3. Sheffield United
Sheffield United were the first club in English football to achieve promotion from the newly formed Second Division to the First Division in 1892-93. The club was also a founder member of the Premier League in the 1992–93 season. They have won the league titles once and the FA Cup four times.
The club earned their nickname, ‘The Blades’, thanks to the city’s global reputation as a leader in the steel business, and their presence – and rivalry with Sheffield Wednesday – gives a modern-day cutting edge to football life in this city that, quite literally, gave birth to club football. The Blades are widely regarded as one of the biggest football clubs in Yorkshire.
United have made the strip of red and white stripes their own, and their famous rivalry against the blue and white of their fiercest opponents is second to none in football for passion, and not a little quality too. They have been playing at Bramall Lane since their foundation in 1889.
2. Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday is a famous Yorkshire club with a great heritage, being the fifth oldest club in England. The club has spent much of their time in football’s top flight. Wednesday’s proud history boasts four League titles and three FA Cups. Since WWII their silverware has been limited to a League Cup victory in 1991, although in 1993 they reached the final of both domestic occasions.
Sheffield Wednesday is a sleeping giant. The definition of the phrase ‘sleeping giant’ is something or someone who holds great power but is still waiting for their big moment. Fans of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club or “Wednesdayites” as they are commonly known around Sheffield are some of the most passionate, loyal supporters in the country.
Blue and white Wednesday’s massive rivalry with red and white Sheffield United has made the ‘Steel City’ derby a sporting fixture for the diary for a century or more, when the atmosphere in Wednesday’s famous 40,000-seater home ground, Hillsborough, in the north-west of the city, can be guaranteed to be electric. Wednesday’s other great rivals include Barnsley, Leeds United, Rotherham and Doncaster.
1. Leeds United
Leeds United is one of the great names in English football. After a long wait, they were finally back in the Premier League for the 2020-21 season and surprised everyone with a 9th place finish.
“The Whites” have competed at the top level for most of their existence, and they even once shared a Champions League semi-final field with Valencia. Don Revie’s legendary side of the 1960s and 70s won domestic and European trophies, and no doubt the Elland Road club is aiming one day to return to the big stage.
Leeds is the only club in Yorkshire’s biggest city, and attracts a huge following of loyal supporters, creating an intimidating atmosphere for opposition teams. They share rivalries with Manchester United, Chelsea and Millwall, as well as with local teams such as Huddersfield Town, Bradford City, and Sheffield Wednesday.