Sheffield United

Bramall Lane

Capacity: 32,702 (all seated)
Address: Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU
Telephone: 0114 253 7200
Ticket Office: 0114 253 7200 (Option 1)
Pitch Size: 112 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Blades
Year Ground Opened: 1862*
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Ramsdens Currency
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: Red and White Stripes
Away Kit: Lime Green and Black

External View
External View
Redbrik Estate Agency and South Stands
Redbrik Estate Agency and South Stands
Looking Towards The Kop Stand
Looking Towards The Kop Stand
John Street Stand
John Street Stand
Redbrik Estate Agency Stand
Redbrik Estate Agency Stand
Kop Stand
Kop Stand

Bramall Lane has to me been one of the most underrated grounds in the country. The construction of three large modern looking stands, plus the filling in of the corners (albeit one corner is filled with administrative offices), makes it a great ground and one that has character. Both sides of the ground are large single tiered stands. Whilst the GAC (South) Stand is a fairly plain looking stand, the Visit Malta Stand which sits opposite, is probably the smartest looking stand at Bramall Lane. This stand which was opened in 1996, has had the corners to either side of it filled in, by offices on one side and a family seated area on the other, called the Fortina Spa Corner, in a corporate sponsorship deal. At the back of the stand are a row of executive boxes and on its roof is a small gable, reminiscent of when many older grounds featured them. At one end is the Kop Stand, which is slightly disappointing as it has two large supporting pillars. Opposite is the Bramall Lane Stand, which during the Summer of 2006 was extended around one corner of the stadium to meet the GAC (South) Stand. Also, the roof was replaced with a new cantilever structure, allowing the supporting pillars of the old roof to be removed, giving fans more cover and an unimpeded view of the playing action. This stand is two-tiered and also has an electric scoreboard, perched between the two. The stadium is balanced, with all four stands being of the same height.

Outside the stadium behind the GAC stand is a statue of former Club Chairman Derek Dooley and another of former playing legend Joe Shaw. Dave Croft adds; 'a lot of Blades fans sentimentally call the ground "Beautiful down town Bramall Lane", as a match day announcer uses this description to welcome the away fans'. 

The Club have announced their intention to further develop the capacity of Bramall Lane to over 40,000. The Club have applied for planning permission to add an additional tier onto the South Stand that would contain an additional 5,400 seats. In a separate development, the Club also have plans to add another 3,000 seats to the Kop End by extending it backwards.The stand would be cantilevered (so no supporting pillars) with a video screen built into the front of the roof.

An Artists Impression Of The Extended South Stand

New South Stand

Image courtesy of Sheffield United FC

Away fans are housed in the lower tier of the Redbrik Estate Agency (aka the Bramall Lane) Stand at one end of the ground, where around 3,000 supporters can be accommodated. For cup games, if the demand requires it, then the upper tier can be made available too. Bramall Lane is a great place to watch football as the stands are located close to the pitch, the views are generally good, as well as the atmosphere too. Chris Bax adds; 'Any tickets still available for the away end can be purchased from two dedicated away ticket windows just up from the turnstile entrances'. On the concourses, there are television screens showing the game going on inside as well as a betting outlet. Food is available in the form of Pukka Pies (Meat & Potato, Chicken Curry, or Cheese & Onion, (all £3.50), Sausage Rolls (£2.90), Cheeseburgers (£3.50) and Hot Dogs (£3.50). Prepare to be searched on entry into the ground by the stewards. The Club have automatic turnstiles, meaning that you have to insert your ticket into a bar code reader to gain admittance. Russ Moore a visiting Coventry City fan informs me; 'Please note that unless you have a flag that has got a fire certificate, it won't be allowed in. I was prevented from taking a flag into the ground that I had brought from the Coventry City Club Shop, but it was returned to me by the stewards at the end of the game'

The United fans are particularly passionate and vocal about their club. This makes for a great atmosphere at games, but also can make it somewhat intimidating for the away supporter. It was one of those grounds that by just listening to the crowd you could tell what was happening on the pitch. I found it quite amusing as having to go for a leak just before half time, I could hear the home crowd shout Goo-on as a Sheffield United attack began. Then this got louder & louder as the United team got closer to the goal, Goo-on, Goo-on, Goo-On! and then the air turned blue as whoever it was missed the chance!

Pubs close to the ground tend to be for home fans only. About a ten minute walk away at the bottom of Eccleshall Road is a Wetherspoons Outlet called the 'Sheaf Island'. This good sized pub tends to have a mix of home and away fans. Nearby behind the Waitrose supermarket is the Beer Engine pub on Cemetery Road. This pub offers up to six real ales and serves food too. Whilst a little further away on Wellington Street is the Devonshire Cat. This pub has around 12 hand pulled beers on offer, serves food, has a large screen tv, welcomes families (until 7pm)  and is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Although there are bouncers on the doors, away fans are allowed into the pub wearing colours. See the Devonshire Cat website for more details.  

Near to the railway station is the Globe, which Simon a visiting Chelsea informs me: 'I found that the Globe pub around a five minute walk from the station and a 15 minute walk from the ground welcomed home and away fans as long as there was no singing. The majority of fans there were Chelsea and the doors where policed 2 hours before the game but it was a nice friendly pub serving good ale'. Simon Cumming a visiting Barnsley fan recommends 'The Howard which is a good pub for away fans. Service was very good and it's well policed.' This pub is also located near to the railway station, on Howard Street opposite. Whilst Dave Barraclough informs me; 'In the station itself is the Sheffield Tap which serves real ales and is run by the Thornbridge Brewery (please note though that no football colours are allowed). Also worth a visit is the Rutland Arms on Brown Street. A real ale place only a few minutes from the train station and around a 15 minute walk then to Bramall Lane'. If walking down to the ground from the station along Shoreham Steet, then you will pass the recently opened Sentinel Brewing Company. This pub brews its own beer on site and offers a mixture of real ales, craft beers in a modern environment. It also offers food too.

The pubs near to the ground such as the 'Sheaf House', 'Railway Hotel', the 'Golden Lion' and 'The Cricketers' are for home fans only. Otherwise, alcohol is available inside the ground in the form of plastic 500ml bottles of Carlsberg (£3.60) or 330ml bottles of Cider (£3.60).

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From The North

Leave the M1 at Junction 36 and follow the A61 into Sheffield. Follow the A61 into Sheffield passing Hillsborough Stadium on your right. Continue along the A61, which becomes the ring road around the western side of the city centre. You will eventually reach a roundabout at the junction with the A621. At the roundabout turn right onto the A621 Bramall Lane. The ground is a short way down on the left. 

From The South

Leave M1 at Junction 33 and take the A630 into Sheffield City Centre. On reaching the inner ring road follow signs for A621 Bakewell, the ground is about a 1/4 of a mile the other side of the city centre. It is located on the A621 (Bramall Lane). Street Parking. 

Alternatively, if you want to avoid Sheffield City Centre, then you may find it easier to park at Meadowhall Railway Station, near to the well known Shopping Centre (unless of course it is in the run up to Christmas or the January sales, when the shopping centre is very busy), just by Junction 34 of the M1, where you can park for free. You can then take a yellow tram to the City Centre and then walk to the ground. The tram journey time is around 20 minutes and costs £4 return. Mark Needham adds; 'it's worth noting that if you are coming up from the South, that you can leave the M1 at Junction 29 (Chesterfield) and follow signs for Sheffield A61. This is particularly useful if the M1 is slow around J30, as it often is!' There is also the option of renting a private driveway near Bramall Lane via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Post Code for SAT NAV: S2 4SU

Sheffield Railway Station is located just under a mile away from Bramall Lane. It is around a 15 minute walk away. As you come out of the railway station, walk up the slope and cross over at the traffic lights, then turning to your left. Walk straight along Shoreham Street passing BBC Radio Sheffield and the University Engineering Centre on your right, until reaching the large traffic light junction and crossover. Turn up to the right along St Mary’s Road, past the Church to the next junction and turn left into Bramall Lane. The visiting supporters’ turnstiles are about 200 yards along this road on the left. Thanks to Sue Forbes for providing these directions.

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The Club operates a three category system (A* A & B) of matchday ticket prices, whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A* prices are shown below with Category A & B prices shown in brackets. 

Home Fans*

South Stand:
Adults £35 (A £31) (B £27) Over 60's £28 (A £24) (B £20) Under 22's/Students £23 (A £19) (B 17), Under 18's £18 (A £15) (B £12)
John Street Stand:
Adults £35 (A £31) (B £27) Over 60's £28 (A £24) (B £20) Under 22's/Students £23 (A £19) (B 17), Under 18's £18 (A £15) (B £12)
Kennedys Kop Stand:
Adults £31 (A £27) (B £23) Over 60's £26 (A £22) (B £17) Under 22's/Students £21 (A £17) (B £15) Under 18's £15 (A £12) (B £10)
Westfield Corner:
Adults £33 (A £29) (B £26) Over 60's £27 (A £23) (B £18) Under 22's/Students £22 (A £18) (B £16) Under 18's £17 (A £14) (B £11)

Away Fans*

Bramall Lane End: 
Adults £33 (A £29) (B £26) Over 60's £27 (A £23) (B £18) Under 22's/Students £22 (A £18) (B £16) Under 18's £17 (A £14) (B £11)

Home fans can receive a £1 discount on these prices if they become Club Members. In addition, youngsters who become Junior Blades Members. can get up to a £3 discount on the Under 18's prices.

* Please note that these prices are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game, cost £2 more.

Official Programme £3.

Sheffield United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, Rotherham United and Leeds United.

Record Attendance

68,287 v Leeds United
FA Cup 5th Round, 15th February 1936.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
32,604 v Wigan Athletic
Premier League, 13th May 2007.

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 26,854 (Championship League)
2016-2017: 21,892 (League One)
2015-2016: 19,803 (League One)

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website.

Derek Dooley Statue

Derek Dooley was a former of Chairman of the Club, who passed away in 2008. He was popular too in the blue half of Sheffield, where he played for Wednesday scoring 62 goals in 61 appearances, before his playing career was prematurely ended by injury.

Joe Shaw Statue

Joe Shaw made his debut for Sheffield United at the tender age of 16 in 1945. No one could have thought then that he would go on to make a record breaking 714 appearances for the Club, including 632 in the league, over the next 21 years. The influential centre half passed away in 2007.

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Sheffield United v Swansea City
Championship League
Saturday 4th August 2018, 5.30pm
Joe Hughes (Swansea City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Bramall Lane?
 
The opening game of the Championship season. Swansea have just been relegated from the Premier League, but I was looking forward to new challenges ahead and hopefully the return of passing football.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was as expected. We left Swansea at 11am and arriving in Sheffield at 4.30pm. Decided to park on the street, however, it took a long time to find a spot. 
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
By the time we parked and bought tickets, it wasn’t long to kick off, so no time to go to a pub. So we went straight into the ground for a drink inside.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Bramall Lane?
 
The Bramall Lane ground was quite nice with the Lop looking quite impressive. The concourse in away end was a little small although the staff were quick at serving.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was a little slow in the first half. Swans had some nice passing at points with no real chances for either team. I expected a better atmosphere from the home fans who apart from singing “fill up my senses” were largely quiet. One fan in the home end seemed to be getting quite wound up which was entertaining. Half time was time for a pie which was okay, the filling a little runny and base a little well cooked, 6/10.
 
The second half was much improved for both teams with the game more open. Sheffield United took the lead to the delight of their fans who finally decided to get involved in the game. When they got singing it was from all three sides with the loudest being the Kop. The goal kicked the Swans into action with our play much improving (the addition of Jeff Montero helping). We soon found an equaliser which silenced the home support. In the 85th minute, Yan Danda came on for Swans and scored with his first ever touch in professional football to send to 960 Swans fans into wild celebrations.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
On leaving the ground the stewards warned us that there may be some trouble from the home fans and to cover colours. After getting back to the car there was a little bit of traffic but none less than expected. Motorways were quiet and we got back to Swansea at 1am. As we got into the city the players were just driving home and gave us a few beeps when next to them at the tradfic lights.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overally a really good day out. Bramall Lane is a nice ground with good views and a great way for Swans to start the season.

Sheffield United v Millwall
Championship League
Saturday 15th April 2018, 3pm
Bobbie (Millwall fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Bramall Lane?
 
It was my first time visiting Bramall Lane and after Millwall being on a great run of form 16 game games unbeaten I was hoping it was going to continue.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I went by train from London to Sheffield which took roughly two hours.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As we got straight off the train, the Yorkshire police met us and took us straight into the pub outside the train station called the Howard. It was packed with away fans. The police then made an escort which took couple hundred of Millwall fans to ground and on the way meeting some aggressive Sheffield United which flared a few things up.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Bramall Lane?
 
You don’t really see the ground unless your right next to it. But as you walk into your seats, you see just how big it is, which it would do when it holds 30,000+
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Sheffield played a lot better than us. If Sheffield took their chances we would of lost 3-0, but our goalkeeper Archer kept us in the game. The atmosphere from the home end only came when they scored. But after 5 minutes we got 1 back to make it 1-1 which both sets of fans started to get bit heated. However, there was a heavy police presence at the game.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
There was another police escort of Millwall fans back to the train station. A few things were thrown by Sheffield fans but fair play to the police they kept the fans moving.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Brilliant day out and I was happy with the point.

Sheffield United v Cardiff City
Championship League
Monday 2nd April 2018, 7.45pm
Tony Moore (Cardiff City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Bramall Lane Ground?
 
There was a lot to look forward to here. Cardiff were second in the league, having won eight on the bounce, and Sheffield United were just outside the play-offs. Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock was a Blades legend, so the atmosphere promised a lot despite it being an Easter Monday evening. The reported 1,000 or so Cardiff fans travelling guaranteed there'd be plenty of noise from both sets of supporters.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was easy enough. Coming from North Wales (unlike most City fans) we went through the Peak District which was quite snowy (in April!) and into Sheffield. There was a bit of traffic due to it being Bank Holiday Monday, but we prepared for that and set off a bit earlier than planned. My father and I arrived just shy of 5pm, and not many Cardiff had turned up at this point. We parked in the Sylvester Street Parking Lot (S1 4RN), which was a reasonable price at £4 for 4-6 hours. We did note that the price went up to £5 once the clock struck 5pm, so we were lucky to arrive just early enough to save a quid.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As we were hungry and there were few away fans about at the time, we headed to a Wetherspoons pub called the Sheaf Island and had our tea (my dad was amazed you can now order 'Spoons from an app). After two pints and a meal each there, I got a text from some of my pals saying they were in a pub called The Royal Standard (or The 'RS'), so we made the fifteen minute walk there. The pub was mostly home fans but there were about 25 Cardiff fans there. There was a friendly atmosphere about the place and I had myself two more ciders with the Cardiff lot (Somersby on draught if you're curious) before heading toward the ground. There was a bit of singing from our lot in the pub but it was mostly just standard pre-match chatter between both sets of supporters. Note: there was no allocated away pub.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Bramall Lane?
 
I liked the look of Bramall Lane from the outside. We walked right past some old-fashioned turnstiles (sadly didn't get to use them) and round the corner to the away fans block, which is right next to a Subway if you fancy a last-minute sandwich. Upon entering, you walk up some stairs and into a rather old-fashioned concourse. We emerged out at the top of the lower-tier of our stand, which was directly behind a goal (opposite a pretty grand single-tiered kop). The away end is quite cramped and luckily we stood as sitting would've been uncomfortable I imagine. We all moved toward the back of the stand as it was a rainy day, which unfortunately meant we couldn't see a scoreboard. Sheffield Utd had a decent home support, about 24,000 were there, and they made enough noise (mostly from the opposite Kop End). It's a quite intimidating stadium and gave the impression there was a lot of history there.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The first half was a pretty drab affair. We went in 1-0 after 45 minutes having produced very little. I would've loved a pint but they weren't serving alcohol at half-time, which was a shame. My pal got himself a steak pie (£3.50) which he said was nice, if not a little overcooked on the bottom crust. I got myself a programme for £3 as it was my first time in this ground, and thought it was a decent enough read to kill some time during the break. The concourse was big enough, there were enough toilets, nothing spectacular about the place. Second half was just as bad until stoppage time when Anthony Pilkington gave Cardiff their most undeserved point of the season with a well-struck volley into the bottom corner. Limbs were flying about the place, some of the best celebrations I've experienced following football and made the entire trip worthwhile. The game ended 1-1 and we went home with a point, somehow.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Most Cardiff fans walked to their awaiting coaches but my father and I returned to the car, which was parked about 5-10 minutes from the stadium. We walked amongst the Sheffield lot and got to the car with no trouble at all. We got out pretty easy and avoided any heavy traffic. We were back home by 1am.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A brilliant result from a not-so-brilliant performance. Really would like to see them at the top level sometime soon, as they definitely have the fanbase for it. I would recommend going if you get the chance.

Sheffield United v Leeds United
Championship League
Saturday 10th February 2018, 12.30pm
Shaun (Leeds United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Bramall Lane?
 
I wasn’t! Well not initially! We were going into this game on the back of a seven match losing run against tough opponents. Then Christiansen was sacked, Heckingbottom was installed as our new manager and inevitability we were suddenly filled with new hope. Plus a Yorkshire derby is always good for atmosphere, so we left home with renewed excitement.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We drove over from Manchester which brought us into Sheffield via the A625. We went straight on at the Ring road into Moore Street then two lefts into Milton Street where there is a large car park offering match day parking for £4. The parking spaces in the middle are unusually large too! From here it’s a 10 minute walk to the ground and you arrive at the away end.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went to the Globe for a pint where there was about 30 away fans. I didn’t notice any Home fans and contrary to a previous report singing was allowed. After this we walked the 10 mins or so to the ground.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Bramall Lane?
 
