Steel City derby
The teams warming up for 2012 edition
|Other names||Sheffield Derby |
Blades vs The Owls
|Locale||Sheffield, South Yorkshire|
|Teams||Sheffield United (The Blades)|
Sheffield Wednesday (The Owls)
|First meeting||The Wednesday 2–1 Sheffield United|
Wharncliffe Charity Cup
(23 April 1891)
|Latest meeting||Sheffield Wednesday 0–0 Sheffield United|
2018–19 EFL Championship
(4 March 2019)
|Stadiums||Bramall Lane (Sheffield United)|
Hillsborough Stadium (Sheffield Wednesday)
|Most wins||Sheffield United (49)|
|All-time series||Sheffield United: 49|
Sheffield Wednesday: 48
The Steel City Derby (or Sheffield Derby) is a local derby that takes place between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, the two professional football league teams based in the city of Sheffield, England. It is widely considered to be one of the biggest derby matches in English football.
Sheffield United and Wednesday have one of the most fierce football rivalries in football history, the teams have met competitively a total of 144 times, with United leading the meetings by 49 wins to Wednesday's 48 wins a difference of just 1 win. The latest Steel City Derby was played on 4 March 2019, which ended in a goalless draw at Hillsborough.
- 1 History
- 2 Games played since 2007
- 3 Summary of all competitive matches
- 4 Matches played
- 5 Non-competitive matches
- 6 Famous matches
- 7 Resurgence in the Steel City Derby
- 8 Off-pitch relationship
- 9 Played for both
- 10 Notes and references
- 11 External links
The first competitive Steel City Derby fixture took place on 16 October 1893 during the 1893–94 English Division 1 season (following United's promotion the first Division the previous season), it ended 1–1.
Alan Quinn became the first player to have scored a goal for both clubs in a Steel City derby match. He scored for Sheffield Wednesday in their 3-1 defeat to United at Bramall Lane in February 2003. He signed to United from Wednesday in 2004 and scored the winning goal for Sheffield United in a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on 4 December 2005.
Games played since 2007
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The first of the two league games for the 2007–08 Championship season was at Hillsborough on 19 January 2008 in front of a crowd of 30,486; Wednesday won 2–0 with goals from Akpo Sodje and Marcus Tudgay. The second match of the season was at Bramall Lane on 8 April 2008 and saw United battle back from 2–0 down, to snatch a 2–2 draw in front of 31,760 fans.
The first meeting of the two matches for the following season, the 2008–09 Championship was held on 19 October 2008, at Hillsborough with a crowd of 30,441. Wednesday won 1–0 with a 35th minute volley from Steve Watson. This game also had a missed penalty by Deon Burton (saved by Paddy Kenny), and two red cards, Matthew Kilgallon got sent off for United before the goal and Jermaine Johnson got sent off for Wednesday midway through the second half after being substituted. The return game at Bramall Lane was on 7 February 2009, with Wednesday winning 2–1 thanks to goals from Tommy Spurr and Marcus Tudgay. This victory was Wednesday's first at Bramall Lane since 1967 and their first double victory over their city rivals for 95 years.
On 18 September 2009 Sheffield United took a 3–0 lead against Sheffield Wednesday into half time, but two Owls goals in the second half allowed Wednesday back in. But the score finished 3–2 to United and earned Kevin Blackwell his first win against Sheffield Wednesday since joining the club. The 125th Steel City Derby played on 18 April at Hillsborough was drawn 1–1. Wednesday took the lead late in the first half form a Darren Potter volley, United equalized on the hour mark through a Lee Williamson shot.
2011–12 League One
On the first derby game of the season on 16 October 2011 United gained a 2–0 lead, but with six minutes remaining, Wednesday came back to draw 2–2 with goals from Chris O'Grady and an injury time equaliser from strike partner Gary Madine at Bramall Lane. The second game on 26 February 2012, at Hillsborough was important for both teams, since both sides were competing for promotion to the Championship. Wednesday took the full three points with a 1–0 win after a goal from Chris O'Grady. The goal turned out to be crucial, since Wednesday eventually finished second in the table and gained promotion with 93 points, while United finished third with 90 points. United eventually failed to gain promotion after losing the Play-off final at Wembley to Huddersfield Town in a penalty shootout. After a six-year exile, United finally achieved promotion to the Championship in May 2017.
