Sheffield Wednesday

Hillsborough

Capacity: 39,732 (all seated)
Address: Hillsborough, Sheffield, S6 1SW
Telephone: 03700 20 1867
Fax: 0114 221 2122
Ticket Office: 03700 20 1867 (Option 1)
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Owls
Year Ground Opened: 1899
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Chansiri
Kit Manufacturer: Elev8
Home Kit: Blue and White Stripes
Away Kit: Amber and Black

Looking Towards The Kop Stand
Looking Towards The Kop Stand
South Stand
South Stand
North Stand
North Stand
Leppings Lane End
Leppings Lane End
Kop Stand
Kop Stand
Kop Stand External View
Kop Stand External View

Although the ground has not had the level of new investment some other clubs have recently received, it is still a beautiful ground oozing character. It has four large separate stands, all of which are all covered and are roughly the same height, giving a uniform feel to the stadium. On one side is the North Stand. This large single tiered stand was opened in 1961. It was hailed as an architectural marvel, as at the time it was the largest cantilever stand ever built in Britain and only the second such type of stand to have been constructed (the first was at the Old Showground in Scunthorpe). The two-tiered South Stand on one side of the ground is the largest of the stands and is superb looking. It was originally opened in 1914 and was designed by the famous football ground architect Archibald Leitch. A second tier and new roof were added in 1996, to expand capacity for the European Championships, for which Hillsborough was a host venue. In keeping with the original look of the stand, a triangular gable incorporating a clock adorned with a copper football was placed on the new roof. The stand has a large lower tier with a small upper tier above. At the back of the lower tier is a row of executive boxes. The team dugouts and Directors Box are located on this side.

At one end is the Spion Kop. This was previously a huge open bank of terrace that was at one time the largest in Britain. It gained a roof in 1986 and was made all seated in 1993. Opposite is the West Stand or Leppings Lane End. This two-tiered stand was opened in 1966, in time for the Club to host some World Cup games played that year. Like the Kop, it has a number of large supporting pillars. One corner of the ground is filled with seating between the North & West Stand, this area is uncovered. On the other side of the West Stand is a large video screen, under which is tucked a Police Control Box. Unusually for such an old ground, it doesn't have a set of floodlight pylons. Instead the stadium is illuminated by lights running across the front of the stand roofs.

Outside the ground near the main entrance is a memorial to the 96 fans who died at Hillsborough in 1989, at the FA Cup Semi Final between Liverpool & Nottingham Forest. 

The Club had previously announced plans to increase the capacity at Hillsborough to almost 45,000. This was primarily through the proposed expansion of the Leppings Lane End, including the building of an additional tier and the 'filling in' of the corner between this and the South Stand. This was in the hope that England would win the bid to stage the 2018 World Cup (Hillsborough was listed as one of the potential venues). However the failure of this bid, means that plans have been shelved for the time being. They may be 'dusted off' if the Club gain promotion to the Premier League.

Away fans are normally placed in the upper tier of the West Stand (the Leppings Lane) end of the ground, where up to 3,700 away supporters can be accommodated. If there is a particularly large following (or for an FA Cup Tie) then the corner described above may also be made available, plus the lower tier of the West Stand. This can take the allocation up to 8,000. Alternatively, if a small away support is expected then the open corner between the Leppings Lane & North Stand is only made available. There are a number of supporting pillars in the West Stand, which could impede your view. On the concourse food on sale includes; A range of Pies (£3.20), Sausage Rolls (£2.60), Burgers (£3.80) and Hot Dogs (£3.80). I had an enjoyable day out at Hillsborough, where I found the atmosphere around the ground to be relaxed. I thought the ground was certainly one of the best in the League, if not the country, in terms of setting and attractiveness.

Lee Hicklin adds; 'About a hundred yards down Leppings Lane there is a programme and football memorabilia shop, which is worth a visit'. Whilst Clive Plank informs me; 'If you go to the front of the stadium into Herries Road, then on the right there is a Bieres Pork Sandwich Shop. You cannot miss it because there is always a queue (but they get through very quickly and efficiently). It does the most scrumptious pork sandwiches with buns from regular to jumbo and kingsize complete with crackling and all the works.'

A pub that admits away supporters is the Railway Hotel on Penniston Road, which is the main A61 that runs by the stadium. Walk up the A61 in the opposite direction to Sheffield City Centre (Meadowhall & M1), passing a Burger King and Garage on your left, and you will reach the pub on the right, just before a railway bridge.    Also, I did pass a couple of pubs (the Norfolk Arms & The Red Lion) on the way into Sheffield on the A61 from the M1, where away fans were drinking. Bill Harris a visiting Millwall fan adds; 'I found an excellent Pub called The New Barrack Tavern on the A61 just before McDonalds on the way to the ground, from the city centre. Forget the exterior, inside the pub has some excellent decor and no juke boxes or fruit machines. Although on my own I was made to feel very welcome and spent a good couple of hours talking football to the locals'. Craig Murray a visiting Bournemouth fan also enjoyed the New Barrack Tavern; 'It's a 'proper' pub, serving a great selection of real ales and imported lagers at reasonable prices. They also had really tasty, locally-made pork pies behind the bar. I wasn't wearing colours but the locals were very friendly and happy to chat footy once I opened my mouth and they realised I was an away fan. The pub's roughly 15-20 minutes walk from the ground.' This pub is owned by the Castle Rock Brewery and is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It normally has seven beers on handpull, plus one cider polypin. It is also serves food. Please note that this is a home pub that welcomes small numbers of visiting supporters who appreciate their real ale, not a pub specifically for away fans.

For those with a little bit more time on their hands or planning to travel to the ground by Supertram, then the Hillsborough Hotel near the Langsett/Primrose View tram stop (two stops from Hillsborough going towards Meadowhall/Halfway) is worth a visit. This CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed pub, has a range of real ales available, hot food and is home to the Crown Brewery, whose beers it also has on offer. In fact, on my last visit, a lovely smell of hops wafted throughout the bar. Also from the outside area at the back, you can see people descending down the artificial ski slope in the distance. John Piper adds; 'From the Langsett/Primrose view stop. Cross over the road and walk back about 50 metres, in the direction of the city centre and the Hotel is on the corner. Afterwards just hop back on the tram (Yellow route - destination Middlewood) and get off at the Leppings Lane stop. An all-day ticket for the Supertram and is currently £3.70 and can be bought on board'. In Hillsborough itself (and conveniently situated by the tram stop, so much so that you can literally get straight off the tram and walk through the doors of the pub) is a Wetherspoons called the Rawson Spring. This pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and is about a 12-15 minute walk to the ground, or you can go back on the tram and up to the Leppings Lane stop. If you do go into this pub, then try to guess what the building was used for, before becoming a pub. 

