Sheffield United: Blades and Owls bridge 15 year gap

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Sheffield United’s FA Cup triumph on Tuesday means that both the city clubs have reached the fifth round together for the first time for 15 years.

It was 1999 the last time both United and Wednesday were in the last 16 in the same season.

United’s tie at Arsenal produced a historic decision in that it was the first time in the competition’s history the FA had ordered a re-match after a controversial moment in the original 2-1 win for Arsenal.

Their winner had come when United deliberately put the ball out of play to allow an injury treatment but, instead of giving United the ball back, Arsenal carried on and scored what proved the winner.

The game was held up for almost ten minutes as controversy reigned and the tie was later ordered to be played again at Highbury, United losing that one 2-1 as well.

Wednesday also went out at that stage too, losing 1-0 at home to Chelsea.

The Blades have reached the fifth round several times in the past decade, the last occasion being 2009 when they lost 2-1 at Hull in a replay after a 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane.