List of Sheffield United F.C. seasons

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Graph showing Sheffield United's final league position in every season since joining the Football League

This is a list of seasons played by Sheffield United Football Club from 1889 (when Sheffield United first competed in the FA Cup) to the present day. It details the club's achievements in major competitions, and the top scorers for each season.


Seasons[edit]

Season[a] League FA Cup League
Cup
Other Top goalscorer(s)[b]
Division P W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name(s) Goals
1889–90 R2 Sheffield Challenge Cup
Wharncliffe Charity Cup
R/U

SF
Dugald Galbraith
W. Robertson
5
1890–91 Midland League 18 8 3 7 32 25 19 5th R1 Sheffield Challenge Cup R/U Arthur Watson 14
1891–92 Northern League 16 10 2 4 49 21 22 3rd R2 Sheffield Challenge Cup W Sammy Dobson 15
1892–93 Division 2 (2) 22 16 3 3 62 19 35 2nd R2 Test Match
Northern League
Wharncliffe Charity Cup
W

3rd
Harry Hammond 22
1893–94 Division 1 (1) 30 13 5 12 47 61 31 10th R1 United Counties League
Wharncliffe Charity Cup
GS
W
Bob Hill 11
1894–95 30 14 4 12 57 55 32 6th R2 Harry Hammond 15
1895–96 30 10 6 14 40 50 26 12th R2 Birmingham Cup
Birmingham Charity Cup
R/U

