Sheffield United the A to Z guide:

Moody

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#1
A to Z of Sheffield United:

*I know those of you under 30 have become quite American and therefore very serious and literal, having been raised by screens. However, some of the following may use artistic license for comic effect...

A is for Abdullah bin Musa'ed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - son of Prince Musa'ed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his mother is Princess Fatima bint Hashim bin Turki bik Alngers of Turkish descent. No, he is not one of the local taxi drivers made good, he is a rich paper merchant and 50% owner.

B is for Blades. This used to be Sheffield Wednesday’s nickname, until Wednesday moved to Owlerton & became the ‘Owls’. And in true northern style, the men from Bramall Lane nicked it the moment it was left unattended.

C is for Chengdu Wuniu, a Chinese team the Blades bought in 2006 to find talent. It obviously worked well!

D is for Diego, as in Maradona. In 1978, the United manager Harry Haslam watched the 17-year-old Maradona in action on a scouting trip to Argentina and was so impressed he immediately arranged a £200,000 deal. But the transfer fell through when the Second Division club failed to stump up extra cash on top of the fee. The biggest 'the one that got away' ever?

E is for equal. The record between Millwall and Sheffield United is 23 wins to Millwall, 22 to United & 9 draws.

F is for founded in 1889, four years after the Lions.

G is for Greasy Chip Butty song – sung to the tune of "Annie's Song", it celebrates Sheffield culture – such as getting fat and smoking & drinking yourself to death.

H is for Harry. One of United’s most famous recent sides is the one under Dave ‘Harry’ Basset, which kicked and rushed their way to promotion to the old First Division from the Third in 1990 and enjoyed 4 seasons of top flight football – their longest run in the last 40 years.

I is for Ifill, the Blades taking the tricky winger from us after our relegation.

J is for John Smiths Bitter – the only drink they serve in Sheffield.

K is for kit, United have played in red and white stripes for most of their history in contrast to Wednesday’s blue and white.

L is for for Lipsham. Millwall's first-ever manager made his name as a winger for Sheffield United, where he won an FA Cup Final medal. Did a great job in building a very decent Millwall team between 1911 and the start of the first world war.

M is for missing. Bramall Lane was a three sided ground right up until the 1970s, because it hosted county cricket matches for Yorkshire CCC. It is the only ground to be home to the football league champions (United) and county cricket champions (Yorkshire) in the same year (1898).

N is for naughty. Sheffield United has a very active hooligan element still (Blades Business Crew), and has had many run-ins with Millwall’s own finest over the years. The BBC came unstuck recently in SE London, but at least they made the effort, unlike many (including Leeds). Whilst their normal fans drink around London Bridge in tourist pubs & then walk down 'Coward's Way' singing you're not scary anymore, a few Yorkshire scallies do venture into proper Millwall territory.

O is for old. Not United related, but Sheffield is home to the oldest football club in the world – Sheffield FC, founded in 1857.

P is for Paul Peschisolido, former Blade married to lovely Karen Brady. Had to endure taunts of ‘You’re shit & your wife’s a slag’ many a time at The Den.

Q is for queue, a famous feature of the Sheffield city landscape, especially in the 1980s outside Job Centres, and nowadays outside Greggs’.

R is for roundabouts. There are a lot of them around Bramall Lane.

S is for Sheffield Wednesday. The original ‘Blades’ and also regulars at Bramall Lane. It was because Wednesday stopped using the ground that the landlords at Bramall Lane decided to start Sheffield United. United fans respect and thank Wednesday for that all the time.

T is for Tevez. Carlos Tevez scored the goals that helped keep West Ham up at the expense of Sheffield United, even though it was proven that his contract didn’t meet FA rules. Blades fans are very Zen about this now, accepting that fining a club a few million pounds, who cheated to stay in the multi-million pound PL, was completely just and fair.

U is for Unitedites – another nickname given to Sheffield United fans. No idea why!

V is for very wet. It rains in Sheffield at least once in every 24 hour period.

W is for West Ham United. Blades fans hate them nearly as much as us (see T). However, they’ve not killed any Hammers yet, sadly.

X is for Xenodochy. Natives of Sheffield are very welcoming. It is almost impossible not to pull a northern tart in the Leadmill.

Y is for years. Sheffield United have not managed to win at The Den in just over 8 years.

Z is for zenith. Sadly, Sheffield United peaked early in their footballing career, their best years were between 1897 and 1902, when they were runners-up in the league twice, champions once; and FA Cup winners twice and runners-up once.
 
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whiskylion

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Superb, Moody. But I expect no less.....

Mind you, I would have had L for Lipsham. Millwall's first-ever manager made his name as a winger for Sheffield United, where he won an FA Cup Final medal. Did a great job in building a very decent Millwall team between 1911 and the start of the first world war.

If memory serves, though Bert Lipsham trained as an accountant he decided to start a new, but ill-fated, life in Canada where he lost an arm in a logging accident before being killed some years later in a train crash.
 

Moody

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whiskylion - 30/11/2017 02:12

Superb, Moody. But I expect no less.....

Mind you, I would have had L for Lipsham. Millwall's first-ever manager made his name as a winger for Sheffield United, where he won an FA Cup Final medal. Did a great job in building a very decent Millwall team between 1911 and the start of the first world war.

If memory serves, though Bert Lipsham trained as an accountant he decided to start a new, but ill-fated, life in Canada where he lost an arm in a logging accident before being killed some years later in a train crash.
Up-dated just for you Whisky!

Plus added Maradona - as just remembered that!
 

Moody

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PurleyLion - 30/11/2017 18:05

Moody :clap: :clap: :clap:

All your own work?
No-one else is this sad, surely :grin:

Also, lived in Sheffield and it was done out of warm feelings to the place & team.

As said before,I like the Blades, went to a few games when I lived there, and they were a lot like us - mostly working class, passed the club down through the generations, rain or shine, saw the humour in being shit and didn't take it all that seriously, but passionately got behind their team and could create a very partisan atmosphere.

In contrast to Wednesday - who I found to be supported by more middle-class types from the suburbs, who really did think their shit didn't stink and believed the likes of Millwall & Sheffield United were below them, despite being bang average for the last 50 years. I call them the Crystal Palace of the north!
 
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got a feeling the den will light up tomorrow. big northern wanker club bringing a few, and we always give the big uns a good game. looking forward to standing up and giving them the wanker sign from block 3 and then going home and having fish and chips cheers.
 
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as for the AZ, you need one for FC - fat cunts. i spend a fair bit of time in that neck of the woods and they love a giant fat cunt up there, waddling along in sports gear, always sausage roll crumbs somewhere on their unit. i was walking through chesterfield teh other day and was surprised to see a man in his 40s who wasnt a fat cunt.
 

Moody

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T is for top boy. The Blades Business Crew's top boy is Norris Ramsbottom (pictured). He led a crack unit of Sheffield's finest into the back doubles of Bermondsey, but came unstuck - literally; his false leg fell off. Noz has always told people that he lost his leg in Afghanistan; but in fact it was in Gregg's (so to speak). That's because like most northerners, Nozza is addicted to a diet of sausage rolls and pasties. He lost his leg to diabetes and then to some young rascals on a SE London estate. Yet, the BBC are still the top firm in Yorkshire - unlike the famous Leeds United, they do at least forgo getting selfies with tourist at Borough Market to actually venture into Bermondsey!
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