Sheffield United

Bramall Lane

Capacity: 32,702 (all seated)
Address: Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU
Telephone: 0871 995 1899
Fax: 0871 663 2430
Ticket Office: 0871 995 1889
Pitch Size: 112 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: The Blades
Year Ground Opened: 1862*
Shirt Sponsors: John Holland
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: Red, White and Black
Away Kit: Black With White Trim

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 Jessica Ennis (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'. 

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 £3.30), Sausage Rolls (£2.70), Cheeseburgers (£3.30) and Hot Dogs (£3.30). 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!

The Club have announced their intention to further develop the Kop End of the ground. It has been proposed that the stand be extended backwards, adding around another 3,000 seats to the overall capacity of Bramall Lane. The stand would be cantilevered (so no supporting pillars) with a video screen built into the front of the roof (reminiscent of White Hart Lane). The development would also see some executive boxes added to the back of the Evolution corner, whilst in the corner between the Kop and the South Stand, a business centre would be built. No firm timescales have been announced as to when work might start.

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 recently opened Wetherspoons Outlet called the 'Sheaf Island'. 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 where 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'.

The pubs near to the ground such as the, 'Sheaf House', 'Railway Hotel', the 'Golden Lion' and on Bramall Lane; 'The Railway' & '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).

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!'

Post Code for SAT NAV: S2 4SU

Park At Broom Close Car Park (only 5 mins walk from Bramall Lane)

Just five minutes walk away from Bramall Lane and ten minutes from the city centre, is Broom Close Car Park. This pay and display car park, has a capacity of 57 spaces and it is very reasonably priced at just £1 for 4 hours, £1.50 for 12 hours, or £2 for 24 hours. It is also covered by CCTV. The address of the car park is Broom Close (which is just off London Road), Sheffield, S2 4NW (Although SatNav users may find it more accurate to type in Broom Close, Sheffield as the destination. On entering Broom Close, ignore the private car park on the right and instead then take the next left into the Bransby Wilson car park. This handy Broom Close Car Park Location Map (PDF file 2mb), shows its exact position. To then walk to Bramall Lane, exit the car park and turn right along Broom Close. On reaching the main London Road turn right, then when convenient cross the road to the other side. Take the next left hand turn into John Road. Continue straight along John Road and you will reach the football ground on your right.

The ground is walkable from Sheffield mainline train station, (10-15mins). As you come out of the station, walk left along the main road. Where the road splits take the right fork which is Shoreham Street and continue down this road to the ground.

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

Home Fans*

Visit Malta, GAC Stands & Fortina Spa Corner:
Adults £27 (B £22) Over 60's £20 (B £15) Under 22's/Students £15 (B 12), Under 18's £13 (B £10) 
Kennedys Kop Stand: Adults £23 (B £18) Over 60's £18 (B £12) Under 22's/Students £13 (B £10) Under 18's £11 (B £8)
Westfield Corner: Adults £25 (B £20) Over 60's £19 (B £13) Under 22's/Students £14 (B £11) Under 18's £12 (B £9)

Away Fans*

Redbrik Estate Agency Stand: 
Adults £25 (B £20) 
Over 60's £19 (B £13)
Under 22's/Students £14 (B £11)
Under 18's £12 (B £9)

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

Home fans who become Club Members, can also gain a £1 discount on these prices.

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

Official Programme £3.

Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, Rotherham United and Leeds United.

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

Record Attendance

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

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

Average Attendance
2014-2015: 19,804 (League One)
2013-2014: 17,507 (League One)
2012-2013: 18,177 (League One)

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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Copthorne Hotel SheffieldCopthorne Hotel Sheffield This stylish and modern hotel is situated adjacent to Sheffield United Football Club stadium, close to Sheffield city centre and to some of the area’s top sights and attractions. The hotel has 158 guest rooms, and offers complimentary on-site parking and internet access throughout, making the hotel an ideal location for travelling supporters. Sample the heavenly cuisine of the multi award-winning 18Fifty5 Restaurant, or have a drink in the informal and relaxing bar. 

Furthermore, make your match Day at Bramall Lane that little bit special, with a pre-match meal at The Copthorne Hotel. With the choice of a two course buffet and homemade pie with mushy peas & gravy. Visit the Copthorne Hotel Sheffield website to find the best room rates available, or call 0114 2525480.

