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Bramall Lane
Sheffield United v Leeds United
Saturday 19th March 2011, 1pm
Championship League
Chris Fretwell

(Leeds United)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Never been to Bramall Lane before and being a Leeds fan, Sheffield United is a big game.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Quite an easy route from Mansfield to Sheffield, went through Chesterfield and got onto the A61 then the ground appears on the right. Not much parking around the ground but we found some street parking on Hill Street right behind the away end. It costs £2 for 10 hours so it easily covers the game. There wasn’t many spaces and the other streets in the area are permit parking only so arrive in plenty of time.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We got to the ground for about 10:30 and walked around the back of the GAC stand. We spoke to the stewards and asked if there was any food outlets about and a steward informed us about a KFC on Queen Street about a 10-15 minute walk away. We spoke to some Sheffield United fans on the way to the ground and they seemed quite friendly. Didn’t see a pub near to the ground.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

First impressions of the ground was that it looked modern from a distance but then as you get closer, you can see it is ageing. The turnstiles are electrical so you just put the barcode of your ticket it in, like at Elland Road then you proceed into the ground. We walked through the concourse which looks like it needs doing up a bit then walked up to our seats. We were sat in the Upper tier so we got a good view but the seating is very steep like at Preston.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game itself was a nightmare for Leeds. We were on the back foot from the kick off and our keeper kept us in it. In the second half we came out more attacking but we just couldn’t get the ball up to our striker. Both of Sheffield United’s goals were from crosses into the box, the second being a re-bound. The stewards were fantastic despite reports I have heard about the treatment of Leeds fans in the past meetings between Leeds and Sheffield United. I didn’t have a pie unfortunately due to having a KFC about an hour before kickoff and didn’t use the toilets. The atmosphere was good from the Leeds fans in the first half but once Sheffield United got their goals they started to sing and the Leeds fans simply gave up on what I believe was the worst performance in 4 years. The Sheffield United PA announcer didn't help matters by making comments such as ‘Best performance of the season’ and ‘We are looking forward to playing you next season Leeds’ when the performance Sheffield United put in was one of the worst I have seen and on another day we would have won 4-0 and the fact they look certain to go down and I can easily say Preston were a better footballing side the other week when we played them.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was not too bad. There was a huge police presence though and it caused a lot of traffic around the ground. Was back home for 4 o’clock which is unusual for a Saturday.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Was a good day overall despite the result and other results went our way as well. Would definitely go again!

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