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Sheffield United

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Sheffield United are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2006/2007. The club was one of the founder members of the Premier League (1992/93) and also scored the first-ever Premier League goal when Brian Deane got the opener in a 2-1 win against Manchester United. Bramall Lane, Sheffield United's stadium, is the oldest major stadium in the world where professional football is still played and 2019/20 will see its fourth season of Premier League football. 

The Club

Factsheet

  • Stadium: Bramall Lane  
  • Stadium Capacity: 32,609
  • Location: Sheffield
  • Founded: 1889
  • Nickname: The Blades
  • Manager: Paul Heckingbottom
  • Kit: Red and white striped shirts with black shorts and red socks

Sheffield United was formed in 1889 and was one of the founder members of the second division of English football when that division was formed in 1892. The club's glory years were in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century when the club won their only Football League Championship (1897/98) and the FA Cup four times (1899, 1902, 1915 & 1925). Sheffield United have played, for most of their history, in the top two divisions of English football but, at times, have also been down to the lower divisions and are one of only five teams to have won all four divisional titles in English football (the other four teams are Burnley, Portsmouth, Wolves and Preston). 

Bramall Lane is the oldest major stadium in world football.

The City

Sheffield

Sheffield is in the north of England, in Yorkshire, and traditionally, is one of the biggest football cities in the UK, although perhaps not one of the most successful. The Sheffield Derby or Steel City Derby, against the 'other' team in Sheffield, is one of the most passionate in the country. As the name of the derby match suggests, Sheffield is famous for its production and development of steel goods such as cutlery (knives and forks). As Sheffield United is based in the heart of the city (Sheffield Wednesday is based in Hillsborough - a suburb of Sheffield) the club probably has more of an affinity with the city's heritage. The club's nickname is the Blades after all!

Sheffield is also home to the world's oldest football club but it is neither United or Wednesday. Sheffield FC was formed in 1857 and play at the eighth level of English football and are officially recognised as the oldest existing football club in the world by FIFA. The club originally played according to Sheffield Rules. Some of the rules and innovations of football that were introduced by Sheffield Rules include:

  • free kicks
  • corner kicks
  • only goalkeepers being allowed to handle the ball 
  • heading the ball

William 'Fatty' Foulke was Sheffield United's goalkeeper the last time they won the League Championship!

The Manager

Paul Heckingbottom

Heckingbottom was appointed as under-23s lead coach at Sheffield United in July 2020. On 25 November 2021, Heckingbottom was appointed manager of Sheffield United, this time on a permanent basis, on a four-and-a-half-year deal following the sacking of Slavisa Jokanovic. In his first game in charge, the Blades beat Bristol City. The team ended the season in fifth place, subsequently qualifying for the promotion playoffs, though they lost to Nottingham Forest in the semi-finals. 

An impressive start to the 2022–23 season saw Heckingbottom awarded the EFL Championship Manager of the Month award for August 2022 after picking up 14 points from seven matches. Three wins from three away matches saw Heckingbottom claim the award for a second consecutive month.

On 26 April 2023, Sheffield United confirmed their promotion back to the Premier League with a 2–0 home victory over West Bromwich Albion. Following their promotion, he was awarded the Championship Manager of the Month award for April, his third time winning the award across the season.

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Sheffield United are the oldest professional team called 'United'. Sheffield 'United' cricket club was formed in 1854 and Sheffield 'United' football club created in 1889. 

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TeddyEnQrager's picture
TeddyEnQrager
08/01/2024
TR
243
points

Sheffield United is the oldest club in the world. I think it will be one of the best clubs in the Premier League in the coming years.


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TeddyEnQrager
08/01/2024 16:56
Turkey
Arsenal
243

Sheffield United is the oldest club in the world. I think it will be one of the best clubs in the Premier League in the coming years.

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Denis2000
02/03/2023
BY
684
points

I know the Blades beat Spurs in the FA Cup 22/23

Petr Kachuro

They will finish on the second place in the Championship 22/23


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Denis2000
02/03/2023 08:46
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
684

I know the Blades beat Spurs in the FA Cup 22/23

Petr Kachuro

They will finish on the second place in the Championship 22/23

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Rath6180
19/01/2023
GB
759
points

Sheffield are no longer in the Premier League, I think they will finish 4th in the Championship League this season.


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Rath6180
19/01/2023 10:10
United Kingdom
Liverpool
759

Sheffield are no longer in the Premier League, I think they will finish 4th in the Championship League this season.

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hsn
14/08/2022
TR
5521
points

Worl oldest club also contributed football rules.What a great honour.


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hsn
14/08/2022 16:04
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5521

Worl oldest club also contributed football rules.What a great honour.

