Remembering Sheffield United's epic 5-3 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Hull City, on this day in 2014

As David Meyler raced away from an exhausted defence and finished emphatically to seal a first-ever FA Cup final for Hull City, a wave of spontaneous applause broke out from the Sheffield United end under the famous Wembley arch.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 12:00 pm

Their side had been beaten, but they were unbowed. Their League One side had gone so close to reaching a first FA Cup final since the 1930s, before the Premier League side pulled themselves through.

United had led twice in the game, through Jose Baxter and Stefan Scougall, and Jamie Murphy’s 90th-minute goal threatened to set up an exciting finish at 4-3 before Meyler raced away from an exhausted Blades defence and finished past Mark Howard.

United had never scored at the new Wembley before that day in 2014, never mind won, but their supporters were in dreamland inside 20 minutes when Baxter converted talismanic right-back John Brayford’s cross to put the Blades ahead.

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Yannick Sagbo equalised for Hull out of nowhere, when a cross from the right caught Harry Maguire a little flat-footed, just three minutes before the break.

But United fought back, Murphy breaking down the left and crossing for Scougall to smash home and send the Blades fans wild once more. The atmosphere continued on the Wembley concourses at half time and, with United 45 minutes away from an FA Cup final, in their dressing room as well.

“We came in at half time and everyone was silent, and we all just burst out laughing," defender Conor Coady, who was on loan at United that season from Liverpool, remembered recently.

"If we'd have got to the final we'd have been in the Europa League and we were in League One. It was mental to even think of that so we just had a laugh to ourselves, and the game was incredible.

"We gave a great account of ourselves and the club is brilliant, I loved it there."

But Hull hit back four minutes into the second half when substitute Matt Fryatt levelled, and Tom Huddlestone put them ahead before former Blade Stephen Quinn added a fourth.

Stefan Scougall of Sheffield United is mobbed by his team mates after putting United ahead again against Hull in the 2014 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Murphy made it 4-3 by smashing home from close range, but United’s players were running on empty by the time Meyler raced through to dash their dreams.

Jubiliant Blades fans celebrate Jose Baxter's opener at Wembley (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Wembley was a sea of red and white for the semi-final (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Despair for United's Jamie Murphy at the final whistle (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)