Sheffield United on Saturday 4th August 2018 at 17:30
Distance from Liberty Stadium: 231 miles ~ 4 hours 10 minutes.
Address: Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU
Telephone: 0114 253 7200
Web Site: www.sufc.co.uk
What’s it like?
Around 3,000 Swans fans are in the lower tier of the Redbrik Estate Agency (Bramall Lane) Stand at one end of the ground. There are TVs on the concourses showing the game going on as well as a betting outlet. Pies, sausage rolls, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and bottles of lager and cider are sold.
You can have a cracking weekend in Sheffield. It has its own version of Swansea’s Wind Street, with a few inter-connecting streets, and although the pubs aren’t next door to each other, they are pretty close. Be prepared for a good walk uphill to the main area; however it’s much easier on the way back as its downhill. Really worth considering spending time there.
For some entertainment away from the nightlife, Sheffield is in Yorkshire where there’s some of the nicest scenery in the country. Like any big city there are loads of hotels in Sheffield to suit a range of budgets to choose from.
Thursday night has speedway at Owlerton Stadium (S6 2DE) with Sheffield Tigers v Scunthorpe Scorpions. Tickets are £16, concessions (over 65s, and students) £13, children £5. Under 5s entry is free.
The Garrison Hotel (S6 2GB) has Motown & Soul Disco on the Friday night. Cost is £12 and includes a hot roast pork sandwich and stuffing. Also Friday at O2 Academy (S1 2PN) is Pete Gallagher’s Rocket Man (Elton John Tribute). Tickets are £11.25.
The Friday and Saturday night has Pedlars Market at Burton Street (S3 8DA) with craft beer, street food, live music and art.
Pubs and Grub
Pubs near the ground are home fans only; a 10-minute walk at the bottom of Eccleshall Road is a Wetherspoons, the ‘Sheaf Island’ (S11 8HW).
Nearby behind Waitrose is the Beer Engine (S11 8FJ). This pub does real ales and serves food. A little further away is the Devonshire Cat (S1 4HG). This pub has around 12 hand pulled beers on offer, serves food, has a large screen TV.
Two pubs near to the railway station are the Globe (S1 2LX) – a footy pub with a pool table and outside seating and ‘The Howard (S1 2LW) a good pub for away fans. In the station itself is the Sheffield Tap (S1 2BP) which serves real ales (no football colours are allowed).
The Rutland Arms (S1 2BS), a few minutes from the train station and around a 15 minute walk then to Bramall Lane’. This pub with a beer garden brews its own beer on site and offers a mix of real ales and craft beers as well as food.
Street Parking is available around the ground. You can also choose from a selection of private car parking spaces near Bramall Lane – including on-street parking, off-street car parks and 12 reservable spaces.
If you want to avoid Sheffield city centre, you can park for free at Meadowhall Shopping Centre, leave the M1 at J29 and follow signs for Sheffield A61. You then take a yellow tram to the city centre and walk to the ground. The tram journey time is 20 minutes and costs £4 return.
The ground can be walked in 15 minutes from Sheffield train station. Come out of the station turn left at the island in front of the station and carry on down this street to the ground.
Trains leave Swansea at 08:54, 09:29 and 09:54 for the 5 hour journey. Be warned though as there are no trains back after the game.
Don’t forget if you’re one of the Travelling Jacks – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!