Matchday guide to: Sheffield United
Here’s the latest of our brief previews of Swindon Town games for the 2015/16 season:
29th August 2015, 15.00pm k/o, County Ground
‘A Grade’ Game
Side Stands/Town End
U11 with Junior Red*: FREE / FREE
U11 – £2 / £2
U17 – £8 / £8
17-19 – £12 / £12
Student***/O65 – £19 / £15
Adult – £25 / £19
- Last League Match: vs Southend (a) 0-1
- Recent League Form: W-D-D-W
- Last League Match: vs Blackpool (h) 2-0
- Recent League Form: L-W-W-W
Last Time We Met:
11th May 2015 – Swindon Town 5 (B.Gladwin 4′, 10′, M.Smith 18′, 59′ pen, J.Obika 84′) Sheffield United 5 (N.Thompson 19′ o.g., C.Basham 38′, S.Davies 65′, M.Done 88′, C.Adams 90′)
14th August 1993 – Sheffield United 3 (W.Falconer 22′, C.Bradshaw 76′), P.Rogers 84′) Swindon Town 1 (J.Moncur 47′)
Swindon Town’s first game in the top flight. A cheeky John Moncur free-kick gets them back on level terms, however two goals in the last 15 minutes by the Blades ensures that this Premier League game ends in defeat.
Opposition Pre-Match Quote:
Nigel Adkins is full of admiration for Swindon Town, but is confident his side can get a ‘positive result’ in Wiltshire.
“Swindon are a very good side and Mark (Cooper) has got them playing an exciting style of football.
They play out from the back, through the middle third and are capable of scoring a lot of goals, so it promises to be a good test for us.
It will a challenging game, Swindon are an expansive side, but that also gives us a chance to attack them and we are determined to get a positive result to end a busy first month on a high.”
Town striker Jan Aage Fjørtoft failed to find the net until after Christmas in 1993/94 season, but scored 13 goals from his final 17 games as Town were relegated from the Premier League. With plenty of goals in Division One the following season, the Norwegian was sold for just £1.3m to Middlesbrough.
After 41 games on Teesside, Jan made a £700,000 move to Sheffield United on 31st January 1997. Following the Blades’ loss to Crystal Palace in the playoff final, he played at United until 15 January 1998, making 34 appearances and scoring 19 goals, when he joined newly promoted Barnsley to have another crack at the Premiership.
Eight of the previous ten meetings at the County Ground have seen both teams score. BTTS is currently at odds of 3/4 with Betfair.
The past two games at the County Ground have seen seven, then ten goals. More than 6.5 goals is currently 20/1.
Sheffield United Facts:
Essential facts about our opponents to impress your mates with…
- The Wednesday had moved from Bramall Lane to their own ground at Olive Grove, and the tenants of Bramall Lane needed to create a new team to generate income so Sheffield United were founded.
- Sheffield United’s home red and white stripes colours were the inspiration for the kit of Irish club, Derry City. In 1934, Derry City adopted the stripes, while Billy Gillespie was manager of the club, in recognition of Gillespie’s achievements at Sheffield United.
*To qualify for a FREE Under 11s ticket, children need to join the Junior Red scheme for a one-off payment of £30. Proof of age will be required at the time of purchase. Under 11s must be accompanied by a full paying Adult. There is a maximum of two free tickets per full paying Adult. Junior Red tickets must be purchased through STFC either in store or by ringing 0871 876 1993 and selecting option 2.
**Please note Juniors must be accompanied by an Adult in the FastPlant Town End.
*** Student tickets must be purchased before matchday