Nick Palfreyman informs me; 'With regard to where to drink, pubs close to the ground are normally pretty crammed full on matchdays and not easy to park by. The tram route, which can be boarded at Sheffield Station, out to Hillsborough (tram stop for the ground is' Leppings Lane') passes a good few excellent pubs. It is the Yellow Route with 'Middlewood' on the destination board. In the city centre near the West Street Tram stop is the Red Deer pub, which serves several real ales. By the University stop is the Harley, by the Shalesmoor stop is the Wellington, again real ales. and five minutes walk from that stop, by Kelham Island Museum (Alma Street) are the Fat Cat and Kelham Island Tavern, both jammed with real ale, and CAMRA Award winning pubs. If in a car you can park near these pubs and then use the tram to reach Hillsborough  An all-day tram ticket allows you to hop on and off as you choose. See the Supertram website for more information. If arriving in Sheffield by train then as Joe Oates a visiting West Ham United fan suggests; 'The Howard pub, on Howard street opposite Sheffield Railway Station. I found it to be a very warm and welcoming place for away fans to visit. A reasonable selection of the usual draught beers/lagers and three ales on the pump. Prices were very reasonable and a good selection of pub grub, including chicken curry and chips for £2.50. It is then a ten minute walk to Castle Square Tram station for the Yellow route'.

Otherwise alcohol is available to visiting supporters in the away section of the ground. Jo Evans-Stolt a visiting Bolton Wanderers fan adds; '500ml bottles of Carling were on sale at the not so cheap price of £3.50 a bottle. You also have to queue separately for beer or food, which wasn't great.' Cans of John Smith's Bitter (£3.30), Guinness (£3.80), plus bottles of Kingston Press (£3.70) and Bulmers Cider (£3.80) are also available as well as minature bottles of wine (£4.50) and spirits (£4.50). 

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Leave the M1 at Junction 36 and follow the A61 into Sheffield. Continue along the A61 for approximately eight miles. You will see Hillsborough Stadium on your right. This is not the shortest route to the ground, but this is definitely the easiest and avoids Sheffield City Centre.

Car Parking

There is some street parking to be had if you arrive early, although some roads near to Hillsborough are permit only, so make sure to check for warning signs before you park. Otherwise, there are some unofficial car parks along the A61 that charge in the region of £4. Gary Rickett-Ambrose adds; 'There is a car park directly behind the Kop and the Wednesday Club shop. It is called the Wednesdayite car park and is open to fans of both teams. It costs £7 for visitors and its post code is S6 1QE'. 

Alternatively, 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 and then take a yellow tram to Leppings lane, which costs £3 return and takes about 35 minutes. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near the Hillsborough Stadium via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Post Code for SAT NAV: S6 1SW

Sheffield Railway Station is located over three miles away from the ground. Either get a taxi up to the ground (which cost around £10), or bus from the bus station which is a one minute walk away (as you leave the railway station entrance turn right. Cross over at the pedestrian crossing, and follow the signs). Head for the far side of the terminus. Bus No.53 to Ecclesfield runs regularly to the ground (every ten minutes), the journey time is about 30 minutes. Matt Wilcock adds; 'on matchdays regular shuttle buses run from the road at the far side of the bus station They are marked football'.

Sheffield Tram

Jeremy Dawson informs me; 'If arriving by train, then by far the easiest way to get to the ground is by Supertram, which has a stop right next to the railway station and they run every ten minutes during the day . Leaving the station on a blue tram, going towards Malin Bridge, you will reach the Hillsborough stop, where it is then around a ten minute walk to the ground. Alternatively you can take another Supertram from Hillsborough this time on the yellow line to Leppings Lane which is right by the ground.' You can also take the same blue tram from the railway station into the City Centre and change there onto a yellow tram (destination Middlewood) for the Leppings Lane stop. The journey time of the Supertram is around 20 minutes. You can buy an all day ticket onboard (they actually have conductors) for the Supertrams which works out cheaper than buying two single tickets. The day ticket also has the added advantage that you can use it to also visit some of those excellent Real Ale pubs located around the city, however don't blame me if you then don't subsequently make it to the match! Called a 'Dayrider' it costs £3.90 for Adults and £2 for Children. For more details please visit the SuperTram website. The SuperTram also accept 'PlusBus' tickets, which you can purchase as an 'add on' when buying your train ticket.

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Like a number of Clubs, Sheffield Wednesday operate a category system, whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. However, the Club have a staggering seven different categories (A - G) of ticket pricing, which is confusing to say the least (especially I guess if you work in their ticket office!), so I have just listed the most expensive (A) prices below, but the odds are you will pay less for your match:

Home Fans
South Stand:
Adults £49 Over 65's £39/Under 21's, Under 17's £15, Under 11's £10, Under 5's £5*
North Stand:
Adults £45 Over 65's £35/Under 21's, Under 17's £15, Under 11's £10, Under 5's £5*
Kop Stand: 
Adults £42 Over 65's/Under 21's £32, Under 17's £15, Under 11's £10, Under 5's £5*

Away Fans
Adults £42 Over 65's/Under 21's £32, Under 17's £15, Under 11's £10

* Under 5's tickets have to be purchased in advance.

In addition current members of the Armed Forces and Under 21's can qualify for the concessionary ticket price.

Official Programme £3

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

Sheffield United, Leeds United, Rotherham United, Barnsley, Chesterfield and  Doncaster Rovers.

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

Record Attendance

72,841 v Manchester City
FA Cup 5th Round, 17th February 1934.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record

39,640 v Manchester United
Premier League, 2nd February 2000.

Average Attendance

2017-2018: 25,995 (Championship League)
2016-2017: 27,129 (Championship League)
2015-2016: 22,641 (Championship League)

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Thanks also to Alex Manners for providing the video of  his review of the Hillsborough Ground Sheffield Wednesday. Visit his YouTube Channel to view other videos of ground visits he has made.

Sheffield Wednesday v Villarreal
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 28th July 2018, 3pm
Sam Goody (Neutral - Groundhopping)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hillsborough Stadium?
 
We were on holiday in the Sheffield area and usually go to some matches on our travels. Hillsborough was a ground I hadn’t visited and Villarreal would provide an interesting game.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We parked at the Meadowhall shopping centre, before getting a tram to Hillsborough. It takes about 45 minutes but is cheap and quite easy. The Hillsborough Stadium isn’t really signposted, but there were lots of Wednesday fans who we followed to the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We had a walk around the ground as we had about an hour until kick off. We also went into the club shop, where the queues were enormous! I don’t think I’ve been to a ground where so many fans were wearing replica shirts as Wednesday. Great support.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Hillsborough?
 
