Sheffield United 4
Dundee 0

Sheff Utd 

4 - 0


Saturday, April 11th, 1896
Bramall Lane
Attendance: 1,000
3:00 PM Kick-off


Team Managers

Starting Eleven
Bill Coventry .1
Johnny Darroch .2
Charlie Burgess .3
John Watson .4
Bill Hendry .5
Charlie Craig .6
Sandy Gilligan .7
Williamson .8
Fred McDiarmid .9
Alex Black .10
Sandy Keillor .11

Match Officials

Mr. Simpson (Sheepbridge) (Referee)

Match Report

A friendly match between the above teams was played at Bramall Lane on Saturday, only about 1,000 spectators being present to witness the encounter. W. Hendry and J. Darroch, two old faces in Sheffield, turned out for the Scotch team, whilst a new player in Burridge, of Sheffield Club, was given a trial by the United committee.

The United won the toss, and elected to kick towards the Shoreham Street goal, with slight wind in their favour. Dundee at the start quickly took up the pressure, and Keillor was afforded a splendid opening, which he availed himself of, and sent in a hot shot, but Foulkes brought off an equally fine save.

A foul to United near in was of no use, and a minute later Hendry tricked Yates prettily. A rush by the home left nearly resulted in the downfall of the Dundee goal, Ross just missing by inches. The run by Keiller was put an end to by the sudden appearance of Whitham, and then a couple of corners fell to United. From one of these Hammond banged the ball through, but Coventry had been fouled previously, and the point did not count.

The home team still continued to have the best of the exchanges, and Coventry had to handle several times. Gilligan made a poor attempt at a shot at goal, his efforts going yards wide, and then Williams had a good chance, but trod on the ball, and Morren got up and cleared. The game was tame, but at intervals nice passing was seen amongst the United forwards.

At length Ross received a long pass, and with no one near him shot a goal with a low one. Coventry took aim at the ball with his foot, but he completely missed his kick, and the ball rolled through, scoring a very soft goal for United. After this United still took up the aggressive, and the visitors very seldom got over the halfway line, Twice Keiller was given offside when well under weigh.

A foul to United was got away, but another a minute later saw Burridge head the ball through a second time from a group of players. A sprint by Williams was of no use, as Whitham easily gave him the order of the knock, whilst Cain cleared prettily from a couple of opponents.

Shortly after the whistle went for the interval, the score being:- Sheffield United, 2 goals; Dundee, 0 goal.

On the resumption the game looked like being a little faster, as each team went into the fray with more dash. A fine run by Watson, of United, ended in him centring too squarely, but the home team continued to have the best of matters for a time, Ross and Yates both putting in good work. The visitors then got down, and gained a couple of corners, but both were well cleared by Foulkes with huge punches.

The home team transferred play. and Jones got possession all alone on the left. He put in a most accurate centre, and Burridge catching the ball with his foot scored a third goal just inside the net, Coventry making strenuous efforts to save the shot, but without avail. A minute later Yates beat Craig on the line, and centring well, Ross, who was quietly waiting, headed a fourth goal very prettily, Coventry not having the least ohanoe with the shot.

The score was almost increased just after, as from a scrimmage under thebhar Coventry was beaten and the ball was rolling through when Darroch scooped it out splendidly on one knee.

At the other end Foulkes had to use his fists to stop shots from Keillor and Black and then the same custodian livened affairs by dribbling the ball almost to the half-way line, beating several opponents, but at length he was fouled by Watson, and a free kick resulted to United. This was of not much use, and the Dundee men attacked strongly. but without result. Foulkes had to fist away several shots, but none were really dangerous.

Coventry saved what looked like a certain goal from a shot by Burridge at full length, whilst at the other end Black had a fine chance, but missed his kick. A couple of corners to United were of no use, though Cain headed the ball through.l, The point was disallowed on account of the goalkeeper being fouled, but a moment later Howard almost got through after some pretty dribbling.

Dundee were kept strictly on the defensive towards the latter stages of the game, and several times their goal narrowly missed falling, but the end came with the score: Sheffield United 4 Goals, Dundee 0 goals.

Match report written by Sheffield Daily Telegraph

Squad Statistics (as at April 11th, 1896)

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League Table (as at April 11th, 1896)

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