Neil Warnock Week: Sheffield United’s ‘Bladey Bladeness’

By his own admission Neil Warnock is one of football’s most divisive characters. Loved by as many as he is hated by. Often within the fan-base of the club he is managing. That is no different at the club he supports and has managed.

He took over with the club reaching the lowest nadir in its recent history. Less than 10,000 fans were in Bramall Lane to watch Adrian …

Unexpected Rivalries 8: Sheffield United and West Ham United

It is now almost seven years since Uniteds Sheffield and West Ham faced up to one another on the football pitch, the Blades gaining something of a pyrrhic victory over the Hammers with Michael Tonge described in one unmentionable daily newspaper as having turned in a performance of ‘supernova intensity’ — hard to believe given that gentleman’s typically languid style.

At that point, the match seemed little more than …

Swindon Town, Sheffield United and Financial Fair Play

Perhaps the most significant occurrence of these early weeks of the 2012-13 season has been the transfer embargo imposed upon Swindon Town after the Robins became the first to fall foul of the new League 1 directives that a club’s fees and wages should not exceed 65% of its turnover.

You’ll recall that a transfer tribunal’s insistence that a combined £340,000 be coughed up for James Collins and Troy Archibald-Henville …

From the Ritz to the Rubble: Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday

It’s that time again – this weekend, Sheffield Wednesday make the short trip across the city to face Sheffield United. How long ago it seems now that these two teams travelled down to Wembley together. This is now a meeting between two third-tier clubs, both desperate to return to the Championship.

With both the Blades and the Owls in a similar position, the outcome of Sunday’s clash at Bramall Lane …

Conversations with Ian Rands (Sheffield United)

We complete a quartet of Conversations by picking the brains of Ian Rands and it will be hard to beat this one for anguish given that its topic is Sheffield United Football Club. Ian is of course the proprietor of the superb website A United View on Football, famous for its series of offbeat footballing charts and a burgeoning set of Dislikable XIs. Here, Lanterne Rouge chews the