On Friday, before a blast of a whistle elicits a primeval roar, over 30,000 people are expected to fall silent and pay their Rembrance respects. Some will be thinking about lost relatives and loved ones. Others former comrades, as the haunting strains of a bugle fill the chilly night air. And, as players from Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday prepare for the derby, their predecessors who served during World War One but never came home."It is vitally important that, at this time, we as a club remember those who wore our colours and others who gave their lives for a greater cause," John Garrett, United's club engagement manager and historian, said. "That greater cause was for the freedom of the world."This year's tribute carries extra significance because it comes 100 years after the November armistice. Both United and Wednesday were scarred by events between 1914 and 1918, with seven players and former squad members among those killed in conflict. Jimmy Revill, an … [Read more...] about Sheffield United: Bramall Lane prepares to remember its own and those who made the ultimate sacrifice
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Nottingham Forest bounced back from their League Cup horror show at Burton Albion by knocking the Championship leaders off their perch, and moving back into the play-offs by doing so. Reds boss Aitor Karanka came under considerable pressure from NFFC supporters following the woeful cup exit last week, which magnified the importance of the Sheffield United game and the return to Championship football.But, as per usual, the Spaniard answered his critics in the best way possible by pulling the proverbial rabbit out of the hat. And, perhaps the biggest critic of all last week was me, as I vehemently condemned the attitude of the players during the cup debacle.Ironically, my bone of contention with the cup defeat was mainly aimed at the performance as opposed to the result itself. So, it was of paramount importance that the Reds put in a shift when they faced the Blades on Saturday.And, it’s fair to say the majority of the 28,000 in attendance at the City Ground were satisfied with … [Read more...] about Nottingham Forest showing resilience to bounce back after toppling Championship leaders Sheffield United
He averages one every 2.3 matches since turning professional and has appeared in all four divisions of English football. So it seems bizarre that Billy Sharp, whose goals have powered Sheffield United's rise to the top of the Championship, is not one of the competition's most cherished centre-forwards.Captain, supporter and regular scorer, the 32-year-old's exploits for his hometown club could have been torn straight from the pages of a Boy's Own annual. Yet, beyond the confines of Bramall Lane, more expensively acquired names continue to dominate the news agenda. Probably by virtue of their eye- watering fees."Whether he gets recognition or not, I think his stats are there for everyone to see," United manager Chris Wilder said ahead of Saturday's visit to Nottingham Forest. "He’s played at this level for a number of years, delivered goals, and keeps doing it so I don't think he'll be bothered if it gets flagged up or not. The only thing that matters … [Read more...] about Sheffield United: Does Billy Sharp get the credit his goals deserve?
Sheffield Unired regained top spot in the Championship table as Billy Sharp's hat-trick saw them beat Wigan Athletic 4-2 at Bramall Lane. The Star's Bramall Lane correspondent James Shield identifies the key moments and periods of the game. Key Moment: More than Chey Dunkley's own goal, more than Billy Sharp's first of the afternoon, the United captain's second goal was the pivotal moment of this game. The hosts have been criticised for failing to take full advantage of the chances they create in recent weeks. They did not prove so generous here, putting daylight between themselves and Wigan early in the second period when Leon Clarke found his fellow centre-forward at the far post. That, combined with the fact they were able to keep Paul Cook's men at arms length when his team started the contest in positive fashion, suggested United are learning from past mistakes and benefiting from their hard work both on the training pitch and in the video analysis room at the Steelphalt … [Read more...] about James Shield’s Big Match Breakdown: How Sheffield United fared against Wigan Athletic
It could have been the start of something beautiful but, thanks to Gary Roberts, the relationship between Mark Duffy and Paul Cook finished before it had really even begun. "I was a brief period," Duffy, the Sheffield United midfielder said, remembering his spell on loan with Chesterfield. I'd gone there to play games and they had a player injured, Gary, who got fitter than expected.."He was Paul's star player so I didn't get much time. His style of football would have suited me down to the ground but it wasn't meant to be."Three years on from that frustrating experience and two since arriving at Bramall Lane, Duffy is set to renew Cook's acquaintance when his Wigan Athletic side visit United on Saturday.The match, which brings together two of the Championship's most attack-minded teams, provides Duffy with another opportunity to showcase the talents which, after harnessed by Chris Wilder, have seen him become a key figure in the hosts' push for the Premier League."There won't be … [Read more...] about Sheffield United: Mark Duffy ready to show Wigan Athletic boss what might have been