2013–14 Sheffield United F.C. season

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Sheffield United
2013–14 season
Chairman Dave Green
Owner Abdullah bin Musa'ed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (50%)
Kevin McCabe (50%)
Manager David Weir
(until 11 October 2013)
Nigel Clough
(from 23 October 2013)
League One 7th
FA Cup Semi-final
(eliminated by Hull City)
League Cup First Round
(eliminated by Burton Albion)
Football League Trophy Second round
(eliminated by Hartlepool United)
Top goalscorer League: Porter (7)
All: Porter (11)
Highest home attendance League: 21,659
(vs Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Cup: 30,048
(vs Charlton Athletic)
Lowest home attendance League: 14,796
(vs Walsall)
Cup: 4,189
(vs Hartlepool United)
Average home league attendance 17,509
Home colours
Away colours

Sheffield United Football Club participated in League One, the third level of English football, during the 2013–14 season, after losing in the previous season's play-off semi final. The club appointed a new manager, former Scotland international David Weir, saw a new co-owner arrive in the form of Prince Abdullah bin Musa'ed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and signed an influx of new players during the summer transfer window. Despite this the team saw a very poor start to the season, winning only one of their opening thirteen fixtures. This run of results saw David Weir depart the club to be replaced by former England International and former Derby County manager Nigel Clough. Despite beginning to improve performances on the pitch, United remained in relegation trouble into January, but then embarked on a lengthy run of form that would eventually see them finish in seventh in the table. Having been knocked out in the early rounds of both the League Cup and League Trophy, United enjoyed a lengthy run in the FA Cup, eventually reaching the competitions semi-final where they were narrowly beaten by Hull City.

Background[edit]

United had spent the previous season challenging for promotion from League One under manager Danny Wilson. Despite spending much of the season in the automatic promotion positions, the team's home form was poor, winning only nine games all season. With results declining, United sacked manager Wilson in April, replacing him with coach Chris Morgan but this wasn't enough to change their fortunes and the side finished the season fifth. United met Yeovil Town in the play-offs semi-final but lost 2–1 on aggregate and were consigned to spend a third consecutive season in League One.[1][2]

Kit and sponsors[edit]

At the end of July, United unveiled new home and away kits for the following season.[3] Produced by Macron, the home kit maintained the clubs traditional red and white stripes, albeit with the addition of a solid red panel across the shoulders and neck. The away kit was a complete change from previous seasons, consisting of an all yellow shirt with green trim plus green socks and shorts.[3] The club also announced that the home kit would be sponsored by Spanish video game developer VSports, and the away kit would bear the logo of Chinese real estate company Top Spring.[3] The following day the club also announced a new secondary shirt sponsor, with the logo for video game Football Manager appearing on the back of both the home and away shirts for the following season.[4] In September United announced a secondary sponsor, with mobile phone distributor Shebang's logo appearing on the shorts of both the home and away kit.[5]

Season overview[edit]

The hunt for a new manager[edit]

Sheffield United started the close season without a permanent manager, with caretaker manager Chris Morgan looking after the position whilst a fixed term manager was appointed.[2] Morgan had admitted that he wanted the job permanently,[6] but the club opted to invite applications from experienced candidates.[7] Meanwhile the club restructured the football club board, with former chief executive Julian Winter returning to the role only a year after quitting the position.[8] The process to find a new manager proved to be a lengthy one with many managers and coaches being linked to the vacant position including interim manager Chris Morgan, Paul Dickov[9] Rob Page,[10] Gareth Southgate, Russell Slade[11] Michael Appleton, Kenny Jackett[12] Keith Curle[13] and Avram Grant.[14] Graham Arnold of Central Coast Mariners, Stuart McCall of Motherwell and Karl Robinson of MK Dons all rejected approaches from Sheffield United.[15][16][17] By the start of June Everton reserve team coach David Weir emerged as the clear favourite for the job,[18] and was duly appointed on 10 June, signing a three-year deal.[19]

Pre-season[edit]

Forward Fabian Brandy joined the Blades in pre-season.[20]

Unlike the previous three years, Sheffield United opted not to undertake a pre-season tour of Malta; instead preferring a short trip to Scotland for three matches,[21] before returning to England for a trio of friendlies against League Two sides.[22] At the start of June Barry Robson agreed a deal with Scottish Premier League club Aberdeen, signalling his departure from Bramall Lane.[23] Later that week youth Team coach and former assistant manager, David Unsworth, was given permission by United to speak with Kilmarnock about their vacant managerial position,[24] but rejected the approach.[25]

Stephen McGinn joined the Blades on a free transfer.[20]

With Barry Robson having already left the club, United subsequently announced their retained list, and signalled the departure of Danny Coyne, Matthew Harriott, Lecsinel Jean-François and Dave Kitson.[26] However they also indicated that Aaron Barry, Jordan Chapell, Danny Higginbotham, Jordan Hodder, Terry Kennedy, Callum McFadzean, Jahmal Smith and Elliott Whitehouse had all taken the option to have their contracts extended.[26] Manager David Weir began to pull together his back-room team by appointing former Rangers fitness coach Adam Owen to the position of "Assistant Manager – Performance" on 21 June.[27] A few days later United unveiled their first signings of the close season; Stephen McGinn from Watford, Sean McGinty from Manchester United and Febian Brandy from Walsall all on two-year deals; whilst Jasper Johns was signed from Everton signed a one year deal.[20]

