From chaos and crisis to the Premier League: How Kevin McCabe’s Sheffield United dream unravelled

30 September 2019

Sheffield United
Photo: Getty Images Having listened to 19 days of evidence, Justice Fancourt ruled in three minutes that Kevin McCabe must sell his 50 per cent shareholding in Sheffield United to Prince Abdullah for £5 million.

138 pages of court documents reveal how Kevin McCabe lost Sheffield United.

Hollywood-style courtroom drama claims: bribery, bin Laden, lies, obstruction and skulduggery.

Judge eviscerates Sheffield United's outgoing owner.

Saudi prince lands Yorkshire giants for as little as 50 per cent of market value.

James Corbett

Last Monday in Court 11 of London's Rolls Building, a sprawling court complex just off New Fetter Lane on the edge of the City of London, Mr Justice Fancourt, one of England's leading judges, deliberated on the future of Sheffield United FC.

One would expect in the cinematic version of these disputes for the warring parties to face up across the courtroom to hear the verdict. In this version of events you would have in one corner Kevin McCabe, a bluff and wily Yorkshire property millionaire, who was the Blades' longest-serving owner/director.

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