Sheffield United were once one of the biggest teams in the country and a staple of the first division - as it was known back then. The club has a history that is sewn into the fabric of English football itself.

Sheffield, the place where football as we know it today was born, has always been the centre of England's footballing heritage. The city contains both the world's oldest professional club in the form of Sheffield FC and Bramall Lane - the world's oldest stadium.

Bramall Lane itself has been home to many historic events such as the first ever floodlit game, the first ever charity match and the first ever professional game of football, as well as being the only ground to have held England internationals that is still capable of doing so.

The stadium is also one of only two to have held international matches, an FA cup final and cricket matches, and it saw the first ever Premier League goal, scored by Brian Deane.

Nowaday, the Blades are consigned to the depths of League One and although there are signs of recovery, they have been down there for far too long for a club so steeped in history and with as much as they have to offer to the footballing world.

Looking back on the teams of yesteryear, it is amazing that the Sheffield club has sunk so far. Players such as Deane, Tony Currie, Keith Edwards, Eddie Calhoun, even more modern players like Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill and Kyle Walker, all used to play in the famous red and white stripes.

There is something about the club that people just fall in love with. Jessica Ennis, Sean Bean, Juan Sebastian Veron - who reportedly wanted to play for the Blades - Kevin Davies, television presenter Anna Walker and even Sky Sports newsreaders Charlie Webster and Alex Hammond are all fans of the historic club.

The atmosphere and the image that the club promotes, as well as it's cheap prices and fresh initiatives, give it a homely and welcoming feel and has allowed it to build relationships around the globe.

So will we ever see the return to the glory days that a club like this desperately deserves? With new investor Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on board and promising that he will deliver Premier League football within five years and Nigel Clough at the helm in the dressing room, then maybe it could.

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