At the start of July Weir added to his backroom staff by appointing former Everton team mate Lee Carsley to the position of "Assistant Manager – Technical".[28] United opened their tour of Scotland with a 1–0 win over Greenock Morton thanks to a goal from Chris Porter,[29] before a second Porter goal in as many games helped United to a 1–1 draw with Cowdenbeath a few days later.[30] Despite the club having only recently extended his contract, Jordan Chapell was joined Torquay United on a free transfer on 9 July, agreeing a 2-year deal with the south coast club.[31] United then completed their Scotland tour with a 2–1 victory over Raith Rovers.[32] Returning south of the border, United next faced and away trip to Bury where they had to come from behind to register a 3–1 victory at Gigg Lane.[33] The following week Richard Cresswell was allowed to leave on a free transfer, signing a one year deal with York City,[34] followed by United signing Falkirk striker Lyle Taylor for an undisclosed fee.[35] Taylor made his first appearance for United in a friendly at Mansfield Town the following weekend, helping the Blades to a 1–0 victory thanks to a goal from Fabien Brandy.[36] On 22 July United continued to revamp their squad by signing Conor Coady on a six-month loan from Liverpool,[37] before a strong United side headed to Alfreton Town the same evening, registering a 1–0 victory.[38] United completed their pre-season fixture list with two games in quick succession, holding Greek Superleague side Atromitos to a 2–2 draw at Bramall Lane on 26 July,[39] and then registering a 1–1 draw with York City less than 24 hours later.[40] With the pre-season schedule completed David Weir confirmed that Michael Doyle would remain as Captain for the upcoming season.[41]

August and September: The Prince of Bramall Lane[edit]

Conor Coady joined the Blades on loan.[37]
The Blades in the 2–0 loss to Bradford City at Valley Parade.

On the eve of the new season, coach and former assistant manager David Unsworth left the club,[42] and later the same day Irish youngster Aaron Barry was allowed to join Scottish Championship club Dumbarton on loan until the end of January to gain first team experience.[43] In celebration of The Football League's 125 anniversary, United featured in a televised opening fixture against Notts County in recognition of County being the oldest league club in the world, while Bramall Lane is the oldest football ground in the world.[44] With Febian Brandy, Conor Coady, Stephen McGinn and Lyle Taylor all making their débuts, United triumphed 2–1 in the midst of a thunderstorm.[45] In the next match United were knocked out in the first round of the League Cup by Burton Albion almost a year ago to the day to exactly the same fixture and outcome to the previous season.[46] On 8 August George Long was called up to the England U21 team for a friendly match against Scotland U21s,[47] and on the same day, Erik Tønne was recalled from his loan at HamKam so that he could sign for Sandnes Ulf on a permanent basis, ending his career with United.[48] United's preparations for their next league game, away to Brentford were disrupted when Wolverhampton Wanderers had a bid accepted for midfielder Kevin McDonald, having triggered a release clause in his contract.[49] United lost the subsequent fixture 3–1,[50] and after lengthy negotiations, McDonald finally departed for an undisclosed fee on 14 August.[51] The following day, Jamie McDonagh fractured his leg in two places whilst on international duty for Northern Ireland U19s, requiring acute surgery.[52] Back in the league United were held to a 1–1 draw by Colchester United at Bramall Lane,[53] followed by a 2–0 reverse at Bradford City.[54] On 29 August Danny Higginbotham joined Chester after falling out of United's first team reckoning,[55] while later the same day Jose Baxter joined from Oldham Athletic for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.[56] Baxter made his United debut two days later but was unable to halt the club's poor form as they lost 1–0 to Milton Keynes Dons.[57]

Forward Marlon King joined the Blades on a one year deal.[58]

On the final day of the transfer window, United brought in young Belgian midfielder Florent Cuvelier from Stoke City on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee and centre-forward Harry Bunn on a one month loan deal from Manchester City.[59] The following day the club announced that Saudi Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad Al Saud, of the royal House of Saud and former President of Al-Hilal FC, had bought a 50% stake in United's parent company 'Blades Leisure Ltd' for the fee of £1 with the promise of providing "substantial new capital" with the aim of returning the Blades to the Premier League as "quickly as possible".[60][61] The same evening, United reached the second round of the Football League Trophy, despite failing to score for the third game in succession, winning a penalty shoot out over Scunthorpe United after the game had finished 0–0.[62] Back in league action United were again the losing side as they were beaten 3–1 by near neighbours Rotherham United.[63] Later that week, youngster Elliott Whitehouse was allowed to join York City on a months loan to gain first team experience,[64] before United's poor form continued as they slipped to a 1–0 defeat away at Carlisle United.[65] With the side still struggling to score goals, United reached an agreement to bring in free agent Marlon King until the end of the season,[58] quickly followed by winger Ryan Hall, who joined the Blades on a one-month loan from Leeds United.[66] King and Hall both made their United debuts in the following game, a home fixture against Preston North End, but the Blades poor form continued as they fell to a 1–0 loss, their fifth consecutive defeat in the league and Preston's first victory at Bramall Lane since 1978.[67] United ended the month with another defeat, this time a 2–0 away loss to Wolves.[68]

October and November: Weir Out, Clough In[edit]

The Blades in their 3–1 home victory over Crewe Alexandra.
Nigel Clough replaced David Weir as United manager.[69]

