2012–13 Sheffield United F.C. season

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Sheffield United
2012–13 season
Chairman Kevin McCabe
(Group Chairman)
Dave Green (from 12 October 2012)
Christopher Steer (to 12 October 2012)
(Football Club Chairman)
Owner Kevin McCabe
Manager Danny Wilson
(to 10 April 2013)[1]
Chris Morgan
(from 10 April 2013)[2]
League One 5th
FA Cup Fourth Round
(eliminated by Reading)
League Cup First Round
(eliminated by Burton Albion)
Football League Trophy Quarter final
(eliminated by Coventry City)
Top goalscorer League: Blackman (11)
Kitson (11)
All: Blackman (14)
Highest home attendance 23,431 (vs Brentford)
Lowest home attendance 15,744 (vs Walsall)
Average home league attendance 18,611[3]
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Sheffield United Football Club participated in League One, the third level of English football in 2012–13, after having failed to win promotion, losing in the previous season's play-off final. Danny Wilson remained in charge for a second season and the club continued to reduce costs as they sought to adapt to life at the third level of English football. Many of the players involved in the previous season were either sold or released, while the likes of Nick Blackman, Tony McMahon, Shaun Miller and Dave Kitson were signed to replace them.

The team went unbeaten in the league until November, briefly climbing to the top of the table, and returned to first place once again over the Christmas period. United had little success in the various cup competitions however, as they were beaten in the first round of the Football League Cup by Burton Albion, and by Coventry City in the Football League Trophy. They did manage to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup but were comprehensively beaten by Reading, a result which came amidst a rapid downturn in league form during January, that almost saw United almost drop out of the play–off places. After a brief recovery through February, the decline in results continued and following another string of poor results in April, Danny Wilson was dismissed as manager, with coach Chris Morgan being appointed as caretaker for the remainder of the season.

Despite the change of manager, United's form did not significantly improve and they finished the season in 5th place in the league, thus facing Yeovil Town in the play-offs. Having beaten Yeovil 1–0 in the first leg, they were defeated by two goals in the second and as such were consigned to remain in League One for at least another season.

Background[edit]

The previous season had been United's first in the third tier of English football for 23 years and had seen them install Danny Wilson as manager.[4] United had competed for automatic promotion throughout the season but when top scorer Ched Evans was handed a prison sentence after being convicted of rape in April,[5] the team's results tailed off towards the end of the season and they were overtaken by local rivals Sheffield Wednesday who claimed the final automatic promotion spot.[6] United reached the play-off final but were beaten on penalties by Huddersfield Town, consigning United to a second season in League One.[7][8]

Team kit[edit]

In June United struck a deal with gaming company Redtooth to sponsor the team's away kit for the coming season.[9] It had been expected that the team shirts would be jointly sponsored by Westfield Health and Gilders as per the previous season but the club announced that the car dealers were to continue a commercial relationship with the club but would no longer be shirt sponsors.[9] At the end of July United officially launched their new away kit baring Redtooth's logo. In a change to the previous season the shirt itself was predominantly black with a light-red trim and a light-red diagonal stripe across the chest.[10] In September the club announced a new third kit, this one being all white, introduced to avoid further colour clashes.[11] At the end of that month the club also announced a new secondary kit sponsor, revealing that the GCI Com logo would be included on the back of the team shirts.[12]

Season overview[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Pre-season began with 11 players being released, including former Player of the Year James Beattie, defenders Andy Taylor and Johnny Ertl,[13] and first choice stopper Steve Simonsen.[14] Three senior out-of-contract players were offered new terms with Kevin McDonald, Chris Porter and Lee Williamson being offered the chance to remain with United.[13] On 5 July Chris Porter signed a two-year contract with the option of a third,[15] while Academy graduate Jordan Chapell also agreed a new one-year deal.[15] The following day young right-back Matthew Lowton was sold to Premier League Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.[16][17] The Blades returned to pre-season training having arranged the now annual pre-season tour of Malta, followed by a string of low key friendlies.[18] With manager Danny Wilson seeking to improve the squad, on 13 July he signed 19-year-old striker John Cofie from Manchester United on a season-long loan.[19] The first game of pre-season came against non-league Ilkeston Town where a side relying mainly on young players and triallists were held to a 1–1 draw after Harry Maguire had opened the scoring.[20] A day later the Blades made their first permanent signing of the transfer window with 21 year old right back Darryl Westlake signing a two-year deal with the option of a third year, with a fee to be agreed with his former club Walsall via a tribunal due to his age.[21]

The squad commenced their summer training camp on the island of Malta and their next fixture saw them record a comfortable 6–0 victory over local side Zejtun Corinthians.[22] As the training camp continued Chris Morgan announced during a question and answer session with the fans in attendance that he had decided to retire from playing due to a recurrent injury, and that he would now focus solely on his role as reserve-team coach.[23] The following day United confirmed that Kevin McDonald had signed a new two-year contract,[24] the news coming a couple of hours before the Blades were held to a 0–0 draw by Maltese side Hibernians.[25] Back in the UK, and with July almost over, United made a triple signing, handing two-year deals to defenders Tony McMahon who had been released by Middlesbrough, and former loanee Matt Hill who had left Blackpool, along with signing striker Shaun Miller for an undisclosed fee from Crewe Alexandra.[26] United's final game of July saw them take on Rotherham United at their newly opened ground, The New York Stadium, and recording a 1–0 victory thanks to a goal from loanee John Cofie.[27]