The first 2017-18 Steel City Derby was played at Hillsborough on Sunday 24 September 2017 (kicked off at 1:15 pm GMT), which ended in a 4-2 victory for United in front of a crowd of 32,839. Goals for United came from John Fleck in the 3rd minute, Mark Duffy in the 67th minute, and two (in the 15th and 77th minute respectively) from Leon Clarke against his former side, with Gary Hooper in the 47th minute (scored in the first half as two minutes were added on) and Lucas Joao (65') scoring for Wednesday.  This game was nicknamed the 'Bouncing Day Massacre' by the United fans.
The first of the two derbies was hosted by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Friday 9 November 2018, kicking off at 7:45 pm after completing a minute of silence in remembrance of soldiers who gave their lives in conflict. Sky UK, who televised the match, were later criticised and branded disrespectful for playing canned crowd noise over the performance of the Last Post, when the crowd were, in fact, silent. Just 14 minutes into the game, Sheffield United's Mark Duffy was fouled by Sheffield Wednesday's Morgan Fox and was awarded a penalty, taken by David McGoldrick and saved by Cameron Dawson. The night ended with a goalless draw.
The second derby of the season hosted by Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough was played on 4 March 2019. This match also ended in a goalless draw.
Summary of all competitive matches
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|Full Members Cup||1||0||0||1||2||3|
|Season||Division||Tier||Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday||Sheffield Wednesday vs Sheffield United|
|1893–94||First Division||1||16 October 1893||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||13 November 1893||Olive Grove||1 – 2|
|1894–95||First Division||1||12 January 1895||Bramall Lane||1 – 0||27 October 1894||Olive Grove||2 – 3|
|1895–96||First Division||1||26 December 1895||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||7 September 1896||Olive Grove||1 – 0|
|1896–97||First Division||1||26 December 1896||Bramall Lane||2 – 0||2 March 1897||Olive Grove||1 – 1|
|1897–98||First Division||1||27 December 1897||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||16 October 1897||Olive Grove||0 – 1|
|1898–99||First Division||1||26 December 1898||Bramall Lane||2 – 1||3 October 1899||Hillsborough||1 – 1|
|1900–01||First Division||1||15 December 1900||Bramall Lane||1 – 0||29 April 1901||Hillsborough||1 – 0|
|1901–02||First Division||1||1 March 1902||Bramall Lane||3 – 0||2 November 1901||Hillsborough||1 – 0|
|1902–03||First Division||1||1 September 1902||Bramall Lane||2 – 3||11 October 1903||Hillsborough||0 – 1|
|1903–04||First Division||1||12 December 1903||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||9 April 1904||Hillsborough||3 – 0|
|1904–05||First Division||1||8 April 1905||Bramall Lane||4 – 2||10 December 1904||Hillsborough||1 – 3|
|1905–06||First Division||1||21 October 1905||Bramall Lane||0 – 2||18 April 1906||Hillsborough||1 – 0|
|1906–07||First Division||1||4 May 1907||Bramall Lane||2 – 1||3 November 1906||Hillsborough||2 – 2|
|1907–08||First Division||1||9 November 1907||Bramall Lane||1 – 3||7 March 1908||Hillsborough||2 – 0|
|1908–09||First Division||1||26 December 1908||Bramall Lane||2 – 1||Hillsborough||1 – 0|
|1909–10||First Division||1||6 November 1909||Bramall Lane||3 – 3||19 March 1910||Hillsborough||1 – 3|
|1910–11||First Division||1||25 February 1911||Bramall Lane||0 – 1||22 October 1910||Hillsborough||2 – 0|
|1911–12||First Division||1||4 November 1911||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||9 March 1912||Hillsborough||1 – 1|
|1912–13||First Division||1||1 March 1913||Bramall Lane||0 – 2||26 October 1912||Hillsborough||1 – 0|
|1913–14||First Division||1||25 October 1913||Bramall Lane||0 – 1||28 February 1914||Hillsborough||2 – 1|