October began with the arrival of defender Simon Lappin who signed on a 28-day loan from Cardiff City on 4 October,[70] while Chris Porter was allowed to leave in a similar deal for a spell with Chesterfield,[71] and young striker Harry Bunn extended his own loan spell with the Blades for a further month.[71] Lappin made his debut that same night as United scored their first goal in nearly seven hours of football, when Marlon King netted to earn a 1–1 home draw with Crawley Town.[72] Another loss followed, this time to League Two Hartlepool United in the Football League Trophy, a match during which David Weir was barracked by the home support.[73] This was to prove Weir's last game in charge as he was sacked three days later.[74] With the club's Under-21s coach Chris Morgan in temporary charge once more, United dropped to the bottom of the League One table as they were defeated 3–2 by Coventry City.[75] With United still to appoint a permanent successor to David Weir, Mick Wadsworth was appointed as first team coach on a temporary basis to support Chris Morgan,[76] and the pair guided United to only their second win of the season as they beat Port Vale 2–1 at Bramall Lane.[77] Ryan Hall returned to Leeds United, only to be immediately suspended by his parent club for a breach of discipline,[78] while Morgan and Wadsworth remained in charge as United held Peterborough United to a mid-week 0–0 draw at their London Road Stadium.[79] This was to prove Morgan's last game in charge of the Blades as former Derby County manager Nigel Clough was appointed as David Weir's permanent successor on 23 October 2013.[69] Clough's tenure got off to a winning start as his new charges comfortably beat Crewe Alexandra 3–1 at Bramall Lane,[80] before Clough made his first signing for the Blades a few days later, with Leeds United defender Aidan White joining on loan until New Year's Day.[81]

Clough's second game in charge proved less satisfactory, with Febian Brandy being sent off only twelve minutes after coming on as a substitute and United slumping to a 2–0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town on 2 November.[82] With his loan spell due to expire, United agreed a further deal to keep Simon Lappin at the club until January.[83] The first round of the FA Cup saw the Blades progressed after a 3–2 victory over Colchester United,[84] before Joe Ironside was allowed to join Halifax Town on loan until 5 January.[85] Back in league action United suffered another home defeat, this time at the hands of Gillingham who ran out 2–1 winners.[86] Callum McFadzean was allowed to join Chesterfield on loan until 3 January,[87] before United registered their first away win since March, defeating fellow strugglers Bristol City 1–0 thanks to an own goal.[88] United's followed this up with a 1–1 draw in a midweek home fixture against Walsall.[89] With the loan window about to close Darryl Westlake was loaned to Mansfield Town,[90] Marcus Williams joined Scunthorpe United,[91] and Harry Bunn returned to Manchester City.[92] United rounded off November with a 1–1 draw at Leyton Orient thanks to Conor Coady's first goal in senior football.[93]

John Brayford joined United on loan in January.[94]

December and January: Cup progress[edit]

The Blades in their 3–1 home victory over Tranmere Rovers.

December started with the Blades progressing to the third round of the FA Cup with a 2–0 away win over Cambridge United thanks to goals from Jose Baxter and Jamie Murphy.[95] With the academy leagues entering their winter breaks, United allowed a number of their academy prospects to undertake loans to local non-league sides over the Christmas period.[96] In their next match, United recorded a 1–0 home victory against Swindon Town with Jose Baxter scoring his second goal in as many games.[97] The club then announced further restructuring off the field, with Julian Winter leaving his position as chief executive,[98] before being held to a draw on the field, in an away encounter with Stevenage.[99] United entertained Oldham Athletic on Boxing Day and had to come from behind to register a 1–1 draw,[100] before finishing the year with a 3–1 home victory over Tranmere Rovers.[101]

Bob Harris joined United in January.[102]

With the winter transfer window due to open, United opted to allow striker Lyle Taylor to join Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle for the remainder of the season.[103] Taylor was quickly followed by fellow striker Marlon King whose short-term contract was terminated at the end of the year.[104] Youngster Jahmal Smith joined Harrogate Town on a youth loan.[105] Having picked up an injury during the game against Oldham, Aidan White cut short his loan spell to return to Leeds for treatment.[106] United's unbeaten run did not last into the new year, as despite leading 1–0 at half time, they were beaten 2–1 away at Walsall.[107] As January began Aaron Barry returned from a successful loan spell at Dumbarton having played over 20 times for the Sons,[108] before United knocked Premiership side Aston Villa out of the FA Cup following a 2–1 third round at Villa Park.[109] The following week saw a flurry of arrivals and departures as Elliot Whitehouse returned from his loan spell at York City,[110] whilst Joe Ironside returned from Halifax Town, Callum McFadzean returned from Chesterfield and youngster Jahmal Smith joined Harrogate Town on a months loan.[111] Conor Coady then extended his loan with United until the end of February,[112] and Darryl Westlake extended his loan with Mansfield Town until the end of the season.[113] The following day Malachy Brannigan was unveiled as the club's new managing director, reuniting with Nigel Clough, with whom he had worked at Derby County.[114] The week concluded with United signing Billy Paynter on loan for the rest of the season from South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers,[115] whilst Marcus Williams left permanently for Scunthorpe United on a free transfer,[116] and Sean McGinty joined Northampton Town on a months loan.[117] For the second league fixture in a row United let a lead slip to lose 2–1 at Notts County,[118] and then as Nigel Clough continued to revamp the squad, Febian Brandy was allowed to rejoin Walsall on loan for the remainder of the season, only six months after leaving the West Midlands club,[119] and Florent Cuvelier joined Port Vale for a similar period.[120] In their next match, United drew 2–2 at home with Yorkshire rivals Bradford City despite having held a two goal lead at half time.[121] 24 January saw United make a number of signings, bringing in John Brayford on loan for the remainder of the season from Cardiff City, signing Stefan Scougall from Livingston for an undisclosed fee,[94] and agreeing a loan-swap deal with Blackpool that saw Bob Harris sign for a month with United, with Tony McMahon moving in the opposite direction.[122] In the fifth round of the FA Cup United held Premier League Fulham to a 1–1 draw at Bramall Lane, despite being reduced to ten men for most of the second half following Michael Doyle's red card.[123] On 30 January, McMahon agreed a permanent switch to Blackpool, after the west-coast club decided to take up the remainder of his contract.[124] The following day, in the final hours of the transfer window, United agreed a similar deal with Bob Harris, taking over the remainder of his contract from his former club.[102]

