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Sheffield United are one of the biggest clubs in the Championship, and as such Sheffield United betting odds are incredibly popular. With the club’s recent relegation history, combined with the potential the squad contains, odds on Sheffield United to win the title are just as commonly bet on as Sheffield United relegation odds.

Sheffield United’s main rivals are Sheffield Wednesday, and the Sheffield derby, also known as the Steel City derby, is one of the most popular matches to bet on. As well as the huge range of odds available on these matches, odds on Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday can also be subject to bookmaker special offers. For example, SkyBet often offer enhanced odds on matches such as this, as do Paddy Power and Coral.

Odds on events off the pitch are also a popular choice amongst many bettors. Sheffield United transfer odds and Sheffield United manager odds are just two of the behind-the-scenes markets available on a regular basis.

History

Sheffield United are a professional football club located in the city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Having spent at least one season playing in each of the top four English divisions, Sheffield United began the 2018/2019 campaign playing in the English second tier, the Championship.

The history of Sheffield United begins in 1889. After a meeting at the Adelphi Hotel, now the famous Crucible Theatre, Sheffield United Football Club were formed by the chairman of the local cricket club, Sir Charles Clegg.

The club moved into Bramall Lane, which had been the home of rivals Sheffield Wednesday. Clegg, who was also president of Wednesday, needed a new club to become tenants of Bramall Lane and so in 1889 United made the stadium its home.

During early Sheffield United history, the club found a great deal of success. Sheffield United were awarded a place in the Football League Second Division in 1892 and gained promotion immediately. 

A runner-up place in the 1896/1897 season was followed up by the first First Division title in Sheffield United history. The club followed up their league success with success in the FA Cup, winning the competition twice in four years, firstly in 1898 and then again during the 1901/1902 season.

Sheffield United’s First Division form plateaued, with the club rarely again challenging for the title but equally steering clear of a relegation fight. Their FA Cup form, though, was impressive, after a number of quarter final and semi final appearances the club won their third FA Cup in 1915 and then repeated this success in the 1924/1925 season.

After 37 consecutive seasons in the English top flight, Sheffield United succumbed to relegation in the 1933/1934 season. However, their Second Division adventure was relatively brief, and a second place finish in the 1938/1939 season secured promotion back to the First Division.

Since that time, Sheffield United have never spent more than twelve consecutive seasons in the same division. The club developed a reputation for yo-yoing in and out of the English divisions following their relegation during the 1948/1949 season.

The club won the Second Division title in 1953, securing promotion back to the top flight, but were relegated once more in 1956. A promotion, relegation and another promotion saw the club begin the 1970’s back in the First Division. However, relegation hit the club in the 1975/1976 season started a trend of demotions, and within five years the club found itself playing Fourth Division football.

However, Sheffield United’s stay in the country’s bottom tier was a short one, and the club won the Fourth Division title to earn immediate promotion. Two seasons later, another promotion followed and the club began the 1984/1985 season back in the Second Division.

Back in the second tier, Sheffield United couldn’t mount any kind of promotion challenge and within four years they were relegated once more. However, the club didn’t have to wait too long to regain their First Division place, with two promotions in two years securing Sheffield United’s place back in the top flight at the turn of the 1990’s.

In the 1992/1993 season, the club became founder members of the Premier League. Two seasons later, though, and the club were relegated once more to the second tier, now know as Division One. The club was to spend the following twelve seasons in this division, in a spell that contained three play-off defeats. 

In time for the 2004/2005 season, the English Football League divisions were renamed, with Division One becoming the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two. The club remained in the Championship for two more seasons before a runners-up place secured promotion back to the Premier League.

This time, the club’s stay back in England’s top flight was brief, and the club suffered an immediate relegation. This relegation was controversial. West Ham United had that season bought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano but fell foul of the Premier League transfer rules when purchasing these players. West Ham spent the season in a relegation battle with Sheffield United, but the goals from Tevez in particular saved West Ham and relegated Sheffield United instead. An appeal was launched to give West Ham a points deduction rather than the fine they received for breaking the transfer rules but to no avail - the United of Sheffield’s relegation was confirmed.