Being one of the oldest grounds in the UK I guess I was expecting old stands with pillars in the way etc, however each of the four stands have obviously been replaced over the years, similar to Molineaux or three quarters of Ewood Park.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was an entertaining game which unfortunately finished 2-1 to them, with our ex-striker Billy Sharp scoring both including a cracker of a volley in the second minute. The noisiest home fans are behind the opposite goal which limits the banter somewhat but there was still some good atmosphere. We didn’t eat here so can’t give a pie comment!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Not too bad. You have to remember this is a ground located in the city and not adjacent to a motorway so expect queues. We left via the A6135 to pick up the M1 and it was slow until the junction with the A6102 and then it was fine.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An enjoyable day out, just disappointing that our new manager wasn’t able to instantly end our miserable run. Still there’s always next week!

Sheffield United v Preston North End
FA Cup 4th Round
Saturday 27th January 2018, 3pm
Richard Symonds (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Bramall Lane?
 
An opportunity to tick another ground off the list. I had read good reports about Bramall Lane being a good football ground and I was not disappointed, four good sized stands and a decent atmosphere despite only being half full.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We parked in the City Centre at the Moor Shopping Centre, not exactly cheap but easy walking distance to the ground and also typical footy food outlets. Burger King at the railway station, McDonalds and a KFC both on Queens Road
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We walked to Burger King at the railway station, the latter being a bit of a mixing point for fans changing trains for other grounds in South Yorkshire.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides Bramall Lane?
 
Bramall Lane is an impressive ground from both outside and inside. I did a lap of the outside of the ground before kick off and visited the club shop. I then had photos taken with the statue of Derek Dooley.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was a competitive Yorkshire/Lancashire affair, a little lacking in skill but settled by a late Billy Sharp penalty for Sheffield United, they just about deserved the win. The stewards were completely anonymous which allowed some blokes a few rows ahead of us to generate some very odd smelling smoke! Preston brought a good number of fans and greatly enhanced the atmosphere including the added entertainment of a pitch invader on the award of the penalty. The invader outpaced the ineffective stewards and eventually gave himself up, seemingly embarrassed at not being caught.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting out of Sheffield City centre after the game was slow, probably took half an hour to clear the city.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A most enjoyable day, decent match, interesting and impressive stadium, all went to plan.

Sheffield United v Norwich City
Football Championship League
Saturday 16th September 2017, 3pm
Josh Oakley (Norwich City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Bramall Lane?
 
Bramall Lane was a ground I'd never been to before. There had been good attendances there this season so I was expecting a good atmosphere.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
My mates and I travelled on the official club coaches. The journey was a standard, slow journey up the A47 from Norwich, until we got onto the M1 where there had been a small accident which resulted in a bit of slow moving traffic, there was also a bit of traffic in Sheffield itself (expectedly). The coach stopped right outside the away end. It took just under four and a half hours to get there, including a 30 minute stop.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Having read the advice on this guide we decided to walk to the Sheaf Island Wetherspoons pub. It took about 15 minutes to walk there. When we arrived we were originally a bit concerned because we could only see Sheffield United fans inside. In fact, there were a few Norwich fans inside too. It was a nice, modern, Wetherspoons pub. There wasn't any singing inside from either sets of fans.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Bramall Lane?
 
We arrived back at the ground with about 20 minutes before kick off. The away end was pretty full and there was a good atmosphere on the concourse. The concourse was a bit cramped, but the staff behind the bars were quick serving drinks/pies which were good considering how busy it was. For some reason, one of the gangways up to the seats was taped off which didn't help when finding seats. There also seemed to be a huge gap between the stairs, and predictably our seats were right in the middle of the block, which meant we had to squeeze past a lot of people to get to our seats (the poor leg room didn't help with this either). Once at our seats, the view was good. Overall I like the look of Bramall Lane. It's a classic English ground.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game started with the home side having a few half chances, and one good opportunity which was saved. Norwich City grew into the game and took the lead. For pretty much the rest of the game, Norwich were defending attacks which mostly didn't end with anything, which frustrated the home support. Sheffield United's manager was sent to the stands midway through the second half. The atmosphere wasn't as good as I was expecting, but it wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything special. The facilities in the stands were average. In the end, Norwich held out for a 1-0 win.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It seemed to take an eternity to get out of the stadium, but once we finally got outside there was a bit of crowd trouble. I only caught the aftermath but I learned later that this had resulted in two Norwich City being taken to hospital so it was fairly serious.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out I enjoyed the game:
 
It's rare to see a Norwich away win (especially with a good defensive performance)! Unfortunately, the experience was let down by a few idiots.

Sheffield United v Barnsley
Championship League
Saturday 19th August 2017, 12.15pm
Tom Bellamy (Barnsley fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Bramall Lane?
 
Whenever we play at Bramall Lane I tend to go as it's a local derby and there's usually a good atmosphere with the good number of travelling Barnsley fans.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I took the 10.24am train from Barnsley which only took thirty minutes to reach Sheffield. Then it was a steady 15 - 20 min walk to the Bramall Lane ground, and although I passed a few pubs on the way they only allowed home supporters in.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As it was a midday kick off I took my own packed lunch and beverage. I went straight into the ground after the usual search by the stewards.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Bramall Lane?
 
Bramall Lane has come on a lot since the days when it only had three sides to it until the early 1970's. due to part of the ground being used for first class cricket. I sat in the lower tier of the away end behind the goals which was unusual as I have always previously sat in the upper tier, where the leg room is a lot better. However, I was lucky to have a spare seat next to mine so it worked out okay. It appears that the upper tier is now used by the home fans.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
I was very disappointed with the way we played. Our team were never in the game throughout the 90 minutes. Sheffield United took an early lead in the first half, Billy Sharp scoring from the edge of the six yard box, and although they had numerous chances to increase the score they were only foiled by Adam Davies in the Barnsley goal making some great saves. The game was marred just before half time when our captain MacDonald rightly got his marching orders from the referee along with United's Clarke for an infringement off the ball. So both teams were down to ten men for the rest of the game. It became a frustrating afternoon for the 2,000 plus Barnsley fans who, like myself, expected a better display from the players.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
After the game, it was just a straightforward get away to the train station and catching the 2.40pm back home.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Unfortunately not an enjoyable day from my point of view, but hoping for better times in the long hard season ahead.