As August began a United XI travelled the short distance to Hallam where two goals each from Ironside and Philliskirk were enough to secure a comfortable 4–0 victory.[28] Joe Ironside was on target again a few days later as both he and new signing Tony McMahon scored to give United a 2–0 victory at Morecambe.[29] With pre-season coming to an end reserve coach Chris Morgan took a young United XI side to Matlock Town where they recorded a 1–0 victory thanks to a goal from Erik Tønne.[30] Then, the day before the season opener against Burton Albion, United announced the signing of Blackburn Rovers striker Nick Blackman on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[31]

Richard Cresswell on the pitch
Veteran Richard Cresswell became a player-coach.

August and September: Too many draws[edit]

The Blades signed Dave Kitson on deadline day.[32]

The Blades first competitive game of the season was a home League Cup tie against Burton Albion. Howard, Miller, Blackman, McMahon and McFadzean all made their first team débuts for United but with the game tied at 2–2 after extra time United lost on penalties for the second game in succession.[33] The Blades began their league campaign with a home game against newly promoted Shrewsbury Town, winning 1–0 thanks to a goal from former Shrewsbury loanee David McAllister.[34] A trip to Coventry City followed a few days later with United snatching a late goal for a 1–1 draw,[35] with the same result being repeated the following Saturday as the Blades were held to another draw by Colchester United.[36]

With the transfer window closing at the end of August, United continued to reshape their squad in an effort to reduce the wage bill, agreeing a new contract with Richard Cresswell for him to become player coach.[37] On the final day of transfer activity the club agreed to sell Stephen Quinn to Hull City for an undisclosed fee,[38] and allowed Nick Montgomery, the club's then longest serving player, to leave in order to move to Australia.[38] United concluded their summer transfer dealings by offering former Portsmouth striker Dave Kitson a short term deal to run up until Christmas 2012.[32]

September began with a 5–3 victory over Bournemouth at Bramall Lane thanks in part to a brace of goals from Ryan Flynn.[39] Flynn was also a central figure in the following game as both he and fellow midfielder Michael Doyle were shown red cards against Scunthorpe United before the Blades came from behind to grab a 1–1 draw.[40] Off the field, the following week the club parted company with Chief Executive Julian Winter and Director of Academy Coaching John Pemberton,[41] citing ongoing restructuring. With the red cards for both Doyle and Flynn being upheld on appeal,[42] Danny Wilson bolstered the squad by bringing forward Paul Gallagher in on a months loan from Leicester City.[43] Back on the pitch Gallagher, Kitson and Westlake all made their United debuts as the Blades were held to a 1–1 draw by Bury at Bramall Lane,[44] whilst a 0–0 draw was the result when Doncaster Rovers visited Sheffield a couple of days later.[45] A third goal of the season from Neill Collins was enough to continue the Blades' unbeaten start with a 1–0 victory over Yeovil Town at Huish Park.[46] Despite the return of Michael Doyle and Ryan Flynn from suspension and a first goal from Dave Kitson, United were forced to settle for yet another 1–1 draw in their last game of September, versus Notts County at Bramall Lane.[47]

October and November: Long live King George[edit]

George Long became first choice stopper following Mark Howard's thigh injury.

October started more positively for the Blades as a late goal from Paul Gallagher, his first for the club, snatched a victory in an away fixture against Hartlepool United.[48] United then made it two wins in a row on their travels as they defeated Leyton Orient 1–0 thanks to Nick Blackman's fifth goal of the campaign.[49] During the match Mark Howard suffered a thigh injury in the 11th minute, being replaced in goal by George Long, and was later ruled out for up to 12 weeks.[50] The following week, and despite attempts to retain his services, Paul Gallagher's loan period expired and he returned to his parent club.[51] The Blades also announced changes to the Football Club board, with chairman Chris Steer stepping down to be replaced by Dave Green, and Nigerian financier Jacob Esan being added as a director.[52] Despite George Long having made some impressive performances, Danny Wilson still looked to bring in another goalkeeper as cover and confirmed that former Wales international and free agent Danny Coyne had been invited to train with the Blades; but insisted that Long would continue to be first choice for the time being.[53] The Blades then entertained Oldham Athletic at Bramall Lane, a bad tempered match which saw Oldham score in the seventh minute of injury time to snatch a 1–1 draw,[54] and Lactics striker Lee Croft subsequently accused of racially abusing a ball boy.[55] Having received a bye for the first round, United began their Football League Trophy campaign with a 4–1 victory over Notts County at Meadow Lane.[56] Lecsinel Jean-François played for the first time in over six months after a knee injury, appearing for the last 15 minutes as a substitute, however he injured his other knee and was ruled out for a further two months.[57] Back in the league and a trip to Preston North End culminated in a 1–0 win thanks to a Dave Kitson goal,[58] before a Nick Blackman penalty was enough to claim the same result in a home game against Walsall.[59] With the month almost over the Blades beat the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsnenal by handing a three-year deal to 17-year-old Academy player Diego De Girolamo,[60][61] before another Nick Blackman spot-kick was enough to despatch Portsmouth 1–0 at Bramall Lane.[62]