Ben Davies joined United on loan in February.[125]

February and March: Climbing the Table[edit]

The Blades in their 2–0 home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

With their scheduled mid-week league fixture called off due to a waterlogged pitch,[126] the Blades next game was an away trip to Crewe Alexandra, where United's poor away form continued with a 3–0 defeat.[127] United claimed another Premier League scalp in the FA Cup, thanks to a goal from Shaun Miller in the final minute of extra time, as the Blades recorded a 1–0 away victory over Fulham in their fourth round replay.[128] Later that week Sean McGinty returned from his loan at Northampton Town,[129] and Aaron Barry was allowed to leave United, and signed a permanent deal with Derry City in Northern Ireland.[130] The following weekend saw United record a 2–0 home victory over fellow relegation strugglers Shrewsbury Town, marking their first league victory of the calendar year, with new signing Stefan Scougall scoring his first goal for the club.[131] With the loan window re-opening, Joe Ironside joined Harrogate Town on a months loan,[132] ahead of United's fifth-round FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest, which saw them progress to the quarter finals after a 3–1 home victory thanks to two goals in two minutes from late substitute Chris Porter.[133] Nigel Clough continued to reshape his squad the following week by bringing in midfielder Ben Davies on loan from his former club Derby County on 19 February, with Davies agreeing to spend the remainder of the season at Bramall Lane.[125] United finally began to climb the table, moving out of the relegation places, as they recorded back-to-back league wins, beating Gillingham 1–0 away from home,[134] and then registering a comfortable 3–0 victory over Bristol City at Bramall Lane on 22 February.[135] Academy product Jordan Hodder joined Buxton on a one month youth loan to get some first team experience,[136] and on 25 February Conor Coady had his loan deal extended until the end of the season.[137] Later that evening, the Blades registered a 1–0 away victory over Colchester United, thanks to a late penalty from substitute Chris Porter.[138]

The 'Legends of the Lane' at Bramall Lane to celebrate Sheffield United's 125 Birthday.

March started in a similar fashion, with a 1–0 away win at MK Dons with Stefan Scougall scoring the only goal.[139] This was followed by a 2–0 home victory over Peterborough United on 4 March with goals from Porter and Davies, his first for the club.[140] Later that week, with a number of the squad having picked up injuries and a busy fixture list ahead, Kieron Freeman joined United on a one-month loan from Derby County to act as defensive cover,[141] before Nigel Clough was named as the League One 'Manager of the Month' the following day.[142] Returning to FA Cup action, United booked their place in the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium after they beat Charlton Athletic 2–0 at Bramall Lane on 9 March.[143] United played their third home game in a row three days later, and a 1–0 scoreline was enough to condemn Carlisle United to a league defeat, meaning the Blades had registered their tenth straight win in all competitions.[144] United's winning run was halted in the next match however, as they were held to a goalless draw away at Preston North End.[145] On 21 March Callum McFadzean joined Burton Albion on a one month loan,[146] while striker Shaun Miller joined Shrewsbury Town a day later, agreeing a loan until the end of the season.[147] United's next league fixture was a gala fixture as the club celebrated 125 years since its formation, although the party was soured as Wolverhampton Wanderers inflicted the club's first defeat in eleven matches, winning 2–0 at Bramall Lane.[148] After Elliott Whitehouse was allowed to join Alfreton Town on loan,[149] United returned to winning ways with a 2–0 away victory over Crawley Town thanks to two goals from Conor Coady.[150] On the deadline for loan deals, Sean McGinty joined Rochdale for the remainder of the season.[151] March's final fixture saw United lose at Swindon Town, with a late goal condemning them to a 2–1 defeat.[152]

April and May: Wembley yet again but no promotion[edit]

Ryan Flynn signed a new contract in May.[153]

April started in controversial fashion as United played out a 0–0 draw with Brentford, as the referee initially sent off loanee Kieron Freeman and gave a penalty for a challenge in the area, only to rescind both decisions a few minutes later after consulting with the referee's assistant.[154] United's next game also ended in a draw as they were held 1–1 at Bramall Lane by Leyton Orient,[155] and with Kieron Freeman's loan deal due to expire, it was extended until the end of the season.[156] With a visit to Wembley Stadium on the horizon, Blades were 1–0 victors in the South Yorkshire derby against Rotherham United at Bramall Lane on 8 April, despite fielding a largely reserve side, with Ben Davies converting a 90th minute penalty.[157] United's next fixture was an FA Cup semi-final appearance against Hull City where over 71,000 fans saw United twice take the lead in the first-half, only for them to get pegged back after the break and eventually lose 5–3 to their Premiership rivals.[158] Back in league action, United then recorded a narrow home victory over bottom places Stevenage, with a single own goal being the difference between the sides.[159] United's next game was an away fixture at Tranmere Rovers where the sides shared the points in a 0–0 draw,[160] followed later the same week with a 2–1 away victory as United came from behind to beat Port Vale.[161] With the season drawing to a close Harry Maguire was named in the PFA League One Team of the Season,[162] before United registered a 1-1 away draw at Oldham Athletic on 29 April.[163] As the club began to plan for the new season, Ryan Flynn agreed an extended deal,[153] before the Blades rounded off the season with a 2–1 victory over Coventry City at Bramall Lane to end the season seventh in the table.[164] Later in May, manager Nigel Clough was named FA Cup Manager of the Season by the League Managers Association in recognition of United's run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.[165]

