Sheffield – A Football Rivalry

teams in Sheffield – Wednesday and United are one of the bitterest rivals in soccer.

The Sheffield derby may not have the glam and glitz as the Milan derby but ask anyone in South Yorkshire their thoughts on it and they will tell you that it is anything other than friendly. Sheffield Wednesday were founded in 1867 rivals Sheffield United in 1889.

Both teams currently sit outside the top flight of English football, Wednesday in the second and United in the third tier.

United can boast the most wins in the Steel City derby 45-41 with 40 draws but Wednesday can boast the biggest wins in modern times.

On Boxing day 1979 49,309 saw a top placed United play 5th place Wednesday in the third division. Wednesday went on to win 4-0 in a game known as the Boxing Day massacre.

In 1993 both Sheffield and North London teams ufabet เว็บแทงบอลมือถือ reached the semi-final of the FA Cup. The FA agreed to let Tottenham and Arsenal play at Wembley, instructing the Steel City to play their game at Leeds United’s Elland Road. After both clubs protested the FA agreed to move the fixture to Wembley.

United had the up upper hand on Wednesday in recent years, the red side of Sheffield were confident that they could win the game. Wednesday has strengthened their midfield at the start of the season by signing England and Marseille winger Chris Waddle. Wednesday were struggling with injuries as a result central defender Paul Warhurst turned into an emergency striker for the Owls.

United favourite Brian Deane was the main threat to Wednesday. Both teams had two capable keepers between the sticks. England goalkeeper Chris Woods and Republic of Ireland keeper Alan Kelly where the custodians for Wednesday and United respectively.

On April 3rd Trevor Francis and Dave Basset lead Wednesday and United out respectively. Waddle scored a wonderful free kick with barely a minute on the clock. Alan Cork equalised for United just before half time. Mark Bright scored an extra time winner when he headed in a John Harkes corner.

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