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Happy Birthday Sheffield United FC. 125 years old 22nd March 2014. The club produced a special edition of the matchday programme for the game against Wolves at Bramall Lane. Here it is signed by former players Rob Hulse, Richard Cresswell, Leigh Bromby and Derek Geary. 

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.

Back in the summer of 1980 my younger brother wrote a letter to Sheffield United asking if he could train with the players. He got this letter back from the manager, Harry Haslam, saying that this was not unfortunately possible. However he did invite my brother down to watch the training.
My dad phoned the club as suggested and a date was arranged for them to go and watch the players train. Unfortunately for my brother he got himself in a spot of bother which required some family discipline and part of his punishment meant that he lost out on the chance to visit the club and watch the players train. He was gutted!
Letter from Sheffield United 1980 on Flickr.

Back in the summer of 1980 my younger brother wrote a letter to Sheffield United asking if he could train with the players. He got this letter back from the manager, Harry Haslam, saying that this was not unfortunately possible. However he did invite my brother down to watch the training.

My dad phoned the club as suggested and a date was arranged for them to go and watch the players train. Unfortunately for my brother he got himself in a spot of bother which required some family discipline and part of his punishment meant that he lost out on the chance to visit the club and watch the players train. He was gutted!

Letter from Sheffield United 1980 on Flickr.

I-Blade
Image attribution: This work, “I-Blade”, is a derivative of “Day 15 :Eye See You" by Chris Smith, used under CC-BY-NC-SA. “I-Blade” is licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA by footysphere.

I-Blade

Image attribution: This work, “I-Blade”, is a derivative of “Day 15 :Eye See You" by Chris Smith, used under CC-BY-NC-SA. “I-Blade” is licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA by footysphere.

Sheffield United football hand-signed by the 2006/07 squad
I spotted this in a Rotherham antique shop and being a tight Yorkshireman immediately thought that the asking price of forty quid was a bit steep! However the football was only on display for a day before it got sold. 

Sheffield United football hand-signed by the 2006/07 squad

I spotted this in a Rotherham antique shop and being a tight Yorkshireman immediately thought that the asking price of forty quid was a bit steep! However the football was only on display for a day before it got sold. 

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

Sheffield United football graffiti - a railway bridge somewhere in Rotherham

Sheffield United football graffiti - a railway bridge somewhere in Rotherham

Sheffield United Clockwork Orange 
Terrace culture sticker courtesy of Swinton Blades

Sheffield United Clockwork Orange

Terrace culture sticker courtesy of Swinton Blades

Tony Currie - Sheffield United Legend - You Can Do Magic « click & listen for the soundtrack to a magician

Tony Currie - Sheffield United Legend - You Can Do Magic « click & listen for the soundtrack to a magician

fillingupmysenses:

Up for the Cup
FA Cup Round 1 day and the Blades are away at Bristol Rovers. A decent excuse to dig out my Blades Rosette, a relic of football watching past. It has a dubious replica of the FA Cup on it with the words The Football Association Cup, however I think I got it at an Anglo Scottish Cup tie v Grimsby or a League Cup tie v Arsenal!

fillingupmysenses:

Up for the Cup

FA Cup Round 1 day and the Blades are away at Bristol Rovers. A decent excuse to dig out my Blades Rosette, a relic of football watching past. It has a dubious replica of the FA Cup on it with the words The Football Association Cup, however I think I got it at an Anglo Scottish Cup tie v Grimsby or a League Cup tie v Arsenal!

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)
1901 FA Cup Final Sheffield Utd v Tottenham Hotspur at Crystal Palace. Attendance 110000.
The first football game in the World to attract a six figure crowd. (via carltonbasks)

1901 FA Cup Final Sheffield Utd v Tottenham Hotspur at Crystal Palace. Attendance 110000.

The first football game in the World to attract a six figure crowd. (via carltonbasks)