R/U
Harry Hammond 12
1896–97 30 13 10 7 42 29 36 2nd R1 Fred Priest 12
1897–98 30 17 8 5 56 31 42 1st R1 Sheriff of London Charity Shield W[d] Walter Bennett 12
1898–99 34 9 11 14 45 51 29 16th W George Hedley 12
1899–00 34 18 12 4 63 33 48 2nd QF Billy Beer 15
1900–01 34 12 7 15 35 52 31 14th R/U Walter Bennett 12
1901–02 34 13 7 14 53 48 33 10th W Fred Priest 21
1902–03 34 17 5 12 58 44 39 4th R2 Fred Priest 10
1903–04 34 15 8 11 62 57 38 7th QF Arthur Brown 20
1904–05 34 19 2 13 64 56 40 6th R1 Arthur Brown 22
1905–06 38 15 6 17 57 62 36 13th R2 Arthur Brown 19
1906–07 38 17 11 10 57 55 45 4th R1 Arthur Brown 22
1907–08 38 12 11 15 52 58 35 17th R1 Arthur Brown 16
1908–09 38 14 9 15 51 59 37 12th R1 Wally Hardinge 11
1909–10 38 16 10 12 62 41 42 6th R1 Joe Kitchen 21
1910–11 38 15 8 15 49 43 38 9th R1 Joe Kitchen 18
1911–12 38 13 10 15 63 56 36 14th R1 Bobby Evans 12
1912–13 38 14 6 18 56 70 34 15th R1 Wally Hardinge 11
1913–14 38 16 5 17 63 60 37 10th SF Stan Fazackerley 23
1914–15 38 15 13 10 49 41 43 6th W Joe Kitchen 16
No competitive football was played between 1915 and 1919 due to the First World War
1919–20 Division 1 (1) 42 16 8 18 59 69 40 14th R2 Stan Fazackerley 15
1920–21 42 6 18 18 42 68 30 20th R1 County Cup W Harry Johnson 13
1921–22 42 15 10 17 59 54 40 11th R1 County Cup SF Harry Johnson 17
1922–23 42 16 10 16 68 64 42 10th SF County Cup SF Harry Johnson 19
1923–24 42 19 12 11 69 49 50 5th R1 County Cup W Billy Gillespie
Harry Johnson
16
1924–25 42 13 13 16 55 63 39 14th W County Cup SF Harry Johnson 22
1925–26 42 19 8 15 102 82 46 5th R4 County Cup W Harry Johnson 27
1926–27 42 17 10 15 74 86 44 8th R3 County Cup SF Harry Johnson 24
1927–28 42 15 10 17 79 86 40 13th SF County Cup SF Harry Johnson 43
1928–29 42 15 11 16 86 85 41 11th R3 County Cup R/U Harry Johnson 31
1929–30 42 15 6 21 91 96 36 20th R4 County Cup W Jimmy Dunne 42
1930–31 42 14 10 18 78 84 38 15th R5 County Cup W Jimmy Dunne 50
1931–32 42 20 6 16 80 75 46 7th R4 County Cup SF Jimmy Dunne 35
1932–33 42 17 9 16 74 80 43 10th R4 County Cup W Jimmy Dunne 32
1933–34 42 12 7 23 58 101 31 22nd R3 County Cup SF Billy Boyd 17
1934–35 Division 2 (2) 42 16 9 17 79 70 41 11th R4 County Cup SF Jock Dodds 19
1935–36 42 20 12 10 79 50 52 3rd R/U County Cup R/U Jock Dodds 41
1936–37 42 18 10 14 66 54 46 7th R4 County Cup R/U Jock Dodds 28
1937–38 42 22 9 11 73 56 53 3rd R4 County Cup SF Jock Dodds 23
1938–39 42 20 14 8 69 41 54 2nd R5 County Cup W[e] Jock Dodds 20
No competitive football was played between 1939 and 1945 due to the Second World War
1945–46 n/a[f] R4 Colin Collindridge 4
1946–47 Division 1 (1) 42 21 7 14 89 75 49 6th QF Colin Collindridge 18
1947–48 42 16 10 16 65 70 42 12th R3 County Cup SF Colin Collindridge 12
1948–49 42 11 11 20 57 78 33 22nd R4 County Cup R/U Colin Collindridge 17
1949–50 Division 2 (2) 42 19 14 9 68 49 52 3rd R4 County Cup R/U Harold Brook 21
1950–51 42 16 12 14 72 62 44 8th R4 County Cup SF Jimmy Hagan 17
1951–52 42 18 5 19 90 76 41 11th QF County Cup W Alf Ringstead 27
1952–53 42 25 10 7 97 55 60 1st R4 County Cup W Alf Ringstead 24
1953–54 Division 1 (1) 42 11 11 20 69 90 33 20th R3 County Cup W Harold Brook
Derek Hawksworth
14
1954–55 42 17 7 18 70 86 41 13th R3 County Cup SF Derek Hawksworth 14
1955–56 42 12 9 21 63 77 33 22nd R5 County Cup R/U Bobby Howitt 14
1956–57 Division 2 (2) 42 19 8 15 87 76 46 7th R3 County Cup W Derek Hawksworth 22
1957–58 42 21 10 11 75 50 52 6th R5 County Cup W Derek Pace 21
1958–59 42 23 7 12 82 48 53 3rd QF County Cup W Derek Pace 31
1959–60 42 19 12 11 68 51 50 4th QF County Cup W Derek Pace 33
1960–61 42 26 6 10 81 51 58 2nd SF R2 Derek Pace 26
1961–62 Division 1 (1) 42 19 9 14 61 69 47 5th QF QF Derek Pace 28
1962–63 42 16 12 14 58 60 44 10th R5 R3 Derek Pace 21
1963–64 42 16 11 15 61 64 43 12th R4 R2 County Cup W Derek Pace 15
1964–65 42 12 11 19 50 64 35 19th R4 R2 County Cup W Mick Jones 17
1965–66 42 16 11 15 56 59 43 9th R4 R2 County Cup R/U Mick Jones 22
1966–67 42 16 10 16 52 59 42 10th R5 QF County Cup W Mick Jones 21
1967–68 42 11 10 21 49 70 32 21st QF R2 County Cup SF Gil Reece 13
1968–69 Division 2 (2) 42 16 11 15 61 50 43 9th R3 R2 County Cup W John Tudor 16
1969–70 42 22 5 15 73 38 49 6th R4 R4 County Cup SF Alan Woodward 22
1970–71 42 21 14 7 73 39 56 2nd R3 R3 Watney Cup SF Alan Woodward 17
1971–72 Division 1 (1) 42 17 12 13 61 60 46 10th R3 QF Alan Woodward 20
1972–73 42 15 10 17 51 59 40 14th R4 R4 Texaco Cup
Watney Cup
County Cup
R1
R/U

