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Familiar Faces: Sheffield United

Ahead of our Good Friday meeting, we look at the common connections between us and The Blades

30 March 2018

Chris Wilder's squad this afternoon should include a hat-trick of men who have enjoyed success at both clubs in the shape of Simon Moore, Clayton Donaldson, and Jack O'Connell.

Simon spent four years at Griffin Park between 2009 and 2013 making 77 appearances for the club. The goalkeeper made his breakthrough during the 2012/13 season, playing 52 games as Uwe Rosler’s side took Chelsea to a replay in the FA Cup Fourth Round and suffered play-off heartbreak against Yeovil Town. He left for Cardiff City shortly after that defeat at Wembley but struggled to nail down a starting place in South Wales. Simon made just 25 appearances in three seasons at the Cardiff City Stadium before helping The Blades to the League One title 12 months ago.

Another man who could line up against his former side is Jack O’Connell. The defender has made 90 appearances, scoring six goals, since his departure from Griffin Park in July 2016. Jack spent nearly 18 months in West London after joining from Blackburn Rovers, playing 18 games and scoring his only goal in the 2-2 derby draw at Fulham in December 2015. 

The final member of the trio is Clayton Donaldson, who arrived at Bramall Lane last summer. The striker was our top scorer two years running as we followed up Play-Off final disappointment with promotion in 2014. In total, he scored 53 goals in 155 games before departing for Birmingham City. He spent three years at St Andrew's, netting a further 34 times, and has five goals in 25 appearances for The Blades this campaign.  

Further back in time, 36 players have worn the red and white of Sheffield United and Brentford. The man most closely associated with the two clubs is Bob Booker who spent 15 years representing the two, making more than 450 appearances, during which time he won promotion twice at Bramall Lane and was part of The Bees 1991/92 Division Three winning side.

Other men to have distinguished themselves in both South Yorkshire and West London include Andy Scott and the striking duo of Carl Asaba and Marcus Bent. It’s not just on the pitch where the two clubs have common history. Jimmy Sirrell and Micky Adams both spent spells as managers while David Weir endured a difficult 13 game spell in charge of The Blades in 2013 before becoming part of The Bees coaching staff under Mark Warburton. 

Tickets for our Good Friday game are still on sale. Back Dean Smith and the boys against The Blades from just £30 adults and £8 juniors. For more information and to buy your tickets click here

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