I loved the ground. The old Hillsborough sign at the top of the stand opposite me with the clock, the Kop (which wasn’t open for the game) was huge. The away end also wasn’t open (it was just the side stands), but it looked like it could fit a large capacity of fans.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The atmosphere during the match wasn’t the best, but the rendition of “Hi Ho Sheffield Wednesday” before was fantastic. The game was great, Villarreal played some hugely attractive football, but for the best part of 60 minutes, Wednesday stuck with them and more than matched them for this period of time. However, the Spanish side showed their class in the last 30, finding another gear to pull away 3-1 winners. The scoreline was fair, but Wednesday could take lots of positives from a performance like that against a top La Liga side.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We took our time after the game, popping back into the club shop, and when we returned to the tram stop (roughly 45 minutes after final whistle), there was virtually nobody there. The tram back to Meadowhall was about 40 minutes, and the journey was perfect.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Hillsborough is a fantastic ground for a Groundhopper. Interesting stands and features, easy to get to, I can imagine that the atmosphere for a league game would be fantastic. I would highly recommend Hillsborough for a day out!

Sheffield Wednesday v Villarreal
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 28th July 2018, 3pm
Ian Rose (Doing The 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hillsborough Stadium?
 
It was the first game of pre-season on our tour of the 92 football grounds plus Hillsborough is one of the old school grounds of English football.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We stayed overnight in a local hotel so once we'd parked up at the hotel we got a taxi down towards the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went to The Park pub literally across the road from Hillsborough, the drinks were quite cheap which was good as we were feeding the quiz machine. We then went for some food and got some hot pork sandwiches from Beres around the corner. We finished off in the Wednesday Tap which is part of the South Stand of the stadium.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hillsborough Stadium?
 
We all commented on the age and standing of the ground compared to the identity kit soulless new build stadiums we've visited up and down the country.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Only two stands were open for this fixture and there were no Villarreal fans in attendance so the atmosphere was quite muted. The pies were ace, especially the steak and chilli which was something special. Wednesday played okay while Villarreal played some lovely one-touch stuff and thoroughly deserved their 3-1 victory.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We went over to The Riverside Bar just by the stadium and had a beer before calling a cab back to our hotel, by this time the traffic was pretty quiet around the stadium.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A really good day out at the footy with sunshine followed by showers followed by sunshine and then wind. Also, that is now stadium number 38 ticked off our ever-increasing list.

Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday 10th March 2018, 3pm
Matt Lawton (Bolton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?
 
Sheffield is always a great city to visit for a few beers and the relatively short journey from Bolton means we tend to take a good following. This game was no exception with 2,500 fans travelling over the hill.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Manchester to Sheffield is an exceptionally easy journey on the train. Less easy was the Supertram journey to the game, with the tram being packed so full that the doors wouldn't close. In fact, the tram from the Cathedral to Leppings Lane was only five minutes quicker than the journey from Manchester to Sheffield!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We started off in the Sheffield Tap pub at the station (as you do) before heading up to The Graduate, Head of Steam, Brown Bear, The Church House and the Three Tuns. The Three Tuns being was around a 15 minute walk from the station if you wanted a measure of the distance between the two. We then headed back towards the Cathedral to catch the yellow line Supertram towards Middlewood. My advice is to leave it earlier than we did (nearly half 2, whoops) to catch the tram as they were absolutely rammed and we ended up missing the first ten minutes of the game.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hillsborough Stadium?
 
I've visited Hillsborough on a couple of previous occasions and it's still a grand old ground. However, the away end, in particular, does need some modernisation with regards to access pre and post-match plus a cramped concourse and obstructing pillars in the stand.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game finished in a particularly entertaining 1-1 draw, with Bolton equalising in the 93rd minute prompting the sort of mass celebration you'd expect from 2,500 visiting fans in such a situation. I didn't bother with trying to get down to the concourse at half-time but probably good to go for a couple of hours without a beer!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
At the end of the game, the police had the bright idea of penning the Bolton fans within the area immediately outside the exits while a mob of baying home fans gathered on the bride to the immediate left hand side, which the police didn't bother trying to move on before 'releasing' the Bolton fans. As you'd expect, it resulted in some unsavoury scenes that probably would have been avoided had people been allowed to leave at their own pace rather than being held up outside of the ground. We managed to avoid the pavement dancing by walking down into Hillsborough Park rather than along the pavement near the tram stop and walked down to the Riverside pub and then the Rawson Spring. Both were marked as home fans only and both had bouncers at the entrance, but nothing that can't be solved by a quick 'alreyt' at the door. By this point, the trams were much clearer on the way back although they did look rammed whilst we were walking down to the pub. Certainly, something to bear in mind if you've got a train to catch whereas we were never planning on leaving Sheffield until at least a couple of hours after the game anyway.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A grand day out with a bit of everything as is so often the case when visiting either of the Sheffield clubs. I look forward to the next one!

Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday 10th March 2018, 3pm
Jack Tyldsley (Bolton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Hillsborough?
 
I had been to Hillsborough once before in a 2-1 win. With both sides close in the league, this was a big game and one we couldn’t afford to lose. Hillsborough is a big ground and one I was looking forward to revisiting.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We drove to the game from Bolton in the morning. Our trip was easy and we soon found a car park a few minutes from the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We arrived and went to McDonalds, and then approached the stadium. The home fans didn’t have much to say to us; both knew it was a big game.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Hillsborough?
 
On approach I remembered how big it actually was. The away end is quite ugly from the outside but has a good concourse and as we took our seats I was once again shocked at the sheer size of the ground. It is massive, a lot bigger than it looks from outside.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
We had brought 2000 fans to Hillsborough for this one and we were in fine voice up until we conceded controversially in the 70th minute. All looked lost until our big substitute striker Wilbraham popped up with a 93rd minute equaliser sending our fans into raptures. The game ended 1-1 but it felt like a win for us.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We exited the ground to find held back outside the ground, to allow the Wednesday fans who weren’t best pleased with us to disperse. This was completely ridiculous - barricading 2000 away fans into the same end as the disaster years ago. But once we got away we had a safe journey home.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Good day. Good ground. Good result.

Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday 10th March 2018, 3pm
Sam (Bolton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Hillsborough?
 
I was feeling optimistic about this game with Sheffield losing their previous five games and Bolton's away form starting to pick up. Bolton were in desperate need of some points to avoid the drop. Hillsborough is a very historic ground and one I wanted to tick it off the 92.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I made the mistake of walking from Sheffield Railway Station to the stadium which is around four miles whereas there is a bus that takes 15 minutes and only costs £1.70. The stadium was easy to find as there were large crowds walking towards it.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I didn't have any negative encounters with any of the home fans. Before the match I went for some food at a McDonald's which was a 10 minute walk from Hillsborough.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Hillsborough?
 
