Tag: Sheffield United

Match Of The Week: Sheffield United

We continue our series of archive matches of the clubs of Football League One with Sheffield United and six matches from the years between 1967 and 1989, starting off with a trip to London to play Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. We follow this with three matches from the 1970s, kicking off with a home match against Blackburn Rovers from 1970, then against Manchester City from February 1972, and then against West Ham United from 1975. We then have a Third Division match from November 1983 which sees Sheffield United travel to The Manor Ground to play Oxford United, and finally a match against Brighton & Hove Albion from 1989. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Collateral Damage, Sheffield United & The Ched Evans Case

Having been around or about the League One automatic promotion places for much of the season, the last few days have suddenly become rather uncomfortable for Sheffield United. A single goal defeat in Milton Keynes at the weekend coupled with a home win for local and promotion rivals Sheffield Wednesday cut the gap between second and third place in the table to a single point with just two games left to play, but even this precarious state of affairs is now threatening to be overshadowed by events off the pitch.  Sheffield United striker Ched Evans had been having a good season on the pitch for his team this season having scored thirty-five goals for his club, but events away from it have rendered them something of an irrelevance. Evans was imprisoned for five years at the end of last week for the rape of a nineteen year old woman in a hotel in North Wales last year. The victim had, according to testimony heard, been too drunk to give consent to sex, and Evans’ jail sentence was awarded as another player, Clayton McDonald of Port Vale, was acquitted of the same offence. The verdict awarded against Evans seems to have split the Blades’ fan base, with a schism having appeared between those who feel that the judgement must be adhered to and those who feel that a miscarriage of...

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The Sheffield Derby Throws The Sun Into A Tizz

It is a truth universally acknowledged that football matches – and in particular local derbies – can bring out the worst in people. Where, however, is the line in the sand? What is the definition of what acceptable behaviour inside a football ground? This week, we have seen an example of a national newspaper attempting to draw that line, and they ended up looking a little “odd” as a result themselves. This story began on Monday with a humourous photograph collection in The Guardian which appeared on the site on Sunday evening. It was, as many of these pictorial collections are, brilliant, eighteen photographs documenting the hustle and bustle of Bramall Lane before, during and after the weekend’s derby match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. A couple of the photographs drew the attention and one in particular, a photograph of two female Sheffield United supporters, one of whom was flicking a V-sign, presumably in the direction of Sheffield Wednesday supporters and/or players. It was a humourous picture, a vignette of the – usually temporary – rage that people submit themselves to for the duration of a football match. The photograph made its way around various social media sites and websites on Sunday night and, that, we might have thought, would be that. This, we may have cause to ponder, is what football supporters do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Many...

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The Twohundredpercent Vault: Steel City Blues

Our summer trawl through the Twohundredpercent vaults continues with this video on the decline of Sheffield football. More than a decade before “The Full Monty”, the decline of the city of Sheffield and the effect of the collapse of the city’s steel industry was already well documented. This week’s Video Of The Week goes back to 1984. “Steel City Blues” traces the decline of the city and ties it together with Sheffield Wednesday’s attempts to get back into the First Division for the first time since 1970. The previous decade and a half had been a tough one for Wednesday, with the club having fallen into the Third Division and having only narrowly avoided relegation into the Fourth Division in 1976, but they managed to get promotion back in 1980 under Jack Charlton and almost made the FA Cup Final from Division Two in 1983. This film, in three ten minute parts, is a time piece that tells a story of industrial and sporting decline, but also manages to end on a positive note. Follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter...

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A Rhyme for Captain Blade and Ozzie Owl

We use a familiar old nursery rhyme to record a tale for two of Sheffield’s proudest clubs. It somehow seems appropriate to use a children’s song when discussing matters relating to the birthplace of football. We omit the weekend bit in the limerick though, as there appears little at the moment to suggest things are bonny or blithe in the Steel City. Monday’s Child is fair full of face… Having previously overtaken Sheffield Wednesday as the bigger club in the birthplace of football, Sheffield United entered its final match of the 2006/2007 season needing a draw to Wigan or a defeat by West Ham United to eventual champions Manchester United to retain their Premiership status.  After several years of recording losses to spend their way back into the top flight, the Blades had finally recorded a pre-tax profit for their troubles and were anxious to be given a reprieve from relegation. As for the Owls, the 2006/2007 season saw them come within striking distance of a Premiership return.  Having struggled to remain in the Championship–much less play against the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal–Sheffield Wednesday recovered from a disastrous start to the campaign to finish 9th in the Championship table.  Brian Laws looked an inspired choice to lead Wednesday back to its rightful place amongst the other big clubs in England and like their city rivals were turning in...

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