Another League One season came to a close at the beginning of this month, with a 2-1 victory over Coventry City cementing a 7th place finish for Sheffield United.
In every other circumstance, this would be a disappointment, but having been floundering in the relegation spots a matter of months earlier, this, coupled with an FA Cup Semi Final appearance meant the players and management were warmly received in their “lap of thanks” after the game.
Now it’s all over and we look towards the usual summer of transfer rumours and our football fix being filled by the World Cup, we thought we’d gather some statistics of the 2013/2014 campaign.
If you do decide to share these stats, we’d appreciate a link back to this page!
The highest attendance at Bramall Lane this season was 30,040 for the FA Cup Quarter Final win over Charlton Athletic, who brought 5,331 fans.
The lowest attendance at Bramall Lane was 4,189 for the loss against Hartlepool United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Hartlepool brought 249 fans to that fixture.
The average overall attendance at Bramall Lane for League games this season was 17,508.
Away from Home
The Blades have travelled 5,035 miles in round trips from Bramall Lane this season for League games, 6,515 including cup matches.
The highest number of Blades supporters to travel to a League game this season was 3,321 who travelled to Notts County. This figure was beaten in the cup with 5,940 enjoying the Blades’ victory at Aston Villa and 32,592 travelling to the FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley.
The average overall travelling Blades for League games this season was 1,193.
The average overall visitors for League games at Bramall Lane this season was 1,062.
The following is a table of away fans attendance in our league matches this season:[table id=16 /]
Where performance scores and ratings apply, these figures are taken from the S24SU Player Ratings system and are crowd sourced from Blades supporters. Forum members and site visitors are invited to leave their ratings for each player that has taken part in a fixture along with the manager.
The Managers – League Performance[table id=19 /]
The Team – League Season Performance
Over the season, the average performance rating for the team was 6.21.
The highest squad rating for a match was 7.38 in the home victory against Rotherham United, with the lowest of 3.73 coming in the disappointing visit to Crewe Alexandra.
Top 10 Players – Average season ratings
The following data is based upon players who have started 10+ league matches this season (otherwise the likes of Kevin McDonald would have been top of the list, having only played once!).
Man of the Match awards
S24SU.com Man of the Match awards are given to players based upon the highest average rating from all users ratings per game.
The Blades scored 48 League goals during the season 2013/2014, conceding 46.
31 of these goals were scored at Bramall Lane, with 17 coming away from home.
18 were conceded at Bramall Lane, with 28 being conceded away from home.
14 different players scored League goals for Sheffield United during this season.
Top 5 Goalscorers – League Matches[table id=17 /]
Ryan Flynn, by some distance, our best outfield player this season? I agree that he's improved a lot under Clough, more than I thought he would, but that's a bit surprising. In the televised game at Preston in March Flynn looked jaded, was bullied by a strong, aggressive full back and hardly got a kick, though his average rating was ok at 6,35. He worked hard defensively as always, but for a wide man to merit a good score I think we should expect more. He's come in for some criticism in the past, but has this made fans become too nice/lenient when he's not at his best?
Erm David Weir did not lose only 2 games and draw 7…
Great post, Foxy. Interesting stats
Maybe it's revealing a level of consistency, particularly early on in the season when the likes of Murphy would have received some shocking marks in some games.
All of our attacking players were jaded and on the back foot in that match, yet I bet most scored about 6/10. It's a product of the result being a hard fought draw.
I really doubt Flynn attracts leniency. In the past it was the opposite, and see no reason for a complete about turn.
Without perusing the stats for too long, I agree with ZoneManWilf . A number players will have had some shocking marks in early season. Flynn must have escaped these either by grafting or not playing. Note Howard didn't play and retains a high average whereas Maguire and Murphy (my players of the season) had a few horror shows in that time.
I think the 5 points maybe correct but not the stats. Wrong way round,
Flynn's good spell began in December and ended around the time our winning run did. He's not completely back to his 2011-13 never going round a full back heyday, but he did fall off a bit towards the end of the season.
I was torn when I heard about his new deal: if we get the Flynn we saw in December to March, great. If not….
Weir was 'in charge' for ten games. We won one (first game against 10-man Notts County & with McDonald) and drew two (Colchester & Crawley). His illustrious record also included being dumped out of the Capital One Cup. To Burton. At home.
Must proof read the table imports in future 😉
Only 94 goals in our league games this season, 98 the previous season. Not seeing too many goals are we, recently?
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