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Gabriel Amaral
09/04/2021
BR
1512
points

I knew The Blades last season, when they performed a stunning year in the Premier League, finishing in a high position at the table. I'm not a fan and don't know many players, but I'm not happy that they couldn't perfome as good as they did last season and are fated to relegation this year.


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Gabriel Amaral
09/04/2021 18:11
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

I knew The Blades last season, when they performed a stunning year in the Premier League, finishing in a high position at the table. I'm not a fan and don't know many players, but I'm not happy that they couldn't perfome as good as they did last season and are fated to relegation this year.

Davis1727
06/02/2021
PE
76
points

Good.


Davis1727
06/02/2021 16:05
Peru
Wolverhampton Wanderers
76

Good.

LewMill
21/06/2020
GB
2
points

The idea that "Sheffield United have more affinity with the city's heritage" is an absolute myth. Firstly, Wednesday were the original "Blades" before adopting the "Owls" and United then took the second hand nickname. Secondly, Wednesday used to play near to Bramall Lane, which by the way IS NOT heart of the city which is S1, Bramall Lane is S2. Even when Wednesday moved to Hillsborough many fans still travelled from the city centre to watch The Owls. Wednesday have as much affinity with the city's heritage as United if not more, formed in the city centre, oldest professional team in Sheffield, most successful, the original Blades and the original team of the steelworks. You're clearly not from Sheffield


LewMill
21/06/2020 19:47
United Kingdom
Everton
2

The idea that "Sheffield United have more affinity with the city's heritage" is an absolute myth. Firstly, Wednesday were the original "Blades" before adopting the "Owls" and United then took the second hand nickname. Secondly, Wednesday used to play near to Bramall Lane, which by the way IS NOT heart of the city which is S1, Bramall Lane is S2. Even when Wednesday moved to Hillsborough many fans still travelled from the city centre to watch The Owls. Wednesday have as much affinity with the city's heritage as United if not more, formed in the city centre, oldest professional team in Sheffield, most successful, the original Blades and the original team of the steelworks. You're clearly not from Sheffield

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admin
21/06/2020
GB
560
points

Ha ha - thanks for your comment. As it happens, I was born in Sheffield but moved away when I was a child, but Rich (who wrote this piece) was born and raised there. However, he is a Sheffield United fan.

These articles are designed for language learners and while we would prefer to be factually accurate, concentrate more on language. I will get Rich to take a look and revise the content of the article to reflect the points you have raised. 

Thanks again for commenting. It's good for us to be corrected now and again.

Jack

The Premier Skills English Team


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admin
21/06/2020 20:13
United Kingdom
Arsenal
560

Ha ha - thanks for your comment. As it happens, I was born in Sheffield but moved away when I was a child, but Rich (who wrote this piece) was born and raised there. However, he is a Sheffield United fan.

These articles are designed for language learners and while we would prefer to be factually accurate, concentrate more on language. I will get Rich to take a look and revise the content of the article to reflect the points you have raised. 

Thanks again for commenting. It's good for us to be corrected now and again.

Jack

The Premier Skills English Team

LewMill
21/06/2020
GB
2
points

The Blades like to think they've got more to do with the city's history than Wednesday, they seen to get some strange kick from it despite it being completely untrue, so I sense a bit of bias here haha. Truth being both clubs are working class and have ties to the local industry of the city, United love to point out that Wednesday aren't in the city centre, must just be their little brother instincts kicking in ;)


LewMill
21/06/2020 20:16
United Kingdom
Everton
2

The Blades like to think they've got more to do with the city's history than Wednesday, they seen to get some strange kick from it despite it being completely untrue, so I sense a bit of bias here haha. Truth being both clubs are working class and have ties to the local industry of the city, United love to point out that Wednesday aren't in the city centre, must just be their little brother instincts kicking in ;)

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Rich
22/06/2020
ES
594
points

Hi LewMill,

Thanks for getting in touch about this. As Jack mentioned, I am a Blade and born and raised in Sheffield. I have supported the club for around 40 years now. As you noticed, there were a couple of sentences that were purely tongue in cheek especially when I mentioned 'the other club' i.e Sheffield Wednesday. If you are from Sheffield I imagine, like me, you have many close friends that are both United and Wednesday fans and we often enjoy winding each other up and the general banter that goes along with that. The semi-final in 1993 was one of my best and worst football memories!

