Sheffield United: Is this the Blades' worst ever start to a season?

Blades boss Chris Wilder
Blades boss Chris Wilder
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Just one point from their first four league games has left Sheffield United rooted firmly to the bottom of the League One table.

It is the Blades worst start to a season in more than 20 years and on only eight previous times in the club's 127 year history have they had such a low points tally after four matches.

Five of these poor starts to a season have been in the post-war period and on two of these occasions - 1955/56 and 1975/76 - United went on to be relegated after finishing rock bottom.

The good news for Blades fans is that in the past the club have recovered from very poor starts to finish the season well above the drop zone.

The start of the 1995/96 season was disastrous for the Blades - the first five matches of the campaign all ending in defeat.

By December of that season the club were still mired in relegation trouble and manager Dave Bassett resigned. Bassett was replaced by Howard Kendall who turned around the team's fortunes and United finished the season just outside the play-off places in 9th.

And way back in the 1925/26 season in the old First Division Sheffield United picked up just one point from their first four games but went on to finish the season in 5th place in the table.

Here is the full rundown of Sheffield United's other poor starts to league seasons and where they finished the season in the table...

1912/13

Division 1

Points from first four games = 1

Final league position = 15th

1925/26

Division 1

Points from first four games = 1

Final league position = 5th

1929/30

Division 1

Points from first four games = 1

Final league position = 20th

1947/48

Division 1

Points from first four games = 1

Final league position = 12th

1955/56

Division 1

Points from first four games = 1

Final league position = 22nd (RELEGATED)

1966/67

Division 1

Points from first four games = 0

Final league position = 10th

1975/76

Division 1

Points from first four games = 1

Final league position = 22nd (RELEGATED)

1995/96

League Division 1

Points from first four games = 0

Final league position = 9th