Squad[edit]

As of 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
3 Scotland DF Bob Harris
4 England DF John Brayford (on loan from Cardiff City)
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 England MF Jose Baxter
14 Scotland MF Stephen McGinn
15 Scotland DF Neill Collins
17 England MF Conor Coady (on loan from Liverpool)
18 England FW Billy Paynter (on loan from Doncaster Rovers)
21 Scotland MF Stefan Scougall
No. Position Player
22 England MF Ben Davies (on loan from Derby County)
23 Scotland FW Jamie Murphy
25 England GK George Long
28 Wales DF Kieron Freeman (on loan from Derby County)
29 England MF Otis Khan
30 Northern Ireland DF Jasper Johns
32 England DF Terry Kennedy
34 England GK George Willis
35 Wales FW Jake Eyre
36 Italy FW Diego De Girolamo
37 England MF Dominic Calvert-Lewin
38 England MF Louis Reed
42 Republic of Ireland MF Connor Dimaio

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
2 England DF Darryl Westlake (on loan at Mansfield Town)
10 England FW Lyle Taylor (on loan at Partick Thistle)
12 England FW Shaun Miller (on loan at Shrewsbury Town)
16 Belgium MF Florent Cuvelier (on loan at Port Vale)
19 England FW Febian Brandy (on loan at Walsall)
20 Republic of Ireland DF Sean McGinty (on loan at Rochdale)
No. Position Player
24 England FW Joe Ironside (on loan at Harrogate Town)
26 England MF Callum McFadzean (on loan at Burton Albion)
27 England MF Elliott Whitehouse (on loan at Alfreton Town)
England MF Jordan Hodder (on loan at Buxton)
England FW Jahmal Smith (on loan at Harrogate Town)

Left 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
3 England DF Marcus Williams
4 England MF Ryan Hall (on loan from Leeds United)
4 Gibraltar DF Danny Higginbotham
4 Republic of Ireland DF Aidan White (on loan from Leeds United)
11 Scotland MF Kevin McDonald
No. Position Player
18 Jamaica FW Marlon King
21 England FW Harry Bunn (on loan from Manchester City)
22 Scotland DF Simon Lappin (on loan from Cardiff City)
29 England DF Tony McMahon
33 Republic of Ireland MF Aaron Barry

Transfers and contracts[edit]

In[edit]

Summer[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Contract length Source
19 FW England Febian Brandy England Walsall Free 25 June 2013 2 years [20]
14 MF Scotland Stephen McGinn England Watford Free 25 June 2013 2 years [20]
20 DF Republic of Ireland Sean McGinty England Manchester United Free 25 June 2013 2 years [20]
30 DF Northern Ireland Jasper Johns England Everton Free 25 June 2013 1 year [20]
10 FW England Lyle Taylor Scotland Falkirk Undisclosed 17 July 2013 2 years [35]
11 MF England Jose Baxter England Oldham Athletic Undisclosed 29 August 2013 3 years [56]
16 MF Belgium Florent Cuvelier England Stoke City Undisclosed 2 September 2013 3 years [59]
18 FW Jamaica Marlon King England Birmingham City Free 18 September 2013 1 years [58]

Winter[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Contract length Source
21 MF Scotland Stefan Scougall Scotland Livingston Undisclosed 24 January 2014 3.5 years [94]
3 DF Scotland Bob Harris England Blackpool Swap 31 January 2014 6 months [102]

Loan in[edit]

Squad # Position Player Loaned from Start End Source
17 MF England Conor Coady England Liverpool 22 July 2013 31 May 2014 [37][112][137]
21 FW England Harry Bunn England Manchester City 2 September 2013 28 November 2013 [59][92]
4 FW England Ryan Hall England Leeds United 20 September 2013 21 October 2013 [78][66]
22 DF Scotland Simon Lappin Wales Cardiff City 4 October 2013 4 December 2013 [70][83]
4 DF Republic of Ireland Aidan White England Leeds United 29 October 2013 27 December 2013 [81][106]
18 FW England Billy Paynter England Doncaster Rovers 10 January 2014 10 May 2014 [115]
4 DF England John Brayford Wales Cardiff City 24 January 2014 [94]
3 DF Scotland Bob Harris England Blackpool 24 January 2014 31 January 2014 [122]
22 MF England Ben Davies England Derby County 19 February 2014 31 May 2014 [125]
28 DF Wales Kieron Freeman England Derby County 6 March 2014 [141][156]

Out[edit]

Summer[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Source
19 MF Scotland Barry Robson Scotland Aberdeen Free 1 July 2013 [23]
35 GK Wales Danny Coyne England Shrewsbury Town Released 1 July 2013 [26][166]
18 MF Republic of Ireland Matthew Harriott England Northampton Town Released 1 July 2013 [26][167]
3 DF Haiti Lecsinel Jean-François Released 1 July 2013 [26]
14 FW England Dave Kitson England Oxford United Free 1 July 2013 [26][168]
21 FW England Jordan Chapell England Torquay United Free 9 July 2013 [31]
17 FW England Richard Cresswell England York City Free 16 July 2013 [34]
FW Norway Erik Tønne Norway Sandnes Ulf Free 8 August 2013 [48]
11 MF Scotland Kevin McDonald England Wolverhampton Wanderers Undisclosed 14 August 2013 [51]
4 DF Gibraltar Danny Higginbotham England Chester Free 29 August 2013 [55]

