2011–12 Sheffield United F.C. season
(Football Club Chairman)
|FA Cup||Fourth Round
(eliminated by Birmingham City)
|League Cup||Second Round
(eliminated by Everton)
|Football League Trophy||Quarter Final (North)
(eliminated by Bradford City)
|Top goalscorer||League: Evans (29)
All: Evans (35)
|Highest home attendance||30,043
|Lowest home attendance||League: 15,783
(v Colchester United)
(v Bradford City)
|Average home league attendance||18,702|
Sheffield United Football Club (known as the Blades) participated in League One, the third level of English football for the first time in 23 years having been relegated from the Championship at the end of the previous season. It was also their first appearance in both the Football League Trophy and the first round proper of the FA Cup for a similar length of time, as well as being the first season under new manager Danny Wilson. United began the season well, recording consistently sound results in Football League One and nearing the position required for an immediate return to the Championship. By the turn of the year, the squad was well positioned for promotion.
Reasonable progress was made in the cup competitions, reaching the second round of the League Cup, the fourth round of the FA Cup and the regional quarter finals of the Football League Trophy. With only a handful of games left to play in the league, United looked set to finish in second place in the table but in the aftermath of leading scorer Ched Evans being jailed, results declined, and United slipped to third place in the final week of the season. Although reaching the Play-off Final the team were beaten on penalties by Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium, thus failing to achieve promotion and being destined to spend the following season in League One.
- 1 Team kit
- 2 Season overview
- 2.1 Pre-season
- 2.2 August–September: Early season optimism
- 2.3 October–November: Important points dropped
- 2.4 December–January: Maximum points for Christmas
- 2.5 February–March: Promotion charge takes shape then falls apart
- 2.6 April–May: The final straight ends in disappointment
- 2.7 Another trip to Wembley
- 2.8 Academy and Reserve teams
- 3 Squad
- 4 Transfers and Contracts
- 5 League Table
- 6 Season firsts
- 7 Squad Statistics
- 8 Matches
- 9 Honours and awards
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The team kit for the 2011–12 season was produced by Macron for the third successive year. The home kit consisted of the club's traditional red and white stripes and was based on the kit worn by the team in the early 1970s, chosen following a poll of fans the previous year. As the pre-season programme got under way the club also revealed a new all yellow away kit. By mid July the club announced that they had struck a joint sponsorship deal with cross-city rivals Sheffield Wednesday which would see both teams sponsored by the same two local companies. The Blades home kit was sponsored by Westfield Health and the away kit by local car dealers Gilders Group (with Sheffield Wednesday's kit's having the reverse). The club later announced that a new secondary sponsor, Nexis, would appear on the back of the home shirts for the coming season.
Following relegation from the Championship at the end of the previous season, company chairman Kevin McCabe sacked manager Micky Adams, insisting that the club needed a new start to take them forward. After a few weeks of speculation, McCabe appointed former Sheffield Wednesday manager Danny Wilson as Adams' successor. This appointment was met with outrage by sections of the Blades support due to Wilson's perceived lack of managerial success and his links with the club's bitter cross-city rivals. Despite these protests, the club pressed ahead with the appointment and Wilson began to assemble his back room team, appointing former United defender Frank Barlow as his number two, fellow former Blade Billy Dearden as chief scout and Dave Morrison as fitness coach.
Wilson stressed that he intended to bring a better style of play to the team in the coming season but admitted that players would have to be sold to balance the books. Deals were already in place to sell Jamie Ward to Derby County for an undisclosed fee, and sign Danny Philliskirk from Chelsea on a free transfer, but Wilson also added to the squad in June by signing Lecsinel Jean-François from his former club Swindon Town, also on a free transfer. After much speculation, and with the players about to return for pre-season training, Darius Henderson was sold to Millwall for an undisclosed fee in order to free up money on the wage bill.
The club announced a low key series of friendlies for July, while Wilson continued to reshape his squad, allowing young defenders Kingsley James and Phil Roe, both products of the Blades Academy, to leave and rejoin former boss Micky Adams at Port Vale on free transfers. A youthful team were held to a draw by Sheffield FC but overcame Worksop Town a few days later. With the team about to leave for a training camp in Malta, Mark Yeates was sold to Watford for an undisclosed fee, Ryan Flynn was signed from Falkirk for a similarly undisclosed fee and Chris Porter arrived on a free transfer having been released by Derby County. Once in Malta, United took on local sides Sliema Wanderers and Hibernians in friendly games, beating both sides. Upon returning to England, the Blades completed their pre-season schedule with two home fixtures, losing to Doncaster Rovers and drawing with Blackpool. With their pre-season schedule completed the Blades signed young winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a six-month loan deal.
Unfortunately the latter half of July also saw the club hit the national headlines for the wrong reasons. Firstly the club was identified by a Channel 4 undercover investigation as being offered for sale as part of an illegal ownership deal although the Blades themselves were not implicated in any wrongdoing. A fortnight later striker Ched Evans was arrested and charged with rape following an incident in May.