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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!

Sheffield United v Stevenage
League One
Saturday, April 28th, 2012, 5.20pm
Jake Smith (Stevenage fan)

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

I was looking forward to my visit to Bramall Lane as it is a ground I had yet to visit, and was feeling confident about a result after we beat the Blades at home earlier in the season

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

I traveled to the game on a minibus with some friends, so it was quite easy to get to to the ground for me as our driver wasnt actually going to the match so he simply dropped us off and picked us up when the match was finished, although if you are planning on driving to the game you may have to park quite far away as the ground is in the city centre so parking spaces are few and far between.

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

When I got to the ground I went straight in as it was only half an hour or so until kick off, but there were plenty of home fans still entering too, and they didn't give the Stevenage fans any trouble

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

Although the ground looks impressive from the inside, I have to say from the outside it certainly doesn't look as good as it could do, perhaps if they painted it the ground would look a little better? The away end is a good modern stand, as for the home end i wouldn't like to sit on the Kop as the supporting pillars look like they could be an annoyance if you were unfortunate to have to sit behind one

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

The game was a good one, and even though it was on Sky just over 30,000 packed into Bramall Lane to watch the clash as it could decide both teams fates come the end of the season. Although we threw away a 2-0 lead we still drew and looked to have all but booked a place in the play offs, which is incredible as when Sheffield United were playing in the Premiership we were a non league club! The stewards weren't too fussy and just did there job as expected. The food in the ground is a little over priced but it wasn't the worst food I've had at a ground, and the toilets were just okay, nothing more nothing less.

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

After the game me and my friends went into the city for a few drinks before setting off home again, so when we finally left Sheffield there was no traffic at all. Even though we had just played Sheffield United there wasn't many of there fans to be seen at all, surprisingly there were more Sheffield Wednesday fans celebrating there victory over Brentford earlier in the day.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An almost perfect day out in term of the result, although the ground failed to impress me enough to want to go back, although should we play Sheffield United in the play offs this season, I may consider making the journey again.

Sheffield United v AFC Bournemouth
League One
Saturday, April 7th, 2012, 3pm
Myles Munsey (Neutral supporter)

Reasons for visit:

The oldest professional sports ground in the world they kept telling me. But aside from that a chance to go to an historic ground was too good to miss.

Getting there:

From my base in Macclesfield an easy and scenic hour long train ride along the Hope Valley to Sheffield. Once there the ground was easy to find. Just follow the red and white. It took around 20 mins at a leisurely pace.
Before the game:

Arriving at the ground early at around 1.30pm I had loads of time to look round.  Once again it was a pleasure to speak to the home fans that seemed a knowledgeable bunch. One gentleman kindly reminded me that I was standing on Yorkshire’s cricket pitch –at least I would have been had they not dug it up!

A ticket was purchased from the ticket office and being a category C game was only £13 which I thought was very reasonable for LeagueOne. In truth I was expecting to pay a lot more.

Outside the ticket office and fashioned into a grass bank was a memorial garden dedicated to Blades followers who have passed away. This is something have not encountered before. A nice touch. Out of respect I spent a few minutes there in quiet contemplation. 
First impressions:

As you come up Shoreham Street the ground looms large above you and the huge corrugated iron shed that is the Kop end is impressive. This is where I sat. These large ‘cowsheds’ used to be quite common but more modern construction of course now hold sway. ‘It needs some paint on it’ I thought because it seems to have faded somewhat but is still a striking stand all the same.

I needed the toilets and these were a bit disappointing. Brick built, basic with freezing water and rudimentary paper towel dispensers.  I did like the big stairways with handrails up to the top of the stand. That is a feature which does take me back.

Also showing my age here I warmed to the pre-match music which included;

Let’s spend the night together (Rolling Stones)
Keep on running (Dave Clark 5)

And then of all the strange things………….the teams came out to Samuel Barber’s Adagio with strings. Lovely music but why?

This was then followed by the Greasy Chip butty song. That at least was explained to me!

The game:

With Sheffield Wednesday winning their lunchtime encounter 2-0 against Huddersfield, United need to keep the pressure up on the blue half of the steel city with three more points.