I thought from the outside, Hillsborough seemed very outdated and basic. I thought the stadium lacked a centre piece and felt a bit soulless. However, the interior impressed me which looked much more modern and created a good atmosphere.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
We were located in the upper tier in Leppings Lane End which provided a brilliant view of the game and brilliant atmosphere from the away fans as we pretty much filled the allocation. The game was very boring with their only chance resulting in a goal in the later stages of the game. However, we equalized in the 93rd minute making the trip much more worthwhile and gave us a much deserved point. I had no issues with the stewards and all facilities seemed fine.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground:
 
After the game though there was a number of scuffles between the Bolton and Wednesday fans causing us to be blocked in by the police until they had stopped. After that I had no issues with any home fans. I got a bus into Sheffield from a bus stop just opposite the stadium then got the train back to Bolton. 
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall it was a great day out and Hillsborough is definitely a stadium worth visiting.

Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley
Football Championship League
Saturday 28th October 2017, 12.30pm
Tom Bellamy (Barnsley fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Hillsborough?
 
Although I have been to Hillsborough dozens of times Barnsley have a very poor winning record there. However, I was feeling optimistic especially with the Owls having a poor run of late.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I decided to go to Sheffield by car which is only a 20 minute drive down the A61 from Barnsley. I managed to park in a near by street with only a 10 min walk to the Hillsborough ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As all the pubs I saw nearby were for Home supporters only, I decided to head straight into the ground.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hillsborough Stadium?
 
I am starting to get the impression that Hillsborough is looking a little dated these days compared with many other Championship grounds I have visited.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Wednesday started the game with more gusto and enthusiasm than Barnsley and were far the better team throughout the first half. They created the better chances and looked more likely to score after hitting the crossbar and forcing the Barnsley keeper a make a string of good saves. The inevitable happened when Wednesday opened the scoring in the 34th minute, albeit from a miss-kick by their player Adam Reach, which looped over the Barnsley keeper and into the net. I think this must have shook the Barnsley players up because they began to play some decent football until the half time whistle. The second half began with Barnsley continuing to press for an equaliser and were rewarded when Harvey Barnes latched onto the ball and struck a 20 yarder right into the top corner of the net. Although both teams were trying to get the winner, it wasn't to be and so remained deadlocked until the final whistle, and 1-1 being a fair result.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was very easy and trouble free.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I think the 2,000 or so Barnsley fans went away the happiest of the two teams. I certainly thought we gained a good away point with Wednesday dropping two points.

Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United
Football Championship League
Saturday 1st October 2017, 12.15pm
Shaun (Leeds United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Hillsborough?
 
It was my first time to Hillsborough so I was interested to see this historic place. I was also hoping we'd return to winning ways on the road and continue Wednesday's recent poor run of results and to experience some atmosphere as well.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Not too bad, considering Hillsborough is located in a city and not just off a motorway. I was coming over from Manchester so came down the A6102 which leads pretty well to the ground. I elected to park at the Middlewood park and ride (although we walked) which has a barrier to exit and costs £4.50.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
The 4 lanes chippy was pretty busy so we went to the Hing fish Chinese takeaway on Leppings Lane. They do pie and chips etc (match day specials) but it was nothing to write home about. Perhaps that' s why the 4 Lanes was so busy! I had thought that there would have to be more segregation outside of the ground but although there was a heavy police presence there was no problem and fans mingled okay.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hillsborough Stadium?
 
Hillsborough is an old ground and it looks it. Outside the away entrance is an old fashioned board with the fixture on it (it had even been updated by the time we left) Inside the four separate stands had pillars supporting the roof, meaning that some seats have restricted viewing. The seating leg room was average.. However with each stand being different in appearance then Hillsborough does have character.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
For 25 minutes Leeds were on top, then Wednesday scored and we fell apart again. It was frustrating to watch as we could, perhaps should have won but we lack a hard man in the midfield to break down the opposition while our goalkeeper remains frail on crosses leading to a lack of confidence at the back. Overall 3-0 doesn't lie, they deserved the win. Atmosphere was a bit lacking, I was expecting to have a large group of supporters near us, up for a bit of banter but that group was quite small. Stewards were quite strict in us sitting in the right area but other than that we're pretty unobtrusive.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was easy as well. Just walked up to the car and then headed out of town and that road flowed pretty well.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a disappointing defeat as we don't seem to have learned from our recent defeats on the road. Other than that not a bad day out, it was easy to get to and from the Hillsborough ground.

Sheff Wednesday v Nottingham Forest
Football Championship League
Saturday 9th September 2017, 5.30pm
Liam (Nottingham Forest fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hillsborough Ground?
 
I had never been to Hillsborough before and I love old-fashioned grounds so I was really looking forward to it. Also, Forest had started the season pretty well.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I went up on the official coach so I didn’t have to worry about car parking. The coach drops you right outside the ground so that wasn’t too bad.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There wasn’t a pub near the ground for away fans (not that I am aware of) so I just walked around the ground for a bit and had a bite to eat at a Chinese place which sold fish and chips. The home fans seemed fine.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of the away end then the other sides of Hillsborough?
 
Its a very odd stadium but I like it. We were allocated the upper tier only so we were fairly high up and I was near the back of the stand.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Sheffield Wednesday scored fairly early on but we equalised quickly through Ben Osborn. But from then onwards, it was pretty downhill. Two goals in eight minutes from the home side in the second half put the result beyond doubt. We had a few good chances, but nothing more. We weren’t great but we weren’t awful. The concourse is brilliant but the bar kiosk I went to was card payments only.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Initially not great due to traffic, but after we got away from the ground it was fine.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a great day out at Hillsborough, but just a shame we were once again beaten away from home.

Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle United
Football League Championship    
Saturday 8th April 2017, 5.30pm
Christopher (Newcastle United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Hillsborough?

With Newcastle United going well in the league and close to sealing promotion, it was a game not to be missed. Not only this but I had heard that Hillsborough has a decent atmosphere and is a traditional old ground. However thoughts of Hillsborough will always be linked to the disaster that took place there in 1989 when 96 fans lost their lives. The disaster subsequently shaped the way of UK stadia over the last 25 years or, great from a safety point of view, but bad in the way it's lead to soulless all seated bowl stadiums. No matter what era of football you grew up in, Hillsborough is a major factor behind and the stadium is always going to be known for that. As a football fan there is a mix of great sadness, and curiosity associated with the stadium because of it. As it happens the match itself was played near the time of the anniversary, and our manager (Rafael Benitez), the former Liverpool manager laid a wreath at the memorial ahead of kick off.

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

I got one of the supporter coaches down so all that was done for me. However our bus was stopped as it came off the M1 and we waited for half an hour for a Police escort. Apparently they were waiting for other busses to arrive before leading us in together. In the end the Police decided to take our bus in on it's own.

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

Locals said there were no pubs in the area allowing away fans in. There is an Asda Store just over the bridge from the away end where you can pick up drinks and snacks. Also just over the bridge is a nice little chip shop, not the largest menu, but affordable and good chips.

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

The Leppings Lane End that we were housed in, isn't much to look at. Once though the turnstiles (which I found had more room than some newer grounds) you go up a gangway bridge which is very much like something that you would find in a railway station in a rundown town centre.