August–September: Early season optimism
The Blades won the opening game of the season away from home, outclassing Oldham Athletic, but a strong side needed penalties to overcome Hartlepool United at Victoria Park in the first round of the League Cup a few days later. Midfielder Kevin McDonald was added to the squad on a free transfer after a lengthy trial period, before the Blades resumed their league campaign, beating Brentford at home, and overturning a two-nil deficit to overcome Walsall at Bramall Lane. Having spent the previous season on loan at United, Argentinian Elian Parrino returned to South Yorkshire on a one-year deal from Estudiantes de La Plata, after which the Blades embarked on a four match run of away games in the space of eleven days. They dropped their first league points of the season as they were held to a draw by Tranmere Rovers, before suffering their first defeat of the season on a quick return to Merseyside, allowing the lead to slip once more as they crashed out of the League Cup at the hands of Premiership Everton. The team returned to league action and winning ways with an away trip to Yeovil, the first ever competitive meeting between the two clubs, after which they despatched Burton Albion to progress into the second round of the Football League Trophy.
With Danny Wilson still needing to raise money and trim the wage bill the Blades had a relatively busy transfer deadline day, allowing Jordan Slew to join Blackburn Rovers for £1.1m, and Daniel Bogdanović to join Blackpool for an undisclosed fee, but turning down another offer from the Seasiders for Stephen Quinn. The Blades also agreed a deal to take two young midfielders, John Fleck and Kyle Hutton on loan from Rangers for the remainder of the season, but the deal subsequently fell through due to issues with the paperwork involved. The team kicked off September by crushing Bury 4–0 at Bramall Lane, and then travelled to Scunthorpe United where they maintained their unbeaten start after coming from behind to grab a 1–1 draw. Off the field the restructuring of the club continued with the appointment of former Blades player Julian Winter as Chief Executive to replace the departing Trevor Birch. Danny Wilson added to his defensive options by signing Marcus Williams on a months loan from Reading, with the defender making his début only hours later, although he was unable to prevent the Blades from crashing to their first league defeat of the season as they were trounced 3–0 at home by Huddersfield Town. Despite this setback the Blades quickly returned to winning ways, reversing the previous scoreline to crush Colchester United 3–0 at Bramall Lane. The month ended on a low note however as the team suffered a shock defeat at struggling Wycombe Wanderers, although they still managed to hold onto second place in the table.
October–November: Important points dropped
October started no better for the Blades as they were easily beaten 2–0 at home by league leaders Charlton Athletic and needed a last second goal to progress in the Football League Trophy as they struggled against League Two side Rotherham United. Meanwhile, Danny Wilson boosted his squad ahead of the Steel City derby, with Marcus Williams agreeing to stay on loan for a further two months and Matt Phillips and Billy Clarke arriving for a month each from Blackpool. The new arrivals failed to halt the disappointing run of results however as the Blades let a 2–0 lead slip to end up drawing with their cross–city rivals. Despite this disappointment the team bounced back to score an emphatic away win at Preston a few days later with both new signing Matt Phillips and old hand Lee Williamson netting two goals apiece. With increased competition for first team places, youngsters Danny Philliskirk and Corey Gregory were allowed to go out on loan to Oxford United and Hucknall Town respectively; swiftly followed by Connor Brown who joined Eastwood Town on a months deal. Back in the league, the disappointing results continued as United threw away a lead once again, allowing ten-men Leyton Orient to snatch a draw with the last kick of the game. Once again the Blades quickly responded to the setback by beating fellow promotion rivals MK Dons 2–1 at Bramall Lane, but then conspired to throw away yet more points, allowing Exeter City to come from behind twice in the closing minutes of the next game to snatch a 4–4 draw.
Into November and back on the road, yet another late goal was handed Stevenage all three points, leaving United fifth in the table going into FA Cup week. With Phillips and Clarke playing the final game of their loan spell, United tamely exited the Football League Trophy, losing on penalties to League Two strugglers Bradford City. There was a more positive result in the FA Cup however as a brace from Ched Evans helped the Blades ease past Oxford United. By mid–November, and with Danny Wilson still seeking to add to his attacking options, it was reported that former striker and fans favourite James Beattie had returned to training with the club and could be handed a contract depending on match fitness, and a short term deal was duly signed a few days later. Back in League action United saw out a victory over Carlisle United despite seeing a Richard Cresswell spot–kick saved in the second half, and a week later Ched Evans scored his fifth goal in four games to beat Chesterfield by the same scoreline. The month ended on a sombre note however as former player and manager Gary Speed was found dead at his home after having taken his own life less than a year after leaving his post at Bramall Lane.
December–January: Maximum points for Christmas
December started with the second round of the FA Cup and despite conceding another late goal, the Blades progressed into the third round at the expense of Torquay United, thanks to another brace from in Ched Evans, who then scored for the fifth game in succession in the next game, netting twice more in a league victory over Rochdale. The team's impressive form continued with an away win at Bourenmouth thanks to two own goals, Notts County making a similar gift of an own goal to contribute to their own defeat on Boxing Day, before the Blades rounded the year off by crushing Hartlepool United on New Year's Eve; meaning that the Blades ended 2011 in second place in the table following eight victories in a row in all competitions.
