Tag: Sheffield United

Video of the Day: Coventry City vs Sheffield United, November 1973

In League One tomorrow afternoon, Coventry City and Sheffield United will play a match of little consequence in the league other than to cap the end of an underwhelming season for both clubs. Sheffield United are in ninth place in the table, four points from a play-off place with two matches left to play, most likely to tall an order for the Blades to be able to make up. Coventry City have seen their season crumble to an even greater extent and are in twelfth place in the table, with early season hopes of a promotion push having fallen...

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Video of the Day: Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday, April 1980

The complete absence of football clubs from Yorkshire in the Premier League is a curious modern phenomenon, but there have been times in the past when both of the Sheffield clubs have been in the lower divisions. Today’s video of the day sees Sheffield United play Sheffield Wednesday at the start of April 1980 with both clubs chasing promotion from Division Three of the Football League. With six of seven game of the season, Wednesday arrived at Bramall Lane in second place in the table, with Wednesday just outside the promotion places. Commentary comes from Barry Davies. You can...

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Sunrise, Sunset And Sheffield United

Non-League Day co-founder Mike Bayly has just moved back to Sheffield from London. In an ever-changing world and having made a life-changing decision, he finds a little solace in the start of a new football season, and with Sheffield United under-21s. In February this year, the ‘London Is Changing’ project, led by Rebecca Ross of Central St Martins Art School, set out to capture the stories of people moving to, within, or away from London, and display them on billboards throughout the city. The results were illuminating. Although London’s history, diversity and tolerance were rightly praised, the overwhelming narrative was one of financial and social ostracism. “Initially, I was excited about moving to London, but it feels like this will be temporary,” observed one contributor, with another adding, “London is great if you’re young or rich. I’m neither.” The project articulated my increasingly despondent views on life in our capital city. I moved to London from South Yorkshire in 2005 seeking better employment prospects. Like many economic migrants, my decision to relocate was part necessity, part curiosity. Initially, I embraced the opportunity to live in one of the most exciting cities on Earth. But the older I got, the more opaque these attractions became. Life became a damp-shirted commute on the underground, weaving through a mass of disparate communities, in order to service a barely affordable rent. There is an endless supply of transients looking to escape this expensive diaspora. For them, London is more a giant departure lounge than a home.  Time enervated...

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Derby County, Sheffield United & All The Fun Of The Merry-Go-Round

It was all over within the space of three minutes at Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon, as two goals from Ryan Flynn and the spectactularly bearded John Brayford – with more than a little assistance from a deflection – were enough to send the League One club through to an FA Cup Semi-Final match to be played against Hull City of the Premier League at Wembley next month. There is little about Sheffield United’s run to this stage of the competition that doesn’t impress. Every match the team has played from the Third Round on has been against opposition from a higher division, with Aston Villa, Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic now having been seen off, and the nature of the team’s performances have been those of a group of players riding the crest of a wave following a quite dreadful start to the season. Furthermore, the team’s progress in the competition can hardly be considered to have been at the expense of league form. Since winning at Aston Villa in the Third Round in January, the team has won nine, drawn two and lost two of its matches in League One, a run that has lifted the team from the relegation places at the bottom of the table to eleventh position. Indeed, they have now not even conceded a goal in their last six matches, and this...

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Sharp In The Cup… Sheffield United’s Jekyll & Hyde Season

According to the Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough, it was news of the reward that pushed his team over the line in their FA Cup Fifth Round match against Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon. For reasons – as ever – best kept to themselves, the Football Association held the draw for the quarter-finals of this year’s competition towards the end of the first half of their match, and as serendipity would have it the Blades found out at half-time that winning this match would lead to a Sixth Round match against Sheffield Wednesday, if they could pull a result out of the hat in the forty-five minutes that followed and Wednesday come to beat Charlton Athletic in their now-delayed match. It might, therefore, be argued that this was a little harsh on Nottingham Forest. There doesn’t seem to be any particularly good reason why the draw for the next round of the competition should be held whilst matches are being played, after all – apart, of course, from the purposes of the amelioration of broadcasters, who would rather have the draw made as soon as their live match finishes. And football can’t be upsetting its paymasters now, can it? Hull City supporter who looked mournfully at the scheduling of tonight’s match at Brighton, a venue impossible to get back from by public transport from this evening and would be...

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