Sheffield United v Bolton Wanderers
Football League One
Saturday 25th February 2017, 3pm
Matthew Bowling (Bolton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Bramall Lane?

With it being a much anticipated top of the table clash between two of the biggest clubs in the league and another Yorkshire v Lancashire encounter.

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

No real trouble in finding the ground, but parking around Bramall Lane on a match day could be a nightmare, if arriving after 1.30pm as there were no parking spaces that I could see. As I was on a supporters minibus, then luckily a steward directed us to a parking place only five minutes walk away from the visitors turnstiles.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I went down to a burger bar just outside the ground on the corner of the Kop where I'd eaten before, there was no sense of any trouble brewing, but it was still a while to kick off.

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

Bramall Lane is an impressive ground and the oldest still being used in the whole country, so it's quite an important ground for to visit. All five stands are completely different and they to fill the stadium so no complaints on that front. Although personally I prefer grounds that have a uniform look about them.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

I was feeling anxious before the game and it wasn't helped to find out that our in-form striker Madine was out of the squad completely and with Sheffield United naming an unchanged eleven it didn't look good. There was a decent atmosphere again from both sets of fans. The stewards were helpful in finding the seats and the facilities below on the concourse were good, despite the pricing. Sheffield United took the lead when Billy Sharp latched onto a defensive mistake to fire the hosts in front. We never really got going and struggled to test the Sheffield goalkeeper. Sheffield doubled the lead when Carruthers blatantly dived in the box and a penalty was wrongly given, Billy Sharp smashed home to make it 2-0. Despite Bolton making attacking changes we always struggles to break down gage hosts defence and deserved to lose on the day.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was hard getting away from Bramall Lane. We got stuck in traffic from the ground all the way up to the motorway junction, as soon as we were on the motorway we found no problems and then got back in good time.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Not a good away day at all. It was a very frustrating game played against a side who on the day were miles better than we were. I can only hope for better to come and quickly please Bolton!

Sheffield United v Shrewsbury Town
Football League One
Saturday 19th November 2016, 3pm
Peter Eriksson (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Bramall Lane?

I have wanted to come to Bramall Lane for many years since its the oldest professional ground still used. I also remember seeing a game on television when they still had the old cricket pitch on one side and I thought It looked very strange so that made me more curious about the ground too.

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

I stayed in Leeds so only a 40 minute train ride to Sheffield. On exiting the railway station just turn left follow Shoreham Street and that will lead you straight to the Bramall Lane ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I first went to the ticket office to pick up my ticket then I had a look in club shop and general look outside the ground. Then I went into the Cricketers Arms pubs to watch the Manchester United v Arsenal match. Everyone seemed friendly and in good mood since Sheffield United were on a good run.

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

The Bramall Lane ground is very impressive and should really be a Premier League stadium. The whole place is breathing of Sheffield United with colour and of their history. The ground inside is excellent with four evenly matched stands, but still every stand is different from each other and have their own unique look. If the supporting pillars in the Kop Stand at one end could be removed, then I would say that Bramall Lane would be the perfect stadium.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was an unusual one. Sheffield United scored two good goals in the first half and had a penalty saved, whilst Shrewsbury had two players sent off. Still Shrewsbury managed to pull a goal back with their only attack in the second half. Thereafter Sheffield managed to miss chance after chance and the Shrewsbury goalkeeper made a few incredible saves, so the final score stayed at 2-1. The atmosphere was okay for this kind of game but you could feel that Bramall Lane must be a really loud place for the more high profile matches. The greasy chip butty song was very loud. I hope to see a Sheffield derby here some day. The facilities was okay, nothing fancy. And I only had a cup of coffee so I can't judge the food.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Same easy way back to the station for the train back to Leeds.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I'm really happy I finally went to see a game at Bramall Lane. It was only for a League One game but I have no complaints. Sheffield United played the ball on the floor all the time so that's very unusual to see for a lower league game. Bramall Lane is now my new favourite ground. I hope I will be back again soon!

Sheffield United v MK Dons
Football League One
Saturday 29th October 2016, 3pm
Andy Hawkins (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Bramall Lane?

I had never been to Bramall Lane before, plus we were visiting relatives nearby so I thought I give it a visit.

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

Very easy, we came by car and I was dropped off just round the corner from the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Well I had to get a ticket first which was very quick and easy, I then went to the Cricketers pub in Bramall Lane itself, which although small, had a good atmosphere and the beer was cheap considering I'm a Chelsea fan I'm used to paying extortionate prices. There was some MK Dons fans were in there but there were no problems I saw.

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

It's difficult to tell from outside, but once inside I was very impressed it's a traditional ground but has a modern feel with very good facilities although the toilets could do with a bit of modernising, but the concourse were of a good size and there was plenty of room.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

United were on a bit of an upsurge and the started the game scoring on six minutes and although they had the better chances they couldn't add a second.  MK Dons equalised just after half time but the Blades got the winner a short while later. Altogether it was a good game and the Blades fans created a great atmosphere, the stewards were very friendly.    

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I was picked up after the game so it was very easy and was back indoors at 6pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a great day out. The blades and MK Dons fans were very friendly, there was a good atmosphere and Bramall Lane is a great ground full of tradition.

Sheffield United v Peterborough United
Football League One
Saturday 17th September 2016, 3pm
Richard Feek (Peterborough United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Bramall Lane?

Sheffield on the whole is always an enjoyable away day, a City full of good pubs, bars and restaurants and equally important two traditional football grounds full of history and tradition. For me on this particular occasion I was looking forward to taking my two young sons who are now regulars at home games but just starting out on the road supporting Peterborough away from home.