With the transfer window reopening in January, Danny Wilson's first signing was the return of former loan player Marcus Williams who agreed a two and a half year deal. The New Year started disappointingly as the Blades crashed to their first defeat since the beginning of November as they were beaten 3–2 at Carlisle United. Following Danny Wilson being awarded 'League One Manager of the Month' for December, United soon got back to winning ways when they returned to home soil. The team saw off Salisbury City 3–1 in the third round of the FA Cup, the first meeting ever between the two clubs, and then outclassed Yeovil Town a few days later, hitting four without reply including a brace from Lee Williamson and a first ever club goal from captain Michael Doyle. With Danny Wilson looking to freshen up his squad United rewarded four of its younger players with contract extensions, with Erik Tønne and David McAllister set to remain with the club until the summer of 2014, and youth team players Jordan Chapell and Jack Adams agreeing new deals until the end of the season. In a busy day the club saw the departure of Elian Parrino as his short term deal came to an end, and then allowed McAllister to join League Two club Shrewsbury Town on a months loan, with manager Danny Wilson bemoaning a lack of reserve games under the current system. The following week Wilson continued to overhaul the squad with reserve keeper Mihkel Aksalu leaving the club on mutual terms, but was boosted by 'fans favourite' James Beattie agreeing a deal to remain at Bramall Lane until the end of the season. Meanwhile back in the league the Blades then continued their fine run of form, completing their second league double of the week, as they hit three without reply away at Bury, but that form deserted them for a top-of-the-table trip to Charlton Athletic where a bad tempered match resulted in both teams being reduced to ten men and a 1–0 loss for United. Seven days later United suffered their first back-to-back defeats of the season as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of Birmingham City. With the transfer window about to close Bramall Lane was relatively quite on deadline day; Danny Philliskirk was handed an extended deal, and striker Will Hoskins signed on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion until the end of the season, whilst youngster Erik Tønne was allowed to join Yorkshire neighbours York City, also until the end of the season. The club also gave a trial to experienced Scottish defender David Weir with a view to a potential short term contract.
February–March: Promotion charge takes shape then falls apart
After various match postponements due to a spell of bad weather and the various cup competitions United finally returned to league action in mid February with new signing Hoskins scoring on his début as the Blades ran out 3–0 victors over Wycombe Wanderers. After a successful spell, midfielder David McAllister opted to extend his loan deal at Shrewsbury until the end of March, whilst young keeper George Long agreed a new long–term deal at Bramall Lane. Meanwhile, on Valentine's Day, the Blades beat Yorkshire and promotion rivals Huddersfield Town 1–0 at the Galpharm Stadium as defender Neill Collins scored his first ever goal for the club, before coming from behind to beat Preston North End at home a few days later, despite Ched Evans missing a penalty. With Mihkel Aksalu having departed, United agreed a two and a half year deal with keeper, and free agent, Mark Howard to provide cover for Steve Simonsen, before the club met their cross-city rivals in the second Steel City derby of the season where United suffered a narrow defeat. Looking for a quick bounce–back, United were forced to come from behind to beat Scunthorpe United at home, to leave them in second place, five points clear of third, in the table at the start of March.
Despite their form, United suffered a catastrophic start to March as they lost at home to Oldham Athletic having had a two goal lead only to see both Matthew Lowton and Harry Maguire sent off and the team subsequently collapse. With the entire back four unavailable, United were forced to draft in Matt Hill and John Egan on emergency loans, but this was not enough to prevent them slipping to their third defeat in four games as they capitulated at Walsall. Danny Wilson remained keen to find first team experience for the younger members of the squad and as such allowed Seamus Conneely to join Alfreton Town on loan before United returned to winning ways with two goals from Ched Evans being enough to defeat Brentford at Griffin Park. Unfortunately the Blades failed to take advantage of their game in hand, being held to a draw by Colchester United, before once again allowing a lead to slip as they drew with Tranmere Rovers at Bramall Lane. With the transfer deadline for loans approaching, the Blades' longest serving player and vice-captain Nick Montgomery was allowed to join Millwall until the end of the season due to an absence of first team football, allowing Danny Wilson to bring in winger Michael O'Halloran on loan from Bolton Wanderers. Meanwhile, on the pitch, United put their recent poor form behind them as they outclassed Notts County 5–2 at Meadow Lane, before putting four goals past Chesterfield at Bramall Lane, including a hat–trick from in–form striker Ched Evans. Despite a low–key team performance, a second Ched Evans penalty in as many games was enough to finish the month with a third straight victory, with the Blades defeating Hartlepool United at Victoria Park.