Back in the Championship, the Sheffield United players wages were causing the club financial trouble, doubled with their poor performances back in the second tier. The club did reach the play offs in 2009, but again missed out and two years later Sheffield United were back in the third tier of English football.

Their time in League One has seen three failed play off attempts in four seasons. During this period, Abdullah bin Musa’ed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has bought half the shares in Sheffield United with the aim of reaching the Premier League within the next few years. The club began its 2016/2017 campaign in League One, and finally won promotion at the end of the season, winning the League One title in the process.

Crest

The first Sheffield United crest was introduced during the 1891/1982 season. This Sheffield United football badge featured a completely red design, but its use was abandoned after just one season.

In 1965, a new Sheffield United football crest was introduced, featuring the Sheffield coat of arms. In 1977, a new crest was designed. This featured two white blades, representing the club’s nickname which was given due to the city’s history of cutlery making, with a Yorkshire white rose.  

This Sheffield United crest has been used ever since, though it has undergone a number of minor alterations. The current crest features a black circle shape containing the white blades and Yorkshire rose, with a red outline featuring the name of the football club and its year of formation.

Colours

The Sheffield United colours are traditionally red and white striped shirts worn with black shorts and black socks. These Sheffield United kit colours have been used consistently since 1904, though on occasion white or red shorts and white or red socks have been worn instead of the traditional black.

When the club was first formed, Sheffield United wore white shirts with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks. In 1891, the shirt was changed and featured thin red stripes. The typical Sheffield United shirt of red and white stripes was first seen in 1894, but was worn with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks, until the change to black in 1904.

For the 2016/2017 season, Sheffield United wore red and white striped shirts with a black trim, black shorts and black socks, replacing the white shirt, red shorts and red socks from the previous season.

Sheffield United Stadium

The Sheffield United stadium is Bramall Lane. Bramall Lane has been the home of Sheffield United since the club was formed in 1889, after Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield FC both used this ground for their home games, as well as Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

The Sheffield United stadium has undergone various renovations and expansions since it was built in 1855. The current Sheffield United stadium layout features four main stands and two corner stands.

The stands at Bramall Lane are firstly the Redbrik Estate Agency Stand, formerly known as the Bramall Lane stand, and is Bramall Lane’s oldest stand. This stand is also sponsored by 188Bet; the South Stand, otherwise known as the Main Stand or Laver Stand; the Kop Stand, which features the majority of the Sheffield United’s singing spectators and is sponsored by Kennedy’s Law; and the John Street Stand, sponsored by the Maltese Tourist Board.

The two corner stands are the Kop Corner, otherwise known as the Northeast Corner or Pukka Pies Stand, and the Westfield Health Stand, which separates the Bramhall Lane Stand and the South Stand.

There are also future Sheffield United stadium plans, which appear to be dependant on the club’s future success.

The current Sheffield United stadium capacity stands at 32,702. This capacity makes it not only one of the largest stadiums in League One, but in the whole of English football.

Supporters

Whilst the majority of Sheffield United supporters hail from the city of Sheffield and other parts of Yorkshire, there are a number of Sheffield United supporters clubs up and down the country and across the globe. The official Sheffield United twitter account was named as the account with the most positive communication between the club and its fans.

The Sheffield United supporters enjoy rivalries with various other clubs. The fiercest is with city rivals Sheffield Wednesday, in the derby known as the Steel City derby. Other rivals include fellow Yorkshire sides Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United. Leeds United are another Yorkshire rival, and West Ham United have become rivals following Sheffield United’s Premier League relegation even after West Ham were found guilty of breaking transfer rules when signing Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.

