Sheffield United 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday – League 1


On Sunday 16th October I went to Bramall Lane to watch the Steel City derby between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.

Even though I am a Chesterfield supporter, the Steel City derby is always an exciting match to watch and when I was given the opportunity to go to Bramall Lane for the 113th league game between the sides, I jumped at the chance. I had only been to one previous match between the two sides back in February 2008 when Wednesday won 2-1 at Bramall Lane.

The game was a 12 o’clock kick off and we arrived at Bramall Lane with just over an hour to go. As we walked around the ground, there was already a feeling of excitement and anticipation ahead of this massive game. I had pictures outside the stadium and with the statues of Blades legends Derek Dooley and Joe Shaw. I also managed to walk all the way around the ground to ensure I got some pictures of supporters arriving before heading through the turnstiles and taking our seats in the Malta Family Stand.

The ground was packed with 28,136 passionate supporters and the atmosphere was amazing. The Owls supporters had sold out their allocation which helped create a great derby day feeling in the ground and as the two sets of players made their way on to the pitch, Bramall Lane erupted with the fans cheering on the teams.

After a heartfelt rendition of the ‘Greasy Chip Butty’ song from the Blades supporters, the match got underway. The game understandably had a nervy start with neither side taking control in the early minutes. United had a half-hearted penalty shout waved away early on and after a couple of attacks from the Owls, the Blades took the lead courtesy of Stephen Quinn in the 11th minute. Ched Evans’ low driven shot smashed the post and rebounded out to Quinn, who hammered the ball in to the back of the net sending the Blades fans crazy.

Wednesday should have equalised soon after falling behind when Chris O’Grady was gifted a chance of a goal, due to Simonsen spilling Madine’s effort, but O’Grady hit the post from just yards out to keep the Owls behind.

On the 20th minute it was 2-0 when Ched Evans got his head on the end of a free kick to flick the ball in to the near corner. It was dream start for the home fans and with United 2-0 ahead after just 20 minutes it looked like there could be a repeat of the Boxing Day massacre where Wednesday won 4-0, except of course with different victors.

Wednesday threatened to pull a goal back in the first half through Ben Marshall but his effort was tipped on to the crossbar and the Blades looked fairly comfortable as the half came to an end. United even threatened to score a third in first half stoppage time, but the pressure came to nothing and it was 2-0 at the break.

In the second half the game seemed to slow down as Wednesday went looking to pull a goal back but never looked too threatening. Marshall fired a free kick just over the crossbar and Madine’s far post header also flew over the bar, but as the 80 minute mark approached the game looked to be all but over as United held on to their 2-0 lead comfortably.

On the 82nd minute Chris O’Grady pulled a goal back for the Owls and suddenly the game was all to play for. Wednesday went on the attack looking to steal an equaliser and with the support of their noisy travelling supporters, they found it courtesy of ‘Goal-Machine’ Gary Madine who has now scored 11 goals in 11 games this season. The players ran over to the dugout to celebrate their late comeback, while Owls fans went absolutely insane on the away end. I have never heard a noise like it from any supporters!

As the last few minutes approached, both sides were pressing for a winning goal, but it was Sheffield Wednesday that were looking the more likely to steal a late winner. However, it wasn’t to be for either side and the game ended 2-2. United had thrown away a comfortable 2-0 lead and the away supporters were celebrating as if they had come away from Bramall Lane with all 3 points.

After the game we walked around to the players entrance and I got pictures with Sheffield Wednesday players Gary Madine, Ryan Lowe, Julian Bennett, James O’Connor, Liam Palmer, Lewis Buxton, David Prutton, Rob Jones, Chris O’Grady, Reda Johnson, Stephen Bywater and manager Gary Megson as they got on to the coach. I also got pictures with Sheffield United’s Matt Phillips, Nick Montgomery and Chris Morgan before heading home at the end of a brilliant day.

The Steel City derby is a brilliant match full of rivalry and the atmosphere is amazing. I really enjoyed my day and it was an excellent match for the neutral, full of drama and excitement right up to the final whistle.

Its derby day!