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

The train from Peterborough was 20 minutes late but the time was made up on route. The journey was direct and was made more enjoyable by the good mix of football fans on the train, there were plenty of Norwich supporters on board along with a few Forest and Sheffield United fans. We walked to Bramall Lane from Sheffield Railway Station which took around 15-20 minutes. The ground was well sign posted for the majority of the route.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Before the game we headed to the Sheaf Island pub which a fairly new Wetherspoons pub, the pub itself was large, open planned and tidy. Service was quick and the pub was fairly busy with a mixture of fans and students who were returning to University over the weekend. All of the fans we met appeared to be friendly some of which engaged in light conversation.

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

Although I have visited Bramall Lane before I was more impressed on this visit mainly due to away fans being allocated the upper tier which gave some great views of the stadium and the action on the pitch. The top tier of the stand is quite steep which helped with the view of the game.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Facilities in the concourse were of a reasonable standard although not the biggest of areas so it did become quite crowded. Service was pretty quick and the usual selection was available. Stewarding seemed pretty relaxed as did the atmosphere inside the stadium. The Sheffield United fans were quiet for large periods of the game but when they did become vocal they created a good atmosphere.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting out of the ground was quick and we made the walk back to the railway station with plenty of time to spare for the train home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall it was a great day out despite the result (Posh lost 1-0). Sheffield is a nice City with plenty to do before and after the game and its nice to be able visit large traditional football stadiums in the City compared to some of the more modern soulless venues that are on offer through out the game these days. Should we be in the same league next season it will be a must do game to attend again.

Sheffield United v Oxford United
Football League One
Saturday 27th August 2016, 3pm
Rob Pickett (Oxford United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Bramall Lane?

Living in Sheffield as a northern exile this was a no brainer. Nice to get a game in with minimum travel hassle.

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

Some friends were up for the game and staying. Given local knowledge, parked a mile away. The Blades are always well supported, so allowed for that.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Availed ourselves of a sandwich and two pints at the Stags Head pub Psalter Lane. The pub is a 15 minute walk away from Bramall Lane. Decent pub with Thornbridge real ales. No real contact with home fans, but no hassle either.

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

Over the years Sheffield United have maximised the capacity of the Bramall Lane ground and with their large support, it is always a good atmosphere. I was surprised at how high up we were, but Oxford brought around 1,800 fans.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

Decent enough facilities and stewards were on the ball over some high jinks. Game was very poor and both sides played badly. Sheffield scrapped a 2-1 win.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After a bad result against a poor side the heavens opened up and we got drenched. One of those days.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A decent day was marred by a rubbish game. However Bramall Lane is always worth a visit.

Sheffield United v Southend United
Football League One
Saturday 14th November 2015, 3pm
John & Stephen Spooner (Southend United fans)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Bramall Lane football ground?    

It was our first visit to Bramall Lane and a chance to see Southend manager, Phil Brown pitting his wits against the successful Nigel Adkins. The experienced Sheffield United winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce had also played for Southend United.

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

Living in North Wales it was a relatively simple car journey of two hours via the M56 and the A57 through the Peak District. Finding the ground was easy too, but parking was particularly difficult. Street parking is severely restricted around the ground and most is permit only, although having arrive early we managed to park about 600 yards away in a street off London Road.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Our main preoccupation before the game was searching for somewhere to park. It was constantly raining too so didn't meet local fans. We enjoyed a sandwich in the car and had a read of the 84 page match programme costing £3. An interesting read and, unusually, the team sheet on the back of the program was headed "Today's Major Characters" in bold red lettering.

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

The ground is impressive looking from the outside. The away entrance is located in Bramall Lane itself and we were seated in the Redbrik Upper Stand which meant we had some stairs to climb to get to our seats. There is a concourse area for food and toilets. On entering the seating area there were more steps to ascend, but there were ample hand rails to assist us older fans. The stands all round present a magnificent sight, and many fans were saying how good it looked. Despite constant rain, the pitch was in very good condition. The view from the away end is superb.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game was highly entertaining and Southend United were on the front foot from the start kicking towards us and deservedly scored first after 29 minutes from a Leonard 30 yard screamer and 2 minutes later Payne made it 2 nil to send the 1060 Southend fans delirious. The joy was short lived as after 36 minutes Baxter scored for Sheffield United and in the 45th minute Collins scored to make it 2-2 at half time. The atmosphere was good and the acoustics in the away end are good. The 19,000 crowd was not as loud as I expected, which may have been due to the non stop rain. I can recommend the meat and potato pies. The stewards were relaxed and informative. The toilets were clean. Sheffield United hit the woodwork 3 time in the 2nd half but Southend United held on for a thoroughly deserved 2-2 draw, leaving both teams a point apart in mid table.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Bramall Lane was closed to through traffic to allow Southend United supporters coaches and pedestrians to leave safely, so we had a slightly longer journey to make to get away from the ground and heavily congested traffic made for slow going but soon enough we found the A57 and headed home towards Manchester and North Wales.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Apart from difficulty in parking and constant rain we had an enjoyable day. Sheffield United is well worth a visit. The stadium is what you expect to see at the highest level of football and the sooner Sheffield United climb back up the leagues, the better for all. The fact that Southend United had matched this once great club and competed in a good standard football match ensured a pleasant journey and good memories.

Sheffield United v Scunthorpe United
League One
Tuesday 24th March 2015, 7.45pm
Ross Fowler (Scunthorpe United fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to Bramall Lane? 

As it was a fairly close away trip (from Doncaster), we decided to buy tickets for the game. however the original fixture was postponed. Eventhough it was now a midweek game we still decided to go. It was also to be the first ever visit to Bramall Lane so thought it would be a good trip.

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

We took the train from Doncaster which is only around 20-25 minutes. Only a fifteen minute walk is needed to get to the ground from Sheffield station. A shortcut can cut some of that time but only leads you to the home Kop End, so a further walk had to be taken to get to the opposite away end.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As we were walking around the stadium, a Sheffield United fan came up to us and started having a chat which was nice. We were close to kick off time so we headed straight into the ground and to our seats.

