Steel City Rivals. One City. Two Football Clubs, One by Steve Cowens, Anthony Cronshaw

By Steve Cowens, Anthony Cronshaw

Soccer contention is a typical issue at any place on the planet the place the game is performed. yet a few take it way more heavily than others. In Sheffield, the normal capital of Britain’s metal production undefined, there isn't any higher tribal divide than that among lovers of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. the 2 clubs’ supporters berate one another with a venomous ardour, their long-running feud extreme adequate to divide households and places of work from 1889 to the current day. yet why? How does a ordinary contention that, within the Nineteen Sixties, observed supporters from either golf equipment going to Hillsborough Stadium (Wednesday’s flooring) one week then Bramell Lane (home to United) the subsequent flip to such enmity? In metal urban opponents, authors Cowens (a United supporter) and Cronshaw (Wednesday) leaven their insider wisdom and fan anecdotes with a dismal humour and sour fascination with soccer violence. The fight for supremacy among crimson (United) and blue (Wednesday), between...

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Reaching the bottom of Penistone Road, about a dozen or so Pitsmoor lads carrying a large banner joined us. The odd egg was chucked at any passing Wednesdayite we saw. On reaching the ground at half past one, we queued outside the Penistone Road End, which was Wednesday’s East Bank Kop, and paid the one-shilling entrance fee. I emerged at the other side of the turnstiles to see a group of Blades telling the lads that the coppers were at the back of the open Kop, searching everyone for eggs. The word must have got out about the plan we had hatched.

Pork farming is thought to have been practised in the area since the early 1800s and did not cease until around 1900 when the city’s rapid expansion put an end to pork farming in the area. At its height the Owlerton piggery, as it was known, provided work for more then 50 employees. Initial discussions about a new nickname soon began after Wednesday’s arrival at Owlerton. In reference to their new home most of the clubs officials were in favour of ‘the Owls’, taken from Owlerton stadium. However, another suggestion was also very popular.

I don’t really subscribe to that general consensus of opinion. Wednesday’s link with Chelsea and the far right is indeed evident but I know the lads who are linked and they had black mates within their firm during the 80s. Likewise, during the early 80s, United had a group numbering around 10 lads who would be seen at National Front marches and they played a big part in an attack on an IRA rally that marched through the streets of Sheffield. Yet these same people would sit and drink with black lads within our firm and fight side by side with them if need be.

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