April–May: The final straight ends in disappointment
With loan defender John Egan returning to his parent club at the start of April, Nick Montgomery's loan at Millwall was all but cut short after only two substitute appearances when he sustained a calf injury likely to sideline him until the end of the season. David McAllister also saw his loan spell at Shrewsbury cut short shortly after receiving a red card, with the resulting three game ban ruling him out for the remainder of his time at the New Meadow. Back in the league a nervy display saw the Blades edge out Bournemouth at Bramall Lane, before a much more emphatic performance saw them bury Rochdale at the Spotland Stadium. With the Blades now in a straight fight with local rivals Sheffield Wednesday for the second automatic promotion spot they came from behind to beat Leyton Orient at Bramall Lane to open up a four point gap on third placed Wednesday. The next week however their campaign was dealt a crushing blow as star striker and top scorer Ched Evans's case came to trial where he was found guilty of rape and sentenced to five years in prison. Without Evans and missing his injured strike partner Richard Cresswell, United slipped to a damaging defeat at MK Dons. Worse was to come as United could only resister a draw with Stevenage in a dramatic final home game at Bramall Lane, meaning they slipped out of the automatic promotion places for the first time since February. United went into the final league fixture with Exeter City requiring to win and hope that rivals Sheffield Wednesday were beaten to secure promotion; a combination that failed to materialise as Wednesday registered a victory and the Blades could only draw meaning they were consigned to the play-offs.
Another trip to Wembley
With James Beattie unavailable for the playoffs following a red card in the final game of the season against Exeter City, manager Danny Wilson was faced with a selection crisis ahead of the critical games against Stevenage. With only one senior striker available a patched up side contested a dour first-leg where neither team created many chances. United did manage to keep a clean sheet however and took the tie back to Bramall Lane with the scores level at 0–0.
The Blades entered the second leg still bereft of forwards, with Richard Cresswell having contracted an illness on the morning of the game, so were forced to play with just Chris Porter as a lone striker once more. An even first half saw few opportunities for either side but following the break United began to attack with more purpose. Despite chances for both sides the game looked to be heading for another draw until Porter scored an 85th minute winner to put the Blades through to the final at Wembley.
Richard Cresswell was passed fit for the final against Huddersfield but influential midfielder Kevin McDonald was left out through injury so the Blades were forced to make changes once more. The game was played under blistering heat and neither side created many chances. It remained 0–0 after ninety minutes and so extra–time was played but there was still no breakthrough. Ultimately the game went to penalties, which saw every player for both sides take a spot kick only for United to lose 8–7 when goalkeeper Steve Simonsen missed the final kick, consigning the Blades to another season in League One.
Academy and Reserve teams
Sheffield United Reserves played in the Central League: Central Division in the nearby Derbyshire town of Dronfield at the Coach and Horses ground, which was also the home of Sheffield FC during the season. Experienced defender Chris Morgan was appointed reserve team coach at the start of the season and given the responsibility of developing the young players which made up the bulk of the side. With many teams now opting not to enter a reserve side into an organised competition the Central Division consisted of just seven sides meaning fixtures were irregular throughout the season. In January 2012 Danny Wilson expressed the need to reform the reserve team structure due to this infrequent amount of matches citing that experienced players don't gain much from them and the cost of staging the fixtures as issues.
Despite this United's side ended the season as Champions, finishing one point ahead of nearest rivals Derby County who had won the division in the previous season, ironically by one point from The Blades who had finished second. Following a nine match unbeaten run the title was clinched with the final game of the season as United held a strong Nottingham Forest side to a 1–1 draw at the coach and Horses ground. Danny Philliskirk ended the season as top scorer, having netted six goals, whilst he was also the joint leading appearance maker along with Matty Harriott and Shane Murray.
Sheffield United Academy U18s played in the FA Premier Academy League U18s Group D at the Shirecliffe ground at Firshill Crescent. Under the management of John Pemberton, the side were seeking to replicate the success of the previous season when they had reached the final of the FA Youth Cup final. Shorn of a number of key players (who had either graduated to the first team or left the club), the team completed a solid but unspectacular season. Results fluctuated with impressive victories over the likes of Everton, Bolton and Sunderland being mixed with heavy defeats to Leeds United, Coventry City and West Ham United. Eventually finishing fifth (out of ten teams) in their division, manager John Pemberton described the season as "another successful one for everyone associated with the Academy. We have five players becoming professionals who will all be linking up with the first team next season and that is what we are judged on – producing players."
United's hopes of repeating the previous season's success in the FA Youth Cup did not come to fruition however. After a victory in the first round over Tranmere Rovers, they required penalties to see off Port Vale in the next round before finally being eliminated in round three when Southampton recorded a 7–0 victory over the Blades.