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

It looked a huge stadium when we came out into it. It was a good view from the away stand as it was quite steep. The overall attendance was around 19,000, not bad for a midweek game at League One level.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was awful from the Scunthorpe perspective. It was 4-0 to Sheffield United and a completely abysmal performance. The 745 away supporters were in full voice for most of the first half but had nothing to sing about after that! We didn't bother with any food as there was only one kiosk open and queues were too long to bother with. Stewards were even sympathetic with us walking out! I was still disappointed with the atmosphere from the home ends as hardly any singing was heard.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We walked back to the station in no real rush because of the time of our train back, obviously disappointed, but I enjoyed visiting the stadium and all that goes with it.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a terrible day in terms of performance and result but enjoyed everything else at a very good stadium.

Sheffield United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
League One
Saturday, March 22nd, 2014, 1.25pm
Jack Finch (Wolves fan)

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

This was on paper, one of our toughest remaining fixtures. The Blades were on a sensational run of form under Nigel Clough, recently winning 10 games on the spin, as well as keeping 8 clean sheets in a row. We were in pretty good form ourselves, and although we came unstuck at Crawley in midweek, we were still top of the League. It was also United's 125th Anniversary, so a bumper crowd was expected. I hadn't been to Bramall Lane before, so I was looking forward to a new ground to tick off.

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

I went on the official club coaches, which meant an early start, given the 1:25 kick off. We left Molineux at around 9:30am, and arrived in Sheffield at 12 noon. That included a 20 minute wait on the hard shoulder of the M1 for our Police escort. The journey into Sheffield was pretty easy. The coaches dropped us off outside the away end, so all in all the journey was pretty simple.

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

I went straight into the ground, as I didn't fancy walking around too much. The home fans seemed pretty friendly, and obviously in celebratory mood, given their recent form, and anniversary.

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

I think Brammall Lane is, in a very real sense, a 'proper' football ground. I mean that in a complimentary way too. There are quite a few identikit stadiums knocking around these days, but you can tell Brammall Lane has bundles of character. The three home stands are all one tiered, with only our away stand being two tiered. However, the way the stand is built, you feel very close to the pitch even in the upper tier.

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

As expected, the game started at a rapid tempo, with United coming close to scoring early on, the lively Scougall forcing a good save from Carl Ikeme. Wolves took the lead soon after though, when James Henry's cross fooled everybody to nestle in the far corner. The first half continued in a similar vein, with both sides looking dangerous. United perhaps had more possession, but Wolves looked dangerous on the break. Richard Stearman did well to clear off the line, whilst at the other end Henry hit the woodwork with a curling effort. Arguably, the Blades were helped by a bizarre refereeing performance from Kevin Friend, who seemed determined to join in with the Blades' birthday celebrations. Every decision appeared to go their way, which led to ironic chants of "Free Kick, to the Wanderers!", when a decision did go our way!

Wolves doubled their lead just after the second half got underway. There was some good link up play down the right from Henry and Matt Doherty, and the ball broke to Dave Edwards, who finished with aplomb. I was surprised about the lack of response from the Blades after this, as aside from a couple of long range efforts, Wolves held their lead comfortably. Leon Clarke perhaps should have extended Wolves' lead, but fluffed two decent chances. Wolves play was sharp throughout, with signing of the season Kevin McDonald shining on his return to his former employer. I was also impressed by Sheffield United, and you get the feeling that had Nigel Clough been there all season, they'd be challenging near the very top of the League. In the likes of Doyle, Maguire, Scougall and Baxter they have some very capable players. In the end it was a hard earned but thoroughly merited three points to take home to the Black Country, taking us onto an impressive tally of 80 from 37 games.

The atmosphere was obviously helped by the occasion, and the parade of legends before kick off was a nice touch. Being in my 20's, some of the names weren't familiar, but the likes of Neil Shipperley, Simon Tracey and Georges Santos brought back memories of previous battles with the Blades. Both sets of supporters were loud throughout the game, with a fair amount of banter between us in the away end and the fans nearest us in the Main Stand.

The stewards were there if you needed them, but didn't get involved with the fans unnecessarily, which is how it should be in my opinion.

The facilities were decent, however the concourse was a little crowded, but there was still room to move. It just meant a bit of a queue to leave at the end, but with plenty of singing and chanting, it wasn't so bad. The £3 pie was very nice, and served with a smile too, which is always a bonus!

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

As before, the coaches were parked outside the away end, meaning it was a simple journey from the stand to the coach. There was no trouble with the home fans on their way home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, I would recommend a visit to Bramall Lane. Without naming names, there are quite a few soulless, out of town stadiums in this League, so Bramall Lane offers a chance to see football played in a proper ground, in a proper city. The day was helped by another good performance in what's turning out to be a good season for Wolves.

Sheffield United v Charlton Athletic
FA Cup Quarter Final
Sunday, March 9th, 2014, 12 noon
James Butler (Charlton Athletic fan)

To say I was looking forward to this match would be an understatement. This match was certainly going to be a red letter day in my life as a Charlton supporter.
 
Five and half thousand Addicts fans had bought tickets for a 12noon kick off in Sheffield. And guess when the earliest train arrives in Sheffield from London on a Sunday? Five past midday! Well done to the FA, thanks!

Undeterred the Charlton army headed north from Friday onward. We chose to go by car, yours truly blagging a people carrier from work for the journey. So there we were on the road at 6.30am on a Sunday morning, with my mate Del Boy, his son and soon to be son in law. We sped north, breakfast was taken at Peterborough, and we arrived at Sheffield at around 10.30am. I had a clear idea of where I was going until we pulled up behind a car with a Charlton sticker in the rear window. “he looks like he knows where he’s going” pipe up a youth from the back, like I didn’t. Like an idiot I went for it and was lost, along with three other car loads for about half an hour. To make matters worse it turns out to be the bloke who sits in front of us at home games, he will never be allowed to forget this.
 