|1914–15||First Division||1||4 September 1914||Bramall Lane||0 – 1||2 January 1915||Hillsborough||1 – 1|
|1919–20||First Division||1||4 October 1919||Bramall Lane||3 – 0||27 September 1919||Hillsborough||2 – 1|
|1926–27||First Division||1||15 January 1927||Bramall Lane||2 – 0||28 August 1926||Hillsborough||2 – 3|
|1927–28||First Division||1||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||Hillsborough||3 – 3|
|1928–29||First Division||1||2 February 1929||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||22 September 1928||Hillsborough||5 – 2|
|1929–30||First Division||1||28 September 1929||Bramall Lane||2 – 2||36,738||1 February 1930||Hillsborough||1 – 1||33,322|
|1931–32||First Division||1||2 April 1932||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||37,872||21 November 1931||Hillsborough||2 – 1||25,823|
|1932–33||First Division||1||4 February 1933||Bramall Lane||2 – 3||32,608||24 September 1932||Hillsborough||3 – 3||24,804|
|1933–34||First Division||1||3 March 1934||Bramall Lane||5 – 1||32,318||21 October 1933||Hillsborough||0 – 1||28,049|
|1937–38||Second Division||2||26 February 1938||Bramall Lane||2 – 1||50,827||16 October 1937||Hillsborough||0 – 1||51,893|
|1938–39||Second Division||2||29 October 1938||Bramall Lane||0 – 0||44,909||4 March 1939||Hillsborough||1 – 0||48,891|
|1949–50||Second Division||2||21 January 1950||Bramall Lane||2 – 0||51,644||17 September 1949||Hillsborough||2 – 1||55,555|
|1951–52||Second Division||2||8 September 1951||Bramall Lane||7 – 3||52,045||5 January 1952||Hillsborough||1 – 3||65,384|
|1953–54||First Division||1||12 September 1953||Bramall Lane||2 – 0||45,463||23 January 1954||Hillsborough||3 – 2||43,231|
|1954–55||First Division||1||18 September 1954||Bramall Lane||1 – 0||37,308||5 February 1955||Hillsborough||1 – 2||36,176|
|1958–59||Second Division||2||21 February 1959||Bramall Lane||1 – 0||43,919||4 October 1958||Hillsborough||2 – 0||46,404|
|1961–62||First Division||1||16 September 1961||Bramall Lane||1 – 0||38,497||3 February 1962||Hillsborough||1 – 2||50,937|
|1962–63||First Division||1||6 October 1962||Bramall Lane||2 – 2||42,687||15 May 1963||Hillsborough||3 – 1||41,585|
|1963–64||First Division||1||14 September 1963||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||35,276||18 January 1964||Hillsborough||3 – 0||42,898|
|1964–65||First Division||1||2 January 1965||Bramall Lane||2 – 3||37,190||5 September 1964||Hillsborough||0 – 2||32,684|
|1965–66||First Division||1||18 September 1965||Bramall Lane||1 – 0||35,655||12 March 1966||Hillsborough||2 – 2||34,045|
|1966–67||First Division||1||4 February 1966||Bramall Lane||1 – 0||43,490||24 September 1967||Hillsborough||2 – 2||43,557|
|1967–68||First Division||1||2 September 1967||Bramall Lane||0 – 1||36,258||6 January 1968||Hillsborough||1 – 1||43,020|
|1970–71||Second Division||2||3 October 1970||Bramall Lane||3 – 2||39,983||12 April 1971||Hillsborough||0 – 0||47,592|
|1979–80||Third Division||3||5 April 1980||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||45,156||26 December 1979||Hillsborough||4 – 0||49,309|
|1991–92||First Division||1||17 November 1991||Bramall Lane||2 – 0||31,832||11 March 1992||Hillsborough||1 – 3||40,327|
|1992–93||Premier League||1||8 November 1992||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||30,039||21 April 1993||Hillsborough||1 – 1||38,688|
|1993–94||Premier League||1||23 October 1993||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||30,044||22 January 1994||Hillsborough||3 – 1||34,959|
|2000–01||First Division||2||16 December 2000||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||25,156||1 April 2001||Hillsborough||1 – 2||38,433|
|2001–02||First Division||2||29 January 2002||Bramall Lane||0 – 0||29,364||7 October 2001||Hillsborough||0 – 0||29,281|
|2002–03||First Division||2||17 January 2003||Bramall Lane||3 – 1||28,179||1 September 2002||Hillsborough||2 – 0||27,075|
