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Introducing Sheffield United

19 June 2015

United are once again looked upon as a front runner

Name: Sheffield United Football Club
Founded: 1889
Stadium: Bramall Lane
Capacity: 32, 702
Manager: Nigel Adkins
Last season: Fifth in League One

Having suffered Play-Off heartache at the end of last season – Sheffield United will be looking to go one better, and secure promotion next term.

The man tasked with that challenge is Nigel Adkins, who replaced Nigel Clough earlier this month.

A goalkeeper in his career, Birkenhead-born Adkins was in the youth set up at Liverpool - signing for hometown club Tranmere Rovers in 1983.

Adkins left to join Wigan Athletic in 1986, making 155 appearances in seven-years at Springfield Park, before taking up a player/manager position at Bangor City.

He retired from the game at 31, having guided Bangor to back-to-back promotions, as he pursued a career in physiotherapy, gaining a degree from the University of Salford.

The 50-year-old joined Scunthorpe United’s physiotherapy department, and would become the permanent manager at Glanford Park, in December 2006.

Adkins led the Iron to the League One title in May 2007 helping them to play-off success to the Championship in 2009.

Southampton was his next port of call, as he took over at St Mary’s in September 2010, taking them to consecutive promotions from League One to the Premier League.

He left the Saints in January 2013, and was appointed as Reading manager in the March and was in charge at the Madjeski until December 2014.

The Blades faithful will hope that midfielder Matt Done can inspire the club to promotion.

Oswestry-born Done started out at Wrexham as a trainee, spending three-years with the Dragons, when Hereford United came calling in 2008.

Done spent two-years at the Bulls, before sealing a move to Rochdale in the summer of 2010.

In his solitary season at Spotland, Done netted five goals in 33 outings, before Barnsley secured his services in June 2011.

He spent two-years at Oakwell, and in that time, he was loaned out to Scottish side Hibernian.

A return to Rochdale followed in July 2013, turning out 38 times as Dale won promotion to League One.

The 26-year-old signed for Sheffield United in January, and scored seven times in his first 14 games for the Blades.

Fleetwood Town have met with the Blades twice, with Josh Morris and Nick Haughton both on the score-sheet in a 2-1 victory at Bramall Lane in March.

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