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History of Sheffield United

1 July 2018

The Blades were never formed as an afterthought - the idea of Bramall Lane having its own Football Club to play within its already famous walls meant that the new team would be one put together to challenge for the highest honours in the game at that time.

Sheffield United Football Club were born on the evening of 22nd March 1889, at 10 Norfolk Row - the offices of Joseph Wostinholm and also of the Bramall Lane Ground Committee.

A meeting took place on the second floor, commencing at 7.30pm, featuring Charles Clegg, football pioneer and Chairman of the local FA, and David Haigh amongst others. The decision was taken to form a new club that would be run by the then Ground Committee of Haigh, Joseph Tomlinson of the Heeley Football Club and WF Beardshaw.

Clegg declined a role due to his other responsibilities with the FA, but offered his advice and guidance. His resilience would not last as he would go on to become the club's chairman and one of the greatest figures in the early professional game.

In taking the name from the Sheffield United Cricket Club, the Blades became the first senior 'United' team in the game.

In 1892 the Blades became and remain the only league club to score 10 goals in a League fixture (versus Burslem Port Vale). In 1893, the club became the first ever to be promoted by way of a play-off game (versus Accrington).

Within a decade of its formation, Sheffield United had won the League Championship - 1897/98 saw the club beat Sunderland to the coveted title - that year also saw the Blades become the first winners of the Charity Shield, forerunner of the Community Shield.


  • Division One/Premier League
    Champions: 1897-98
    Runners-up: 1896-97, 1899-1900
  • Football League North
    (Wartime - Joint Division One League with Football League South)
    Champions: 1945-46
  • Division Two/Championship
    Champions: 1952-53
    Runners-up: 1892-93, 1938-39, 1960-61, 1970-71, 1989-90, 2005-06
  • Division Three/League One
    Champions: 2016-17
    Runners-up: 1988-89
  • Division Four/League Two
    Champions: 1981-82
  • FA Cup
    Winners: 1899, 1902, 1915, 1925
    Runners-up: 1901, 1936

Facts and figures
Here are a few interesting stats.

  • The highest home attendance is 68,287 v Leeds United, FA Cup fifth round, 15th February 1936
  • Joe Shaw made a total of 713 appearances (including 632 in the league) between 1945-1966 and is the club's record appearance maker
  • Most goals scored in a Blades shirt - Harry Johnson scored a total of 252 goals in 395 appearances (201 goals in 313 league games) between 1916-1931
  • Jimmy Dunne scored most goals in a season, 41 goals from 41 league appearances, Division One, 1930-31​​​
  • In 2016-17 Chris Wilder's first season in charge, the Blades won Sky Bet League One with a record 100 points
  • Season 2018-19 will see Sheffield United feature in the inaugural FA Women's Championship - the second tier of elite women's football in England

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