Between 1932 and 1938, all 12 meetings of the two clubs resulted in home wins.
Between 1901 and 1909 Newcastle failed to win any of the 12 games
between the sides.
SUFC league doubles over NUFC: 5 (1929/30, 1954/55, 1966/67, 1972/73,
NUFC league doubles over SUFC: 5 (1920/21, 1931/32, 1965/66, 1971/72,
Most games in a season: 4 (1901/02)
Longest gap between games: April
1979 to September 1988
First: Saturday 27th January 1894 Newcastle 2 Sheffield United 0 (FA Cup)
"Great efforts were made to induce the Newcastle team to come to
Sheffield, but to no purpose. The limited accommodation provided for the press
proved totally inadequate, and the presence of several gentlemen who were not
working did not mend matters." (Sheffield Independent)
Last: Monday 5th April 2010 Newcastle 2 Sheffield United 1
"It's an incredible feeling, especially to do it here. I might have
something a little stronger than a cup of coffee! I might be the manager but
it is the team which has won promotion. To be standing there on the pitch at
the end as manager of this great football club was a very, very proud moment.
It is a fantastic feeling and one I will cherish for a long, long time. (Chris
Best: Saturday 4th September 1937 Newcastle 6 0 Sheffield United 0
"United humiliated yet might have had a three goals lead"
Worst: Saturday 1st January 1955 Sheffield United 6 Newcastle 2
"One happy note struck for Newcastle who were four goals down to the
Blades in eight minutes came from 19 year-old apprentice moulder Harry Taylor
of Crawcrook, who continued to look a natural even on this staggering league
baptism." (Newcastle Journal).
NUFC v SUFC gallery:
February 1968: a 1-0 home win
November 1989: Blades beaten 2-0 in Division
Two @ SJP
April 1994: a 0-2 away loss
April 1998: A 1-0 FA Cup Semi Final success
January 2000: Blades subdued 4-1 at SJP in the FA Cup
April 2007: A 2-1 victory in the Steel City
NUFC v SUFC - moment in history:
January 1914: a perfect disaster
Having made it to the Quarter
Finals of the FA Cup the previous season following Final appearances in two of
the three years before that, a First Round home tie against a Sheffield United
side they'd beaten in the league at Gallowgate weeks earlier and without a
single win in the competition for seven seasons didn't seem too daunting a
task for Newcastle United.
90 minutes later however, the black and whites had conceded five times without
reply - an outcome that remains their biggest-ever home FA Cup reverse over a
The Blades had spent a week preparing for the tie at Whitley Bay, while the
Magpies were rocked by confirmation that first-choice goalkeeper Jimmy
Lawrence had broken his collarbone on New Years Day and Bob Hewison then broke
down in training 48 hours before the game.
Sheffield took the lead after quarter of an hour, by which time Newcastle's
Tommy Goodwill had gone off through injury. He returned for a while but was
only a passenger, as was Tom Hall - who continued after treatment but played
no active part and didn't return for the second half.
Starting the second half 0-1 behind, the blighted Goodwill was promptly
knocked unconscious (and said to still be out cold some ten minutes later) and
the Blades then made it 2-0 on the hour mark.
With nine fit men on the field, Newcastle regrouped and a more attacking
formation put the visitors under pressure for a time. However, another mortal
blow would soon follow as goalkeeper James Wilson was laid out charging down a
shot, and then promptly suffered further injury when colliding with an
opponent which saw him exit on stretcher.
Wilf Low went in goal for the eight man Magpies, who were "showing
really magnificent pluck under a most extraordinary series of
misfortunes" in the view of the Sheffield Green 'Un
Still just two goals behind with ten minutes remaining, reality sadly
intervened for Newcastle as the Blades scored three times in the next five
The Green 'Un reporter summed up a remarkable afternoon, as follows:
"What can be said of this amazing game? I have never seen such a cup tie
before. Truly the cup luck of Sheffield United has turned after seven years
and turned with a completeness which nobody could have dreamt of."
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