A well taken goal by Ched Evans (who else) and an opportunist (lets poke the ball in whilst I’m sat on my backside) effort  from Richard Cresswell seemed to have wrapped up the points until Bournemouth grabbed a goal back in bizarre circumstances after Zamon Hines intercepted a throw out by the keeper and walked the ball into an empty net.  After furious protests the goal stood.

The Blades saw out the last 20 minutes – not altogether comfortably at times – to gain the prized three points. 

Getting away:

As I had requested an aisle set getting out was easy and I was back in Sheffield Station for 10 past five.

Overall thoughts:

As a modern stadium it was comfortable with a good atmosphere and everything was very well organised. Good fans and friendly stewards. No offence, but apart from the memorial garden (which is to be 100% commended) and obligatory statues of former players there seemed little to distinguish it from other contemporary venues.

But please let none of this put you off because if you go to Bramall Lane you will be well looked after.

Sheffield United v Chesterfield
League One
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012, 7.45pm
Chris Connolly (Chesterfield fan)

A big Wednesday night match for both teams with United needing a point to go above their bitter city rivals and into second place, and the Spireites in dire danger of relegation. This is the first time for a few years that Chesterfield have visited both Bramall Lane and Hillsborough so this was a good chance to compare the two. I feel it has to be said that, for an away supporter at least, that in my opinion, Bramall Lane is far superior. The Leppings Lane at Hillsborough with its inadequate concourses and gangways, plus rather strict stewards, is not great.

There are no such problems at United’s away end, which is showing its age but is much brighter, friendlier and less oppressive. Having said that, it is a bit mean for the Blades to confine away fans to the lower tier where the view of the pitch isn’t so good. A low shot into the near goal could easily cross the line unseen by the fans since the advertising boards actually obscure the last few inches of the pitch at that end.
Car parking is not too bad since there are a lot of terraced streets around, while the ground is easy to find since it is close to the city centre and a bright splash of red. Fans of both sides mingled with no problem at all and many were munching on chips bought from one of the many fast food shops on London Road. No need for anyone to go hungry or thirsty here with so many caffs and pubs as well as chippies within easy walking reach.
Inside the ground, with five minutes to go before kick-off the Shoreham Street end was half empty and it looked as if United’s fans had decided for some reason to give the game a miss, but suddenly they all turned up and the ground looked a good 75% full when the match began. Obviously Blades fans like to get that last pint in before taking their seats. The first half of the match was even and the Spireites well deserved their equaliser just before half time, but the first 15 minutes of the second half turned into a massacre, with Ched Evans scoring a quick hat-trick to kill the game off. The last half hour saw both managers withdraw players to give them a rest before Saturday’s games with more vital points at stake, although, realistically, this defeat has just about closed the door on Chesterfield’s hopes of escaping the big drop.
No problems at all getting out of the ground, with, once again, red and white shirts mingling with blue with no hint of trouble. A few Blades fans had sung “Going down, going down” at us but that was only to be expected and all-in-all I’d say United’s supporters are less intense and less noisily partisan than Wednesday’s. Maybe their expectations aren’t as high, since, traditionally, the Owls have been the more successful and glamorous of the two.
In summary, going to Bramall Lane is a perfectly nice football experience in a traditional football area, and a day out to enjoy (unless, of course, your team decides to go to sleep and let three goals in within a few minutes) and one I feel happy to recommend.

Sheffield United v Hartlepool United
League One
Saturday December 31st 2011
Neil Hawley (Hartlepool United fan)

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

We had been doing quite well away recently and Bramall Lane is somewhere I've always wanted to go.

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

We went down on the Friday and stayed in the hotel next to the ground. I would recommend it for fans making a long trip.

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

There is a chippy on Shoreham Street we used before the game. I would recommend it. Very welcoming for away fans.

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

It is certainly a Premier League ground, there is one old stand, the Kop which was the biggest. There are however three very modern, new stands.

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

Stewards-good, they were very welcoming and friendly. Blades fans we met sitting above us, but there were no problems. The atmosphere was brilliant and over 20,000 fans were at this game. Crowds we can only ever dream of. I enjoyed the Blades fans singing the 'The Greasy Chip Butty' song. They came out flying and too a 3-0 lead before half time. We bagged a nice consolation goal though.

6. Getting away from ground after the game.

We got out of the ground easily and found our car parked in the hotel car park. Was then an easy drive home, arriving back at about 9pm, in good time to see in the New Year.

