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lightweight
05-02-2004, 11:03 PM
Sheffield United v Crystal Palace
Saturday 7th February K.O. 3pm

Sheffield United
Bramall Lane
Sheffield
S2 4SU

Tel 0114 221 5757

Tickets are 10.00 (which is cheaper than last year again), Concessions 5.00. (under 16s & senior citizens)

Up to 4,500 away fans can be accommodated for in the Bramall Lane stand at one end of the ground. Normally the figure is half that as only the lower tier is used. The stand is covered but the front few rows can be exposed to the elements!

Disabled Facilities

Wheelchair spaces 106 in the John Street Stand Family Enclosure (with home supporters)
Cost - free for both wheelchair user and ambulant disabled, 5.00 for helper
Booking - Essential, please call Daniel Oldfield at the club - 0114 221 5757. Parking is available – but booking is again essential. For blind people - Hospital radio commentary in the Laver Stand. Booking essential


Official Palace Travel

Coaches:
Depart Selhurst Park at 7.45am. Fare is 27.00 for guests, 24.30 for season ticket holders and 21.60 for gold members

Train:
All the tickets available through Chris & Gildo were sold in advance. Midland Mainline are apparently selling return tickets for around £20.

By Car

From M1 - exit M1 junction 33 (signposted Sheffield (Centre), Rotherham A630). At roundabout follow signs to ‘Sheffield Centre A630’ onto the A630 dual carriageway. At Victoria Quays Roundabout after 5.3 miles follow signs for ‘City Centre A61’. At Park Square Roundabout after 0.2 miles take 3rd exit (Ring Road, Chesterfield A61) into Sheaf Street. Pass Railway Station on the left on to Sheaf Square roundabout. Take 1st exit (Ring Road, Chesterfield A61, Bramall Lane), turn right at next lights (Ring Road, Bakewell A621) into Shoreham Street. Straight ahead at first set of lights (Ring Road, Bramall Lane) and straight on at next. Ground is on right hand side after 0.1 miles.

Or leave M1 at junction 34 and go towards Sheffield City Centre. At the inner ring road follow signs for A621 Baslow. Ground is ¼ of a mile away.

From Chesterfield (A61) - at first roundabout on edge of Sheffield go straight on (signposted Sheffield A61, Lowedges) at Meadowhead roundabout go straight on (City centre A61). Carry on A61 for 3 miles - down a long hill, past Bridge Inn on RHS and over river bridge. At lights bear right into Queen’s Road. Turn left just after Earl of Arundel and Surrey pub (City Centre A621, Barnsley A61). Take left fork where road divides - this is Bramall Lane.

Parking
Parking is not easy around the ground as it is a built up area, but you should be able to park in a street within at least 10 minutes walk.



Directions from Railway Station
To go straight to the ground turn left out of station – right fork after 100 yards & keep going.

To get to Sheffield city centre, come out of the main station exit and turn right, cross at the pedestrian crossing (towards the big Sheffield Hallam University student's union with the sign 'Welcome to Sheffield'). Turn right to get to the main bus station- 5 mins walk (if you want to go straight to the ground), or left to get to the city centre. Follow the path round and take the next pedestrian crossing towards 'The Howard' pub (Mansfield). This is a big black and white
building. To get to the city centre from here, go up the hill (steep narrow road) with the university on your right, and another pub on your left. Keep walking up the steep hill until you get to the main road (with the Novotel hotel opposite). Cross this road by walking to your right until you get to the pedestrian crossing (by the space age looking university library -'The Adsetts Centre'). Cross the road, and turn right- ( or left to get to another great pub normally full of fans- 'the Yorkshire Grey')- until you get to the Crucible (perhaps the most famous sight in Sheffield and mecca for snooker fans).You can perhaps get a drink in the Crucible bar (where you can drink Stones- the local Sheffield brew).

To carry on into the centre, turn left at the Crucible and walk across the pedestrianised square and head up the alley with the big church on your right. This takes you into the heart of the city

The ground is about a 15-25 minute walk from the station, or there are taxis, or buses from the bus station (directions above) buses 13, 15, 15, 18, 252 & 253 run from Arundel Gate (opposite Crucible theatre) no 39 runs from the bus station. There are always plenty of black cabs at the
station, which would cost just over £3.
The walk into town above takes only about 10-15 mins, but it does involve a very steep hill... Those with restricted access, may wish to consider a bus or the supertram which is at the back of the station (platform 8 I believe). You pay on the tram, and the stop I would recommend for the city centre is 'Castle Square'. However, no trams go to directly to Bramall Lane the nearest stop is Granville Road, about 3 minutes walk from Bramall Lane


Recommended Pubs

Unfortunately, not many of the good Sheffield pubs are near the station or United's ground

The Howard Pub (Mansfield) 37 Howard Street
In terms of pubs, most away supporters use the Howard which is opposite the station. The bitters are Mansfield and Mansfield Smooth (nice) or Riding bitter. The Howard serves decent food, and there is a pool table and various games machines. Breakfast served from 10am. Lunches 11-4. Disabled facilities. Open 11-3, 7-11.

The Globe is further up the same hill and is usually full of Palace fans when we’ve been there before. They do a great cheap range of burgers/dinners in there. Recommended

There is another pub – the Penny Black – you walk out of the station – turn right – through the bus station – out the other end and the pub is across the road – usually a few Palace fans at previous games in Sheffield etc.