Winter[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Source
18 FW Jamaica Marlon King Released N/A 31 December 2013 [104]
3 DF England Marcus Williams England Scunthorpe United Free 10 January 2014 [116]
29 DF England Tony McMahon England Blackpool Swap 30 January 2014 [124]
33 DF Republic of Ireland Aaron Barry Northern Ireland Derry City Free 6 February 2014 [130]

Loan out[edit]

Squad # Position Player Loaned to Start End Source
FW Norway Erik Tønne Norway HamKam 3 April 2013 8 August 2013 [48][169]
33 DF Republic of Ireland Aaron Barry Scotland Dumbarton 1 August 2013 3 January 2014 [43][108]
27 MF England Elliott Whitehouse England York City 12 September 2013 5 January 2014 [64][110]
9 FW England Chris Porter England Chesterfield 4 October 2013 2 November 2013 [71][170]
24 FW England Joe Ironside England Halifax Town 12 November 2013 5 January 2014 [85]
26 MF England Callum McFadzean England Chesterfield 22 November 2013 3 January 2014 [87]
2 DF England Darryl Westlake England Mansfield Town 28 November 2013 30 June 2014 [90][113]
3 DF England Marcus Williams England Scunthorpe United 28 November 2013 1 January 2014 [91]
10 FW England Lyle Taylor Scotland Partick Thistle 1 January 2014 [103]
FW England Jahmal Smith England Harrogate Town 3 January 2014 [105]
22 DF Republic of Ireland Sean McGinty England Northampton Town 10 January 2014 5 February 2014 [117][129]
19 MF England Febian Brandy England Walsall 14 January 2014 [119]
16 MF Belgium Florent Cuvelier England Port Vale 16 January 2014 [120]
29 DF England Tony McMahon England Blackpool 24 January 2014 30 January 2014 [122][124]
24 FW England Joe Ironside England Harrogate Town 11 February 2014 [132]
MF England Jordan Hodder England Buxton 22 February 2014 [136]
26 MF England Callum McFadzean England Burton Albion 21 March 2014 [146]
12 FW England Shaun Miller England Shrewsbury Town 22 March 2014 [147]
27 MF England Elliott Whitehouse England Alfreton Town 24 March 2014 [149]
22 DF Republic of Ireland Sean McGinty England Rochdale 27 March 2014 [151]

Contracts[edit]

New contracts and contract extensions.

Player Date Length Contracted until Reference / Notes
Republic of Ireland Aaron Barry 18 June 2013 1 Year Summer 2014 [26]
England Jordan Chapell 18 June 2013 1 Year Summer 2014 [26]
Gibraltar Danny Higginbotham 18 June 2013 1 Year Summer 2014 [26]
England Jordan Hodder 18 June 2013 1 Year Summer 2014 [26]
England Terry Kennedy 18 June 2013 1 Year Summer 2014 [26]
England Callum McFadzean 18 June 2013 1 Year Summer 2014 [26]
England Jahmal Smith 18 June 2013 1 Year Summer 2014 [26]
England Elliott Whitehouse 18 June 2013 1 Year Summer 2014 [26]
Scotland Ryan Flynn 2 May 2014 2 Year Summer 2016 [153]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
5 Preston North End 46 23 16 7 72 46 +26 85 Qualification to League One play-offs
6 Peterborough United 46 23 5 18 72 58 +14 74
7 Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 48 46 +2 67
8 Swindon Town 46 19 9 18 63 59 +4 66
9 Port Vale 46 18 7 21 59 73 −14 61

Updated to games played on 3 May 2014.
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Coventry City deducted 10 points for exiting administration without a CVA
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

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
10 FW England Lyle Taylor 2 August 2013 Notts County Bramall Lane Sub[171]
14 MF Scotland Stephen McGinn 2 August 2013 Notts County Bramall Lane [172]
17 MF England Conor Coady 2 August 2013 Notts County Bramall Lane Sub[173]
19 MF England Febian Brandy 2 August 2013 Notts County Bramall Lane [174]
20 DF Republic of Ireland Sean McGinty 17 August 2013 Colchester United Bramall Lane [175]
30 DF Northern Ireland Jasper Johns 17 August 2013 Colchester United Bramall Lane Sub[176]
11 MF England Jose Baxter 31 August 2013 Milton Keynes Dons Bramall Lane [177]
16 MF Belgium Florent Cuvelier 3 September 2013 Scunthorpe United Glanford Park Football League Trophy[178]
21 FW England Harry Bunn 7 September 2013 Rotherham United New York Stadium Sub[179]
4 FW England Ryan Hall 21 September 2013 Preston North End Bramall Lane [180]
18 FW Jamaica Marlon King 21 September 2013 Preston North End Bramall Lane [181]
22 DF Scotland Simon Lappin 4 October 2013 Crawley Town Bramall Lane [182]
4 DF Republic of Ireland Aidan White 2 November 2013 Shrewsbury Town New Meadow [183]
18 FW England Billy Paynter 11 January 2014 Notts County Meadow Lane Sub[184]
4 DF England John Brayford 26 January 2014 Fulham Bramall Lane FA Cup[185]
3 DF Scotland Bob Harris 26 January 2014 Fulham Bramall Lane FA Cup, Sub[186]
21 MF Scotland Stefan Scougall 26 January 2014 Fulham Bramall Lane FA Cup, Sub[187]
22 MF England Ben Davies 19 February 2014 Gillingham Priestfield Stadium Sub[188]
28 DF Wales Kieron Freeman 12 March 2014 Carlisle United Bramall Lane Sub[189]
29 MF England Otis Khan 25 March 2014 Crawley Town Broadfield Stadium Sub[190]
42 MF Republic of Ireland Connor Dimaio 25 March 2014 Crawley Town Broadfield Stadium Sub[191]
38 MF England Louis Reed 8 April 2014 Rotherham United Bramall Lane Sub[192]