7. Summary of overall thoughts:

Go to this wonderful ground. One day it will host Premier League games, I'm sure of it.

Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday
League One
Sunday 16th October 2011, 1pm
Teresa Jewell (Sheffield Wednesday fan)

This derby match is really important to both sets of fans and is steeped in history and to some, the cause of hatred. Yet the funny thing is that as I came off Sheffield Midland Station platform from Manchester as I actually life in Stockport, the few fans around of both Clubs were mixing quite well. With only a few police present.

The ground at Bramall lane is easy to get to with a 15-20 minutes walk or there are taxi's outside of the station. Myself dad and my son had time to kill so we walked through the city centre with a couple of hundred other supporters. Many not wearing their colours for obvious reasons.
As we got nearer the ground you can see that Bramall Lane has under gone many changes making it more up to date and clean looking. The police presence was very strong, but it was easy to get to the away entrance turnstiles, which were electronic. The facilities for away fans were good, catering was varied good priced and the staff cheerful and pleasant. The toilets were found to be clean and of a good standard.

Finding our seats with the help of the really good stewards was a blessing. These same stewards dealt with a strong arm with any trouble makers so do be aware of this. They do not mess and they take you out of the stand very fast.
Getting away from the ground was easy the police were a little over evident and roads were closed. We were able to walk back into the town centre with out any trouble and back to the train station. This is were the only trouble was seen.
Overall this was a good day really enjoyed it. The game was hard fought with goals coming from  Quinn on 11 minutes and Evans on 20 minutes for Sheffield United. There was loads of action and of course fouls but it wouldn't be a derby without those. Sheffield Wednesday even though they had lots of the ball and 10 attempts on goal managed to score on the 82nd minute through O'Grady and then 4 minutes later through Madine. As can be imagined the travelling Wednesday fans were in heaven unlike the home fans who were gutted.
As I Wednesday fan, I really wanted to write something bad about being an away fan at Bramall Lane, but there is nothing to write. A good ground to visit.

Final score: 2-2
Attendance: 28,136

Teresa Jewell, Travelling Owls Fan (even home games are an away game, as I life in Stockport)  I am a Yorkshire girl through and through and proud!

Sheffield United v Charlton Athletic
League One
Saturday October 1st 2011, 3pm
Nicholas Rice (Charlton fan)

This was a match I was very much looking forward to. Before the game I was very intrigued as to how we would perform in our first real test of the season. We were unbeaten since April and a trip to Bramall lane is never easy for any team.

The journey up was easy enough. We got on the train at midday from St.Pancras and within two hours we were in Sheffield on a scorching hot day!

Having arrived at 2pm we had a good hour to get to the ground. Opposite the station  is a main road and just on the other side plenty of travelling addicks fans were gathered outside the Howard pub enjoying the sun and making plenty of noise! The walk from the station to the ground took around 15 minutes.

When we got into the ground the massive stand opposite us behind the goal at the far end of the ground (the home Kennedys Kop) is the most noticeable of all the stands. The ground is traditional but not old or run down like you would expect from a traditional stadium of that size to be. In fact it's very neat and presentable. Also there was a red tent outside the main ticket office purposefully for away fans looking to buy tickets on the day which I found to be very handy and efficient.

The home stands were filling up well and the sun was still out as the game kicked off. The south Londoners made most of the noise. Eventually a few chances fell the way of the Blades half way through the first half, but it remained 0-0. At half time the bogs were as you would expect, compact, packed and smokey with a number of fans grabbing a fag. There were a few food kiosks around the away end but I didn't fancy a pie in that heat!

The 2nd half kicked off and the game was close until Charlton substitute Yann Kermogant leapt from the bench straight onto the end of a Dale Stephens corner to make it 0-1. Shortly after that the ball fell to Bradley Wright Phillips after an error from a blades centre half and there was only one outcome; 0-2 Charlton. After that a few good chances came the way of United but to no avail for the home side. The 3 points were going back to south London.

Getting away was easy enough, I headed back to Sheffield station and made the train with plenty of time to spare.

A very memorable away day, with a great traditional ground, good support for both sides a good result for the Addicks and Sheffield itself came across as a nice city with plenty of character.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

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

* 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 29th July 2015