James Shield

Why Bramall Lane’s very own captain, leader and legend must not lose his influence: James Shield’s Sheffield United Column

It is often said that Chelsea’s grip on English football was weakened when John Terry, Frank Lampard and to a lesser extent Didier Drogba left Stamford Bridge for pastures new.

Lee Evans is thankful for his father's support: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Lee Evans identifies the person responsible for shaping his career

Lee Evans is perched on a crate inside Sheffield United’s dressing room when, midway through our conversation, he makes a personal admission.

James Wilson has been impressed by manager Chris Wilder's approach to the game: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Which managerial great does James Wilson say Chris Wilder reminds him of?

Several years ago, when the internal politics at a former club were causing Chris Wilder some strife, he received a surprise telephone call from a managerial great.

David Brooks has attracted interest from the Premier League

Sheffield United: David Brooks’ possible comeback date is revealed as Chris Wilder insists the Wales international will not be sold

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has insisted David Brooks will not leave Bramall Lane during this month’s transfer window after maintaining he is responsible for deciding the Wales international’s immediate future.

John Fleck was fortunate not to be injured by Ross Wallace, says Matthew Bell: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United Fan’s Column: Proof the balance of power in this city has shifted

There’s not a lot to say about the derby match since not a lot happened, which is unique for a home game under Chris Wilder this season.

Ched Evans in action against Norwich City earlier this season

Sheffield United: Ched Evans closes-in on a return to action

Sheffield United’s hopes of consolidating their place in the Championship play-off positions are set to receive a further boost as Ched Evans closes-in on a return to first team action.

Samir Carruthers with Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

Sheffield United: Are these four players set to leave Bramall Lane on loan?

Sheffield United have been approached by clubs wanting to sign Samir Carruthers, Caolan Lavery, Ben Heneghan and Nathan Thomas on loan.

Mark Duffy has proved to be a superb signing: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: How intelligence gathering and good training has led to greater returns in the transfer market

Whether it be Chris Wilder’s ability to read character, Alan Knill’s work during training or head of recruitment Paul Mitchell’s eye for untapped potential, Sheffield United have an almost unparalleled track record of success in the transfer market since their appointments 20 months ago.

Leon Clarke has been in superb form this season: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: New signings must help reduce reliance on Leon Clarke

Ensuring their four new signings, including Ryan Leonard, Lee Evans and former Charlton Athletic forward Ricky Holmes, are fully briefed on the team’s systems and tactics will feature prominently on Sheffield United’s agenda during training this week.

Chris Wilder is urging his players to make better decisions in the final third: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Players are told to get nasty or risk losing-out on a top two challenge

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has challenged his team to rediscover its ruthless streak or risk losing further ground on the automatic promotion places.

Travis Binnion, manager of Sheffield United's academy: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Young hopefuls are told to learn the lessons of their FA Youth Cup defeat

Travis Binnion, the manager of Sheffield United’s Steelphalt Academy, insisted Bramall Lane’s young players must learn the lessons of their FA Youth Cup defeat at Birmingham City last night.

Simon Moore

Sheffield United: Why Owls celebrated after Steel City derby and Blades were disappointed

Sheffield United can take some consolation from the fact that, while they were intent on winning the derby, Sheffield Wednesday appeared content to secure a draw and maybe pinch something along the way.

It’s derby day, so how about this for an idea? - James Shield’s Sheffield United Column

It’s derby day, so how about this for an idea? - James Shield’s Sheffield United Column

As one fellow member of the South Yorkshire media can testify, I’m not a huge fan of North American sports.


VIDEO: Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says his team are prepared for the ‘biggest and best’ derby in English football

Chris Wilder’s demeanour during Sheffield United’s final press conference before this evening’s derby told you all you need to know about his attitude to the game.


VIDEO: Sheffield United’s Chris Basham is braced for a tough Steel City derby test

Managed by a supporter, co-owned by another lifelong follower and also captained by a fan, there will be no shortage of passion among Sheffield United ranks during tonight’s Steel City derby.

Lee Evans and James Wilson, Sheffield United's new signings, could make their debuts against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.

Sheffield United: New signing Lee Evans reveals what he told Chris Wilder when they first met

Lee Evans told Chris Wilder he needed no persuading to join Sheffield United after being informed of Bramall Lane’s interest.

James Wilson hopes to make his debut for Sheffield United against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: New signing James Wilson reveals why Bramall Lane appealed as he prepares for Steel City derby bow

It was telling that, the moment tomorrow’s Steel City derby was mentioned, a beaming smile spread across James Wilson’s face.

Ryan Leonard kicked-off Sheffield United's latest recruitment drive: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Three new signings bring real depth to Bramall Lane’s squad

Chris Wilder believes the arrival of Lee Evans, James Wilson and Ryan Leonard at Bramall Lane will help equip Sheffield United with the strength in depth required to maintain their challenge towards the top of the Championship table.

Ryan Leonard has signed a three and a half year contract with Sheffield United: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Blades eye more deals after Ryan Leonard thanks them for refusing to give up on him

Ryan Leonard has thanked Sheffield United for their perseverance during his protracted transfer to Bramall Lane.

Ryan Leonard hopes to be involved on Friday night: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: New boy hopes for Steel City derby debut as fellow midfielder prepares to depart

He watched September’s derby at home on television.

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