Début goal[edit]

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

Squad # Position Player Date Opponents Ground Notes
11 FW England Jose Baxter 7 September 2013 Rotherham United New York Stadium [177]
18 FW Jamaica Marlon King 4 October 2013 Crawley Town Bramall Lane [181]
10 FW England Lyle Taylor 13 October 2013 Coventry City Sixfields Stadium (Northampton) [171]
17 MF England Conor Coady 30 November 2013 Leyton Orient Matchroom Stadium [173]
21 MF Scotland Stefan Scougall 8 February 2014 Shrewsbury Town Bramall Lane [187]
3 DF England John Brayford 22 February 2014 Bristol City Bramall Lane [185]
22 MF England Ben Davies 4 March 2014 Peterborough United Bramall Lane [188]

Stadia[edit]

First ever visit to a stadium for a competitive fixture

Venue Opposition Date Result Score Notes
New York Stadium Rotherham United 7 September 2013 Loss 3–1
Sixfields Stadium (Northampton) Coventry City 13 October 2013 Loss 3–2

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of 3 May 2014
No. Nat Pos Player Total League One FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 England GK Mark Howard 26 0 19 0 4 0 1 0 2 0
2 England DF Darryl Westlake 10 0 4+3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
3 Scotland DF Bob Harris 16 0 9+2 0 4+1 0 0 0 0 0
4 England DF John Brayford 20 2 15 1 5 1 0 0 0 0
5 England DF Harry Maguire 52 6 41 5 8 1 1 0 2 0
6 England DF Matt Hill 39 0 24+8 0 4+3 0 0 0 0 0
7 Scotland MF Ryan Flynn 40 8 28+3 6 6+1 2 1 0 1 0
8 Republic of Ireland MF Michael Doyle 51 3 41+1 2 7 0 1 1 1 0
9 England FW Chris Porter 42 11 16+17 7 5+3 4 1 0 0 0
10 England FW Lyle Taylor 25 2 9+11 2 0+2 0 0+1 0 1+1 0
11 England FW Jose Baxter 45 8 29+6 6 6+2 2 0 0 1+1 0
12 England FW Shaun Miller 16 1 5+8 0 1+2 1 0 0 0 0
14 Scotland MF Stephen McGinn 39 0 23+8 0 4+3 0 0 0 1 0
15 Scotland DF Neill Collins 55 2 44 2 8 0 1 0 2 0
16 Belgium MF Florent Cuvelier 8 0 5+2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
17 England MF Conor Coady 50 6 32+7 5 7+1 1 1 0 2 0
18 England FW Billy Paynter 13 0 6+7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 England FW Febian Brandy 15 0 10+4 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
20 Republic of Ireland DF Sean McGinty 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
21 Scotland MF Stefan Scougall 20 3 13+2 2 4+1 1 0 0 0 0
22 England MF Ben Davies 20 3 8+10 3 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
23 Scotland FW Jamie Murphy 42 7 25+9 4 6+1 3 0 0 1 0
24 England FW Joe Ironside 5 0 1+3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
25 England GK George Long 31 0 27 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
26 England MF Callum McFadzean 9 0 3+4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
27 England MF Elliott Whitehouse 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 Wales DF Kieron Freeman 12 0 10+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 England MF Otis Khan 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Northern Ireland DF Jasper Johns 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 England DF Terry Kennedy 6 0 3+2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
34 England GK George Willis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 Wales FW Jake Eyre 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 Italy FW Diego De Girolamo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 England MF Dominic Calvert-Lewin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 England MF Louis Reed 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 Republic of Ireland MF Connor Dimaio 3 0 2+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who left before the end of the season:
3 England DF Marcus Williams 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
4 England FW Ryan Hall 5 0 3+1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
4 Gibraltar DF Danny Higginbotham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Republic of Ireland DF Aidan White 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Scotland MF Kevin McDonald 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
18 Jamaica FW Marlon King 9 1 7+1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
21 England FW Harry Bunn 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Scotland DF Simon Lappin 12 0 7+2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
29 England DF Tony McMahon 26 0 23 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
33 Republic of Ireland DF Aaron Barry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Top scorers[edit]

Place Number Nation Position Name League One FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Total
1 9 England FW Chris Porter 7 4 0 0 11
2 11 England FW Jose Baxter 6 2 0 0 8
3 7 Scotland MF Ryan Flynn 5 2 0 0 7
23 Scotland MF Jamie Murphy 4 3 0 0 7
4 17 England MF Conor Coady 5 1 0 0 6
5 England DF Harry Maguire 5 1 0 0 6
5 22 England MF Ben Davies 3 0 0 0 3
8 Republic of Ireland MF Michael Doyle 2 0 1 0 3
21 Scotland MF Stefan Scougall 2 1 0 0 3
6 4 England DF John Brayford 1 1 0 0 2
15 Scotland DF Neill Collins 2 0 0 0 2
10 England FW Lyle Taylor 2 0 0 0 2
7 18 Jamaica FW Marlon King 1 0 0 0 1
11 Scotland MF Kevin McDonald 1 0 0 0 1
12 England FW Shaun Miller 0 1 0 0 1
Total 45 16 1 0 61

United also benefited from three own goals, one in the Football League and one in the FA Cup.

