Boro’ have taken on their fair share of opponents down the years and some of those teams have simply been no more than passing acquaintances, while there are others that have become – well – annoyingly familiar. For all the many times we’ve faced teams like Woking, there have been rare match-ups too. So, we’re asking, where do Sheffield United stand in the grand scheme of things?
Sheffield United: Us And Them
Sheffield United are one of those fair few fallen ‘giants’ that we ran into after we were promoted to League One in 2011. Much like city rivals Wednesday and other such teams, we were more or less expected to be cannon fodder for ’em. And much like city rivals Wednesday and other such teams, we upset the applecart. For as hilarious as it was for Blades fans to see us humble their beloved Owls indoors, it was the Blue half of the city that had the last laugh that season.
Yeah, it was impressive that we managed to beat the Blades at the Lamex – but it was the reverse fixture that was the showstopper. More than 30,000 piled into Bramall Lane in late April, most expecting to see Sheffield United remain on course for promotion to the Championship. Our playoff-chasing boys had other ideas though, racing into a two-goal lead. It ended level, but it was enough to hand the impetus to Wednesday and left United making do with the playoffs.
United got their revenge on us with that 84th minute winner in the second leg of an otherwise dour contest, but they still didn’t go up – Steve Simonsen (remember him?) missing the crucial pelanty at Wembley. And still, to this day, they remain in League One – unable to find the formula that’s taken Burton Albion up ahead of them. We even landed one more blow before being flushed back to League Two – a 4-0 victory that was Dani Lopez’s finest hour in a Boro’ shirt.
It’s probably frustrating for Sheffield United – a club with a long, proud history. Formed in 1889, the Blades are former champions of the land – even if Queen Victoria was still pottering around when they managed it. And there’s the four times they lifted the Cup – 1899, 1902, 1915 and 1925. And there’s being founder members of the Premier League as well – though it appears to be doing OK without them at the moment. Oh, and Ned Stark used to play for ’em too. Kinda.
BoroGuide’s Sheffield United club profile – for old time’s sake…