United have not won a trophy since 1925, bar those associated with promotion from lower leagues, their best performances in the cup competitions being several semi-final appearances in the FA Cup and League Cup.[5]. [2] They have played home games at Bramall Lane since their formation. [49], A 2013 study of posts on social networking site Twitter found that Blades fans have the most positive interactions with the official account of their club out of any in English football. Team. 15 August 1992 Sheffield United: A 1–2 Hughes 61' 28,070 19th 19 August 1992 Everton: H 0–3 31,901 22nd 22 August 1992 Ipswich Town: H 1–1 Irwin 57' 31,704 20th 24 August 1992 Southampton: A 1–0 Dublin 88' 15,623 11th 29 August 1992 Nottingham Forest: A 2–0 Hughes 16', Giggs 49' 19,694 8th 2 September 1992 Crystal Palace: H 1–0 Hughes 88' 29,736 6th The player with the most award wins is striker Alan Woodward on four occasions between 1970 and 1978. [85] Despite this many fans were unhappy with the style of football and odd team selections and Porterfield was sacked in 1986 following supporter protests. [87], The following years proved a turbulent time for United as they chased the ambition of Premiership football. [81] Harris built a side based on local players and stabilised them in the top flight but financial issues soon prompted the sale of key players and United were eventually relegated once more. The traditional red and white stripes remained until the 1974–75 season, when elements of black were added, until the 1979–81 and 82 season kit. [82] The ambitious and colourful Harry Haslam was handed the reigns and although many of his ideas were ahead of their time he built an ageing side based on 'star' players at the end of their career. [76] Wostinholm was replaced by John Nicholson as secretary and he would remain in post for over 30 years until his death in 1932. [82] Harris returned as manager and guided the side to promotion once more but after a good start back in the top flight Harris' confidence faded and he stepped down in 1973 to 'move upstairs' for the second time. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. United failed to gain promotion through the play-offs after losing to Swindon Town 2–1 in the first leg and drawing 5–5 in the second leg (7–6 on aggregate). [4], Undoubtedly United's heyday was the 30-year period from 1895–1925, when they were champions of England in 1897–98 and runners-up in 1896–97 and 1899–1900, and FA Cup winners in 1899, 1902, 1915 and 1925. The Wednesday had moved from Bramall Lane to their own ground at Olive Grove after a dispute over gate receipts and the tenants of Bramall Lane needed to create a new team to generate income. Adkins was duly sacked on 12 May 2016 and quickly replaced by former Northampton Town manager and former Blades player Chris Wilder, who oversaw United's promotion from League One after six years in the division,[9] and its subsequent return to the Premier League in 2019. [81], Experienced Blackburn Rovers manager Ken Furphy was the man United turned to replace John Harris. The power for the lights was provided by two generators. [16], The first time a crest appeared on the shirt was in the 1891–92 season, when a red crest appeared on the white shirt, but this disappeared the following season. [94] After Chris Morgan had overseen the team for a brief time, Nigel Clough was appointed as Weir's permanent successor in October 2013. Leeds' 1–1 home draw with Aston Villa the next day ensured top flight football for The Blades for the first time in 12 years.[10]. This was to be replaced by a striped kit, with the sponsor Bentley's (1981–82) and Renault (1982–83) written vertically down a white stripe over the left-hand side. They lasted just one season back amongst the elite, before being relegated from the Premier League amidst the controversy surrounding Carlos Tevez, the player who was controversially signed by West Ham United and whose performances played a big part in their remarkable escape from relegation. During the 1991–92 English football season, Sheffield United F.C. Davison retired in 1952 and prompted the club to appoint Rotherham United manager Reg Freeman as his successor. The Academy building and training facilities in the Sheffield suburb of Shirecliffe were opened in 2002 by then Minister for Sport Richard Caborn. Sheffield United also have a Women's team, formerly known as Sheffield United Ladies, who play in the FA Women's Championship after having been promoted in the 2017–18 season from the FA Women's National League. During the 1992–93 English football season, Sheffield Wednesday competed in the inaugural season of the FA Premier League. Their closest rivals are Sheffield Wednesday, with whom they contest the Steel City derby. [84] The Blades then turned to experienced lower league manager Neil Warnock who managed to stave off relegation and began to rebuild the side on a meagre budget. [50] Sheffield United were also found to have the most 'obsessed' fans in the 2006–07 Premier League, with supporters reportedly thinking about the team 110 times a day on average.[51]. In the 1991–92 season, the Blades had a poor start to the season and were bottom of the table at the beginning of November with just 2 wins in their first 15 league games and were destined for relegation but from mid-January, Bassett's team went on an impressive run, losing only 2 of their next 15 league games, picking up 34 points from the possible 45 during that run which saw them rise from being relegation candidates to an impressive 9th-place finish. It would also have seen the removal of the main supporting pillars and a giant screen installed as part of the stand's roof. In September 2019, after 20 months of litigation, the High Court issued its judgment, requiring McCabe's company to sell its shares in Blades. [85] He had an immediate impact, winning the Division Four championship in his first season and taking the club back into the second tier two years later on a meagre budget.