Arriving at Bramall Lane

The home of the Blades

Stood by the statue of Joe Shaw

The Derek Dooley statue outside Bramall Lane

The Chris Morgan wall of fame

Programmes!!

A few fans take in the atmosphere

T-shirts on sale

United fans head through the turnstiles

Fans outside the Sheffield United Kop

Wednesday fans queue at the turnstiles

Owls supporters walk around Bramall Lane

Thousands of supporters outside the stadium

Two Wednesday fans chat below the United badge

Burger bars

Inside Bramall Lane

The Wednesday players warm up

The players applaud the travelling Owls supporters

and the fans applaud back

Blades flags

Captain Blade

Captain Blade overlooks the Wednesday fans

The stadium is packed full of supporters

The South Stand

United fans are ready for kick off

A Sheffield United fans proudly waves her Blades scarf

Wednesday fans

Owls supporter Tango and a Sheffield United scarf!

The players head on to the pitch

The two teams line up

The Kop is full of Blades supporters

The Sheffield United fans show off their flag

The players shake hands before kick off

Chris O'Grady and Gary Madine

The official photographs are taken with captains Montgomery and Jones

United fans in the Kop

A Sheffield United flag

Early match action

An early challenge leaves Quinn on the floor

United look to attack

Wednesday go on an early attack

The Owls supporters watch the action

Another Blades atack

United and Wednesday players

Wednesday look for the opening goal

Action in the area

The United players celebrate taking the lead through Stephen Quinn

The Blades supporters celebrate Quinn's opening goal

It's 1-0 to the home side

United fans singing after their side take a 1-0 lead

Supporters of both sides watch the action

Danny Wilson and Gary Megson watch from the touchline while Wednesday look to attack

Madine and O'Grady look to find an equaliser for the Owls

A scramble in the 6 yard box

Madine goes down in the United area

Another dangerous United attack

and it's 2-0 to the Blades!

The Blades fans go crazy!

The goal is replayed on the big screen

2-0 after just 20 minutes

Match action

The first yellow card of the Steel City derby

Ben Marshall looks to take a long throw in

Wednesday try and break through the United defence

Another long throw in for the Owls

The players head to the dressing rooms at half time

Half time and the Blades lead 2-0

Tango shows off his Sheffield Wednesday tatoos

Sat in the Malta Family Stand at half time

The Wednesday players come out on to the pitch ready for the second half

"Like a Greasy Chip Butty"

A Sheffield United attack

Tempers start to fray

Wednesday try to pull a goal back

A United player takes a drink during an interval in play

The referee trys to calm the players down

An inflatable pig wearing a United kit, thrown around on the away end

Action from the Sheffield derby

United's attack is stopped dead by the Owls defence

United try to find a 3rd goal

Wednesday fans celebrate pulling a goal back

Suddenly it's all to play for...

United fans watch the last few minutes anxiously

The Owls players celebrate Madine's dramatic equaliser

Wednesday fans go insane!

Tango shows his Wednesday tatoos to the Blades fans

4 minutes to go and its 2-2

The final whistle is blown and the game ends level

The Owls players applaud their supporters after the game

Disappointed Blades fans head home

Wednesday's Julian Bennett

James O'Connor

Liam Palmer

Lewis Buxton

David Prutton

Rob Jones

Chris O'Grady, who scored Wednesday's first goal

Reda Johnson

Stephen Bywater

with Ryan Lowe and Gary Madine

Gary Megson chats to Sheffield United staff

Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson

The Wednesday players head home

Matt Phillips of Sheffield United

United players Morgan and Montgomery discuss the game

Nick Montgomery

Chris Morgan

Everyone's gone home after a great game

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4 comments

  1. fantastic report and photos Ryan!. Give Sheffield Star a call, much better than the drivel they serve up
    cheers
    Owl1974

  2. Im well impressed this must take some time to do ! am quite impressed how youve got all them photos done good job mate !

  3. Good post, nice to see a young lad doing something productive!
    Give a newspaper a call, you’ll walk in with some of the numpties they employ!
    Well done.

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