Sheffield United take on Championship winners Fulham this weekend in what is essentially a one-game shootout for the playoffs.
Four clubs can make the final two spots as things stand. United, Millwall, Middlesbrough, and Luton – who Fulham hammered last night – can all make fifth and sixth. Of course, it is in the Blades’ hands. A draw could be good enough depending how other results go, while a win means it doesn’t matter what the others do.
Final day nerves are bound to kick in for all teams involved. There is so much on the line, and Sheffield United fans will be among those nervous onlookers. Certainly, Fulham’s seven goal haul last night will have done little to calm folk.
But just how have the Blades fared on the final day? Well, we’ve taken a look here with our last six, as Sheffield United prepare for Fulham this Saturday.
Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley
With little to play for, the Blades at least rounded off a miserable campaign in the Premier League with three points. David McGoldrick’s goal did the business, although the Blades still finished a whopping 16 points from safety.
Southampton 3-1 Sheffield United
A dismal end to an otherwise excellent first season in the Premier League saw United fall to Southampton post-Covid.
John Lundstram had actually given the Blades the lead, before a second-half collapse did little to help Chris Wilder’s already souring mood.
Stoke 2-2 Sheffield United
Probably the last time something was on the line on the final day, United had the slimmest of chances of usurping Norwich at the top of the Championship.
United twice came from behind, thanks to goals from Kieran Dowell and Enda Stevens. It didn’t matter, with the scenes at full-time now firmly entrenched in Blades folklore.
Bristol City 2-3 Sheffield United
United raced into a three goal lead at Ashton Gate only to be pegged back in the second half. The game itself had little meaning, with the three points for the Blades sealing a 10th place finish.
Sheffield United 3-2 Chesterfield
A memorable day at the Lane as United hit the 100 point mark thanks to goals from Kieran Freeman, Billy Sharp and Daniel Lafferty. The start of more to come, as the Blades finally clawed their way out of League One.
Sheffield United 0-2 Scunthorpe
Arguably the darkest final day in recent memory. United lost in what was Nigel Adkins’ last game in charge and a small minority of fans stayed behind to clap off – or boo – a miserable squad performance.
While a dark day, many remember this as a turning point. Adkins was given his marching orders, and the Chris Wilder days began not long after.