|2005–06||Championship||2||3 December 2005||Bramall Lane||1 – 0||30,558||18 February 2006||Hillsborough||1 – 2||33,439|
|2007–08||Championship||2||8 April 2008||Bramall Lane||2 – 2||31,760||19 January 2008||Hillsborough||2 – 0||30,486|
|2008–09||Championship||2||7 February 2009||Bramall Lane||1 – 2||30,786||19 October 2008||Hillsborough||1 – 0||30,441|
|2009–10||Championship||2||18 September 2009||Bramall Lane||3 – 2||29,210||18 April 2010||Hillsborough||1 – 1||35,485|
|2011–12||League One||3||16 October 2011||Bramall Lane||2 – 2||28,136||26 February 2012||Hillsborough||1 – 0||36,364|
|2017–18||Championship||2||12 January 2018||Bramall Lane||0 – 0||31,120||24 September 2017||Hillsborough||2 – 4||32,839|
|2018–19||Championship||2||9 November 2018||Bramall Lane||0 – 0||30,261||4 March 2019||Hillsborough||0 – 0||31,630|
|1899–1900||FA Cup||2nd Round||17 February 1900||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||28,374|
|2nd Round Replay||19 February 1900||Hillsborough||0– 2||23,000|
|1924–25||FA Cup||2nd Round||31 January 1925||Bramall Lane||3 – 2||40,256|
|1927–28||FA Cup||5th Round||18 February 1928||Hillsborough||1 – 1||57,076|
|5th Round Replay||22 February 1928||Bramall Lane||4 – 1||59,447|
|1953–54||FA Cup||3rd Round||9 January 1954||Hillsborough||1 – 1||61,250|
|3rd Round Replay||13 January 1954||Bramall Lane||1 – 3||40,847|
|1959–60||FA Cup||6th Round||12 March 1960||Bramall Lane||0 – 2||61,180|
|1980–81||League Cup||1st Round first leg||12 August 1980||Bramall Lane||1 – 1||25,588|
|1st Round second leg||9 August 1980||Hillsborough||2 – 0||23,989|
|1989–90||Full Members Cup||2nd Round||21 November 1989||Hillsborough||3 – 2||30,464|
|1992–93||FA Cup||Semi-final||3 April 1993||Wembley Stadium||2 – 1||75,364|
|2000–01||League Cup||3rd Round||1 November 2000||Hillsborough||2 – 1||32,283|
|Olive Grove||15 December 1890||10,000||Friendly||Wednesday||2–1||First ever meeting between the two sides |
|Bramall Lane||12 January 1891||15,000||Friendly||United||3–2||First United win|
|Olive Grove||23 April 1891||3,250||Wharncliffe Charity Cup||Wednesday||2–1||Tournament went uncompleted|
|Olive Grove||17 October 1892||1,500||Friendly||Drawn||1–1||First drawn game|
|Bramall Lane||5 August 1995||13,254||Steel City Challenge Trophy||Wednesday||1–3||Last meeting between the sides under Dave Bassett's time at United|
|Bramall Lane||27 August 1996||7,271||Steel City Challenge Trophy||United||4–1||Last non-competitive match|
The most famous match at Bramall Lane was on 8 September 1951, an encounter United won 7–3 in front of a crowd of 51,075. Wednesday scored after just ninety seconds through Thomas, but goals from Derek Hawksworth and Harold Brook gave United a 2–1 interval lead which would have been greater if McIntosh in the Wednesday goal had not saved a Fred Furniss penalty. Dennis Woodhead equalised for Wednesday after sixty minutes, but in rapid succession, Alf Ringstead, Hawksworth and Ringstead again, and Fred Smith scored for United, Woodhead pulled one back for Wednesday before Brook made the score 7–3 in a match that ultimately did not bring promotion or relegation for either side but is never to be forgotten by United fans.
The Boxing Day Massacre, was a match played on 26 December 1979. It was famous for being the biggest win in recent times for Wednesday, winning 4–0, with goals from Ian Mellor, Terry Curran, Mark Smith and Jeff King. The United side at the time were top of the league, while Wednesday were 4th in the table. The victory for Wednesday propelled them onto promotion and is widely believed to have shaped the next 20 years fortunes for Wednesday while United languished in the 3rd division before being relegated to the 4th division, which is the only time one of the Sheffield clubs has been in the bottom tier of the football league. The match was watched by a record Third Division crowd of 49,309 spectators and is still celebrated by Owls fans today.
