Friday, 27 January 2012

Sheffield United FC - Bramall Lane

Sheffield United FC
Bramall Lane
S2 4SU

0871 995 1899
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Matchday Number: 69
Tuesday 1st October 2002
Sheffield United 4-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Worthington Cup 2nd Round

After beating Swindon Town in the first round of the Worthington Cup, Wycombe were rewarded with a trip to first division side, Sheffield United. I made my way up on the supporters coach, getting to the ground in plenty of time. The night started poorly when after buying a ticket, I found out someone handing out freebies with loads to spare. And the game wasn't much better either. Wycombe were already 2-0 down to goals from Michael Boulding and Michael Brown when keeper Martin Taylor was sent off after 75 minutes for handling outside of the area. Steve Brown took over between the sticks and the Blades added 2 further goals from Nick Montgomery and another for Michael Brown. Wycombe did pull one back through Paul McCarthy, but it was a flat performance and nothing like the epic cup battles we had become accustomed to under Lawrie Sanchez.

Bramall Lane is one of the better grounds in League 1 and has an all seated capacity of 32,000. It is rated as one of the better grounds in the country and having visited I can see why. Away fans get the upper tier of a stand behind the goal, from where views are good. I didn't go in them last time, but I have heard there are plenty of good pubs near the ground and it is walkable from the City Centre, so it should be a good day out.

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