There are various Sheffield United supporters songs that can be heard regularly on match days. These include the most famous Sheffield United song The Greasy Chip Butty Song, as well as many designed to insult their city rivals, Sheffield Wednesday.

Ownership

The Sheffield United owners are Kevin McCabe and Abdullah bin Musa’ed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Both of these men own an equal 50% of Sheffield United shares.

Abdullah bin Musa’ed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud first invested in the club in 2013. Kevin McCabe, a lifelong Sheffield United supporter, first invested in the club in the 2000’s.

Both men have held the position of Sheffield United chairman, with David Green the current vice chairman and Scott McCabe a director.

Stats

Sheffield United stats begin with their all time leading league appearance maker. This honour is given to Joe Shaw, who made 631 appearances for the club between 1948 and 1966.

The Sheffield United all time leading goalscorer is Harry Johnson. Johnson notched 201 goals for Sheffield United in 313 appearances, made between 1919 and 1930.

Johnson may be Sheffield United’s all time leading scorer, but Jimmy Dunne holds the record for most goals scored in a season. Dunne scored 41 goals in 41 games in the First Division in the 1930/1931 season.

Sheffield United’s record transfer signing is John Egan. The club paid Brentford £4.1 million for Egan’s services in 2018. The highest transfer fee the club have ever received is £11.5 million, a fee paid by AFC Bournemouth for David Brooks in 2018.

Sheffield United’s record victory is 10-0, and this scoreline occurred on two occasions. The club beat Port Vale 10-0 away in the Second Division in 1892, and repeated the scoreline in 1929, beating Burnley in the First Division.

The club’s record defeat is 13-0, against Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup in 1890. Sheffield United’s biggest defeat in the league occurred in 1933, after Middlesbrough beat them 10-3 in the First Division.

Sheffield United were also involved in the first match ever broadcast live on the radio when they played Arsenal in 1927.

Sheffield United Players

The current Sheffield United players list consists of 26 members of the first team squad, supported by the Sheffield United FC Academy players.

The award for current Sheffield United player of the year is jointly held by John Fleck and Billy Sharp. Since 1967, two players have won the Sheffield United player of the year award for three consecutive seasons. The first is Phil Jagielka, who won the award in 2005, 2006 and 2007; and Harry Maguire who won it in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Notable ex Sheffield United players include Tony Currie, Phil Jagielka, Brian Deane, James Beattie, Alan Kelly, Chris Morgan, Joe Shaw, Eddie Colquhoun, Paul Stancliffe and Rob Page. 

The player who has earned the most international caps whilst playing club football at Sheffield United is Keith Gillespie. Gillespie made 25 appearances for Northern Ireland while playing at Sheffield United.

Sheffield United Manager

The current Sheffield United manager is Chris Wilder. Wilder took over the managerial reins at Sheffield United in the summer of 2016, replacing Nigel Adkins.

The longest serving manager in Sheffield United manager history is John Nicholson. Nicholson was secretary manager and took charge of 1,216 matches between 1899 and 1932.

John Nicholson is also the most successful Sheffield United manager in the club’s history. Under Nicholson’s reign, Sheffield United won the FA Cup on four occasions.

The man who holds the record as longest serving sole manager is Teddy Davison. Davison was in charge of 592 matches from 1932 to 1952.

The Sheffield United manager with the highest win percentage is current bos Wilder. Up to September 2018, Wilder has won 55 of his 103 games in charge of the club, giving him a win percentage of  53.40.

Honours

The Sheffield United honours list consists of one top tier title (1897/1989); one second tier title (1952/1953); one third tier title (2016/2017); one fourth tier title (1981/1982); four FA Cups (1899, 1902, 1915, 1925); two FA Cup Final appearances (1901, 1936); and two top tier runner up positions (1896/1897, 1899/1900). 

The club were also runners-up in the second tier on six occasions (1893, 1939, 1961, 1971, 1990, 2006) and runners-up in the third tier once (1989).

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