TOWN and Sheffield United meet for the first time in the League Cup tonight – but there have been five previous clashes in the FA Cup, with two of them requiring two replays.
They were in the semi-finals of 1927-28, when Town won 1-0 at Maine Road after a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford and a goalless stalemate at Goodison, and the third round of 1956-57, when Town won 2-1 at Maine Road after draws of 0-0 at home and 1-1 at Bramall Lane.
The first cup meeting of the pair was in round one of 1912-13, when Town won 3-1 at Leeds Road.
United triumphed 3-1 on aggregate in the third round of 1945-46, the only time ties were played over two legs, and at the same stage in 1988-89, when they won 1-0 at Leeds Road.
The last competitive clash between the Yorkshire rivals was in March 2001, when goals from Martin Smith and Delroy Facey clinched a 2-1 Town home win.
It was their 37th win in 95 clashes in all competitions, the Blades boasting 24.
Tonight’s tie will be Town’s 140th in the League Cup and they will be chasing their 51st win. There have been 33 draws and 56 defeats.
Neither side have reached the final, although both have appeared in the last four, Town in 1967-68 and United 2002-03, when they also made the FA Cup semis.