The Blades against MK Dons
Welsh veteran Danny Coyne signed as goalkeeping cover in November.[53]

November began with a trip to Bristol to face Bristol Rovers in the first round of the FA Cup. Despite conceding an early goal United came back to score twice in the second half and book their place in the second round.[63] Back in League One an away trip to Swindon Town ended in a 0–0 stalemate, but it was a result that allowed United to climb into the automatic promotion places for the first time in the season.[64] A few days later vice-captain Neill Collins extended his current contract by a further two years until Summer 2015 with the option of another year,[65] before the Blades unbeaten run finally came to an end as they conceded a controversial last minute penalty to lose 1–0 away at Milton Keynes Dons.[66] The following week Matthew Harriott was allowed to join Alfreton Town on loan, initially until 9 December,[67] while Harry Maguire made his England Under-21 début as a substitute in the 60th minute, coming on for Liverpool's Andre Wisdom in a 2-0 against Northern Ireland Under-21 at Bloomfield Road.[68] A few days later it was announced that Danny Wilson had been named League One Manager of the Month and that George Long had won League One Player of the Month for October.[69] Later the same day, Dave Kitson extended his contract until the end of the season with the option of another year; Kitson stated that "It wouldn't have sat comfortably with me to leave a job half done after integrating myself into a great squad".[70] At the end of a busy week free agent and former Wales national goalkeeper Danny Coyne signed a 28-day deal as cover for George Long as third choice keeper George Willis had sustained a minor injury preventing him from playing.[71] Seven days after the disappointing defeat at MK Dons, United returned to winning ways in emphatic style, convincingly beating promotion rivals Stevenage 4–1 at Bramall Lane, thanks in part to a brace from Shaun Miller who was making his first league start for United.[72] A mid-week home fixture against Crewe Alexandra followed which ended in a 3–3 draw, despite United having taken a two goal lead in the first half.[73] The following day Jordan Chapell extended his loan with Burton Albion for a further month,[74] before the final game of November saw United slip to a damaging 2–0 defeat away at Brentford.[75]

December and January: (Briefly) Top of the league[edit]

Danny Higginbotham playing for Stoke City
Experienced defender Danny Higginbotham joined United in January on a free transfer from Stoke City.[76]

On 1 December the Blades returned to winning ways with a late 2–1 victory over former United boss Micky Adams's Port Vale side in the second round of the FA Cup at Bramall Lane. Shaun Miller saved the day for the Blades with a brace in injury time after Vale had taken the lead in the first half.[77] With the Blades beginning to struggle with injuries Jordan Chapell was recalled early from his loan spell at Burton Albion,[78] and returned to the United first-team later that day as the Blades crashed out of the Football League Trophy on penalties to Coventry City.[79] Meanwhile Matthew Harriott extended his loan deal with Alfreton Town until 6 January[80] and back in the league United returned to wining ways, defeating Carlisle United 3–1,[81] but were held to a 0–0 draw by table-topping Tranmere Rovers the following week.[82] After Danny Coyne extended his short term contract to keep him with the club until the end of January,[83] United started their festive programme by rising to the top of the League One table following a 2–0 win over Crawley Town on their first ever visit to the Broadfield Stadium thanks to two goals from Tony McMahon,[84] before a comfortable 3–0 home win over Scunthorpe United on Boxing Day consolidated their place as league leaders.[85] With injuries and suspensions starting to weaken the first-team United finished the year by slipping to a surprising 2–3 home defeat to bottom club Hartlepool United,[86] a result which saw them drop to second in the table. On 28 December it was announced that due to injuries sustained against Scunthorpe United, Shaun Miller would be out for the remainder of the season and out up to nine months in total with a cruciate knee ligament injury; whilst Neill Collins would be out for around two months with a fractured cheekbone.[87]

Jamie Murphy playing for Scotland U-21
Scottish forward Jamie Murphy was signed from Motherwell during the transfer window.[88]

