Sheffield United formed in 1889 taking the name from the Sheffield United Cricket Club who played at Bramall Lane. Newcastle United formed in 1892 and entered the top flight 5 years after Sheffield United. Not until 1902 did a relatively small Manchester club follow suit and copy the name United, joining the the first and second Uniteds in the first division in 1906.
Sheffield United FC in 1891-92. Rab is on the back row of players on the left. Credit: Sheffield Local Studies Library: Picture Sheffield S03921
1891-92 Rab middle row left. Credit: Sheffield Local Studies Library: Picture Sheffield S0125
1890-91 Credit: Sheffield Local Studies Library: Picture Sheffield S00124
1895-96. Rab bottom right. Needham centre. Foulke rear centre. George Waller, the trainer in the bowler hat, Cain rear right, Thickett front left, Whitham, between Waller and Foulke.
Bill Foulke, United legend.