R/U
Bill Dearden 25
1973–74 42 14 12 16 44 49 40 13th R3 R2 Texaco Cup
County Cup
R1
W
Alan Woodward 18
1974–75 42 18 13 11 58 51 49 6th R4 R4 Texaco Cup
County Cup
GS
R/U
Alan Woodward 16
1975–76 42 6 10 26 33 82 22 22nd R3 R3 Anglo-Scottish Cup
County Cup
GS
R/U
Chris Guthrie 15
1976–77 Division 2 (2) 42 14 12 16 54 63 40 11th R3 R2 Anglo-Scottish Cup
County Cup
GS
R/U
Keith Edwards 18
1977–78 42 16 8 18 62 73 40 12th R3 R2 Anglo-Scottish Cup
County Cup
GS
W
Keith Edwards 15
1978–79 42 11 12 19 52 69 34 20th R3 R3 Anglo-Scottish Cup GS Peter Anderson 12
1979–80 Division 3 (3) 46 18 10 18 60 66 46 12th R2 R1 Anglo-Scottish Cup
County Cup
SF
W
Jeff Bourne 11
1980–81 46 14 12 20 65 63 40 21st R2 R1 Anglo-Scottish Cup
County Cup
GS
SF
Bob Hatton 23
1981–82 Division 4 (4) 46 27 15 4 94 41 96[g] 1st[h] R1 R2 Football League Group Cup
County Cup
GS
W
Keith Edwards 36
1982–83 Division 3 (3) 46 19 7 20 62 64 64 11th R3 R3 Football League Trophy GS Keith Edwards 24
1983–84 46 24 11 11 86 53 83 3rd R3 R2 Associate Members' Cup NSF Keith Edwards 41
1984–85 Division 2 (2) 42 10 14 18 54 66 44 18th R3 R2 Keith Edwards 15
1985–86 42 17 11 14 64 63 62 7th R4 R2 Full Members' Cup GS Keith Edwards 21
1986–87 42 15 13 14 50 49 58 9th R4 R3 Full Members' Cup R2 Steve Foley 12
1987–88 44 13 7 24 45 74 46 21st R4 R2 Play-offs
Full Members' Cup
SF
R1
Tony Philliskirk 11
1988–89 Division 3 (3) 46 25 9 12 93 54 84 2nd R5 R3 Associate Members' Cup
Yorkshire & Humberside Cup
NR1
W
Tony Agana 31
1989–90 Division 2 (2) 46 24 13 9 78 58 85 2nd QF R1 Full Members' Cup
Yorkshire & Humberside Cup
NR2
GS
Brian Deane 24
1990–91 Division 1 (1) 38 13 7 18 36 55 46 13th R3 R4 Full Members' Cup NQF Brian Deane 17
1991–92 42 16 9 17 65 63 57 9th R5 R3 Full Members' Cup NR2 Brian Deane 16
1992–93 Premier League[i] (1) 42 14 10 18 54 53 52 14th SF R3 Brian Deane 19
1993–94 42 8 18 16 42 60 42 20th R3 R2 Jostein Flo 9
1994–95 Division 1 (2) 46 17 17 12 74 55 68 8th R3 R3 Anglo-Italian Cup GS Nathan Blake 18
1995–96 46 16 14 16 57 54 62 9th R4 R2 Nathan Blake 12
1996–97 46 20 13 13 75 52 73 5th R3 R2 Play-offs R/U Andy Walker 15
1997–98 46 19 17 10 69 54 74 6th SF R3 Play-offs SF Brian Deane 13
1998–99 46 18 13 15 71 66 67 8th R5 R2 Marcelo 20
1999–00 46 13 15 18 59 71 54 16th R4 R2 Marcus Bent 16
2000–01 46 19 11 16 52 49 68 10th R3 R3 Marcus Bent
Paul Devlin
David Kelly
8
2001–02 46 15 15 16 53 54 60 13th R4 R2 Carl Asaba 7
2002–03 46 23 11 12 72 52 80 3rd SF SF Play-offs R/U Michael Brown 22
2003–04 46 20 11 15 65 56 71 8th QF R2 Jack Lester 15
2004–05 Championship[j] (2) 46 18 13 15 57 56 67 8th R5 R3 Andy Gray 18
2005–06 46 26 12 8 76 46 90 2nd R3 R3 Neil Shipperley 11
2006–07 Premier League (1) 38 10 8 20 32 55 38 18th R3 R3 Rob Hulse 8
2007–08 Championship (2) 46 17 15 14 56 51 66 9th R5 R4 James Beattie 22
2008–09 46 22 14 10 64 39 80 3rd R5 R3 Play-offs R/U James Beattie 12
2009–10 46 17 14 15 62 55 65 8th R4 R1 Richard Cresswell 14
2010–11 46 11 9 26 44 79 42 23rd R3 R1 Ched Evans 9
2011–12 League One (3) 46 27 9 10 92 51 90 3rd R4 R2 Football League Trophy
Play-offs
NQF
Ched Evans 35
2012–13 46 19 18 9 56 42 75 5th R4 R1 Football League Trophy
Play-offs
NQF
SF
Nick Blackman 14
2013–14 46 18 13 15 48 46 67 7th SF R1 Football League Trophy NR2 Chris Porter 11
2014–15 46 19 14 13 66 53 71 5th R4 SF Football League Trophy
Play-offs
NQF
SF
Jose Baxter
Marc McNulty
13
2015–16 46 18 12 16 64 59 66 11th R3 R2 Football League Trophy NQF Billy Sharp 21
2016–17 46 30 10 6 92 47 100 1st R2 R1 EFL Trophy GS Billy Sharp 30
2017–18 Championship (2) 46 19 8 15 57 49 65 10th R5 R2 Leon Clarke 19
2018–19 46 26 11 9 78 41 89 2nd R3 R1 Billy Sharp 24
2019–20 Premier League (1) 38 14 12 12 39 39 54 9th QF R3 Oli McBurnie
Lys Mousset
6