- As of the end of the season
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan
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Players leaving before the end of the season
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Transfers and Contracts
|Squad #||Position||Player||Transferred from||Fee||Date||Source|
|3||DF||Lecsinel Jean-François||Swindon Town||Free||20 June 2011|||
|22||FW||Danny Philliskirk||Chelsea||Free||21 June 2011|||
|11||MF||Ryan Flynn||Falkirk||Undisclosed||14 July 2011|||
|21||FW||Chris Porter||Derby County||Free||15 July 2011|||
|27||MF||Kevin McDonald||Burnley||Free||13 August 2011|||
|33||DF||Elian Parrino||Estudiantes de La Plata||Undisclosed||18 August 2011|||
|Squad #||Position||Player||Transferred from||Fee||Date||Source|
|10||FW||James Beattie||Free agent||Free||24 November 2011|||
|30||DF||Marcus Williams||Reading||Free||1 January 2012|||
|13||GK||Mark Howard||Free agent||Free||20 February 2012|||
|Squad #||Position||Player||Loaned from||Start||End||Source|
|7||MF||Nathaniel Mendez-Laing||Wolverhampton Wanderers||5 August 2011||3 January 2012|||
|30||DF||Marcus Williams||Reading||13 September 2011||13 December 2011|||
|26||FW||Billy Clarke||Blackpool||14 October 2011||8 November 2011|||
|32||MF||Matt Phillips||Blackpool||14 October 2011||8 November 2011|||
|7||FW||Will Hoskins||Brighton & Hove Albion||31 January 2012||31 May 2012|||
|26||DF||John Egan||Sunderland||6 March 2012||3 April 2012|||
|32||DF||Matt Hill||Blackpool||6 March 2012||31 May 2012|||
|29||FW||Michael O'Halloran||Bolton Wanderers||22 March 2012||31 May 2012|||
|Squad #||Position||Player||Transferred to||Fee||Date||Source|
|18||FW||Jamie Ward||Derby County||Undisclosed||9 May 2011|||
|7||FW||Darius Henderson||Millwall||Undisclosed||29 June 2011|||
|15||MF||Ryan France||Free agent||Contract Expired||30 June 2011|
|22||DF||Robert Kozluk||Port Vale||Contract Expired||30 June 2011|||
|39||GK||Lawrence Thomas||Melbourne Victory||Contract Expired||30 June 2011|||
|30||MF||Kingsley James||Port Vale||Free||1 July 2011|||
|32||DF||Phil Roe||Port Vale||Free||1 July 2011|||
|11||MF||Mark Yeates||Watford||Undisclosed||13 July 2011|||
|10||FW||Daniel Bogdanović||Blackpool||Undisclosed||31 August 2011|||
|12||FW||Jordan Slew||Blackburn Rovers||£1.1 million||31 August 2011|||
|Squad #||Position||Player||Transferred to||Fee||Date||Source|
|–||MF||Kristoffer Løkberg||Ranheim||Free||1 December 2011|||
|33||DF||Elian Parrino||Released||12 January 2012|||
|13||GK||Mihkel Aksalu||Released||19 January 2012|||
|Squad #||Position||Player||Loaned to||Start||End||Source|
|–||MF||Kristoffer Løkberg||Ranheim||31 August 2011||1 December 2011|||
|22||FW||Danny Philliskirk||Oxford United||21 October 2011||19 November 2011|||
|–||MF||Corey Gregory||Hucknall Town||21 October 2011||31 January 2012|||
|–||DF||Connor Brown||Eastwood Town||21 October 2011||19 November 2011|||
|20||MF||David McAllister||Shrewsbury Town||12 January 2012||4 April 2012|||
|24||MF||Erik Tønne||York City||31 January 2012||31 May 2012|||
|18||MF||Matthew Harriott||Burton Albion||6 March 2012||24 March 2012|||
|18||DF||Seamus Conneely||Alfreton Town||9 March 2012||9 April 2012|||
|4||MF||Nick Montgomery||Millwall||19 March 2012||28 March 2012|||
New contracts and contract extensions.
|Jordan Slew||15 July 2011||2 Years||Summer 2013|||
|Matthew Lowton||11 August 2011||3 Years||Summer 2014|||
|Harry Maguire||19 October 2011||4 Years||Summer 2015|||
|David McAllister||12 January 2012||2 Years, 6 Months||Summer 2014|||
|Erik Tønne||12 January 2012||2 Years, 6 Months||Summer 2014|||
|Jordan Chapell||12 January 2012||6 Months||Summer 2012|||
|Jack Adams||12 January 2012||6 Months||Summer 2012|||
|James Beattie||26 January 2012||6 Months||Summer 2012|||
|Danny Philliskirk||30 January 2012||1 Year, 6 Months||Summer 2013|||
|George Long||16 February 2012||4 Years||Summer 2016|||
|Aaron Barry||14 March 2012||1 Year||Summer 2013|||
- As of the end of the season
|5||Milton Keynes Dons||46||22||14||10||84||47||+37||80|
|15||Preston North End||46||13||15||18||54||68||-14||54|
|Promotion to Championship|
|Qualification to League One playoffs|
|Relegation to League Two|
|Last updated: 15:56, 5 May 2012 (UTC)|
Players making their first team Sheffield United début in a fully competitive match.