Clean sheets[edit]

As of 18 April 2014
Rank Pos No. Nat Name League One FA Cup League Cup FLT Total
1 GK 1 England Mark Howard 12 2 0 1 15
2 GK 23 England George Long 5 1 0 0 6
Total 17 3 0 1 21

Penalties[edit]

Disciplinary record[edit]

Number Nation Position Name League One FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
5 England DF Harry Maguire 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
8 Republic of Ireland MF Michael Doyle 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
19 England MF Febian Brandy 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
29 England DF Tony McMahon 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
15 Scotland DF Neill Collins 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
11 England FW Jose Baxter 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
17 England MF Conor Coady 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
22 England MF Ben Davies 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
7 Scotland MF Ryan Flynn 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
3 Scotland DF Bob Harris 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
12 England MF Shaun Miller 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
6 England DF Matt Hill 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
14 Scotland MF Stephen McGinn 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
21 England FW Harry Bunn 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
28 Wales DF Keiron Freeman 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
30 Northern Ireland MF Jasper Johns 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
30 England GK George Long 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
26 England MF Callum McFadzean 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
18 England FW Billy Paynter 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
21 Scotland MF Stefan Scougall 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
10 England FW Lyle Taylor 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2 England DF Darryl Westlake 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
3 England DF Marcus Williams 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 56 2 10 1 0 0 2 0 68 3

International Call-ups[edit]

No. P Name Squad Competition Opposition Date Cap Goals Notes
25 GK George Long England England U20 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup[193] Iraq Iraq U20 23 June 2013 N
Chile Chile U20 26 June 2013 N
Egypt Egypt U20 29 June 2013 N
30 DF Jasper Johns Northern Ireland Northern Ireland U19 Friendly Scotland Scotland U19[194] 13 August 2013 N
MF Jamie McDonagh Northern Ireland Northern Ireland U19 Friendly Scotland Scotland U19[194] 13 August 2013 Y 0 Injury icon 2.svg[52]
25 GK George Long England England U21 Friendly Scotland Scotland U21[47] 13 August 2013 N
20 DF Sean McGinty Republic of Ireland Ireland U21 2015 U-21 Euro Qualifier G6 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands U21[195] 14 August 2013 Y 0 [196]
42 MF Connor Dimaio Republic of Ireland Ireland U19 Friendly Norway Norway U19[197] 13 August 2013 N
15 August 2013 Y 0 [198]
DF Ioan Evans Wales Wales U17 Friendly Malta Malta U17[199] 20 August 2013 Y 1 [200]
22 August 2013 N
25 GK George Long England England U21 2015 U-21 Euro Qualifiers G1[201] Moldova Moldova U21 5 September 2013 N
Finland Finland U21 9 September 2013 N
20 DF Sean McGinty Republic of Ireland Ireland U21 2015 U-21 Euro Qualifier G6[202] Germany Germany U21 9 September 2013 Y 0 [203]
30 DF Jasper Johns Northern Ireland Northern Ireland U19 Friendly Austria Austria U19[204] 11 September 2013 N
DF Ioan Evans Wales Wales U17 UEFA U-17 Championship[205] Scotland Scotland U17 23 September 2013 Y 0 [206]
Hungary Hungary U17 25 September 2013 Y 0 [206]
Slovenia Slovenia U17 28 September 2013 Y 0 [206]
25 GK George Long England England U21 2015 U-21 Euro Qualifiers G1[207] San Marino San Marino U21 10 October 2013 N
Lithuania Lithuania U21 15 October 2013 N
20 DF Sean McGinty Republic of Ireland Ireland U21 2015 U-21 Euro Qualifier G6[208] Romania Romania U21 11 October 2013 Y 0 [209]
15 October 2013 Y 0 [210]
18 FW Marlon King Jamaica Jamaica 2014 WC Qualifier CONCACAF 4th Round[211] Honduras Honduras 15 October 2013 N
25 GK George Long England England U21 2015 U-21 Euro Qualifiers G1[212] Finland Finland U21 14 November 2013 N
San Marino San Marino U21 19 November 2013 N
20 DF Sean McGinty Republic of Ireland Ireland U21 2015 U-21 Euro Qualifier G6 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands U21 15 November 2013 Y 0 [213]
Montenegro Montenegro U21 19 November 2013 Y 0 [213]
5 March 2014 Y 0 [214][215]
42 MF Connor Dimaio Republic of Ireland Ireland U19 Friendly Romania Romania U19[214] 1 March 2014 Y 0
6 March 2014 Y 0
36 FW Diego De Girolamo Italy Italy U19 Friendly Germany Germany U19 5 March 2014 Y 1
DF Ioan Evans Wales Wales U17 2014 UEFA U-17 Elite Round[216] Switzerland Switzerland U17 26 March 2014 Y 0 [217]
Spain Spain U17 28 March 2014 Y 0 [218]
Russia Russia U17 31 March 2014 Y 0 [219]
42 MF Connor Dimaio Republic of Ireland Ireland U19 Friendly Mexico Mexico U20[220] 13 May 2014 Y 0 [221]
15 May 2014 Y 0 [222]
21 MF Stefan Scougall Scotland Scotland U21 2015 U-21 Euro Qualifier G3[223] Netherlands Netherlands U21 28 May 2014 Y 0 [224]

Matches[edit]

Key[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Football League One[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Football League Cup[edit]

Football League Trophy[edit]

Pre-Season and friendlies[edit]

Honours and awards[edit]

FA Cup Manager of the Season[edit]

PFA League One Team of the Season[edit]

Football League Manager of the Month[edit]

Football League Team of the Week[edit]

League Managers Association performance of the week[edit]

The Ronnie Radford Award - FA Cup Giant-killers[edit]

Club end of season awards[edit]

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