Sheffield United are a club esteemed in history and fondly looked on by a lot of neutral fans in the footballing world.
Bramall Lane is the oldest professional football stadium in the world, while Sheffield itself holds founders of the game in Sheffield and Hallam FC respectively.
Across the city, Sheffield Wednesday also hold a proud history. Both clubs have had some superb players in their time and both clubs have had some remarkable goalscorers over the years.
For United, the last three decades can are largely dominated by goals from the likes of Brian Deane and Billy Sharp. Flurries in between by players like James Beattie, Andy Gray, and Ched Evans have all contributed. Recently, David McGoldrick has added his name to that list.
But just who are the top goalscorers in Sheffield United history? And do the likes of Sharp and Deane even come close to some of the Blades greats?
We’ve taken a look here into just who is the all-time leading Sheffield United goalscorer, and who comes up just short.
Who is Sheffield United’s all time record goalscorer?
Despite Sharp’s exploits in recent seasons, the current Blades skipper still finds himself some 90 goals off top spot. That belongs to the legendary Harry Johnson. He rattled in a remarkable 201 goals for United. Johnson managed that in just over 300 appearances between 1919 and 1930. Astonishingly, also holds Mansfield’s all-time record for goals scored.
Following on in second and third are two Blades favourites from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Alan Woodward and Keith Edwards. Woodward fired in 158 goals for United, even more impressive given he was a winger.
Edwards, meanwhile, remains one of United’s highest goalscorers of the post-war era. The striker, heard so often on Radio Sheffield nowadays, rattled in an impressive 144 goals for the Blades in two spells.
Jimmy Dunne is just below Edwards on 143, with Doc Pace (140), Fred Tunstall (129), Billy Gillespie (127), Jimmy Hagan, (117), and Jack Dodds (113) following suit. We then hit Billy Sharp with his 111 Blades goals.
Sharp remains one of only five players to score 30 goals in a season for United. Edwards, Dunne, Johnson, and Dodds, all managed it too. Dunne being the only one to do it three times. Dunne also holds the record for a season, having hit 41 during the 1930/31 campaign.
In terms of the ‘modern era’, only Brian Deane makes a dent into the top 20. His 93 goals ensuring his place in Blades folklore, not to mention he was the very scorer of a Premier League goal.
Breaking into the top 20 means surpassing the 61 goals Billy Dearden scored. Just coming up short of that benchmark are names such as Tony Agana (52), Ian Bryson (44), Ched Evans (48), and Dane Whitehouse, who scored 51 before seeing his career ended early.
Sheffield United, then, have had some fine goalscorers in their time. Sharp will hope to climb the list further next year, while the likes of Rhian Brewster, Oli McBurnie, and Lys Mousset will also hope to start getting in on the act in the Championship.