|11||MF||Ryan Flynn||6 August 2011||Oldham Athletic||Boundary Park|||
|2||DF||Lecsinel Jean-François||6 August 2011||Oldham Athletic||Boundary Park|||
|21||FW||Chris Porter||6 August 2011||Oldham Athletic||Boundary Park|||
|7||MF||Nathaniel Mendez-Laing||9 August 2011||Hartlepool United||Victoria Park||On loan, League Cup|
|27||MF||Kevin McDonald||13 August 2011||Brentford||Bramall Lane|||
|30||DF||Marcus Williams||13 September 2011||Huddersfield Town||Bramall Lane||On loan|
|32||MF||Matt Phillips||16 October 2011||Sheffield Wednesday||Bramall Lane||Sub, On loan|
|26||FW||Billy Clarke||19 October 2011||Preston North End||Deepdale||On loan|
|7||FW||Will Hoskins||11 February 2012||Wycombe Wanderers||Bramall Lane||Sub, On loan|
|26||DF||John Egan||6 March 2012||Walsall||Bescot Stadium||On loan|
|32||DF||Matt Hill||6 March 2012||Walsall||Bescot Stadium||On loan|
|29||FW||Michael O'Halloran||28 March 2012||Chesterfield||Bramall Lane||Sub, On loan|
Players scoring their first goal for Sheffield United in a competitive fixture.
|19||DF||Harry Maguire||6 August 2011||Oldham Athletic||Boundary Park|||
|21||FW||Chris Porter||27 August 2011||Yeovil Town||Huish Park|||
|27||MF||Erik Tønne||30 August 2011||Burton Albion||Pirelli Stadium||Football League Trophy|
|7||MF||Nathaniel Mendez-Laing||3 September 2011||Bury||Bramall Lane|||
|32||MF||Matt Phillips||19 October 2011||Preston North End||Deepdale|||
|26||FW||Billy Clarke||29 October 2011||Exeter City||Bramall Lane|||
|11||MF||Ryan Flynn||19 November 2011||Oxford United||Bramall Lane||FA Cup|
|8||MF||Michael Doyle||10 January 2012||Yeovil Town||Bramall Lane|||
|7||FW||Will Hoskins||11 February 2012||Wycombe Wanderers||Bramall Lane|||
|27||MF||Kevin McDonald||11 February 2012||Wycombe Wanderers||Bramall Lane|||
|15||DF||Neill Collins||14 February 2012||Huddersfield Town||Galpharm Stadium|||
First ever meeting of the two clubs in a competitive fixture.
|Yeovil Town||27 August 2011||Huish Park||Win||0–1|||
|Burton Albion||30 August 2011||Pirelli Stadium||Win||1–2||Football League Trophy|
|Stevenage||5 November 2011||The Lamex Stadium||Loss||2–1|||
|Salisbury City||7 January 2012||Bramall Lane||Win||3–1||FA Cup|
First ever visit to a stadium for a competitive fixture
|Huish Park||Yeovil Town||27 August 2011||Win||0–1|||
|Pirelli Stadium||Burton Albion||30 August 2011||Win||1–2||Football League Trophy|
|Adams Park||Wycombe Wanderers||24 September 2011||Loss||1–0|||
|Don Valley Stadium||Rotherham United||4 October 2011||Win||1–2||Football League Trophy|
|The Lamex Stadium||Stevenage||5 November 2011||Loss||2–1|||
|B2net Stadium||Chesterfield||26 November 2011||Win||0–1|||
|Colchester Community Stadium||Colchester United||13 March 2012||Draw||1–1|||
|Stadium mk||Milton Keynes Dons||21 April 2012||Loss||1–0|||
Appearances and goals
- As of 26 May 2012
|No.||Nat||Pos||Player||Total||League One / Play-offs||FA Cup||League Cup||FL Trophy|
|Players who left before the end of the season:|
|Place||Number||Nation||Position||Name||League One||Playoffs||FA Cup||League Cup||FL Trophy||Total|
|Number||Nation||Position||Name||League One||Playoffs||FA Cup||League Cup||FL Trophy||Total|
|Squad #||Position||Player||Suspension||Start date||Reason||Source|
|3||DF||Lecsinel Jean-François||1 game||10 September 2011||Five yellow cards to date|||
|14||MF||Lee Williamson||1 game||17 December 2011||Five yellow cards to date|||
|17||FW||Richard Cresswell||1 game||27 December 2011||Five yellow cards to date|||
|28||MF||Stephen Quinn||1 game||27 December 2011||Five yellow cards to date|||
|10||FW||James Beattie||3 games||21 January 2012||Straight red card – violent conduct|||
|2||DF||Matthew Lowton||1 game||3 March 2012||Two yellow cards|||
|19||DF||Harry Maguire||1 game||3 March 2012||Straight red card|||
|10||FW||James Beattie||4 games||5 May 2012||Straight red card (2nd of season)|||
Date of start of suspension assumed to be the date of the game during which the disciplinary incident occurred.
|GK||George Willis||England U17||2012 U17 European
|Latvia U17||26 October 2011||Y||0|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina U17||28 October 2011||Y||0|
|Netherlands U17||31 October 2011||N||0||Unused sub|
|3||DF||Lecsinel Jean-François||Haiti||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification||Antigua and Barbuda||11 November 2011||Y||0|
|Antigua and Barbuda||15 November 2011||Y||0|
Win Draw Loss
Football League One
|6 August 2011||Oldham Athletic||0–2||Sheffield United||Boundary Park|
|13 August 2011||Sheffield United||2–0||Brentford||Bramall Lane|
|16 August 2011||Sheffield United||3–2||Walsall||Bramall Lane|
Cresswell 74' (pen.)