The opening of the January transfer window allowed Danny Wilson to strengthen his squad by signing experienced defender Danny Higginbotham on a free transfer from Stoke City on New Years Day,[76] and both he and Elliott Whitehouse made their United débuts for United that afternoon in the South Yorkshire derby against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium where the Blades needed late goals from Blackman and Kitson to rescue a 2–2 draw.[89] On 3 January Danny Wilson continued to revamp the squad by signing winger Jamie Murphy from Motherwell on a three and a half year contract for an undisclosed fee,[88] whilst John Cofie's loan deal was terminated and he returned to his parent club Manchester United, despite claiming that he wanted to see out the season with the Blades.[90] Young forward Diego De Girolamo was called up to the Italy national under-18 squad[91] ahead of the Blade's third round FA Cup tie at Oxford United. Murphy made his Blades debut against Oxford United as they booked their place in the fourth round, running out 3–0 winners thanks to goals from McMahon, Kitson and Blackman,[92] earning United a trip to the Madejski Stadium against Premier League strugglers Reading.[93] United continued to struggle with injuries as defender Matt Hill was ruled out for six weeks with a fractured cheek bone following the game at Oxford.[94] United's transfer dealings continued with midfielder David McAllister leaving the Blades for former loan club Shrewsbury Town for an undisclosed fee,[95] Alfreton Town decided to extend Matty Harriott's loan for a third month,[96] and youth keeper George Willis signed his first professional contract with the Blades on a two and half year deal.[97] United's disappointing league form continued as they were beaten 2–0 at home by Yeovil Town,[98] and allowed Notts County to score a late equaliser to draw 1–1 despite being reduced to ten men for much of the game.[99] With the transfer window close to completion United allowed young striker Danny Philliskirk to leave after cancelling his contract.[100] With the Blades game at Bury postponed due to weather conditions,[101] their next match was the FA Cup fourth round tie at Reading, a match which saw United crash out of the competition following a 4–0 defeat.[102] With a day of the transfer window remaining Reading agreed a deal to sign Nick Blackman,[103] only six months after he had arrived at Bramall Lane, and after he had rejected a move to Crystal Palace.[104] On deadline day itself former United youth player Jonathan Forte returned to the Blades on loan for the rest of the season from Southampton[105] and Scottish international Barry Robson signed a short term deal until the end of the season.[106]

Dominic Poleon playing for Leeds United
Dominic Poleon signed from Leeds United on loan.[107]

February and March: Moving back up[edit]

United's poor home form continued into February as they suffered their third consecutive home loss, going down 2–1 to Coventry City.[108] With United's home fixture against Crawley Town postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, the first time in ten years United had had to postpone a match for such a reason,[109] their next fixture was an away trip to Shrewsbury Town where goals from Michael Doyle and Dave Kitson helped them to a 2–1 victory and their first league win of 2013.[110] United registered back–to–back victories with a 2–0 away win over Bury,[111] before signing young striker Dominic Poleon from Leeds United on loan until the end of the season,[107] and allowing Chris Porter to sign a one–month loan deal with Shrewsbury Town.[112] United climbed back into the automatic promotion places as they registered their first home win of 2013, beating Colchester United 3–0.[113] On 18 February Coyne once again extended his stay with United keeping him at the Lane until late March.[114] A fourth straight victory saw United return to the top of the table, leapfrogging their hosts Bournemouth after a 1–0 victory.[115] Teenager Harry Maguire made his 100th start for the Blades in their next game,[116] but United slipped back to second place following a 0–0 home draw with Leyton Orient.[117]

The Blades against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on 29 March 2013.

March started with a 2–0 victory over Oldham Athletic,[118] before the Blades managed to hold onto second place in the league, despite being held to a second consecutive 0–0 home draw, this time against Milton Keynes Dons.[119] After United's scheduled trip to Crewe Alexandra was postponed due to a frozen pitch,[120] Jordan Chapell was loaned out to Torquay United until the end of the season.[121] The following day Chris Porter returned from his loan spell at Shrewsbury Town to increase United's striking options,[122] before United's away run was brought to a halt as Stevenage beat them 4–0 at The Lamex Stadium.[123] United signed young striker Joe Ironside to a two and a half year deal,[124] before allowing Richard Cresswell to re-join his first ever club, York City, on a one month loan deal.[125] Later the same day former United player Jamie Hoyland resigned his post as Academy manager.[126] Due to a lack of first team opportunities Erik Tønne was allowed to return to his native Norway for a trial with HamKam ahead of a potential loan move.[127] A busy week off the field concluded with young keeper George Long being named Young Player of the Month for February 2013 by The Football League.[128] United's fixture problems continued when their scheduled home game with Brentford was called off due to heavy snowfall,[129] meaning that their first game for two weeks came against promotion rivals Tranmere Rovers, with an own goal from Tranmere's Ash Taylor being enough to secure the points for United.[130]

Danny Wilson
Danny Wilson was sacked as United manager in April.[1]

April: Farewell Danny[edit]

April started with yet another goalless draw at Bramall Lane when Carlisle United held their hosts, despite being reduced to ten men for the final third of the game.[131] Two days later on-loan forward Dominic Poleon was recalled by his parent club, Leeds United, while Erik Tønne was allowed to join Norwegian side HamKam on loan until November 2013.[132] An away trip to Walsall provided yet another draw for United, with a second half goal from Chris Porter rescuing a point for the Blades.[133] United continued their disappointing home form into the following game when Crawley Town were 2–0 victors,[134] a result that saw Danny Wilson sacked the following day,[1] and being replaced by reserve team coach Chris Morgan for the remainder of the season.[2] The following day the club announced former player and Academy coach, David Unsworth as assistant to Morgan for the duration of his tenure.[135] The new management team's first action was to recall Jordan Chapell from his loan spell at Torquay United.[136] Chris Morgan's first game in charge saw Swindon Town visit Bramall Lane, with United running out as 2–0 winners, thanks to goals from Porter and Kitson.[137] Following an injury to one of his Achilles tendons, Richard Cresswell returned early from his loan at York City,[138] the day before a dramatic game home against Brentford saw three players sent off and four penalties awarded as the teams played out a 2–2 draw.[139] On the penultimate weekend of the season United, saw their hopes of automatic promotion extinguished as they were beaten 3–0 by already relegated Portsmouth,[140] although results elsewhere confirmed their place in the play-offs.[141] Their poor form continued with a 1−0 away loss Crewe Alexandra,[142] followed by yet another 0–0 home draw against Preston North End in the final game of the regular season.[143] Meanwhile, Academy prospects Conor Dimaio and Jamie McDonagh were called up to the Ireland under–18s and the Northern Ireland under–19s respectively,[144] while young defender Harry Maguire was named as the club's Player of the Year and was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year, winning both for the second season in succession.[145]

