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Not to be upstaged by my younger brother who in 1980 got a letter from Sheffield United I received this letter from the Football Association in 1985. I’d written to them complaining that Bramall Lane hadn’t been included in their application for the 1988 European Championships and they were good enough to reply giving reasons why.

Letter from The Football Association 1985 on Flickr.

Bramall Lane - Sheffield Utd
Just found this photo in amongst my albums. It was took from the Bramall Lane Upper Tier, now called the Jessica Ennis Stand and I was sat slap bang in line with the centre spot. A great vantage point though couldn’t say the same for the match. It was shit as is usually the case at Bramall Lane these days.

Bramall Lane - Sheffield Utd

Just found this photo in amongst my albums. It was took from the Bramall Lane Upper Tier, now called the Jessica Ennis Stand and I was sat slap bang in line with the centre spot. A great vantage point though couldn’t say the same for the match. It was shit as is usually the case at Bramall Lane these days.

Now THIS is what you call football history

Two photos I took of a couple of exhibits on display at Legends of the Lane, the Sheffield United football museum at Bramall Lane. I’ve posted these photos up before but here they are together for the first time.

On the left the original hand written 'Sheffield Rules'. These rules formed the basis of the World’s first football culture in and around Sheffield from the late 1850s. On the right the actual Youdan Cup, the World’s first football competition the final of which was played at Bramall Lane in 1867.

Bramall Lane home of Sheffield United. Beautiful atmospheric representation of football under floodlights at the home of football. 
EDIT: Artist is Bob Barker & this painting forms part of his Jumpers for Goalposts collection. Please visit his website. You can buy his art here. Thank you @eddiechap & @hollowspy for the artist info.

Bramall Lane home of Sheffield United. Beautiful atmospheric representation of football under floodlights at the home of football.

EDIT: Artist is Bob Barker & this painting forms part of his Jumpers for Goalposts collection. Please visit his website. You can buy his art here. Thank you @eddiechap & @hollowspy for the artist info.

Bramall Lane, Sheffield by Terry Gorman

Bramall Lane, Sheffield by Terry Gorman

England v Scotland - U21 International at Bramall Lane Sheffield
13/08/13: England won 6-0 watched by 26942. The game was billed as the Kick It Out anniversary game as a tribute to the late Laurie Cunningham who became the first black player to earn England international honours when he represented England U21’s v Scotland at Bramall Lane in 1977.  

England v Scotland - U21 International at Bramall Lane Sheffield

13/08/13: England won 6-0 watched by 26942. The game was billed as the Kick It Out anniversary game as a tribute to the late Laurie Cunningham who became the first black player to earn England international honours when he represented England U21’s v Scotland at Bramall Lane in 1977.  

Let Arthur Wharton come back from the dead
To see the man in black blow the final whistle.
Let the game of two halves be beautiful,
Not years ahead. Let every kissing of the badge,
Every cultured pass, every lad and lass,
Every uttered thought, every chant and rant,
Every strip and stripe – be free of it.

Then football would have truly played a blinder,
And Arthur returned to something kinder.
Let the man in black call time on racism.
And Arthur will sing out on the wings,
Our presiding spirit – the first black blade.
Imagine having everything to play for.
This is our pitch. Now hear us roar.

Anti-racism poem by Jackie Kay - read out prior to the Sheffield United v Portsmouth league 1 game at Bramall Lane on 29th Oxctober 2012. (to the memory of Arthur Wharton)
Sheffield FC v Queen’s Park - The World’s First Centenary Match
Ticket for the World’s first centenary game held at Bramall Lane on 24th October 1957. I’ve ran the image through a couple of filters to tart it up a bit. You can view the original here and also have a butchers at the matchday programme.

Sheffield FC v Queen’s Park - The World’s First Centenary Match

Ticket for the World’s first centenary game held at Bramall Lane on 24th October 1957. I’ve ran the image through a couple of filters to tart it up a bit. You can view the original here and also have a butchers at the matchday programme.

Pitch invasion at Bramall Lane following the end of the Sheffield United v Stevenage 2011/12 League One Play-Off Semi Final 2nd Leg that the Blades won 1-0.

Bramall Lane - Home of Sheffield United #sufc
Taken from the front row of the Kop at the recent Division 3 game v Stevenage.
Score: 2-2 Att: 30043
More photos here

Bramall Lane - Home of Sheffield United #sufc

Taken from the front row of the Kop at the recent Division 3 game v Stevenage.

Score: 2-2 Att: 30043

More photos here

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Welcome to #Sheffield - Home of Bramall Lane - The World’s Oldest Professional Football Ground #sufc

Welcome to #Sheffield - Home of Bramall Lane - The World’s Oldest Professional Football Ground #sufc

Empire Day Pageant at Bramall Lane, 1906

Empire Day Pageant at Bramall Lane, 1906


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Gary Speed tributes at Bramall Lane

Visited Bramall Lane today to get some tickets and pay my respects. Great to see the LUFC memorabilia too - no rivals in respect. 

RIP Gary, a professional gentleman. (via hollowspy)


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24th October - Happy Birthday Sheffield FC

Sheffield FC - The World’s first football club is 154 years old today. (24/10/11)

Here’s a selection of programme covers from landmark games in the club’s history. First up we have the the game against Scotland’s oldest club that was played on 24th October 1957 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the club. Then in 1977 came the club’s finest modern-day moment. A visit to Wembley to play in the FA Vase final. Manchester Utd provided the opposition for the 125th anniversary game whilst Inter Milan, who including World Cup winner Marco Materazzi and a certain Marco Balotelli in their line-up, made the trip to Sheffield to play in the 150th anniversary game. 

The Youdan Cup - The World’s First Football Trophy

The Youdan Cup, the World's first football trophy

On Monday 2nd May Hallam FC will play Sheffield FC in a special fixture to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the World’s oldest inter-club football fixture. This is as good a time as any to have a bit of a look back into the history of the Countrymen, as Hallam are known, and revisit the occasion of what is probably still their finest hour; their triumph in the World’s very first football tournament.

In 1867 a Sheffield theatre owner by the name of Thomas Youdan offered up a cup and some prize money so that local clubs could play what turned out to be the World’s first competitive cup-tie fixtures. Previously all games had been challenge matches with nothing at stake bar local pride and maybe a few pennies as a side bet. Twelve Sheffield clubs accepted the invitation to take part. Though the oldest amongst them Sheffield FC declined having decided earlier in 1867 to forsake the local game and play only games against teams from outside Sheffield in an effort to popularise the game on a national level. This isolationist policy, with the exception of two games against Sheffield Gymnasium in 1870, lasted until 1887. 

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