The Red Lion, 109 Charles Street (0114 272 4997) between Arundel Gate and Arundel Street -10 minutes walk from the ground (between the station & the ground) The pub is a decent football friendly pub serving real ale plus food at lunchtime. Kids are welcome so long as they go in the conservatory. Open from 11.30am to 3.30pm & from 7pm till 11pm.


The other alternative is to head into town(5 minute walk from the station), where there are plenty of pubs to cater for all tastes.

Rutland Arms, 86 Brown Street (0114 272 9003) - this pub is also between the station and the football ground and serves a good range of real ales. It is open from 11.30 am to 11.00 pm on Saturdays and even has accommodation. On Saturdays it serves food from 12 noon to 2.30 pm. It also has an award-winning garden, apparently.

The Golden Lion (69 Alderson Road) – small fan friendly pub about 50 yards from the away entrance – lets in away fans! Sandwiches served. TV. Families welcome. Open 11.30-3.30

The Royal Hotel, Abbeydale Road – Enormous pub, good matchday atmosphere. Bar snacks served 12-2.30 and after match till 8pm. Also a restaurant with meals from around 3 quid. Pool table, snooker, big screen TV, familes welcome. Open all day.

Champs (315-319 Ecclesall Road (about 3/4 mile from Bramall Lane) Meals & snacks available all day from 12. Families welcome/children’s menu. 49 TV’s Open all day from 11.30.


There is either the city centre (Weatherspoons, RSVP, All Bar 1), West Street or Division Street. To get to west street, get on a blue tram at the station, pay £1 for a all day ticket, and then continue to the West Street Stop. There are loads of pubs here, the Varsity, Walkabout Inn, Hallamshire Hotel, Rat and Parrott are all recommended. Division Street runs parallel to West Street, and has some more 'upmarket' bars. to return to Brammell Lane, simply get onto a blue tram, and get off at 'Granville Road/ Sheffield College (next stop from station)'. Norfolk arms in city centre also recommended.

The Sheaf House Pub & Railway Hotel are closest pubs to away supporters entrance, but they are home fans pubs. The Railway & Cricketers on Bramall Lane should also be avoided.

The Earl of Arundel & Surrey pub should be ok for visiting fans and is about 10mins away from the away entrance on Queen’s road.

Even further along the road is the Bridge Pub

Food
A hot roast pork sandwich with crackling and apple sauce can be bought from Cooplands bakers (a true Sheffield delight). There are about 2 or 3 branches in the city centre.
There are also a selection of the usual restaurants in the city centre (a Macdonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut).
There is also a mobile burger van outside the John Street Stand.
London Road has lots of takeaways, although best not to wear colours.

lightweight
05-02-2004, 11:09 PM
News from www.sufc.co.uk


Warnock's Praise For Dowie
Blades boss Neil Warnock is full of praise for the early achievements of counterpart Iain Dowie at Crystal Palace.
The duo lock horns on Saturday with vital First Division points at stake and Warnock believes it will be a difficult encounter with Palace riding the crest of a wave.
Dowie - recently appointed as the Palace boss - has prompted a revival at Selhurst Park and ten points from four games was enough to earn him the Manager of the Month award for January.
Warnock commented: "Congratulations to Iain Dowie on winning the latest Nationwide Manager of the Month Award for our division. It's a very similar situation to when I first came to United, I got a great response from the players and won the December award having only taken over on 1 December!"
"Iain has completed three straight wins and been given the honour for January. I'm sure he feels as if he is managing Manchester United at the moment!
"Having spoken to Iain on several occasions when he was at Oldham I know just how frustrating and difficult it was for him there.
"But you have to overcome and get through these trying situations to get the experience you need later in your career, and I'm certain that he will be helped by that in the future."
Dowie, a former Palace and Northern Ireland international striker, took over the managerial hotseat at Selhurst from caretaker Kit Symons after Steve Kember's unsuccessful stint earlier in the season

bald-eagle
06-02-2004, 05:00 PM
Originally posted by lightweight
.....Up to 4,500 away fans can be accommodated for in the Bramall Lane stand at one end of the ground. Normally the figure is half that as only the lower tier is used......


my ticket is for the upper tier, so I guess they now sell the upper tier first....

See you all there

Warnock is a w@nker, Warnock is a w@nker, la la la laaa, la la la laaa
Warnock is a w@nker, Warnock is a w@nker, la la la laaa, la la la laaa

Sorry, just practicing...:D

gjtango
06-02-2004, 05:09 PM
"Up to 4,500 away fans can be accommodated for in the Bramall Lane stand at one end of the ground. Normally the figure is half that as only the lower tier is used. The stand is covered but the front few rows can be exposed to the elements!"

I'm sure that needs to be updated as I carn't remember the last time an away team support was housed in that bottom tier.

we_8_brighton
06-02-2004, 06:43 PM
Sunderland were housed in the lower this season when they won 1-0

gjtango
06-02-2004, 06:44 PM
Originally posted by we_8_brighton
Sunderland were housed in the lower this season when they won 1-0

I see....

we_8_brighton
06-02-2004, 06:50 PM
:p Glad i could be a help