May: Play-off Misery again[edit]

Having finished fifth in the final table, United were paired with fourth place Yeovil Town in the play-off semi-final. The first leg was played at Bramall Lane, where a close game resulted in substitute Callum McFadzean scoring the only goal, giving United a slender advantage going into the second game.[146] The second leg was another tight affair but United created few chances on goal and were beaten 2–0 by their hosts to record a seventh successive failure in play-off competitions.[147]

Squad[edit]

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.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Mark Howard
2 England DF Darryl Westlake
3 Haiti DF Lecsinel Jean-François
4 England DF Danny Higginbotham
5 England DF Harry Maguire
6 England DF Matt Hill
7 Scotland MF Ryan Flynn
8 Republic of Ireland MF Michael Doyle (captain)
9 England FW Chris Porter
11 Scotland MF Kevin McDonald
12 England FW Shaun Miller
14 England FW Dave Kitson
15 Scotland DF Neill Collins (vice captain)
16 Barbados FW Jonathan Forte (on loan from Southampton)
17 England FW Richard Cresswell
No. Position Player
18 Republic of Ireland MF Matthew Harriott
19 Scotland MF Barry Robson
21 England FW Jordan Chapell
23 Scotland FW Jamie Murphy
24 England FW Joe Ironside
25 England GK George Long
26 England MF Callum McFadzean
27 England MF Elliott Whitehouse
29 England DF Tony McMahon
30 England DF Marcus Williams
32 England DF Terry Kennedy
33 Republic of Ireland DF Aaron Barry
34 England GK George Willis
35 Wales GK Danny Coyne
36 Italy FW Diego De Girolamo

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
20 Norway MF Erik Tønne (on loan at HamKam)
No. Position Player

Players leaving before the end of the 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
4 Scotland MF Nick Montgomery
10 England FW Nick Blackman
19 England FW John Cofie (on loan from Manchester United)
16 Republic of Ireland MF David McAllister
No. Position Player
22 England FW Danny Philliskirk
22 England FW Dominic Poleon (on loan from Leeds United)
23 Scotland FW Paul Gallagher (on loan from Leicester City)
28 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Quinn

Transfers and contracts[edit]

In[edit]

Summer[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Source
2 DF England Darryl Westlake England Walsall Tribunal 20 July 2012 [21]
6 DF England Matt Hill England Blackpool Free 30 July 2012 [26]
29 DF England Tony McMahon England Middlesbrough Free 30 July 2012 [26]
12 FW England Shaun Miller England Crewe Alexandra £60,000 30 July 2012 [26][148]
10 FW England Nick Blackman England Blackburn Rovers Undisclosed 10 August 2012 [31]
14 FW England Dave Kitson England Portsmouth Free 31 August 2012 [32]
35 GK Wales Danny Coyne Free agent Free 17 November 2012 [71]

Winter[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Source
4 DF England Danny Higginbotham England Stoke City Free 1 January 2013 [76]
23 FW Scotland Jamie Murphy Scotland Motherwell £100,000 3 January 2013 [88]
19 MF Scotland Barry Robson Canada Vancouver Whitecaps Free 31 January 2013 [106]

Loan in[edit]

Squad # Position Player Loaned from Start End Source
19 FW England John Cofie England Manchester United 13 July 2012 3 January 2013 [19][90]
23 FW Scotland Paul Gallagher England Leicester City 13 September 2012 10 October 2013 [43][51]
16 FW Barbados Jonathan Forte England Southampton 31 January 2013 30 June 2013 [105]
22 FW England Dominic Poleon England Leeds United 13 February 2013 3 April 2013 [107][132]

Out[edit]

Summer[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Source
1 GK England Steve Simonsen England Preston North End Released 30 May 2012 [14][149]
6 DF Austria Johannes Ertl England Portsmouth Released 30 May 2012 [13]
9 FW Wales Ched Evans N/A Released 30 May 2012 [13]
10 FW England James Beattie England Accrington Stanley Released 30 May 2012 [13]
16 DF England Andy Taylor England Walsall Released 30 May 2012 [13]
23 DF Republic of Ireland Seamus Conneely Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers Released 30 May 2012 [13]
DF Australia Marc Warren Scotland Airdrie United Released 30 May 2012 [13]
DF England Connor Brown England Oldham Athletic Released 30 May 2012 [13][150]
2 DF England Matthew Lowton England Aston Villa Undisclosed 6 July 2012 [16]
14 MF Jamaica Lee Williamson England Portsmouth Released 12 July 2012 [151]
5 DF England Chris Morgan Retired N/A 24 July 2012 [23]
28 MF Republic of Ireland Stephen Quinn England Hull City Undisclosed 31 August 2012 [38]
4 MF Scotland Nick Montgomery Australia Central Coast Mariners Released 31 August 2012 [38]

