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2018 Day 10 - Sheffield United

We take our first trip to the steel city and Sheffield United

Played: 123 (108 league, 10FAC, 5LC)
Won: 45 (39 league, 5FAC, 1LC)
Drawn: 29 (26 league, 2FAC, 1LC)
Lost: 49 (43 league, 3FAC, 3LC)

Full record v Sheff Utd:
  P W D L F A
SJP 54 31 13 10 109 55
BL 54 8 13 33 51 99
League 108 39 26 43 160 154
SJP(FA) 6 3 1 2 11 11
BL/OT 4 2 1 1 4 2
SJP(LC) 2 1 0 1 2 2
BL 3 0 1 2 2 7
Cup 15 6 3 6 19 22
Tot 123 45 29 49 179 176


Bramall Lane:
Old Trafford:

Most common scores:

Won: 2-1 (twelve times - 6H, 6A)
Drawn: 1-1 (twelve times - 3H, 9A)
Lost: 0-1 (eleven times - 6H, 5A)
Oddity: Neither side had scored more than three goals in the first 24 games against each other and then Newcastle beat the Blades 4-0 at SJP in March 1909, followed by a 0-4 defeat at Bramall Lane nine months later. 


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, 1978/79)
NUFC league doubles over SUFC: 5 (1920/21, 1931/32, 1965/66, 1971/72, 2009/10)

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)

Monday 5th April 2010 Newcastle 2 Sheffield United 1 (Championship)
"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 Hughton)

Best: Saturday 4th September 1937 Newcastle 6 0 Sheffield United 0 (Division Two)
"United humiliated yet might have had a three goals lead" (Sheffield Independent)

Saturday 1st January 1955 Sheffield United 6 Newcastle 2 (Division One)
"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 century later.

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 correspondent.

Still just two goals behind with ten minutes remaining, reality sadly intervened for Newcastle as the Blades scored three times in the next five minutes.

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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