Team Highlight : Sheffield United F.C.

Sheffield United celebrate their League One title. Photo: mirror.co.uk

Over the past centuries, we have seen many football clubs started off with humble beginnings , banded together to form and establish an enjoyable exercise during the winter times for the athletics clubs, factory workers, church groups and many others. However, it was not the case for Sheffield United as they are the many few rare cases to adopt another starting point. They were actually created because a sporting venue had already existed which could be implemented for the following professional games. During the early 1850s, the members of Sheffield indulged into cricket as a suitable pastime sport to play. However, all came crashing down as due to the rapid expansion of the town, it brought about a peril among the cricket fields, leaving sourcing for a new field a hard task to accomplish.

How did Sheffield United F.C. came about

Picture of the Adelphi Hotel in 1889 where Sheffield United was officially formed. Photo: owlstalk.co.uk

The club first banded together in 1854 by the members of the Sheffield United Cricket Club and was actually the very first English sports club to include “United” in its name. Before that, the prevailing nickname was “The Blades”, a simple reference to Sheffield status to being the major producer of tableware across the United Kingdom. In fact, not known to many, Sheffield United’s original nickname before that was “The Cutlers” during their early years from 1889 to 1912. Known to many as the steel city derby, the club was from a strong rivalry towards their brother club, Sheffield Wednesday which adopted the nickname “The Owls”, with reference to their new ground in Owlerton and Sheffield United claiming the nickname of blades for themselves.

The club then officially formed on 22 March 1889 at the Adelphi Hotel by the President of the Cricket Club, Sir Charles Clegg. Also incidentally, Sheffield Wednesday is also formed by the very same person.

Sheffield United Till Today

Following the creation of the club, Sheffield United went on to winning the Division Once in 1897-1989 season and their First FA Cup in the 1890s, marking that period the best decades for the club. Proceeding on, they continued to win the Cup 3 more times (1902,1915 and 1925).

The club was actually one of the debut teams that participated in the first edition of the English Premier League during the 1992 – 1993 season. Unfortunately, the glory did not last long as they were relegated only after 2 seasons.

Picture of Saudi Prince, partially owner of Sheffield United. Photo : thesun.co.uk

Apart from that, much has happened over the last decade in the 2010s. On 3rd September 2013, H.R.H Prince Abdullah bin Mosa’ad bin Abdulaziz AI Sa’ud of the royal house of Saud gain possession of 50% of the football club by injecting an enormous amount of capital with the ideal of pushing Sheffield United back into the spotlight of the Premier League within the next 5 years. With that, an agreement of the “roulette notice” was agreed upon to end their arrangement in the event when they no longer wished to work together. However, it was soon bought over at £5m in 2017 , giving the saudi prince full possession of such.

In 2014, the club made a name for themselves in the eyes of the media as the “giant-killers,” having reached the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley, ultimately losing to Hull City 5-3. In the following season, the team pushed on to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and the semi-finals of the Football League Cup, and despite being eliminated, they still remained in the spotlight and consideration to be promoted to the Championship instead.

Sheffield United,Champion of League 1 during the 2016- 2017 season. Photo: skysports.com

With that being said, the club secured their spot in the second tier of English Football in the 2016 – 2017 season. More importantly, that marks the season when under the leadership and coaching of former player Chris Wilder, the club made its mark winning the League One title with 100 points.

In the 2018 – 2019 season, the club enjoyed a highly successful campaign in achieving placement at the Premier League as a result of Sheffield United spending almost the entirely season within the top 6 of the championship fighting for automatic promotion until clinching second place over Leeds United with a game to spare, by beating already relegated Ipswich Town 2–0 at Bramall Lane on 27 April 2019

However, a shocking event came in September 2019 when after 20 months of litigation, the High Court came to a decisive judgement, demanding McCabe’s company into selling its share of Sheffield United. McCabe tried ways to appeal but was left with rejection, with that being no grounds to allow any appeals. As such, Prince Abdullah became the sole beneficial owner of the football club.

With that, the “Blades” still remain one of the contenders of winning the Premier League, having to compete against stronger known teams like Liverpool and Manchester United. However, with past performance, fans will always be astounded by the upsetting performance of the “giant killers”.