Winter[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Source
16 MF Republic of Ireland David McAllister England Shrewsbury Town Undisclosed 8 January 2013 [95]
22 FW England Danny Philliskirk England Coventry City Released 25 January 2013 [100][152]
10 FW England Nick Blackman England Reading Undisclosed 30 January 2013 [103]

Loan out[edit]

Squad # Position Player Loaned to Start End Source
21 FW England Jordan Chapell Burton Albion 23 October 2012 3 December 2012 [74][78][153]
18 MF Republic of Ireland Matthew Harriott Alfreton Town 12 November 2012 12 February 2013 [67][80][96]
9 FW England Chris Porter Shrewsbury Town 13 February 2013 14 March 2013 [112]
21 FW England Jordan Chapell Torquay United 13 March 2013 12 April 2013 [121][136]
17 FW England Richard Cresswell York City 19 March 2013 15 April 2013 [125][138]
20 FW Norway Erik Tønne HamKam 3 April 2013 30 November 2013 [132]

Contracts[edit]

New contracts and contract extensions.

Player Date Length Contracted until Reference / Notes
England Jordan Chapell 5 July 2012 1 Year Summer 2013 [15]
England Chris Porter 5 July 2012 2 Years Summer 2014 [15]
Scotland Kevin McDonald 24 July 2012 2 Years Summer 2014 [24]
England Richard Cresswell 30 August 2012 1 Year Summer 2013 Became player-coach[37]
Republic of Ireland Michael Doyle 21 September 2012 3 Years Summer 2015 [154]
Italy Diego De Girolamo 29 October 2012 3 Years Summer 2015 [60]
Scotland Neill Collins 9 November 2012 2 Years Summer 2015 [65]
England Dave Kitson 16 November 2012 6 Months Summer 2013 [70]
Wales Danny Coyne 17 December 2012 1 Month January 2013 [83]
England George Willis 11 January 2013 2 Years, 6 Months Summer 2015 [97]
Wales Danny Coyne 12 January 2013 1 Month February 2013 [155]
Wales Danny Coyne 18 February 2013 1 Month March 2013 [114]
England Joe Ironside 18 March 2013 2 years, 6 months June 2015 [124]

League Table[edit]

Team
Pld W D L F A GD Pts
C Doncaster Rovers 46 25 9 12 62 44 +18 84
P Bournemouth 46 24 11 11 76 53 +23 83
3 Brentford 46 21 16 9 62 47 +15 79
P Yeovil Town 46 23 8 15 71 56 +15 77
5 Sheffield United 46 19 18 9 56 42 +14 75
6 Swindon Town 46 20 14 12 72 39 +33 74
7 Leyton Orient 46 21 8 17 55 48 +7 71
8 Milton Keynes Dons 46 19 13 14 62 45 +17 70
9 Walsall 46 17 17 12 65 58 +7 68
10 Crawley Town 46 18 14 14 59 58 +1 68
11 Tranmere Rovers 46 19 10 17 58 48 +10 67
12 Notts County 46 16 17 13 61 49 +12 65
13 Crewe Alexandra 46 18 10 18 54 62 −8 64
14 Preston North End 46 14 17 15 54 49 +5 59
15 Coventry City* 46 18 11 17 66 59 +7 55
16 Shrewsbury Town 46 13 16 17 54 60 −6 55
17 Carlisle United 46 14 13 19 56 77 −21 55
18 Stevenage 46 15 9 22 47 64 −17 54
19 Oldham Athletic 46 14 9 23 46 59 −13 51
20 Colchester United 46 14 9 23 47 68 −21 51
R Scunthorpe United 46 13 9 24 49 73 −24 48
R Bury 46 9 14 23 45 73 −28 41
R Hartlepool United 46 9 14 23 39 67 −28 41
R Portsmouth* 46 10 12 24 51 69 −18 32

* – Coventry City and Portsmouth deducted ten points

Promotion to Championship
Qualification to League One playoffs
Relegation to League Two


Season firsts[edit]

Player début[edit]

Players making their first team Sheffield United début in a fully competitive match.