I actually did know that Wednesday used to be called the Blades but from my admittedly limited research, I thought that all sports clubs from Sheffield were known as either the Blades or the Cutlers in the mid to late 1800s? I wouldn't go as far to say that I hope Wednesday get promoted in the next season or two but I do miss the Steel City Derby and I know that it would be amazing for the city (and many of my friends) if Sheffield had two Premier League teams once again.

https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/fans/fan-week/rich


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Rich
22/06/2020 13:56
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi LewMill,

Thanks for getting in touch about this. As Jack mentioned, I am a Blade and born and raised in Sheffield. I have supported the club for around 40 years now. As you noticed, there were a couple of sentences that were purely tongue in cheek especially when I mentioned 'the other club' i.e Sheffield Wednesday. If you are from Sheffield I imagine, like me, you have many close friends that are both United and Wednesday fans and we often enjoy winding each other up and the general banter that goes along with that. The semi-final in 1993 was one of my best and worst football memories!

I actually did know that Wednesday used to be called the Blades but from my admittedly limited research, I thought that all sports clubs from Sheffield were known as either the Blades or the Cutlers in the mid to late 1800s? I wouldn't go as far to say that I hope Wednesday get promoted in the next season or two but I do miss the Steel City Derby and I know that it would be amazing for the city (and many of my friends) if Sheffield had two Premier League teams once again.

https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/fans/fan-week/rich

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mobeckham
15/06/2020
TR
6510
points

Sheffield United is such a historical team with a lot of heritage and the team plays in a very complete system. They remind me by the German Die Mannschaft in the way they are organised technically and tactically.
My favourite players from the Blades are for sure Dean Henderson ( our future goalie ) and John Lundstram because he gets me lots of points in the Fantasy Premier League :)
I think Sheffield United will end up in the 6th or 7th place this season.


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mobeckham
15/06/2020 21:15
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

Sheffield United is such a historical team with a lot of heritage and the team plays in a very complete system. They remind me by the German Die Mannschaft in the way they are organised technically and tactically.
My favourite players from the Blades are for sure Dean Henderson ( our future goalie ) and John Lundstram because he gets me lots of points in the Fantasy Premier League :)
I think Sheffield United will end up in the 6th or 7th place this season.

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Hector Pinzon
25/04/2020
CO
496
points

·I don't know nothing about this club.
·I have seen some Sheffield United matches because I like so much English Football.
· They are a small team in the Premier League.


Hector Pinzon's picture
Hector Pinzon
25/04/2020 01:15
Colombia
Manchester United
496

·I don't know nothing about this club.
·I have seen some Sheffield United matches because I like so much English Football.
· They are a small team in the Premier League.

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Sargis from Artsakh
01/01/2020
AM
244
points

The oldest football club in the world. My congratulations with return in the Premier League. Now Sheffield United situated on 8 place and i think, what Sheffield has real chances to stay in the Premier League.


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Sargis from Artsakh
01/01/2020 17:17
Armenia
Arsenal
244

The oldest football club in the world. My congratulations with return in the Premier League. Now Sheffield United situated on 8 place and i think, what Sheffield has real chances to stay in the Premier League.

DaniOrtiz's picture
DaniOrtiz
02/12/2019
ES
12
points

The fat boy Billy Sharp is an idol for the @lamediainglesa supporters in spain :)

It is also interesting the Sheffield Rules in a history of football.


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DaniOrtiz
02/12/2019 11:45
Spain
Leicester City
12

The fat boy Billy Sharp is an idol for the @lamediainglesa supporters in spain :)

It is also interesting the Sheffield Rules in a history of football.

Rich's picture
Rich
02/12/2019
ES
594
points

Yes, Billy Sharp's bio on Twitter says 'I'm just that fat lad from Sheffield' :)

It's a pity he hasn't played too much so far this season. I'm sure he'll get a chance later in the season.

Thanks for your comment, Dani.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
02/12/2019 12:04
Spain
Liverpool
594

Yes, Billy Sharp's bio on Twitter says 'I'm just that fat lad from Sheffield' :)

It's a pity he hasn't played too much so far this season. I'm sure he'll get a chance later in the season.

Thanks for your comment, Dani.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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jjosebadillo
28/11/2019
MX
435
points

I didn't know anything about the club,
but I want to know more


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jjosebadillo
28/11/2019 01:21
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
435

I didn't know anything about the club,
but I want to know more

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RafaelRC
31/08/2019
BR
663
points

I didn't know Sheffield United, but I hope they stay on Premier League.

The blades of team shield represent the production of steel, I think. But why this kind of sword? Something about Arabia? And what represents the rose above the swords?


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RafaelRC
31/08/2019 00:58
Brazil
Arsenal
663

I didn't know Sheffield United, but I hope they stay on Premier League.

The blades of team shield represent the production of steel, I think. But why this kind of sword? Something about Arabia? And what represents the rose above the swords?

