Saturday, April 7th, 2012, 3pm
Myles Munsey (Neutral
Reasons for visit:
The oldest professional sports ground in the
world they kept telling me. But aside from
that a chance to go to an historic ground was
too good to miss.
From my base in Macclesfield an easy and
scenic hour long train ride along the Hope
Valley to Sheffield. Once there the ground was
easy to find. Just follow the red and white.
It took around 20 mins at a leisurely pace.
Before the game:
Arriving at the ground early at around 1.30pm
I had loads of time to look round. Once
again it was a pleasure to speak to the home
fans that seemed a knowledgeable bunch. One
gentleman kindly reminded me that I was
standing on Yorkshire’s cricket pitch –at
least I would have been had they not dug it
A ticket was purchased from the ticket office
and being a category C game was only £13 which
I thought was very reasonable for LeagueOne.
In truth I was expecting to pay a lot more.
Outside the ticket office and fashioned into a
grass bank was a memorial garden dedicated to
Blades followers who have passed away. This is
something have not encountered before. A nice
touch. Out of respect I spent a few minutes
there in quiet contemplation.
As you come up Shoreham Street the ground
looms large above you and the huge corrugated
iron shed that is the Kop end is impressive.
This is where I sat. These large ‘cowsheds’
used to be quite common but more modern
construction of course now hold sway. ‘It
needs some paint on it’ I thought because it
seems to have faded somewhat but is still a
striking stand all the same.
I needed the toilets and these were a bit
disappointing. Brick built, basic with
freezing water and rudimentary paper towel
dispensers. I did like the big stairways
with handrails up to the top of the stand.
That is a feature which does take me back.
Also showing my age here I warmed to the
pre-match music which included;
Let’s spend the night together (Rolling
Keep on running (Dave Clark 5)
And then of all the strange things………….the
teams came out to Samuel Barber’s Adagio with
strings. Lovely music but why?
This was then followed by the Greasy Chip
butty song. That at least was explained to me!
With Sheffield Wednesday winning their
lunchtime encounter 2-0 against Huddersfield,
United need to keep the pressure up on the
blue half of the steel city with three more
A well taken goal by Ched Evans (who else) and
an opportunist (lets poke the ball in whilst
I’m sat on my backside) effort from
Richard Cresswell seemed to have wrapped up
the points until Bournemouth grabbed a goal
back in bizarre circumstances after Zamon
Hines intercepted a throw out by the keeper
and walked the ball into an empty net.
After furious protests the goal stood.
The Blades saw out the last 20 minutes – not
altogether comfortably at times – to gain the
prized three points.
As I had requested an aisle set getting out
was easy and I was back in Sheffield Station
for 10 past five.
As a modern stadium it was comfortable with a
good atmosphere and everything was very well
organised. Good fans and friendly stewards. No
offence, but apart from the memorial garden
(which is to be 100% commended) and obligatory
statues of former players there seemed little
to distinguish it from other contemporary
But please let none of this put you off
because if you go to Bramall Lane you will be
well looked after.