Arsenal v Sheffield United – October 21st, 2019
The club was formed by members of the Sheffield United Cricket Club, formed in 1854 and the first English sports club to use ‘United’ in its name. Sheffield United’s predominant nickname is “The Blades”, a reference to Sheffield’s status as the major producer of cutlery in the United Kingdom. United’s original nickname was in fact “The Cutlers” from 1889–1912. City rivals Wednesday held the nickname “The Blades” in their early years, however in 1907 Wednesday officially became “The Owls”, in reference to their new ground in Owlerton, and United would later claim “The Blades” nickname for themselves.
Sheffield United officially formed on 22 March 1889 at the Adelphi Hotel, Sheffield (now the site of the Crucible Theatre) by the President of the Cricket Club Sir Charles Clegg. The Wednesday had moved from Bramall Lane to their own ground at Olive Grove after a dispute over gate receipts and the tenants of Bramall Lane needed to create a new team to generate income. Sir Charles Clegg was incidentally also the president of The Wednesday.
Undoubtedly United’s heyday was the 30-year period from 1895–1925, when they were champions of England in 1897–98 and runners-up in 1896–97 and 1899–1900, and FA Cup winners in 1899, 1902, 1915 and 1925. United have not won a trophy since 1925, bar those associated with promotion from lower leagues, their best performances in the cup competitions being several semi-final appearances in the FA Cup and League Cup.
Their darkest days came between 1975 and 1981. After finishing sixth in the First Division at the end of the 1974–75 season, they were relegated to the Second Division the following season, and three years after that setback they fell into the Third Division. They reached an absolute low in 1981 when they were relegated to the Fourth Division, but were champions in their first season in the league’s basement division and two years afterwards they won promotion to the Second Division.
On 3 September 2013 it was confirmed that Saudi Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the royal House of Saud had bought a 50% stake in United’s parent company ‘Blades Leisure Ltd’ for the fee of £1 with the promise of providing “substantial new capital” with the aim of returning the Blades to the Premier League as “quickly as possible”.
Since their formation in 1889 United has bounced about the leagues – here is a look at their league history:-
|1892–1893 Division 2|
|1893–1934 Division 1|
|1934–1939 Division 2|
|1946–1949 Division 1|
|1949–1953 Division 2|
|1953–1956 Division 1|
|1956–1961 Division 2|
|1961–1968 Division 1|
|1968–1971 Division 2|
|1971–1976 Division 1|
|1976–1979 Division 2|
|1979–1981 Division 3|
|1981–1982 Division 4|
|1982–1984 Division 3|
|1984–1988 Division 2|
|1988–1989 Division 3|
|1989–1990 Division 2|
|1990–1992 Division 1|
|1994–2004 Division 1|
|2011–2017 League One|
Over the years we have taken a beating at Bramall Lane and as yet we have not beaten them away in the Premier League.
|Arsenal v Sheffield United – All EPL Away Games|
A win will keep us in 3rd place – will it happen – what do you think?