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

Inside the concourse the atmosphere was bouncing, which was once of the reasons behind me considering this the best away day for atmosphere that I have been too. As more fans arrived it did get more cramped, especially down to the end of the kiosks which was selling alcohol. It is worth noting that the majority of the kiosks do not accept cash, it's card and contactless payments only. I'm not sure if other kiosks towards the other end accepted cash or not. As I had been to the chip shop across the road I never got anything to eat or drink in the ground itself, so can't comments on the food and prices. From our seats we had a decent view, although there is a couple of supporting pillars but if your in the upper stand then the obstruction is minimal. This is where you can once again see how much of a traditional old school ground Hillsborough is. The match itself was decent, by no means a classic, and one of our poorer performances. We lost 2-1 which was disappointing. the Wednesday fans were in decent voice, especially once they had established a lead. Our fans were singing throughout and the atmosphere was certainly the best away atmosphere I have been too.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It's worth noting that the away coaches will all be parked on the street outside of the ground afterwards, this was not made clear to us and I had to ask a Police Officer of this before heading into the ground. Those who forget to ask may be unsure of the situation until the match has ended. With all the busses being parked on the road outside the ground then this means that for the most part you will have to wait for every supporter to board their bus before going. Also, even though the police closed off roads they never made a full escort all the way to the M1, so getting away can take a little time.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite the result and the performance by our team, Hillsborough was a great day out. At the time of writing we are looking likely to gain automatic promotion, and if this is the case then I wouldn't mind it Sheffield Wednesday were promoted via the play offs as I'd like to go back, on the condition Wednesday start letting us beat them for a change. All in all I'd certainly recommend Wednesday away as a must for fans of any clubs who come across them.

Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley
Football Championship League
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 7.45pm
Tom Bellamy (Barnsley fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hillsborough ground?

I first visited Hillsborough in January 1966 when Sheffield Wed played Manchester United, and even though I supported Barnsley, who were then in the old fourth Division, this was my chance to see the players like the great George Best, Bobby Charlton and Dennis Law. I have been to Hillsborough many times since. Tonights game against my team Barnsley was one of many I have seen over the years and I was really looking forward to another exiting game which we always seem to get between these two sides. Barnsley hadn't won here since 2009 when the score was 1-0 to the Reds. I was there for that game and the six games after where the Owls had won four and there was two drawn games. I was really hoping we would turn the tables having had a good run of form ourselves.

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

In the past I have usually travelled to the game on the supporters coach, but tonight I decided to take the car along with my daughter and her friend. I parked opposite the Kop End in the official car park at a cost of £7. The journey took longer than it would normally be perhaps because of the build up towards Christmas, and the fact that Barnsley were taking about 2,400 supporters to the game.

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

Because we arrived at Hillsborough 45 minutes before the kick-off we decided to head straight to the ground, where once inside we each had a beer.

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

Hillsborough has not changed at all over the last 25 years. It's probably ready for an overhaul but it still has character with the big cantilever North Stand looking over the ground and the giant covered Kop End. Our seats were in the Upper Tier West Stand on Leppings Lane. We had a great view being three rows from the back. 

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

The game itself was very eventful which I expected, but it was marred by a Barnsley player being sent off after just coming on as a substitute in the 80th minute. There was a lot of controversy over the decision but it didn't affect the scoreline as the Owls were already 2-0 up, having taken their chances with a goal in each half, although Barnsley did have a number of chances but to no avail. "A bad day at the office" you might say ! The stewards were very friendly and although they checked our bags before we went in there was no problem. All the facilities inside the ground were adequate if somewhat dated.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We had no problems getting away from the ground, and the car park. All the traffic was slow moving which I expected and once we got onto the A61 dual carriageway northbound it was plain sailing.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Very entertaining, and eventful game but not the outcome we wanted. If both teams are in the Championship League again next season I will look forward to another visit to Hillsborough and hope for a better result.

Sheffield Wednesday vs Ipswich Town
Football Championship League
Saturday 5th November 2016, 3pm
Josh Houston (Ipswich Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Hillsborough?

I had always wanted to visit Hillsborough, but never got around to doing so. This season I decided to go and I looked forward to it as I enjoy visiting historic football grounds.

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

We parked at the Sheffield Speedway/Greyhound Racing Stadium. It cost us £5 and was completely safe and reliable. The walk to the ground was only about five minutes. It allowed you to see the pre-match atmosphere around the stadium.

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

The home fans were no bother, I had a discussion with one home supporter about the expensive price of both of our clubs tickets. Food was cheap around the ground, I had Chips with Gravy for just £2 at a place called Tracy's Sandwich Bar which is located just outside the away stand.

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

My first impressions of Hillsborough. was that it was very outdated. It showed a lot of its character outside the stadium, you could see that it was built on a hill. When we got to the away end (the West End) it looked very outdated and looked like it needed doing up. But I realised keeping it like that gave the ground more character.

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

The atmosphere created from the home supporters was pretty disappointing as I was expecting them to be much louder than they were. The game itself was a poor one, we were lucky as they were not playing their best. We nicked it close to the end which was very pleasing for us travelling supporters. I have to say our winning goal was extremely lucky. At the ground I bought a Chicken Balti pie for £3 which I thought was quite expensive. The pie itself was very nice as I would expect for paying that much money. Stewards at the ground were very nice and helpful, the toilet facilities were very good for an old ground.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As it's a busy city like Sheffield I suggest you wait around for a bit after the game as the traffic is quite bad leaving the city.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was an expensive away day but it was worth it, I advise all fans to visit Hillsborough stadium before one day it becomes more modernised.

Sheffield Wednesday v Preston North End
Championship League
Saturday 4th October 2015, 3pm
Paul Willott (Preston North End fan)

Hillsborough. Formerly just another name of a big ground in the north of England.  Now forever indelibly linked by association to one of the biggest ever sporting Main Stand Historic Gabletragedies in the UK. For that reason alone there was a cloud over the potential for a great day out, even though it was our first away day of the season, and one of the gems of being promoted last season was the chance to travel to bigger and better grounds to support our team. Some younger fans may not bat an eye-lid at the significance of that fateful day in April 1989, but football changed forever that day and every time I visit Hillsborough I am mindful of what happened, and my thoughts on it and the blame game that still gets played out to this day.

Here is not the place to open a debate on what happened that day however, and as life goes on we had to get our head around the match ahead and the fact that this season we still as yet hadn’t really adjusted to life at the higher level. On the flip side to that coin, If we were to try hard and play well, then I wouldn’t moan about the result either way and historically Hillsborough had been a happy hunting ground for me following Preston.

Nonetheless, we arose from our slumbers and breakfasted before donning our jackets and scarves to jump in the car and start the journey up to the steel city from our home in Kent.  The journey was fairly uneventful and trouble free as we ploughed a steady furrow up the A1 till we deviated in a westerly direction along the A57 and over the M1 and onwards into the southern satellite suburbs of the greater Sheffield. 