|20 August 2011||Tranmere Rovers||1–1||Sheffield United||Prenton Park|
|15:00||Labadie 80'||(Report)||Montgomery 44'||Attendance: 6,244
|27 August 2011||Yeovil Town||0–1||Sheffield United||Huish Park|
|13:00||Haynes-Brown 90+7'||(Report)||Porter 41'||Attendance: 5,001
|3 September 2011||Sheffield United||4–0||Bury||Bramall Lane|
|10 September 2011||Scunthorpe United||1–1||Sheffield United||Glanford Park|
|(Report)||Evans 72'||Attendance: 6,042
|13 September 2011||Sheffield United||0–3||Huddersfield Town||Bramall Lane|
|19:45||(Report)||Novak 20', 37'
|17 September 2011||Sheffield United||3–0||Colchester United||Bramall Lane|
|24 September 2011||Wycombe Wanderers||1–0||Sheffield United||Adams Park|
|15:00||Beavon 31'||(Report)||Attendance: 5,506
|1 October 2011||Sheffield United||0–2||Charlton Athletic||Bramall Lane|
|16 October 2011||Sheffield United||2–2||Sheffield Wednesday||Bramall Lane|
|19 October 2011||Preston North End||2–4||Sheffield United||Deepdale|
|(Report)||Phillips 4', 39'
Williamson 74', 87'
|22 October 2011||Leyton Orient||1–1||Sheffield United||Matchroom Stadium|
|(Report)||Porter 84'||Attendance: 5,928
|25 October 2011||Sheffield United||2–1||Milton Keynes Dons||Bramall Lane|
|29 October 2011||Sheffield United||4–4||Exeter City||Bramall Lane|
|15:00||Phillips 45', 85'
|5 November 2011||Stevenage||2–1||Sheffield United||The Lamex Stadium|
Laird 82' (pen.)
|(Report)||Evans 68'||Attendance: 4,996
|19 November 2011||Sheffield United||1–0||Carlisle United||Bramall Lane|
|15:00||Evans 21'||(Report)||Attendance: 16,840
|26 November 2011||Chesterfield||0–1||Sheffield United||B2net Stadium|
|13:00||(Report)||Evans 82'||Attendance: 9,259
|10 December 2011||Sheffield United||3–0||Rochdale||Bramall Lane|
|15:00||Evans 39', 64'
|17 December 2011||Bournemouth||0–2||Sheffield United||Dean Court|
|15:00||(Report)||Barrett 5' (o.g.)
Cook 77' (o.g.)
|26 December 2011||Sheffield United||2–1||Notts County||Bramall Lane|
Sheehan 51' (o.g.)
|31 December 2011||Sheffield United||3–1||Hartlepool United||Bramall Lane|
|(Report)||Hartley 90+3'||Attendance: 20,372
|2 January 2012||Carlisle United||3–2||Sheffield United||Brunton Park|
|15:00||Zoko 2', 15'
|(Report)||Evans 7', 45+1'||Attendance: 7,721
|10 January 2011||Sheffield United||4–0||Yeovil Town||Bramall Lane|
Williamson 48', 87'
|14 January 2012||Bury||0–3||Sheffield United||Gigg Lane|
|21 January 2012||Charlton Athletic||1–0||Sheffield United||The Valley|
|(Report)||Beattie 86'||Attendance: 20,992
|11 February 2012||Sheffield United||3–0||Wycombe Wanderers||Bramall Lane|
|14 February 2012||Huddersfield Town||0–1||Sheffield United||Galpharm Stadium|
|19:45||(Report)||Collins 5'||Attendance: 17,320
|18 February 2012||Sheffield United||2–1||Preston North End||Bramall Lane|
|15:00||Evans 42', 53'||(Report)||Cummins 38'||Attendance: 17,579
|26 February 2012||Sheffield Wednesday||1–0||Sheffield United||Hillsborough Stadium|
|13:00||O'Grady 73'||(Report)||Attendance: 36,364
|29 February 2012||Sheffield United||2–1||Scunthorpe United||Bramall Lane|
|3 March 2012||Sheffield United||2–3||Oldham Athletic||Bramall Lane|
|(Report)||Cresswell 65' (o.g.)
