My Father-in-law and long time Sheffield United fan Richard Aisthorpe brings us the latest update to the Blades League One campaign…funny thing is, it’s going pretty well.

Here I am again, the Sheffield United ‘cup half empty’ merchant. OK, before the season started I wondered how things would go and pointed out some of the pitfalls that might await us in the ‘league one minefield’. Well… six games gone, five wins and a draw later… time to reflect I think.

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In the start of a new series Richard Aisthorpe – long-time Sheffield United fan (and my Father-In-Law) brings us his views on a club he has followed since the 80′s. A club that has now gone full circle. I’ll let Richard take up the story…

Ok let’s start with some history. In 1987 I moved to Sheffield and wanted to watch some football ASAP. I went to see Sheffield United play an early season game at home to Northampton in the Third Division (Now League 1). When I got home my wife asked “How was it?” I said “They certainly know where the fucking goals are!” “No need to swear!” she said.

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Last night saw the best and brighest minds of the football blogging world get together at Hoxton Hall in London to celebrate the NOPA awards. I took along my dictaphone and cornered some of the nominees and distinguished guests to ask them so questions in their field.

Instead of the normal weekley podcast I recorded some interviews after the NOPA Awards last night, I spoke to David Bevan about the Championship, Tim Hill and Charlie Anderson about Dortmund, Tottenham and Man City. Terry Duffelen talks all things Bundesliga and Ben Shave gives us some insight into the Portuguese League. A smorgasbord of the best bloggers around.

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Recently I was given my freedom; no longer do I have to answer to “da man” on a Saturday and it feels like I have been given a lease of life. So where would I rather spend my first Saturday of freedom, why of course Sheffield and the fabulous Bramall Lane.

Aidy Boothroyd’s Coventry City were the visitors and on a good run of form they were expected to fair well against Gary Speed’s United side. The Blades coming off the embarrassing 2-0 defeat away at Doncaster, not the score line but the manor of the performance and it was live on the BBC not the time you want to get truly outplayed. Coventry apart from the defeat against Cardiff had gone 4 games unbeaten.

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