Squad # Position Player Date Opponents Ground Notes
1 GK England Mark Howard 11 August 2012 Burton Albion Bramall Lane League Cup[156]
12 FW England Shaun Miller 11 August 2012 Burton Albion Bramall Lane League Cup[157]
29 DF England Tony McMahon 11 August 2012 Burton Albion Bramall Lane League Cup[158]
10 FW England Nick Blackman 11 August 2012 Burton Albion Bramall Lane Sub, League Cup[159]
26 MF England Callum McFadzean 11 August 2012 Burton Albion Bramall Lane Sub, League Cup[160]
19 FW England John Cofie 18 August 2012 Shrewsbury Town Bramall Lane [161]
2 DF England Darryl Westlake 15 September 2012 Bury Bramall Lane [162]
23 MF Scotland Paul Gallagher 15 September 2012 Bury Bramall Lane [163]
14 FW England Dave Kitson 15 September 2012 Bury Bramall Lane Sub[164]
24 FW England Joe Ironside 17 October 2012 Notts County Meadow Lane Sub, Football League Trophy[165]
36 FW Italy Diego De Girolamo 4 December 2012 Coventry City Ricoh Arena Sub, Football League Trophy[166]
4 DF England Danny Higginbotham 1 January 2013 Doncaster Rovers Keepmoat Stadium [167]
27 DF England Elliott Whitehouse 1 January 2013 Doncaster Rovers Keepmoat Stadium [168]
23 FW Scotland Jamie Murphy 5 January 2013 Oxford United Kassam Stadium FA Cup[169]
19 MF Scotland Barry Robson 1 February 2013 Coventry City Bramall Lane Sub[170]
22 FW England Dominic Poleon 16 February 2013 Colchester United Bramall Lane Sub[171]

Début goal[edit]

Players scoring their first goal for Sheffield United in a competitive fixture.

Squad # Position Player Date Opponents Ground Notes
10 FW England Nick Blackman 11 August 2012 Burton Albion Bramall Lane League Cup[159]
19 FW England John Cofie 24 August 2012 Colchester United Colchester Community Stadium [161]
14 FW England Dave Kitson 29 September 2012 Notts County Bramall Lane [164]
23 FW Scotland Paul Gallagher 2 October 2012 Hartlepool United Victoria Park [163]
12 FW England Shaun Miller 17 October 2012 Notts County Meadow Lane Football League Trophy[157]
12 DF England Tony McMahon 22 December 2012 Crawley Town Broadfield Stadium Free-kick[158]
23 FW Scotland Jamie Murphy 12 February 2013 Bury Gigg Lane [169]
19 MF Scotland Barry Robson 16 February 2013 Colchester United Bramall Lane Penalty[170]
26 MF England Callum McFadzean 3 May 2013 Yeovil Town Bramall Lane Play-offs[160]

Competitive fixture[edit]

First ever meeting of the two clubs in a competitive fixture.

Opposition Date Venue Result Score Notes
Crawley Town 22 December 2012 Broadfield Stadium Win 0–2 [172]

Stadia[edit]

First ever visit to a stadium for a competitive fixture

Venue Opposition Date Result Score Notes
Memorial Stadium Bristol Rovers 3 November 2012 Win 1–2 FA Cup[173]
Broadfield Stadium Crawley Town 22 December 2012 Win 0–2 [172]
Kassam Stadium Oxford United 5 January 2013 Win 0–3 FA Cup[174]
New Meadow Shrewsbury Town 9 February 2013 Win 1–2 [175]

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of 6 May 2013
No. Nat Pos Player Total League One/ Play-offs FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 England GK Mark Howard 12 0 11+0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2 England DF Darryl Westlake 17 0 10+3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
3 Haiti DF Lecsinel Jean-François 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
4 England DF Danny Higginbotham 18 0 13+3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
5 England DF Harry Maguire 52 5 45 3 4 0 1 0 2 2
6 England DF Matt Hill 41 0 36 0 3 0 0 0 2 0
7 Scotland MF Ryan Flynn 44 3 36+1 3 3+1 0 1+0 0 2+0 0
8 Republic of Ireland MF Michael Doyle 52 3 45 3 4 0 1 0 2 0
9 England FW Chris Porter 28 4 15+8 3 3 1 1 0 1 0
11 Scotland MF Kevin McDonald 51 1 47 1 3 0 1 0 0 0
12 England FW Shaun Miller 19 8 7+8 4 2 2 1 0 1 2
14 England FW Dave Kitson 36 12 30+4 11 2 1 0 0 0 0
15 Scotland DF Neill Collins 45 5 40+1 4 2+1 0 1 1 0 0
16 Barbados FW Jonathan Forte 12 1 7+5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 England FW Richard Cresswell 20 1 2+14 1 0+3 0 0 0 1 0
18 Republic of Ireland MF Matthew Harriott 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
19 Scotland MF Barry Robson 18 2 11+7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Norway MF Erik Tønne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 England FW Jordan Chapell 4 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 1+1 0
23 Scotland FW Jamie Murphy 21 2 17+2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
24 England FW Joe Ironside 17 0 2+12 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+2 0
25 England GK George Long 44 0 37+1 0 4 0 0 0 2 0
26 England MF Callum McFadzean 12 1 3+7 1 0 0 0+1 0 1 0
27 England MF Elliott Whitehouse 5 0 1+3 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
29 England DF Tony McMahon 42 3 38 2 3 1 1 0 0 0
30 England DF Marcus Williams 24 0 14+4 0 0+3 0 1 0 2 0
32 England DF Terry Kennedy 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Republic of Ireland DF Aaron Barry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 England GK George Willis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 Wales GK Danny Coyne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 Italy FW Diego De Girolamo 3 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
Players who left before the end of the season:
4 Scotland MF Nick Montgomery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 England FW Nick Blackman 33 14 28 11 4 2 0+1 1 0 0
16 Republic of Ireland MF David McAllister 17 2 10+4 1 1 0 0+1 0 1 1
19 England FW John Cofie 18 2 8+8 2 0+1 0 0 0 1 0
22 England FW Danny Philliskirk 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
22 England FW Dominic Poleon 7 0 3+4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Scotland MF Paul Gallagher 6 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Quinn 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Top scorers[edit]

