Tag: Sheffield United

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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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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