Having got back on track we parked up in the city centre, probably impossible on a Saturday, for a very reasonable £3.50. Quick comfort break in Waitrose and on to the ground. Home fans seemed friendly, but the pubs seemed a little hostile so we avoided them. South Yorkshire Police looked as if they had prepared for a war. Up until 14 days prior to the match this day was going to be the Sheffield derby, but Charlton spoiled the script and the potential overtime payments. Someone had clearly decided that as the Police plans were already made, then they might as well stick to them. Plus apparently there was mayhem after Forest lost at Bramall Lane there in the last round. We are not Forest, there is no history of ill feeling between the clubs, the level of Policing was a waste of money, unbelievable.
 
Keen to exit the war zone created by the South Yorkshire Police we went straight into the ground. For this match we had be allocated both tiers of the Jessica Ennis End, and yes we did all the obvious jokes! Entry into the stand was amazingly interestingly tight, stop it, there was barely room behind the turnstile to turn and go up the stairs, certain no room to swing the proverbial cat. The concourse serving all the normal fare was also tight, but we got some beers in and started cranking up the noise.
 
After a couple of beers we decided to take up our seats. Now I am not a seasoned traveller, I have done about 30 odd of the 92 grounds, but I though Bramall Lane inside was the best ground I have been to. Interesting mix of old and new, with the Kop home end being a particularly impressive stand. From the our lofty top tier we had great view, with plenty of leg room, although sitting was never going to be on the agenda. As the ground filled the stewards, of whom I had heard bad things, were fine, and left us to it, but quickly sorted out any really silly behaviour, but in a professional manner.
 
The game kicked off in a fantastic atmosphere, which the football really did not live up to. All square at the break, with no chances  of note. Plenty of banter was going back and forth between us and the home fans, especially those in the stand immediately to our right.
 
Second half got underway with no real change. We missed a sitter and the writing was on the wall. We folded, they came on to us, two quick fire goals and Sheffield United were on their way to Wembley, and boy did we know it. I have seen a few games in my time, but the noise generated by the home fans in the last 15 mins was incredible, I have never heard such loud support. Sheffield United fans I salute you. Mind you if you don’t make a noise at an FA Cup Quarter final, then when will you?
 
For us a horrible end to the one bright spot in a horrible season. We left the ground to the raucous sound of celebrating home fans, out of the cup and bottom of the league, following a football team really stinks sometimes.
 
Got back to the car, one home fan even commiserated with me,  thanking us from the bottom of his heart for knocking out Wednesday in the previous round. Nice touch, no consolation. Got past the South Yorkshire Police, clearly hacked off by the lack of a full scale riot, the Police helicopter was looking a bit over the top.
 
Just to top the day off I took the wrong turn and ended up in a traffic jam behind the home end of the ground, in my car, dressed in Charlton Shirt. Talk about drive of shame, but it was all good natured.
 
Got home around 6.30pm after nearly being run off the road on the M1, woman, 4X4’S and mobile phones, shouldn’t be allowed, lethal combination.
 
Despite the  outcome it was a trip that I will never forget. I was not all bad, just the result.

Sheffield United v Carlisle United
League One
Monday, April 1st, 2013, 3pm
Craig Milne (Carlisle United fan)

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

This was the second time I'd visited Bramall Lane and after enjoying my first visit I was eager to take another look. However Sheffield were playing well in the League, whilst Carlisle were struggling, so I wasn't too confident about getting a result.

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

I've learnt to play the train game now and booked a return ticket from Widnes to Sheffield at the discounted price of £13 saving £8 by booking in advance. It's a direct train, taking an hour and a half with only a handful of stops. The journey takes in views of the Etihad, Old Trafford and Edgeley Park grounds. Sheffield station is no more than ten minutes from the ground and the city centre, where there are plenty of pubs. Finding the ground is easy, you can walk straight up the hill outside the station passing the interesting water features and then turn left along the road, going straight down then under a subway and Bramall Lane is right in front of you.

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

The train arrived on time at 12.42 and we headed straight into the city centre. Wetherspoons, Lloyds and several other bars all offered real ale and cheap food. The Wetherspoons had a mix of fans in and a match on the big screen. No problems with home fans, food or the ale.
 
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

A cracking ground well laid out and a good mix of old and new designs. I like the away end but I've only ever been in the lower tier. The bars are always under staffed so expect queues. On this visit though it was so cold the hot drinks stand had a massive queue and hardly anyone was waiting for beer. They do provide a beer only bar. The stands are very close to the pitch and it reminds me a bit of Anfield. The electronic scoreboard is only any use to the home fans as it is situated directly above the away end between the upper and lower tier.

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

Although a scoreless draw it was a very good game, with lots of incident, seeing Carlisle coming closest to breaking the deadlock hitting a post just before half time and then being reduced to 10 men but valiantly holding on for a point.  The stewards were very thorough checking bags on the way in. Something to note was I had taken my flag and they asked to see if it had a British kite mark on it? Which I presume is a new thing to make sure that it is fire resistant. When I got in and went to put the flag up, again a steward came over to examine it. I presume that if it had not had a kite mark then I wouldn't have been allowed to put it up. All that said the stewards were polite and helpful. A 0-0 draw was a great result for us on current form and having a player sent off.

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

After the final whistle we got straight out and walked the same way back to the station no more than ten minutes walk and no hassle on the way.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A grand day out which Is what I expect from a trip to Sheffield. No hassles with the journey and enough time to grab some beer from the Sainsburys outside the station before boarding the train. I was approached by a Sheffield United fan at the station who apologised for it not being a better game and for the the lack of entertainment provided by his team. Which was fair enough to be honest. We'll still be there next year!

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* The ground originally opened as a cricket ground in 1855, but the first football match was not played there until December 1862, when Sheffield FC (who are the oldest club in the world, being formed in 1857) played Hallam. This makes Bramall Lane the oldest professional football ground in the world!

Updated 27th August 2018

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