Bramall Lane - Sheffield
Saturday October 1st 2011
Vs Charlton Athletic, League One, 3pm
This was a match I was very
much looking forward to. Before the game I was very
intrigued as to how we would perform in our first
real test of the season. We were unbeaten since
April and a trip to Bramall lane is never easy for
The journey up was easy enough. We got on the train
at midday from St.Pancras and within two hours we
were in Sheffield on a scorching hot day!
Having arrived at 2pm we had a good hour to get to
the ground. Opposite the station is a main
road and just on the other side plenty of travelling
addicks fans were gathered outside the Howard pub
enjoying the sun and making plenty of noise! The
walk from the station to the ground took around 15
When we got into the ground the massive stand
opposite us behind the goal at the far end of the
ground (the home Kennedys Kop) is the most
noticeable of all the stands. The ground is
traditional but not old or run down like you would
expect from a traditional stadium of that size to
be. In fact it's very neat and presentable. Also
there was a red tent outside the main ticket office
purposefully for away fans looking to buy tickets on
the day which I found to be very handy and
The home stands were filling up well and the sun was
still out as the game kicked off. The south
Londoners made most of the noise. Eventually a few
chances fell the way of the Blades half way through
the first half, but it remained 0-0. At half time
the bogs were as you would expect, compact, packed
and smokey with a number of fans grabbing a fag.
There were a few food kiosks around the away end but
I didn't fancy a pie in that heat!
The 2nd half kicked off and the game was close until
Charlton substitute Yann Kermogant leapt from the
bench straight onto the end of a Dale Stephens
corner to make it 0-1. Shortly after that the ball
fell to Bradley Wright Phillips after an error from
a blades centre half and there was only one outcome;
0-2 Charlton. After that a few good chances came the
way of United but to no avail for the home side. The
3 points were going back to south London.
Getting away was easy enough, I headed back to
Sheffield station and made the train with plenty of
time to spare.
A very memorable away day, with a great traditional
ground, good support for both sides a good result
for the Addicks and Sheffield itself came across as
a nice city with plenty of character.
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