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So here we are again, another Sheffield Derby is incoming. This will be the 130th time the two sides of Sheffield have met competitively. The Blades currently lead on wins 46 (soon to be 47) to Wed*****y’s 42.
Here we’re going to look at two previous encounters, which saw us take a total of 4 points from our friends from down the road.
Where else in the world could we even think to start other than 24th September 2017, or as we like to call it Bouncing Day.
Wright (Duffy, 63)
Brooks (Lundstram, 85)
It was a Sunday midday kick off, which led to a frustrating start to the day for the majority of Blades who were getting to the wrong side of Sheffield via the tram, many of them not getting into the ground before kick-off – this in-turn led to a number of Unitedites missing John Flecks sumptuous opener just 3 minutes in.
Billy Sharp was surprisingly benched for the big game but by this time us Blades had learned to trust Tufty’s every call implicitly. The man of the moment Leon Clarke doubled United’s lead quarter of an hour in and sent the travelling Blades mad, we were cruising.
Gary Hooper pulled a goal back for the hosts just before the break somewhat dampening the spirit of the impending half time party.
Lucas Joao then gave us the platform to pull of (in my opinion) what of the greatest moments many us have experienced as a Blade by pulling Wed*****y level.
The stadium was bouncing, step up Bounce Killer (Mark Duffy).
Straight from the restart the Blades looked to cut through the Wendies defence and punish them for ruining the mood of the traveling fans. A direct, pacey United attack found Duffy with the ball at his feet just outside the 6 yard box – jinking out then back in he took the Blades into the lead again just 1 minute and 47 seconds after conceding.
That was the moment the bouncing stopped, some say they’ve never bounced since.
Big Leon then finished the job and gave United a stunning 2-4 victory – the 3 points saw United climb up to 4th in the Championship.
Next up we go back to Tuesday 8th April 2008, a night under the lights at BDTBL.
31,760 (Bramall Lane)
Kevin Blackwell was at the helm of United at the time and 3 points were a must if we were to have a chance of making the play offs – likewise Wednesday were at the foot of the table fighting against relegation and needed all of the points!
As the teams came out – as perfectly observed minutes applause was given to the late Derek Dooley, a Sheffield football legend.
Both teams headed into the fixture in relatively good form but it was Wed*****y that started the brighter of the two teams racing into a 2 goal lead courtesy of a brace from Adam Bolder before the hour mark.
Just four minutes after the 2nd went it, the Blades were given hope from a Richard Wood own goal. A poor first touch from Beattie fell nicely into the path of Sharp who’s shot deflected off Wood beyond the Owl’s keeper.
Stead and Beattie came close to levelling forcing Lee Grant to make two great saves. With just five minutes left on the clock the Blades won a free kick in a dangerous area, Beattie territory.
A stunning free kick curled into the top right hand corner of Grant’s goal sending Bramall Lane into raptures.
Both teams walked away with just a point, that point ultimately ended the Blades hopes of a play-off place and left Wednesday well in the mix for relegation.
Thanks for taking the time to read – this was SUFC Memories first article in Pie & A Pint, hopefully not the last.