Sheffield United host Sheffield Wednesday tonight at Bramall Lane in the 28th ever Steel City derby to be held in the second tier.
The vast majority, 84 in total, of Sheffield derbies have been held in the top flight – which serves as a reminder of the glories that both of these huge clubs have seen in previous years.
There have been some classic clashes and moments in years gone by and this is a look at three of the best from a Sheffield United perspective as they look to make it another night to remember tonight.
January 17 2003
In 2003, in a season in which Neil Warnock’s Sheffield United would go on to make the semi-finals of the FA Cup, before being knocked out by Arsenal, Michael Brown scored one of the best goals the Steel City derby has seen in modern times.
Wednesday had taken the lead through Alan Quinn just after half time before Steve Kabba flicked home an equaliser.
On 65 minutes, Brown took over. A free-kick was headed clear and Brown hit a stunning volley into the top left hand corner of the net to send Bramall Lane wild.
???? What a volley from Michael Brown against Wednesday in 2003! ????????
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Wayne Allison put the gloss on the 3-1 victory but the night belonged to Brown. Have United scored a better derby goal than this?
18 September 2009
This was the last time Sheffield United beat their bitter rivals in a home match and they made a flying start.
The Blades went into the game in fourth place and were 2-0 up inside 15 minutes, thanks to goals from Jamie Ward and Darius Henderson.
It got even better for the home side when a Lewis Buxton own goal made it three before half time and Bramall Lane was rocking.
United were in dreamland and while Wednesday did pull two back – including a long-range free-kick from Etienne Esajas – the result was never in any doubt and Blades fans would love a similar fast start and first half performance tonight.
24 September 2017
United are looking for the double tonight and this stunning result at Hillsborough in September is why.
John Fleck shocked the hosts with a well-worked free kick goal after just three minutes and former Wednesday man Leon Clarke capitalised on some slack defending to make it two.
Gary Hooper flicked home before Joao rifled home to level the scores but having won the game once, United went out and won it again.
Mark Duffy twisted and turned before prodding home from a tight angle and Clarke added his second with a wonderful dinked finish to complete the scoring and send the travelling Blades fans into raptures.
United fans – happy with these selections or are there any classic moments I’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below…
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