Past meetings: Sheffield United

1st August 2018
First team

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​As the Swans get set for an opening-day trip to Sheffield United, we look back at some previous encounters between the clubs.

Here we recall past trips to Bramall Lane in the Championship and the FA Cup.

 

Sheffield United 1 Swans 0

Championship – December 18, 2010

There was an unusual sight when the Swans last visited Sheffield United back in 2010 – Leon Britton lining up against the team from the Liberty.

This was the only time in Britton’s distinguished career that he faced the Swans.

He had joined United the previous summer, and would rejoin the Swans a little over a month after this game.

But it was Britton’s Blades who were left celebrating on a cold December afternoon in South Yorkshire thanks to a goal late in the first half from Ched Evans.

 

Sheffield United 0 Swans 3

FA Cup – January 6, 2007

The Swans enjoyed one of their great FA Cup victories when they travelled to Bramall Lane 11 years ago.

Kenny Jackett’s Swans were a League One team who were without a number of their key players for this third-round tie.

The Blades, meantime, were a Premier League club.

But after home boss Neil Warnock opted to rotate his squad in the cup, the inspired Swans took advantage to secure a memorable cup shock.

All the goals came in the second half, with Tom Butler breaking the deadlock on 53 minutes.

Just six minutes later the Irish wideman doubled the visitors’ lead, and he then won a penalty which Britton converted to secure the Swans’ win.

 

Sheffield United 1 Swans 1

FA Cup – January 25, 1964

The Swans stopped off at Bramall Lane during one of the finest FA Cup runs in their history.

Having seen off Barrow in round three, Trevor Morris’s team – who were in the Second Division – were handed a tricky trip to face Division One side Sheffield United in the fourth round.

Former Swans winger Len Allchurch had a hand in the home side’s opening goal, which was scored by Mick Jones.

But the visitors levelled through Eddie Thomas to set up a Vetch replay which they won 4-0.

The Swans then upset Stoke and Liverpool to reach the semi-finals, where they lost out to Preston North End.