For me, it’s a poignant drive; that section on the A57 used to pass through a heartland of coal mines and slag heaps, now all gone, and then closer to Sheffield one or 2 former landmark heavy industry plants are no more, just like the Tinsley railway yard and depot just out of sight from the A57.  The Tinsley marshalling yard was one of the biggest in the UK, and its attached depot even in the 80s had the second biggest allocation of diesel locomotives in the UK , second only to Toton in Nottinghamshire.  Nothing remains of it now, save for a few sparsely used sidings. For Susan, my partner it was equally poignant as it was her first ever visit to the steel city and was soaking it all up. There were also some magnificent (and quite worrying) cloud formations clearly banking up on the Pennine as we descended towards Sheffield. The reward for being the early riser was not only a smooth trouble free drive, but also the pick of some free on-street parking near the ground almost immediately after we’d coasted past the façade of the Main Stand which I’d never knowingly seen before and found suitably impressive.

We meandered down to the away end, the sadly notorious Leppings Lane end, where the façade is, errr, sadly not quite as impressive as the Main Stand. In truth, it really is looking quite tired, tatty, and in desperate need of some TLC.  We opted to enter the turnstiles fairly promptly to get an optimum choice of seating which for us was unreserved ; the stewards merely asked that we stayed within the centre blocks.  I opted to try the meat and potato pie which was so scrumptious I simply had to go and purchase another one!! It's worth noting at this point that the meshing at the food counter has either been removed permanently or is only erected for certain fixtures.  In the area we were seated, the stewarding was friendly and low key and I happily engaged in friendly banter with some of them on the favourite topic of pie eating!

The Not So Impressive Leppings Lane End Exterior

Leppings Lane End External View

Hillsborough, despite that gloom of 1989 attached to it, is a great ground once inside. Looking to our left was the North Stand, an edifice of some notable history being one of the early cantilever structures built at UK football grounds and it belies its age as its in great looking condition. Along its roof are a set of low rectangular frames upon which half of the grounds floodlights are mounted. Directly opposite us sat the Kop End, a two-tiered stand affair. Interestingly it has an odd looking walkway heading in a southerly direction at an odd angle up and across the second tier.  A work colleague of mine suggests that this would follow the line of the old terrace banking before the rebuild of the stand into an all-seater ground as he recalled the away terrace rising in height towards the city or south side.  It is an impressive looking and distinctive stand. To the right of us as we looked at the pitch sat the Main Stand which, like the Cantilever stand opposite it belies its age. It was substantially rebuilt in the 1990's with an extra tier and yet charmingly retains its old fashioned Leitch gable that has been incorporated into the design of the new roof over the structure.

The overall impression, in stark contrast to the first impressions of the exterior of the Leppings Lane End, is of a fine stadium that has retained individual character despite becoming an all-seater ground, with an immenseness about it to have you believe that it could actually hold more than the notional 40,000 or so capacity it currently has.

The Kop End especially has an aura of vastness about it, and as the crowd grew in the build up to kick-off, the other clue to the grounds heritage was given away in the Open Corner Seatingabsolute flood of last minute entrants to the home stands; men who for years know to the minute how long it will take them to walk from the chippy or favourite pub in time to take their pew just before kick-off and not miss a minute of the match. Such tradition is so sadly swept away when clubs relocate from much loved former homes. There is a corner of seating in the open air between the Leppings Lane End and the North Cantilever stand, which I’m led to believe is used if small numbers of away fans are visiting and the larger Leppings Lane end kept closed……….all I can say to that is bring your umbrella if it rains! 

The match got underway with the home side asking most of the questions during the first 45 minutes whilst Preston seemed to concentrate on a dogged defensive display. Indeed, with the way the team seemed structured, we could have played till midnight and not threatened the Wednesday goal, yet we looked secure at the back and there was no shortage of industry and huff-and-puff in the midfield.  Just when it looked that we’d get to half-time at 0-0, a suicidal piece of defending from Chris Humphrey playing the ball needlessly across his own goal area from a relatively secure position gave the Wednesday a brilliant platform to attack and Kieran Lee gleefully smashed in a certain gimme.  It would have been harder to miss.

I consoled myself at half-time with another pie.....

Early in the second half, just as it looked like we were about to change things up front, a second suicidal move with a Preston defender bizarrely trying to save a corner gave another gilt edged chance that the Owls happily took, and I sensed the game had gone from our grasp.  Fortunately I was wrong.  Our manager,  Simon Grayson opted to bring on Jordan Hugill and Eoin Doyle to replace the front two, one of whom was a former Wednesday man Steve May, and the change was quite invigorating.  We started to impose ourselves on the game somewhat and after several good chances were created , Alan Browne converted one to really light up the match as a contest.  This did seem to stir up a confrontation between some of the stewards and a section of our supporters, but as it was quite some distance from where we were, I have no idea as to what was the cause.

Kop Stand

Kop Stand End

For several periods we really had Wednesday rocking at the back, and there was at least one lucky goal line clearance that kept the home side with their noses in front.   Still, as the seconds ticked down, we never gave up, and as a last corner was won, even our keeper Jordan Pickford raced up to join the push to try and get a point out of the match.  Sadly, it wasn’t to be, as Wednesday managed to defend the corner, and Lewis McGugan looked up and cheekily chipped the desperate Pickford still running back as fast as he could but in vain and the home fans erupted as well they might. They’d been on the ropes hanging on to their slender lead and suddenly the 3 points were effectively in the bag for them.

Some of our fans weren’t best pleased with Pickford; but as I observed to my partner, I’d rather we lost the game 3-1 trying to get something out of it than just tamely playing the game out to limit the damage. We had done everything we could to try and nick something, and sadly this time it just didn’t quite work out for us. I had no complaints. 

As we exited the ground, it was disappointing to note several quite serious flashpoints erupt between home and away fans, something I’ve never seen on previous visits to Hillsborough and it was clearly more than just handbags at 10 paces. We jumped in our car, and as it was facing in a Westerly direction and away from the ground and the congestion, I simply drove off in that direction without giving it much thought to start with.  After a few miles of steadily gaining a little height, it dawned on me that I could strike the A628 and treat my partner Susan to a drive over Woodhead, something that she’d also never seen before and as the weather was clear and there was plenty of daylight it was what we ended up doing.  Not only is at very scenic drive, it’s also a poignant one for railway afficionados as the lamented and closed Woodhead route still leaves plenty of evidence of its existence even to this day following its corporate vandalism style closure in the early 1980's. As we had no time pressures, it was a very good choice as the late afternoon sunlight on the moors provided some quite atmospheric scenery to enjoy before we descended towards the M60 and then onwards towards home reflecting on the days match.

