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Sheffield United

The red half of England’s Steel City boasts a long history, passionate support, and one of the best grounds in the country—and in 2020 briefly became one of the best recent stories in English football.

LOCATION: In South Yorkshire, just over two hours north of London and around one hour east of Manchester by train

CONTACT: sufc.co.uk, 0114 253 7200, #SUFC

NICKNAMES: The Blades, as in swords, because of the city’s steel-producing heritage

History

Sheffield United’s formation sounds a bit like that of Liverpool FC. The ground, Bramall Lane, had a tenant called Sheffield Wednesday. But a financial dispute led Wednesday to depart for another location, leaving the owners of Bramall Lane looking for a club. They started United in 1889. But since Bramall Lane is the oldest location in the world…

Rivalries

United and Sheffield Wednesday share the Steel City derby, one of the most passionate in the country. With just the two clubs in town, usually nothing major on the line beyond pride, and no one outside Sheffield paying attention, it is strictly personal with this one. It’s also incredibly even: In 131 meetings since 1891, United have 46 wins,…

Women's Team

Sheffield United Women play in the FA Women’s Championship at tier 2 of the pyramid. Their games are at the home ground of Chesterfield

Songs

For us, United sings one of the great songs in football. It’s called “Greasy Chip Butty,” is set to John Denver’s “Annie’s Song,” and celebrates various pleasures of Yorkshire life: You fill up my senses Like a gallon of Magnet Like a packet of Woodbines Like a good pinch of snuff Like a night out in Sheffield Like a greasy chip butty Like…

Stadium

“Beautiful Downtown Bramall Lane,” as the United fans call it, sits square in the middle of Sheffield. It is the longest-serving football stadium in the world; the first game here was played in 1855. Of course, it has been through many changes since, but it still has an old feeling to it. And despite holding 32,702 people, it feels cozy, and it…

Going to a Game at Sheffield United

GETTING THERE: It’s about a 20-minute walk from the main Sheffield train station. This takes you right through the center of town. A taxi should be less than £10. PUBS: As it’s in the middle of town, Bramall Lane is surrounded by pubs, all of which will be jumping on match day. Look in particular for Sheaf House, Railway Hotel, the Golden Lion,…

Sheffield United Tickets

Up in the Premier League, tickets ranged from £20 to £30, with most games sold out. It’s probably much easier to get them now.

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