Up for the Cup

FA Cup Round 1 day and the Blades are away at Bristol Rovers. A decent excuse to dig out my Blades Rosette, a relic of football watching past. It has a dubious replica of the FA Cup on it with the words The Football Association Cup, however I think I got it at an Anglo Scottish Cup tie v Grimsby or a League Cup tie v Arsenal!

Up for the Cup

FA Cup Round 1 day and the Blades are away at Bristol Rovers. A decent excuse to dig out my Blades Rosette, a relic of football watching past. It has a dubious replica of the FA Cup on it with the words The Football Association Cup, however I think I got it at an Anglo Scottish Cup tie v Grimsby or a League Cup tie v Arsenal!

Deano’s Plaque

On the South Stand are plaques with quotes from Blades legends. This from Brian Deane.

Deano’s Plaque

On the South Stand are plaques with quotes from Blades legends. This from Brian Deane.

It was 20 years ago today……………

Saturday 15 August 1992, at about 3.05pm, in glorious sunshine at Bramall Lane, Brian Deane puts himself and the Blades in the record books, as he scores the first goal of the Premier league era in a 2-1 victory over Manchester United.

Deano bags a second from the penalty spot, before Mark Hughes pulls a goal back for the Red Devils and the Blades hold on for a historic 2-1 win.

 

Back in the 1st Division
For most Blades of a certain age, the 1989-1990 season is one of the most memorable, of not THE most memorable. Not only did we win promotion back to the first division after a 14 year absence, we did it in emphatic style on that great day at Leicester. The season was preserved for posterity in a BBC documentary series and there was also the story of the season on video - Harry’s Game. There was also an official promotion souvenir booklet published with the video, which followed the format of the 1984 booklet, with a diary of the season, player memories and photo spreads of the key moments. The close-up of Brian Deane celebrating on the touchline is one of my favourite images of him. The book and videos are great memories of a great season.
Submitted by Lee Doane (@8LAD35)

Back in the 1st Division

For most Blades of a certain age, the 1989-1990 season is one of the most memorable, of not THE most memorable. Not only did we win promotion back to the first division after a 14 year absence, we did it in emphatic style on that great day at Leicester. The season was preserved for posterity in a BBC documentary series and there was also the story of the season on video - Harry’s Game. There was also an official promotion souvenir booklet published with the video, which followed the format of the 1984 booklet, with a diary of the season, player memories and photo spreads of the key moments. The close-up of Brian Deane celebrating on the touchline is one of my favourite images of him. The book and videos are great memories of a great season.

Submitted by Lee Doane (@8LAD35)

When Saturday Comes

1996 saw the release of a film that, on paper, excited United fans. The story of local boy made good, it starred Blades fan Sean Bean as Jimmy Muir, brewery worker and amateur footballer who is handed a trial, wi’ yooonited.

With action shots filmed at half time during a midweek cup tie vs Manchester United and plenty of opportunities to see local people and places it promised much. The reality was that, like most football films, it was universally panned yet it still retains some happy memories…..the Blades badge tattooed on the Stripagram’s buttock for one!

When Saturday Comes

1996 saw the release of a film that, on paper, excited United fans. The story of local boy made good, it starred Blades fan Sean Bean as Jimmy Muir, brewery worker and amateur footballer who is handed a trial, wi’ yooonited.

With action shots filmed at half time during a midweek cup tie vs Manchester United and plenty of opportunities to see local people and places it promised much. The reality was that, like most football films, it was universally panned yet it still retains some happy memories…..the Blades badge tattooed on the Stripagram’s buttock for one!

United We Rise These days, any whiff of success for The Blades, or even just a big game, is commemorated by a Star special edition newspaper. Back in 1984, we were treated to a full-colour glossy booklet to keep as a souvenir of our promotion from Division 3. The booklet contained a month by month diary of the season, complete with press photos, the memories of the playing squad and coaching staff and also coverage of the end-of season tour of China. This is a fabulous read and I must have spent the entire close-season of 84 reliving my memories through the book. It was extra special for me, as it was the first season that I regularly attended Bramall Lane. 
Submitted by Lee Doane (@8LAD35)

United We Rise

These days, any whiff of success for The Blades, or even just a big game, is commemorated by a Star special edition newspaper. Back in 1984, we were treated to a full-colour glossy booklet to keep as a souvenir of our promotion from Division 3. The booklet contained a month by month diary of the season, complete with press photos, the memories of the playing squad and coaching staff and also coverage of the end-of season tour of China. This is a fabulous read and I must have spent the entire close-season of 84 reliving my memories through the book. It was extra special for me, as it was the first season that I regularly attended Bramall Lane.