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Key[edit]

Champions Runners-up Play-offs Promoted Relegated

Note: Bold text indicates a competition won.
Note 2: Where fields are left blank, the club did not participate in a competition that season.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Until 2012, season performance sourced from Clarebrough & Kirkham (2012), Sheffield United: The Complete Record. After 2012, sourced from Soccerbase.
  2. ^ For each season, goals in all the competitions listed are included. Until 2012, League & FA Cup goals sourced from the English National Football Archive (subscription required), other competitions sourced from Clarebrough & Kirkham (2012), Sheffield United: The Complete Record. After 2012, all competitions sourced from Soccerbase.
  3. ^ Shared with Wednesday, after a 0-0 draw.
  4. ^ Shared with Corinthians, after a 0-0 and 1-1 draw.
  5. ^ Shared with Sheffield Wednesday, after a 0-0 draw.
  6. ^ The FA Cup was contested in 1945–46 but The Football League did not resume until the following season.
  7. ^ The 1981–82 season saw the introduction of three points for a win.
  8. ^ Lowest League finish.
  9. ^ The 1992–93 season saw the introduction of the Premier League, so Division 1 replaced Division 2, Division 2 replaced Division 3 & Division 3 replaced Division 4.
  10. ^ The 2004–05 season saw the rebranding of Divisions 1–3, so Division 1 became The Championship, Division 2 became League One & Division 3 became League Two.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Matthews, Clarebrough & Kirkham (2003). The Official Encyclopaedia of Sheffield United. Britespot Publishing. p. 263.

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