Calling in on….Sheffield United, the dashing Blades

GOTP: Game of the People

P1040164 (400x279)Sheffield could – and should – be England’s Milan. Two clubs, considerable latent support, reasonable catchment area, passionate football folk, and a population of half a million. The two clubs, United and Wednesday, are part of football’s traditional heartland, early beneficiaries of the industrialisation of the sport in Britain, indeed the world. They need not be looking back at their best days, but sadly, they do.

United’s glory days were in the day of the gas lamp, horsedrawn carriages and Victorian values. Wednesday’s halcyon period was also long ago, although they flickered on the big stage in the 1980s and 1990s, almost regaining some of their lustre. But look at the facts: between them, they’ve spent just 11 seasons in the Premier between them. Wednesday are in the Championship, United in League One. Today’s sporting hero in the city is Olympian Jessica Ennis, who now has a stand named after…

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