Arsenal v Sheffield United – January 18, 2020
The second established football club in Sheffield, Sheffield United FC, was the first English football club with “United” in its name. The reason for the name was that many parts joined to form a club. The Sheffield United club was founded in 1889, 32 years after Sheffield Wednesday. The 1890s was the best decade for the club. The won the Division One once (1897-98) and was twice the runners-up. Ten years after its establishment, Sheffield won their first FA Cup. Since when the club has won the Cup three more times (1902, 1915 and 1925).
They became a member of the Football League in 1892. They were elected to the second of the two tiers, but after placing second they was elected into the top-tier for the next season. They would stay in the first division for many decades, until relegation in 1934.
Sheffield United was one of the teams participated in the first edition of the Premier League in the 1992-93 season. They managed only two remain two seasons before being relegated.
Here are a few (mostly) unknown facts about Sheffield United
They almost signed Diego Maradona!!!
Yes, you are reading that right; the Blades almost signed the one and only Diego Maradona back in the 1970’s.
United were close to agreeing a deal for the then 17-year-old Maradona, but the board failed to stump up the necessary fee for the maverick Argentinian.
Instead of signing one of the players who would go on to become one of the greatest the world has ever seen, the Blades instead opted for Alex Sabella.
Sabella himself was top class in bits, but he isn’t quite Maradona!!!
The Blades scored the first ever Premier League goal
Most Sheffield United fans will know this, but not all other supporters will.
Brian Deane scored the first ever Premier League goal when he headed home against Manchester United at Bramall Lane on 15th August 1992.
Deane would go onto convert a penalty in the same game, giving the Blades a famous 2-1 win over Alex Ferguson and his team.
Deane is a legend at Bramall Lane, and this goal only cements his status further.
Bramall Lane hosted the first ever game under floodlights
Yes, it is true, Bramall Lane played host to the first ever game under floodlights way back in 1878, which is before Sheffield United were even formed!
The game was played between two teams selected from the Sheffield area, and the game would end 2-0.
Mixed reports of crowds between 12 and 20,000 have been reported, but it was a revolutionary moment in the game, and something we simply take for granted nowadays.
They have the oldest ground still to be hosting professional football matches
Bramall Lane is currently the oldest football ground in the world still to be hosting professional football matches.
Bramall Lane was opened in 1855, a whole 39 years before the Blades were even formed.
The ground was initially used to host cricket, before it was adapted later in the century to become the home of Sheffield United upon their formation in 1889.
It has hosted both international football and cricket matches, making it one of only two grounds in England to have hosted such events.
Saturday’s game will be only the 4th time we have met in the Premier League. We are unbeaten against Sheffield United at home and we have outscored then 7 goals to 1 in the previous 3 games.
|Arsenal v Sheffield United – EPL Home Games|
Our overall home record against them is excellent and we have only lost 9 out of the 47 games played and we have outscored them 113 goals to 50.
|Arsenal v Sheffield United – All EPL Home Games|
Our complete home and away record is a lot closer, with both teams being dominant at home.
|Arsenal v Sheffield United – ALL Games|
Currently Sheffield United is 6th in the Premier league and is 4 points ahead of Arsenal with a record of – W8, D8, L6, GF24, GA21, Pts32.
Their away record is very solid – W2, D6, L2, GF, GA11.
Unbeaten in their first 9 away games – it’s obvious that they will be a tough nut to crack as they play a tight defensive game and look to go back home with a least a point.