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Sheffield United Football Club is a professional English football club based in the city of Sheffield. Nicknamed the Blades, the club currently competes in the Championship, which is the second division in the English football pyramid.
Sheffield United currently plays its home matches at Bramall Lane, which has been the club’s home since they were founded in 1889. Bramall Lane has a maximum capacity of 32,050 and home supporters can regularly be seen greeting their team to the song “greasy chip butty” before each match.
Sheffield United’s biggest rivals are close neighbours Sheffield Wednesday.
Sheffield United Honours
Sheffield United became the fourth club to win all four divisions in the Football League in 2016/17 when they won the League One title, joining at the time Burnley, Preston North End and Wolves in achieving the feat. They won the league title with an impressive tally of 100 points as they were promoted to the Championship with Bolton Wanderers and Millwall. The Blades won their one and only First Division title in the 1897/98 season, defeating runners-up Sunderland to top spot after being runners-up themselves the year prior. They won the old Second Division for the first time in 1952/53, finishing two points ahead of Huddersfield who were also promoted to the First Division. Finally, they won their only Fourth Division title in 1981/82 with a strong total of 96 points from 46 matches.
The FA Cup is a competition that brought Sheffield United plenty of joy in their early history too. The Yorkshire club are four-time winners of the FA Cup, winning it twice in four years in 1899 and 1902 when they beat Derby County and Southampton, respectively, in the finals. They won their third FA Cup final in 1915 by defeating Chelsea, before winning their fourth and most recent in 1925 when they beat Cardiff City. In addition, Sheffield United have also won the Football League North and Sheriff of London Charity Shield.
Sheffield United History
Sheffield United was formed by members of the Sheffield United Cricket Club, also becoming the first football club in England to use ‘United’. The club was officially founded on 22 March 1889 at the Adelphi Hotel in Sheffield and became founding members of the Football League in 1892. They found great success early on in their history, winning the First Division title in the 1897/98 season and also finished as runners-up in the 1896/97 and 1899/00 campaigns. In addition, they won the FA Cup four times between 1899-1925, making the final six times up until 1936, with the 1925 FA Cup victory being the last major trophy the club has won in English football.
Many of the years that followed saw Sheffield United float between the top two divisions in English football, although they did drop as far as the Fourth Division in 1981/82. They made it back to the top flight in time for the first-ever Premier League season in 1992/93. The Blades also played in the inaugural match of the revamped league against Manchester United, with striker Brian Deane scoring the first-ever goal in the Premier League in a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane.