2007–08 Sheffield United F.C. season

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Sheffield United
2007–08 season
Chairman Terry Robinson
Manager Bryan Robson
(until 14 February)
Kevin Blackwell
(from 14 February)
Stadium Bramall Lane
Championship 9th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer Beattie (22)
Average home league attendance 25,605

Sheffield United competed in the Football League Championship during the 2007–08 football season, after being relegated from the Premier League during 2006–07.

Season summary[edit]

Manager Bryan Robson was dismissed in February with Sheffield United nowhere near a position good enough for an immediate return to the Premier League.[1] His replacement, Kevin Blackwell, was unable to improve United's form sufficiently to qualify for the play-offs and United finished in a relatively disappointing 9th position.

Kit[edit]

Sheffield United maintained both their kit manufacturing agreement with French company Le Coq Sportif, who produced a new home kit for the season, and their kit sponsorship agreement with American bank Capital One. A new away strip with fluorescent green shirts and black shirts and socks with fluorescent green trim was also introduced.[2]

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 West Bromwich Albion (C) (P) 46 23 12 11 88 55 +33 81 Promotion to Premier League
2 Stoke City (P) 46 21 16 9 69 55 +14 79
3 Hull City (P) 46 21 12 13 65 47 +18 75 Qualification to League Championship playoffs
4 Bristol City 46 20 14 12 54 53 +1 74
5 Crystal Palace 46 18 17 11 58 42 +16 71
6 Watford 46 18 16 12 62 56 +6 70
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 18 16 12 53 48 +5 70
8 Ipswich Town 46 18 15 13 65 56 +9 69
9 Sheffield United 46 17 15 14 56 51 +5 66
10 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 13 16 60 50 +10 64
11 Charlton Athletic 46 17 13 16 63 58 +5 64
12 Cardiff City 46 16 16 14 59 55 +4 64
13 Burnley 46 16 14 16 60 67 −7 62
14 Queens Park Rangers 46 14 16 16 60 66 −6 58
15 Preston North End 46 15 11 20 50 56 −6 56
16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 14 13 19 54 55 −1 55
17 Norwich City 46 15 10 21 49 59 −10 55
18 Barnsley 46 14 13 19 52 65 −13 55
19 Blackpool 46 12 18 16 59 64 −5 54
20 Southampton 46 13 15 18 56 72 −16 54
21 Coventry City 46 14 11 21 52 64 −12 53
22 Leicester City (R) 46 12 16 18 42 45 −3 52 Relegation to League One
23 Scunthorpe United (R) 46 11 13 22 46 69 −23 46
24 Colchester United (R) 46 7 17 22 62 86 −24 38

Updated to games played on 4 May 2008.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Sheffield United's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11 August 2007 Colchester United H 2-2 26,202 Beattie, Tonge
18 August 2007 Watford A 0-1 16,414
25 August 2007 West Bromwich Albion H 1-0 23,491 Beattie
1 September 2007 Scunthorpe United A 2-3 8,801 Webber (2)
15 September 2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3-1 26,003 Beattie (2, 1 pen), Stead
18 September 2007 Blackpool A 2-2 9,512 Beattie (2)
22 September 2007 Crystal Palace A 2-3 14,131 Hudson (own goal), Beattie
29 September 2007 Southampton H 1-2 24,561 Gillespie
2 October 2007 Cardiff City H 3-3 26,186 Beattie, Armstrong, Morgan
6 October 2007 Bristol City A 0-2 13,071
20 October 2007 Preston North End H 1-1 23,661 Beattie (pen)
23 October 2007 Leicester City A 1-0 21,146 Webber
27 October 2007 Hull City A 1-1 20,185 Stead
3 November 2007 Burnley H 0-0 25,306
6 November 2007 Ipswich Town H 3-1 25,033 Beattie (2, 1 pen), Gillespie
10 November 2007 Stoke City A 1-0 12,158 Cahill
24 November 2007 Plymouth Argyle H 0-1 23,811
27 November 2007 Charlton Athletic A 3-0 20,737 Beattie, Cahill, Armstrong
1 December 2007 Coventry City A 1-0 20,355 Armstrong
4 December 2007 Stoke City H 0-3 23,378
8 December 2007 Norwich City A 0-1 24,493
15 December 2007 Barnsley H 1-0 26,629 Kilgallon
22 December 2007 Cardiff City A 0-1 12,869
26 December 2007 Blackpool H 1-1 26,409 Beattie
29 December 2007 Crystal Palace H 0-1 23,982
1 January 2008 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-0 24,791
12 January 2008 Queens Park Rangers H 2-1 28,894 Stewart (own goal), Hendrie
19 January 2008 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-2 30,486
29 January 2008 Watford H 1-1 23,161 Carney
2 February 2008 Colchester United A 2-2 5,695 Shelton, Carney
9 February 2008 Scunthorpe United H 0-0 25,668
12 February 2008 West Bromwich Albion A 0-0 22,643
23 February 2008 Queens Park Rangers A 1-1 15,383 Morgan
1 March 2008 Charlton Athletic H 0-2 23,180
4 March 2008 Ipswich Town A 1-1 20,190 Beattie
8 March 2008 Plymouth Argyle A 1-0 13,669 Beattie
11 March 2008 Coventry City H 2-1 23,864 Sharp, Speed
15 March 2008 Norwich City H 2-0 25,536 Sharp, Kilgallon
22 March 2008 Barnsley A 1-0 15,798 Sharp
29 March 2008 Preston North End A 1-3 14,647 Beattie (pen)
5 April 2008 Leicester City H 3-0 24,818 Beattie (3)
8 April 2008 Sheffield Wednesday H 2-2 31,760 Wood (own goal), Beattie
12 April 2008 Burnley A 2-1 11,693 Beattie, Sharp
19 April 2008 Hull City H 2-0 28,188 Quinn, Beattie (pen)
26 April 2008 Bristol City H 2-1 29,787 Speed (2, 1 pen)
4 May 2008 Southampton A 2-3 31,957 Quinn, Stead

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2007–08 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 2008 Bolton Wanderers A 1-0 15,286 Carney
R4 27 January 2008 Manchester City H 2-1 20,800 Shelton, Stead
R5 17 February 2008 Middlesbrough H 0-0 22,210
R5R 27 February 2008 Middlesbrough A 0-1 28,108

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 14 August 2007 Chesterfield H 3-1 11,170 Stead (2), Webber
R2 28 August 2007 Milton Keynes Dons A 3-2 (a.e.t.) 7,943 Lucketti, Law, Horsfield
R3 25 September 2007 Morecambe H 5-0 8,854 Sharp (2), Shelton (2), Hendrie
R4 31 October 2007 Arsenal H 0-3 16,971

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Ireland GK Paddy Kenny
3 Scotland DF Gary Naysmith
5 England DF Chris Morgan
6 England FW James Beattie
7 Jamaica FW Luton Shelton
8 England FW Jon Stead
9 England FW Rob Hulse
10 England FW Danny Webber
11 England MF Lee Hendrie
12 Wales FW David Cotterill (on loan from Wigan Athletic)
13 England GK Ian Bennett
14 Australia DF David Carney
15 Wales MF Gary Speed
16 England DF Matthew Kilgallon
17 Scotland MF Nick Montgomery
18 England MF Michael Tonge
No. Position Player
19 Northern Ireland MF Keith Gillespie
20 England DF Chris Armstrong
21 England DF John Halls (on loan from Reading)
22 England DF Chris Lucketti
23 England MF Lee Martin (on loan from Manchester United)
24 England FW Billy Sharp
25 England GK Paul Gerrard
26 England DF Derek Geary
28 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Quinn
29 England FW Geoff Horsfield
31 England MF Nicky Law
33 England DF Ugo Ehiogu
35 England MF James Ashmore
40 England GK Jamie Annerson
Republic of Macedonia FW Goran Slavkovski (on loan from Inter Milan)

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 England DF Leigh Bromby
4 England DF Phil Bardsley (on loan from Manchester United)
12 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Quinn
21 Antigua and Barbuda MF Mikele Leigertwood
21 England DF Gary Cahill (on loan from Aston Villa)
No. Position Player
23 Egypt MF Ahmed Fathy
27 France FW Christian Nadé
30 China MF Li Tie
32 England DF Evan Horwood
36 England MF Ian Ross

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