.

I am honoured to say that the author of this wonderful book has agreed to write one more chapter for the book, on the programme that almost made it .. but not quite. Over to Dave as he takes up the tale of programme 33 .. 

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