North Stand

North Stand Hillsborough

We agreed that the lads had played with industry and endeavour in the first half without being ambitious up front and were unlucky really to shoot ourselves in the foot just before half-time, and that after the second goal we’d given it a really good go. On another day, we might have nicked something, but as we stalwarts know, that’s football for you, you don’t always get your just desserts and you’ve just got to grin and move on to the next match.   

As I’ve said before, I don’t mind us not winning if we’ve at least tried hard, and today was just such a day. I guess I was a little wistful though, as I’d secretly harboured hopes that we’d nick a win before the match as I’d only ever seen us win here before today’s match and I’d thought that maybe Stevie May would be the one to inflict some damage on our behalf upon his return to his former employers………but it was not to be.  I was satisfied that if we just kept our heads up going forward, our luck would turn and we’d start to get some results, as Sheffield Wednesday in no way outclassed us.

Most importantly of all, I’d won our internal pie eating competition 3-2

Plus Points for Hillsborough
1. A great aura inside the stadium that gives that “big ground” feeling
2. A ground that although modernised still has character and a uniqueness about it
3. Fantastic pies
4. Good public transport; although I didn’t use it on this occasion, Sheffield has a great tram system that connects Hillsborough with both the city centre, the main railway station, and the Meadowhall shopping complex

Minus points for Hillsborough
1. A very shabby exterior to the West stand (Leppings Lane End) lets a great ground down badly
2. The permanent tag of what happened in April ’89 attached to the aforementioned stand

Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough
Championship League
Saturday 29th August 2015, 3pm
Adam Featherstone (Middlesbrough fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Hillsborough?

I much prefer going to older grounds so I was looking forward to the short trip to Hillsborough. A lot of people who have been there have said it is a proper old fashioned stadium with a lot of character which appealed to me. It is arguably one of the most famous in the country, unfortunately partly due to the disaster in 1989 and as away fans are housed at the Leppings Lane End it has always been somewhere I have wanted to visit.

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

The journey down from where I live in Leeds was a doddle. I drove the short trip down the M1, then onto the A61 which pretty much takes you right to Hillsborough. I parked in a residential area north of the stadium which was free. It was then about a 15 minute walk to the away turnstiles, which I didn't mind. There is some parking in the streets surrounding the ground but you would need to get there early. But by parking there you may be delayed as after the game has ended I noticed the Police were making cars wait to leave, until the departing crowd had died down.

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

I didn't arrive early enough to go to any boozers but there seemed plenty at that side of the ground which had sets of home and away fans in them. Given the game was an early season one plenty of fans took the opportunity to sit in the beer gardens and it all looked friendly.

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

As I had expected Hillsborough is a tired old ground and could arguably do with a lick of paint here or there. The away end in particular is rather grim looking with a grey corrugated metal outer with rusty gangways taking fans into the concourse. Having said that I much prefer that to the newer characterless stadiums that seem to be coming the norm nowadays. Once inside the away end there are some minor obstructions of the pitch with supporting pillars but it isn't too frustrating.

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

The game was a very entertaining one given that it was still early in the season with both teams fielding a number of new faces. Boro however were too strong for The Owls on the day and ran out fairly comfortable 3-1 winners. The atmosphere was quality as ever at Boro away games. I was slightly disappointed with the home fans however as I have always been impressed with Wednesday fans when they have come to the Riverside but they just seemed a bit flat at home.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting out of the ground and back to the car was very easy. Sadly a couple of home fans decided to be idiots and tried to goad away fans into a confrontation. There was a bit of a skirmish but not much more than handbags in the end. Once in the car there was a bit of traffic which is to be expected given that you aren't that close to a motorway but could have been worse.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out and was nice to visit a proper old famous ground. Made all the more pleasing with three points and a convincing performance from the Boro.

Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle United
Pre-Season Friendly
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 7.45pm
Matty Desforges (Neutral fan)

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

I had visited Hillsborough two occasions before as a neutral fan, usually to watch a higher division of football than Sheffield United (my local club). I was itching to get to a match after the Summer break and with the prospect of a Premier League side in town, I decided to go. 

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

I caught the 53 bus from the city centre straight to Hillsborough (stopping directly outside the Kop Stand entrance). However it was very slow, due to a large amount of traffic on Penistone Road. 

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

Due to the slow bus, I arrived later at the stadium later than anticipated. There was just enough time to buy my ticket and get inside the stadium to watch the teams come out. I have to say that the queue the tickets moved very quickly, however I would recommended for league games to buy a ticket in advance, as it is cheaper than paying on the day.

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

I sat in the South Stand and Hillsborough itself is a very nicely set out stadium, with plenty of character. However parts of it are showing their age and it could do with some refurbishment in  parts. As expected Newcastle fans came in their hordes to watch the game and as expected, made more noise than the home supporters. 

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

The game finished in a 1-0 victory to Newcastle, with a goal coming from the counter attack mid way through the second half. The away fans caused a bit of bother by setting off a flare within 5 minutes of the kick off. This resulted in a few Newcastle fans being chucked out, but other than there were no other problems. Massive respect to both sets of fans who gave a standing ovation in the 17th minute for the two Newcastle fans that died in the recent Ukranian plane crash.

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

Getting away from the ground was fairly easy, however the bus again took a bit of time back along Penistone Road before entering the city centre.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good to get a game in before the season started, and watch a Premier League side too (unfortunately they don’t come to Sheffield  much anymore!).  I would recommend Hillsborough as a good away day! 

Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday April 26th 2014, 3pm
Cameron Ormerod (Bolton Wanderers fan)

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

This game was the penultimate game of the season. With both teams having nothing to play for, I was expecting a drab affair. 

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

We got on a train from Bolton, changed at Manchester Oxford Road and got on the train to Sheffield. The journey itself wasn't too boring or long, relatively fine. Hillsborough itself is located 3 miles from the railway station so we got on the supertram which is popular with all fans judging from the amount of football shirts being worn by people on board. The tram journey is around 20-30 minutes and you get off at Leppings lane, a 2 minute walk from the ground.

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

On exiting Sheffield railway station there are 2 pubs named the Howard and the Globe, both admit away supporters. We went in both but out of the two I would recommend the Howard as it is much bigger and can accommodate lots of fans without you feeling cramped. Near the tram stop there is a number of food establishments which were all packed out so we decided eating in the ground would be the best course of action. 

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

The ground itself looks huge compared to other Championship grounds. However it does look a little aged and could do with a revamp. I also thought the surrounding areas of the ground were not pleasing to the eye. 

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

The game, which I was expecting to be quite boring, was actually a great game (from us Bolton fans's perspective) 3 goals in 30 minutes sealed the fate of the game, however Sheffield Wednesday did pull one back in the second half. The atmosphere in the away end sounded electric however talking to some Sheffield Wednesday fans after the game, it seemed we didn't sound so loud to the other fans. The home crowd didn't make much noise. The food on offer was average.