On 3 April 1993, the two teams met in the FA Cup semi-finals. The game was scheduled to be played at Elland Road while the other semi between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur was to be played at Wembley. However The Football Association was forced to move the fixture to Wembley due to extreme pressure from the fans of both teams. The match itself proved to be a classic, with Wednesday winning 2–1 after extra-time. Chris Waddle and Mark Bright scoring for Wednesday, and Alan Cork scoring for United. The match was watched by 75,364 spectators.
Resurgence in the Steel City Derby
After Sheffield Wednesday's relegation from the FA Premier League after the 1999–2000 season both teams frequented the same league for seven of the next ten years. This caused the local rivalry between the two teams to increase and to cause an emergence of crowd trouble in 2003 and 2008.
Before the 2000–01 season both teams were only in the same league for six seasons between 1970–71 and 1999–00 (twenty-nine seasons), although this period did see one FA Cup semi-final meeting in 1993 and a Zenith Data Cup (Full Members Cup) meeting in 1989.
Supporters of the two Sheffield clubs have a fierce but healthy relationship. This goes right back to 1889 after Sheffield Wednesday, formed in 1867, had vacated Bramall Lane due to a dispute over rent. To compensate for the loss in revenue, the Cricket committee took the decision to form another football club, thus Sheffield United were established and Bramall Lane subsequently became their home.
The Clubs themselves do appear to have an amicable relationship, and on 15 July 2011 both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday held a joint conference called "Supporting Sheffield" in which they announced a joint shirt sponsorship deal with two local Sheffield based companies for the 2011-12 League One season. The two local sponsors were Westfield Health (a Not for Profit healthcare organisation), who were the home kit sponsor for the Blades and the away kit sponsor for the Owls, and the Gilder Group (a Volkswagen car dealer), who were the away kit sponsor for the Blades and the home kit sponsor for the Owls. United and Wednesday both made a six figure sum from the sponsorship deal. The deal was the first of its kind in English football with The Telegraph likening the deal to Glasgow rivals and neighbours Celtic and Rangers who have frequently shared shirt sponsors in the past.
Played for both
Played for both:
- Earl Barrett
- Danny Batth
- Carl Bradshaw
- Leigh Bromby
- Franz Carr
- Leon Clarke
- Richard Cresswell
- Terry Curran
- David Ford
- Derek Geary
- Paul Heald
- David Johnson
- Caolan Lavery
- Gary Madine
- Brian Marwood
- David McGoldrick
- Jon-Paul McGovern
- Tony McMahon
- Owen Morrison
- Joe Mattock
- Chris O'Grady
- Alan Quinn
- Neil Ramsbottom
- Carl Robinson
- Wilf Rostron
- Bernard Shaw
- Simon Stainrod
- Keith Treacy
- Imre Varadi
- Alan Warboys
- Dean Windass
Managed both teams:
Played for one, managed the other:
Played for one, coached the other:
Coached both teams:
- Derek Dooley, played for and managed Wednesday and was then had a variety of roles at United including Commercial Manager, Managing Director, Chairman and Vice President
- John Harris, managed United and scouted for Wednesday
Notes and references
- "11v11 Records". 11v11. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
- "The Steel City showdown". BBC Sport. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
- Sheffield United the first 100 years. Clarebrough, D. 1989, ISBN 0-9508588-1-1
- "United vs Wednesday – Facts & Figures". Blades-Mad. Retrieved 6 February 2009.
- "DERBY VERDICT: "A massive win", says Blades boss Blackwell". Sheffield Star. Johnston Publishing. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
- "Sheffield Wednesday 2-4 Sheffield United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
- "Sheffield United: Fans remember the 'Bouncing Day Massacre' one year on". The Star. 24 September 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- "Sheffield United Fixtures". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
- Rollin, Jack (1993). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1993–94. Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0-7472-7895-4.
- "FA investigates crowd trouble". BBC Sport. 3 February 2003. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
- "Fans clash at Steel City Derby". Sheffield Star. Johnston Publishing. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
- "Atmosphere report (Sheffield United – Sheffield Wednesday 08 April 2008)". FootballDerbies.com. 10 April 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
- "Both Sheffield United and Wednesday forecast friction over sponsorship link-up". Sheffield Star. Johnston Publishing. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- "Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday to share shirts sponsors this season". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.