Sheffield United v Watford 2nd October 2010
Recently I’ve become an enthusiastic convert to the non-league football scene in England. In the last few weeks I’ve seen games at Bradford Park Avenue, Dinnington Town, Market Drayton Town and Sheffield FC and very refreshing it’s been too. The non-league matchday experience is so very different to what I’m used to following league football. Yesterday 2nd October I’d decided to continue my non-league odyssey by visiting Handsworth FC of the Northern Counties East League. However late morning I got a phone call from a friend who was unable to attend the Sheffield United v Watford Championship fixture at Bramall Lane. He offered me his match ticket for free. Being a tight Yorkshireman I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to watch my beloved Blades for nowt so graciously accepted his kind offer and put off a visit to Olivers Mount for another time.
Off I went to Beautiful Downtown Bramall Lane for my first visit of the season. Caught the train into Sheffield and popped into the Sheffield Tap for lovely pint of local brew Wild Swan. A wonderful white gold pale ale which according to it’s description on the Thornbridge Brewery website has aromas of light bitter lemon with a hint of herb and subtle spiciness. Hmmm not sure about that but a quick pint turned into two turned into three. I could have stayed in the boozer suppin’ that gorgeous beer all afternoon but I had a match to go to so just about managed to drag myself away.