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

The tram stop is quite busy after the game however the trams which are used by fans are virtually empty so the ques are normally gone as everyone can fit on one tram. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Sheffield Wednesday is a good away game and I would recommend anyone who has not taken an away trip to Hillsborough to do so. However I do think the prices are a bit high, £27 is a lot for a Championship club, no matter how big the club or its ground is.

Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton Athletic
Championship League
Monday April 21st 2014, 3pm
Anthony Earl (Charlton Athletic fan)

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

To be honest I was not really looking forward to our visit to Hillsborough much due to us being in a relegation battle and the fear of losing and dropping into the bottom 3 playing on my mind. 

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

Being a bank Holiday Monday the traffic was pretty light and we made good time after setting off from sunny Southend we arrived in Sheffield in less than 4 hours with a quick stop for breakfast. The ground was very easy to find after leaving the M1 with plenty of signs and parking available opposite the ground at a cost of £5. 

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

We got there fairly early with a few hours to spare so we visited The New Barrack Tavern which was a 10 minute walk away from the ground in the direction of the City Centre. The Pub was very welcoming and we had no problems getting served although we were not in colours.

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

This was my third trip to Hillsborough but it still has that charm that the older grounds do. We had a quick drink and hot dog on the concourse before taking our seats. Our seats were in the upper tier of the stand and due to a very small travelling fans we was allowed to sit or stand where we wished. 

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

The game started off in explosive fashion with Wednesday racing into a 2 nil lead within 8 minutes and looking like they would score every time they entered our half. We managed to pull on goal back to make it 2 - 1 after just 10 minutes. They game settled down after this as we managed to bring the scores level at 2 - 2 just before half time. We started the second half much brighter and the comeback was complete on the hour mark as Marvin Sordell fired home for the Addicks, his third goal of the day for the match ball. We managed to hold on to take a vital three points.
 
The atmosphere in the home end was a bit flat but to be fair for them it was a nothing end of season game. The 200 odd Charlton fans made a bit of noise as you would expect with a comeback.
 
I found the stewards helpful and friendly as I always have at Hillsborough.

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

As we was parked in a car park opposite the ground we was in our car and on the road within 15 minutes of the full time whistle and after a bit of heavy traffic getting onto the M1 we was away and happy with 3 points. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a very enjoyable trip to Hillsborough which is one of the great old grounds with History which is always worth a visit. 

Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool
FA Cup 3rd Round
Tuesday February 7th 2012, 7.45pm
Dom Bickerton (Neutral fan)

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

I was really excited for this game mainly because I'm a big fan of the FA Cup and Hillsborough has to be one of my favourite grounds. I'm actually a Stoke City fan, but I have been at University in Sheffield for the last four years and in that time I've developed a soft spot for Sheffield Wednesday, so on the odd occasion I'll go and watch the Owls and take in the great atmosphere. Me and a mate (who's also a Stokie and at Uni in Sheffield) decided to take advantage of the £10 ticket price for this game and made a really good night out of it.

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

Having lived in Sheffield for some time, getting to the ground was no problem for me. I got the tram (£3 return) from the city centre up to Leppings Lane and made the short walk to the Kop. For anyone that has never been to Hillsborough or the city of Sheffield, the tram system is very easy to understand and shouldn't cause you any problems. (Oh, and you pay for your ticket on the tram, so don't worry about being stopped without a ticket)

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

Due to my poor timekeeping, I got to the ground about 15 minutes before kick off but still had plenty of time to go and get a quick pint from the bar at the back of the Kop end. Service was quick and luckily for me I knew one of the bar staff, so managed to get a free pint! I've been told that alcohol isn't available to away fans, but there are plenty of pubs within walking distance of the ground, so I shouldn't think that it would be too hard for away fans to find a nice watering hole somewhere.

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

Going to Hillsborough is like stepping back in time. From the old-fashioned turnstiles to the general design of the ground, everything just oozes character. The Kop is absolutely massive and I can imagine that it would create a very imposing atmosphere if it was sold out. The ground has a lot of history and it's hard not be impressed by the individuality and sheer size of the place - a special mention goes to the fantastic looking gable on top of the Main Stand. There's also a somewhat eerie feel to Hillsborough - it's very hard not to look over at the Leppings Lane end and be reminded of the terrible events that occurred in 1989. Overall the ground is a spectacular, moving place to visit and without doubt one of the best grounds in the UK.

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

This match was understandably never going to have the best atmosphere and attendance due it being televised, Wednesday putting out a very weak team (promotion to the Championship is their obvious priority this season) and the sub zero temperature. Despite these factors the Wednesday fans in the upper part of the Kop were in good voice and it clearly spurred the team on in the opening minutes of the game. Wednesday had two very good chances early on, but were caught out on the break and Matt Phillips struck his 10th goal in 10 games to put Blackpool 1-0 up after seven minutes. This early goal seemed to drain the confidence of the Wednesday players and fans alike. Seven minutes later the somewhat goal shy striker Lomana LuaLua curled in an absolute peach of a goal which pretty much sealed the win for Blackpool within the first 15 minutes of the match. Wednesday were fairly fortunate to get to half time 2-0 down. 

At half time I stayed in my seat and tried to keep warm, like many others I wasn't prepared to venture out of the back of the stand to queue for refreshments in the freezing cold. Blackpool continued to dominate in the second half and on 54 minutes Sylvestre scored an absolute cracker into the goal in front of the 600 or so Blackpool fans who had the made the trip - they were in good voice all game and I take my hat off to them. 

I was a bit disappointed with the home fans towards the end of the game; many left very early on in order to get a tram away from the ground quickly - during weeknights the tram runs less often than normal, so there's usually a procession of fans leaving early, desperate to get to the tram before it gets too crowded at the tram stop - me and my mate found it quite funny once we realised that after the 75 minute mark there were more Stoke fans than Wednesday fans on our row! Despite the large number of home fans leaving early the game was still a good spectacle and Blackpool ran out worthy 3-0 winners. 

After the final whistle the stewards, who kept a low profile throughout the game, helped to direct fans out of the ground through the exits in the corner of the stands and did a good job of calming down some rather daft, young Wednesday fans who'd clearly been watching too many films about football hooligans.

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

After leaving the ground we walked back to the Leppings Lane tram stop which was very crowded, so me and my mate went and got some food from a nearby takeaway while we waited for a later tram that wouldn't be so busy. For anyone that doesn't fancy trying to get onto a stuffed tram or wait in the cold, there is a KFC and a few takeaways next to the tram stop, so there's no need to brave the crowds and the elements.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, it was a great night out that only cost £13 for the ticket and transport which is an absolute bargain. The match was good to watch and Hillsborough is always well worth a visit to go and take in some proper grass roots football. I would advise any big football fan to go and visit this great stadium, I'm sure you won't be disappointed. 

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Updated 19th August 2018

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