Kuqi 90' (pen.)
|6 March 2012||Walsall||3–2||Sheffield United||Bescot Stadium|
|10 March 2012||Brentford||0–2||Sheffield United||Griffin Park|
|15:00||(Report)||Evans 6', 51'||Attendance: 7,414
|13 March 2012||Colchester United||1–1||Sheffield United||Colchester Community Stadium|
|19:45||Gillespie 56'||(Report)||Hoskins 32'||Attendance: 4,572
|17 March 2012||Sheffield United||1–1||Tranmere Rovers||Bramall Lane|
|15:00||Evans 32'||(Report)||Akins 54'||Attendance: 17,444
|20 March 2012||Notts County||2–5||Sheffield United||Meadow Lane|
|28 March 2012||Sheffield United||4–1||Chesterfield||Bramall lane|
Evans 49' (pen.), 60', 63'
|(Report)||Moussa 44'||Attendance: 20,159
|31 March 2012||Hartlepool United||0–1||Sheffield United||Victoria Park|
|15:00||Hartley 84'||(Report)||Evans 79' (pen.)||Attendance: 5,825
|7 April 2012||Sheffield United||2–1||Bournemouth||Bramall Lane|
|(Report)||Hines 67'||Attendance: 18,817
|10 April 2012||Rochdale||2–5||Sheffield United||Spotland Stadium|
Evans 22', 45+2'
|14 April 2012||Sheffield United||3–1||Leyton Orient||Bramall Lane|
|(Report)||Lisbie 12'||Attendance: 18,272
|21 April 2012||Milton Keynes Dons||1–0||Sheffield United||Stadium mk|
|28 April 2012||Sheffield United||2–2||Stevenage||Bramall Lane|
|5 May 2012||Exeter City||2–2||Sheffield United||St James Park|
|Semi Final (1st leg) 11 May 2012||Stevenage||0–0||Sheffield United||Lamex Stadium|
|Semi Final (2nd leg) 14 May 2012||Sheffield United||1–0||Stevenage||Bramall Lane|
|19:45||Porter 85'||(Report)||Attendance: 21,182
|Final 26 May 2012||Huddersfield Town||0–0
|Sheffield United||Wembley, London|
|Round 1 12 November 2011||Sheffield United||3–0||Oxford United||Bramall Lane|
|15:00||Evans 12', 19'
|Round 2 3 December 2011||Sheffield United||3–2||Torquay United||Bramall Lane|
|15:00||Ellis 68' (o.g.)
Evans 69', 78'
|Round 3 7 January 2012||Sheffield United||3–1||Salisbury City||Bramall Lane|
Webb 72' (o.g.)
|(Report)||Macklin 86'||Attendance: 10,488
|Round 4 28 January 2012||Sheffield United||0–4||Birmingham City||Bramall Lane|
Rooney 38', 78'
Football League Cup
|Round 1 9 August 2011||Hartlepool United||1–1
|Sheffield United||Victoria Park|
|19:30 (postponed to 19:45 due to power-cut)||Sweeney 80'||(Report)||Quinn 29'||Attendance: 2,774
|Round 2 24 August 2011||Everton||3–1||Sheffield United||Goodison Park|
|20:00||Cresswell 31' (o.g.)
|(Report)||Cresswell 28'||Attendance: 17,173
Football League Trophy
|Round 1 30 August 2011||Burton Albion||1–2||Sheffield United||Pirelli Stadium|
|19:30||Richards 73'||(Report)||McAllister 76'
|Round 2 4 October 2011||Rotherham United||1–2||Sheffield United||Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield|
|19:45||Revell 69'||(Report)||Porter 9'
|Quarter Final 8 November 2011||Sheffield United||1–1
|Bradford City||Bramall Lane|
|19:45||Phillips 27'||(Report)||M. Flynn 40'||Attendance: 5,692
Pre–season and friendlies
|9 July 2011||Sheffield||1–1||Sheffield United||Coach and Horses Ground, Dronfield|
|15:00||Purkiss 74'||(Report)||Philliskirk 35'||Attendance: 2,053
|12 July 2011||Worksop Town||0–1||Sheffield United XI||Sandy Lane, Worksop|
|19:30||(Report)||Gregory 33'||Attendance: 1,364
|18 July 2011||Sliema Wanderers||1–3||Sheffield United||Ta' Qali Stadium, Attard, Malta|
|18:30||Lima ' (pen.)||(Report)||Doyle 7'
Cresswell 15' (pen.)
|20 July 2011||Hibernians||1–2||Sheffield United||Paola Stadium, Malta|
|18:30||Dos Santos 15' (pen.)||(Report)||Bogdanović 3'
|26 July 2011||Sheffield United||0–1||Doncaster Rovers||Bramall Lane|
|19:30||(Report)||Gillett 72'||Attendance: 5,002
|27 July 2011||Alfreton Town||2–1||Sheffield United XI||North Street, Derbyshire|
|19:30||Clayton 32', 55'||(Report)||Tønne 35'|
|31 July 2011||Sheffield United||1–1||Blackpool||Bramall Lane|
|15:00||Porter 42'||(Report)||Sutherland 78'||Attendance: 5,696
|2 August 2011||Stocksbridge Park Steels||0–4||Sheffield United XI||Bracken Moor, Stocksbridge|
Honours and awards
PFA League One Team of the Year
League One Manager of the Month
League One Player of the Month
Football League Young Player of the Month
Sheffield Star Young Player of the Year
League One Team of the Week
Fans Player of the Month
Club end of season awards
- Player of the Year: Harry Maguire
- Young Player of the Year: Harry Maguire
- Goal of the Season: Nick Montgomery (v Tranmere Rovers)
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