Just a year after Sheffield Wednesday were promoted from League 1, Sheffield United decided that they were too good to stay in the same league as their fierce rivals so they finally did what they threatened for so long, got promoted to the Premier League.
It was the best season in recent memory for the Blades, remember extra fondly when they were dropped straight back out of the Premier League in the most controversial ways.
Oh, and this is going to be a long one thanks to Neil Warnock’s love of big squads. Thanks man. And if you want to know what he’s doing, he’s currently unemployed and we want him to be the next England manager.
Paddy Kenny (Goalkeeper)
Everyone loved Kenny, simply because he represented the idea that all goalkeepers are nutters perfectly. Anyway, he is still playing after signing for Northampton Town this summer but he is now moving into his coaching career as he will be the goalkeeper’s coach there.
Leigh Bromby (Defender)
A number of players in this Sheffield United side are a bit controversial as they were signed from Wednesday. This is one of them. Bromby had been a youth coach for Huddersfield Town but most recently became the chairman of football team Liversedge, the place where he started. Quite sweet really.
Garry Flitcroft (Midfielder)
I’d be surprised if anyone remembered that Flitcroft played for the Blades at the end of his career. He’s had an eventful post football career, mainly because he ended up involved in the Leveson Enquiry. He’s moved past that now owns a business which sells eco-friendly timber frames for houses. Basically, he’s now the guy you don’t want to sit next to in a dinner party unless wood gets you exci-. Nope, realised what I was saying there.
Craig Short (Defender)
Short made a few appearances for the Blades at the tail end of his career but he’s worth remembering. He’s being doing plenty since retirement, including teaching people how to sail in Lake Windermere as well as studying pharmacy at Reading University. However he ended up being one of many players who lost a lot money because of bad financial advice and ended up back in football coaching Derby County under Darren Wassall.
Chris Morgan (Defender)
The sort of player you love to have but hate to face, though i don’t want to get into more of that because I’d have to mention Iain Hume and that whole ugly business. He of course went into coaching and most United fans will know he was their youth coach and even caretaker manager at times. He’s now the first team coach at Chesterfield.
Phil Jagielka (Defender)
Ok, now we’re on to one which we don’t have to spend much time on. One of many great players to come through the United academy, he’s now at Everton and must be thinking about ending his career now. He’s had a good one though, having been to Euro 2012 and the World Cup.
Paul Ifill (Midfielder)
Ifill was a one season wonder for United, playing well in their promotion season before falling out of favour in the Premier League.Now after retiring from football in 2015, he resides in New Zealand, running two academies named after himself in Masterton and Nelson alongside being a coach for Wairarapa United.
Ade Akinbiyi (Forward)
So after being a cult figure for so many clubs because of his awesome name, he spent a bit of time with the club with the Blades in 2005/06. Now he works as an academy cunsultant in Nigeria, helping shape the next generation of Nigerian footballers.