Submitted by Lee Doane (@8LAD35)

Play Off Joy

As United prepare for the League One play off final at Wembley, much is made of United’s record in Play Off Finals. The best bit about the play offs have been the semi final victories that have preceded Final defeat.

This is one of the greatest games of United’s recent history. A 4-3 home win over Nottingham Forest in the 2003 Championship Semi Final Second Leg that followed a 1-1 draw at the City Ground. United came from 2-0 down to win, with some great goals, an OMG moment from Paul Peschisolido and an own goal from ex-Owl Des Walker. An amazing night.

Void

Arsenal v Sheffield United - FA Cup 5th round - 13th February 1999

Arsenal led at half-time courtesy of a Patrick Viera goal. The Blades equalised through Marcelo after an hour and shortly after the Brazilian hit the post.

Then United midfielder Lee Morris went down under a strong tackle from Viera and the ball was put out of play by United keeper Alan Kelly so he could receive treatment. The Arsenal throw-in was taken and chucked down the line towards Alan Kelly in the United goal. However, Kanu intercepted it and passed it through to Marc Overmars who was sprinting into the space left by the United defence assuming that they would receive the ball to restart from their keeper. He promptly slotted the ball home to put Arsenal 2-1 up.

The United players were apoplectic and manager Steve Bruce was infuriated on the touchline. He and his players demanded that the officials disallow the goal, but they couldn’t. No law of the game had been broken, rather an unwritten rule of sportsman like behaviour had been ignored. There was little the officials could do.

To be honest, Arsenal could have done something which other clubs have done since, which is allow United a clear path to score from the kick-off, but they didn’t. Bruce started ordering his players to leave the pitch  and the 6,000 Blades fans chanted “Brucey, get em off, Brucey, Brucey, get em off!” but eventually the situation was calmed enough to let the game continue and it finished with the scoreline unchanged at 2-1.

Immediately after the game Arsene Wenger and Arsenal chairman David Dein offered to play the game again. This offer was accepted by United, sanctioned by the FA and the original game was declared void.

The rematch was held ten days later and in front of just over 37,000 Arsenal again notched up a 2-1 victory, but in more acceptable circumstances.

Sheffield at Wembley - 1993
Submitted by Rebecca Ogle
With the nasty British weather on todays bank holiday I was stuck for things to do so I decided to sort out some storage boxes.  I came across loads of Blades related stuff; some that brought good memories, and some not so good.
I found various newspaper articles and obviously this is from when we (along with the other lot) went to Wembley for the semi final of the FA Cup (we all know how that ended).  I kept my ticket for that match as well – even though the result was gutting, it was a good day out.  I remember when Alan Cork scored, all the men I had gone to the match with piled on me (I was the smallest of them all) but I didn’t care at the time.
See Corky’s Beard for more info - http://fillingupmysenses.tumblr.com/post/14973036447/corkys-beard-memories-of-a-great-cup-run-in-1993

Sheffield at Wembley - 1993

Submitted by Rebecca Ogle

With the nasty British weather on todays bank holiday I was stuck for things to do so I decided to sort out some storage boxes.  I came across loads of Blades related stuff; some that brought good memories, and some not so good.

I found various newspaper articles and obviously this is from when we (along with the other lot) went to Wembley for the semi final of the FA Cup (we all know how that ended).  I kept my ticket for that match as well – even though the result was gutting, it was a good day out.  I remember when Alan Cork scored, all the men I had gone to the match with piled on me (I was the smallest of them all) but I didn’t care at the time.

See Corky’s Beard for more info - http://fillingupmysenses.tumblr.com/post/14973036447/corkys-beard-memories-of-a-great-cup-run-in-1993

Subbuteo Deane and Agana

When United had the coolest away kit in the country (at the time Umbro’s biggest seller after England and Rangers) I was frustrated that it wasn’t immortalized by Subbuteo. A trip to Beatties in town for a tin of day-glo yellow enamel paint followed and I had a bash myself at painting it. Of course, for authenticity, the team would not have been complete without our twin destroyers Deane and Agana.

Submitted by Lee Doane

Junior Blades scarf

Part of the initial pack you received was a scarf made of very similar material to the team shirt of the time and even included the “space invaders” styling with the Blades badge running through the stripes.