Place Number Nation Position Name League One Play-offs FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Total
1 10 England FW Nick Blackman 11 0 2 1 0 14
2 14 England FW Dave Kitson 11 0 1 0 0 12
3 12 England FW Shaun Miller 4 0 2 0 2 8
4 15 Scotland DF Neill Collins 4 0 0 1 0 5
5 England DF Harry Maguire 3 0 0 0 2 5
5 9 England FW Chris Porter 3 0 1 0 0 4
6 8 Republic of Ireland MF Michael Doyle 3 0 0 0 0 3
7 Scotland MF Ryan Flynn 3 0 0 0 0 3
29 England DF Tony McMahon 2 0 1 0 0 3
7 19 England FW John Cofie 2 0 0 0 0 2
16 Republic of Ireland MF David McAllister 1 0 0 0 1 2
23 Scotland FW Jamie Murphy 2 0 0 0 0 2
19 Scotland MF Barry Robson 2 0 0 0 0 2
8 17 England FW Richard Cresswell 1 0 0 0 0 1
16 Barbados FW Jonathan Forte 1 0 0 0 0 1
23 Scotland FW Paul Gallagher 1 0 0 0 0 1
11 Scotland MF Kevin McDonald 1 0 0 0 0 1
26 England MF Callum McFadzean 0 1 0 0 0 1
TOTALS 54 1 7 2 5 69

Disciplinary Record[edit]

Number Nation Position Name League One Play-offs FA Cup League Cup JP Trophy Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
5 England DF Harry Maguire 10 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
11 Scotland MF Kevin McDonald 10 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
29 England DF Tony McMahon 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
8 Republic of Ireland MF Michael Doyle 6 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
14 England FW Dave Kitson 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
6 England DF Matt Hill 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
15 Scotland DF Neill Collins 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
7 Scotland MF Ryan Flynn 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
12 England FW Shaun Miller 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
10 England FW Nick Blackman 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
19 Scotland MF Barry Robson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
25 England GK George Long 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
23 Scotland FW Paul Gallagher 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
18 Republic of Ireland MF Matthew Harriott 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
26 England MF Callum McFadzean 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
9 England FW Chris Porter 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
28 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Quinn 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
27 England MF Elliott Whitehouse 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
30 England DF Marcus Williams 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 70 3 3 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 79 3

Suspensions[edit]

Squad # Position Player Suspension Start date Reason Source
8 MF Republic of Ireland Michael Doyle 3 games 8 September 2012 Red card - dangerous play [42]
7 MF Scotland Ryan Flynn 3 games 8 September 2012 Red card - dangerous play [42]
11 MF Scotland Kevin McDonald 1 game 23 November 2012 5 yellow cards to date [176]
29 DF England Tony McMahon 1 game 26 December 2012 5 yellow cards to date [177]
5 DF England Harry Maguire 1 game 29 December 2012 5 yellow cards to date [178]
29 DF England Tony McMahon 2 games 1 April 2013 10 yellow cards to date [179]
5 DF England Harry Maguire 1 game 16 April 2013 Red card - second bookable offence [180]

Date of start of suspension assumed to be the date of the game during which the disciplinary incident occurred.

International Call-ups[edit]

No. P Name Squad Competition Opposition Date Cap Goals Notes
5 DF Harry Maguire England England U21[68] Friendly Northern Ireland Northern Ireland U21 13 November 2012 Y 0 Sub[68]
36 FW Diego De Girolamo Italy Italy U18[91] Granatkin Memorial Cup Belgium Belgium U18 6 January 2013 Y 0 Sub[181]
Belarus Belarus U18 8 January 2013 Y 0 Sub[182]
Russia Saint-Petersburg U18 10 January 2013 Y 0 Sub[183]
Iran Iran U18 11 January 2013 Y 1 [184]
Czech Republic Czech Republic U18 13 January 2013 Y 1 [185]
Friendly[186] Austria Austria U18 6 March 2013 Y 1 Injury icon 2.svg
MF Jamie McDonagh Northern Ireland Northern Ireland U19[144] Friendly Wales Wales U19 1 May 2013

Matches[edit]

Key[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Football League One[edit]

Play-offs[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Football League Cup[edit]

Football League Trophy[edit]

Pre-Season and friendlies[edit]

Honours and awards[edit]

PFA League One Team of the Season[edit]

Football League Young Player of the Month[edit]

League One Manager of the Month[edit]

League One Player of the Month[edit]

League One Team of the Week[edit]

Club end of season award[edit]

Fans Player of the Month[edit]

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