Rich's picture
Rich
28/11/2019
ES
594
points

Hi Rafael

The sword is also about Sheffield's connection to the steel industry. The sharp, metal parts of a sword or knife are called blades, which is Sheffield United's nickname. The white rose is the emblem of Yorkshire, the region which Sheffield is in.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
28/11/2019 08:05
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Rafael

The sword is also about Sheffield's connection to the steel industry. The sharp, metal parts of a sword or knife are called blades, which is Sheffield United's nickname. The white rose is the emblem of Yorkshire, the region which Sheffield is in.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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ldzingirai
26/08/2019
ZW
1745
points

I know nothing about Sheffield United and its players. I did watch some of their matches. It is a stubborn side. I am not surprised it may finish in the top six.


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ldzingirai
26/08/2019 06:53
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1745

I know nothing about Sheffield United and its players. I did watch some of their matches. It is a stubborn side. I am not surprised it may finish in the top six.

englishman
05/08/2019
DZ
1734
points

The boy and his father it's fantastic


englishman
05/08/2019 19:08
Algeria
Manchester City
1734

The boy and his father it's fantastic

englishman
04/08/2019
DZ
1734
points

I hope for sheffield united that finish in the 3 rd place.


englishman
04/08/2019 11:58
Algeria
Manchester City
1734

I hope for sheffield united that finish in the 3 rd place.

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wsanta
31/07/2019
AR
5086
points

I knew Sheffield United when I saw the last Championship. I support by Leeds United, this was disappointing


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wsanta
31/07/2019 13:20
Argentina
Leeds United
5086

I knew Sheffield United when I saw the last Championship. I support by Leeds United, this was disappointing

Rich's picture
Rich
31/07/2019
ES
594
points

Hi wsanta,

Have you been a fan of Leeds Utd for a long time or are you a fan of Marcelo Bielsa? He's a great manager but he couldn't get Leeds promoted last season. Did you know that Sheffield United nearly signed Diego Maradona in the 1970s? I think their history might have been different if they had!!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
31/07/2019 14:52
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi wsanta,

Have you been a fan of Leeds Utd for a long time or are you a fan of Marcelo Bielsa? He's a great manager but he couldn't get Leeds promoted last season. Did you know that Sheffield United nearly signed Diego Maradona in the 1970s? I think their history might have been different if they had!!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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wsanta
31/07/2019
AR
5086
points

Hi Rich
I support Leeds for Marcelo, I love watching their teams, as they always go to attack. I didn't know that about Maradona.
Thanks


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wsanta
31/07/2019 18:37
Argentina
Leeds United
5086

Hi Rich
I support Leeds for Marcelo, I love watching their teams, as they always go to attack. I didn't know that about Maradona.
Thanks

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Liubomyr
31/07/2019
UA
4408
points

Hi Rich,
On 28th of September Sheffield United will play against Liverpool, it seems to be a hard choice to you which team to support.
And my congratulations on the Blades’ promotion to the Premier League, I hope they will show a good football and have a great result at the end of this season.


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Liubomyr
31/07/2019 08:59
Ukraine
Watford
4408

Hi Rich,
On 28th of September Sheffield United will play against Liverpool, it seems to be a hard choice to you which team to support.
And my congratulations on the Blades’ promotion to the Premier League, I hope they will show a good football and have a great result at the end of this season.

Rich's picture
Rich
31/07/2019
ES
594
points

Hi Liubomyr,

Yes, it definitely will be. I'm going to speak a little about this dilemma in this week's podcast! You should watch out for our overlapping centre-backs! Have you heard of that before?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
31/07/2019 12:53
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Liubomyr,

Yes, it definitely will be. I'm going to speak a little about this dilemma in this week's podcast! You should watch out for our overlapping centre-backs! Have you heard of that before?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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Liubomyr
31/07/2019
UA
4408
points

No, I haven't heard about overlapping centre-backs before, will be interesting to watch how they do that in PL. It seems that players using this tactic may leave themselves exposed at the back; also, it must require excellent stamina, due to the higher intensity of game in PL . So, it won't be easy to use this trick at the new level effectively.


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Liubomyr
31/07/2019 15:48
Ukraine
Watford
4408

No, I haven't heard about overlapping centre-backs before, will be interesting to watch how they do that in PL. It seems that players using this tactic may leave themselves exposed at the back; also, it must require excellent stamina, due to the higher intensity of game in PL . So, it won't be easy to use this trick at the new level effectively.

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wsanta
02/08/2019
AR
5086
points

Regards


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wsanta
02/08/2019 18:07
Argentina
Leeds United
5086

Regards

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wsanta
02/08/2019
AR
5086
points

Attacking with centre backs is an idea of Pep Guardiola, as I understand it. In Argentina it used to do Defensa y Justicia of Beccacece.


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wsanta
02/08/2019 17:19
Argentina
Leeds United
5086

Attacking with centre backs is an idea of Pep Guardiola, as I understand it. In Argentina it used to do Defensa y Justicia of Beccacece.

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