Tied round the wrist by some, as Bridgette Guest used to, or worn in a conventional way like I did it was a staple element of matchday wear for a young Blade. If you were Dan Chapman, your Dad used it to tie you to the railings at the front of the Kop so you didn’t wander off!

I wonder if many still have their scarf like I do? Fellow Blade Lee Doane remembers placing his on the tributes at Hillsborough, post disaster.

This is Beautiful Downtown Bramall Lane as it looked on a sunny day back in 1984. These three shots each showing a different stand illustrate just how much the World’s oldest major football ground has changed in the last thirty years or so. Each photo was taken from the vantage point of the new South Stand (not shown) which at the time was under ten years old. Opened in 1975 the South Stand was built over the old cricket pitch and in the years following it’s construction the other three sides of the ground saw major redevelopments as Bramall Lane was transformed into the modern stadium it is today.

The first photo is the old Shoreham Street Kop on which can been seen, over on the far left, the iconic ‘white wall’. Many Blades fans of a certain vintage remember with some fondness this particular area. It was an excellent vantage point from which you had a great view of the pitch and probably more importantly the whole of the Kop which when full and swaying as one was a fabulous sight indeed. How many did it hold? I’m not sure but reckon it’s capacity must have been around the 18,000 mark.


The second photo shows the Bramall Lane end which has for as long as I can remember been the away end. The bottom tier is always reserved for visiting supporters whilst the top tier is on occasion given over for use by the home fans. The Bramall Lane end as it was with the bottom tier terraced was an impressive sight when full - it must have held knocking on 10,000. In my time supporting the Blades I have only ever seen Leeds United and Derby County fill the entire end - seats and terracing.


The last photo is a shot of the old John Street Stand which was the first Archibald Leitch stand to built in England. Opened in 1901 it was rebuilt in the late 40s following extensive bomb damage in the Sheffield Blitz. It may have survived the nazis but it didn’t survive the suited spivs who purported to run the club because in 1994 it was demolished and for nearly two years due to a lack of available finance Bramall Lane reverted to a three-sided ground until the new John Street stand was built in 1996.


The view looking over the top of the John Street stand into Sheffield City Centre has of course changed over time. The distinctive ‘egg-box’ town hall extension has disappeared as have a number of other buildings in this shot. Replaced in the main by nondescript office blocks with no architectural value whatsoever. There is however one constant - no matter how much Bramall Lane changes one thing remains and that is St Marys Church - it’s spire visible in all images and photos of Bramall Lane since the day it opened in the mid 1800s. It was there in 1855, it’s there today and no doubt will still be there in years to come when Bramall Lane has changed yet again.

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Junior Blades 1981

I think I was in the Junior Blades from when it was formed by George MacCabe in 1981. You got a pen, a sew on patch (like the one above) a membership card, birthday cards etc. it also got you cheaper entry to matches. I think the package varied from one year to the next.

The sew on badge above proudly adorned many non-branded and non-Blades tracksuits I wore through my childhood. You can see the bit of blue thread in the right hand corner from when it was last removed.

Things were much simpler back then. As kids we were much happier with little things such as this and the fact I still have it shows how much it meant to me back then. A way of showing my club allegiance.

Junior Blades 1981

I think I was in the Junior Blades from when it was formed by George MacCabe in 1981. You got a pen, a sew on patch (like the one above) a membership card, birthday cards etc. it also got you cheaper entry to matches. I think the package varied from one year to the next.

The sew on badge above proudly adorned many non-branded and non-Blades tracksuits I wore through my childhood. You can see the bit of blue thread in the right hand corner from when it was last removed.

Things were much simpler back then. As kids we were much happier with little things such as this and the fact I still have it shows how much it meant to me back then. A way of showing my club allegiance.

Away Days

As a teenager this was my passport to hours on the motorways of England, new towns and cities, new grounds, plenty of beer and the joy/despair of watching the Blades.

Away Days

As a teenager this was my passport to hours on the motorways of England, new towns and cities, new grounds, plenty of beer and the joy/despair of watching the Blades.

Seaman’s Save

Arsenal 1 Sheffield United 0
FA Cup Semi Final, Old Trafford, 13th April 2003
David Seaman makes a breathtaking save from Paul Peschisolido.

"This one picture sums up my time supporting United. So god damn close!"

Submitted by Nick Colliver

Seaman’s Save

Arsenal 1 Sheffield United 0
FA Cup Semi Final, Old Trafford, 13th April 2003
David Seaman makes a breathtaking save from Paul Peschisolido.

"This one picture sums up my time supporting United. So god damn close!"

Submitted by Nick Colliver