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Sheffield United - 14th October

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Sheffield United on Saturday 14th October in the Sky Bet Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Bramall Lane.

This is based on Sheffield United’s visitors guide to Bramall Lane plus additional information specific to this game. 

For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on slo@itfc.co.uk or (+44) (0) 7968 876504.

Sheffield United information for supporters

The address for Sheffield United is Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU.

Sheffield United has produced a visitors guide which can be found via the following link:

https://www.sufc.co.uk/siteassets/downloads/20170113_visitors_guide.pdf

This is dated for the season 2016/17.  We are waiting to hear whether an updated version is available.  

Information for away disabled and ambulant disabled fans can be found towards the end of this link:

https://www.sufc.co.uk/news/2017/august/facilities-for-the-disabled/

We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and added other material based on our experience of going to Bramall Lane and information that is specific to our fans.

Specific information for Town fans:

Travelling to Sheffield United

Supporters Coach

For those travelling from Ipswich the coach from Portman Road is a good option.  The coaches are leaving Portman Road at 09:30 at a cost of £26 for adults (with concession prices for U23’s, U19’s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 21:00.  Coaches can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com from Monday 18th September when they go on sale to Gold Members. On sale dates for other categories can be found on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches.

Car

The Sat Nav postcode is S2 4SU. 

From Ipswich, you take A14 to the A1.  From the A1 either take the M18 or A57.  The M18 is a longer, but usually a quicker, route.

For the M18 route, take the M18 exit at junction 35 of the A1(M) to Doncaster/Scunthorpe/M180/M62E/Sheffield/M1.   At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the M18 slip road to Sheffield /M1.  Join the M1 from the M18 and at junction 33, take the A630 exit into Sheffield City Centre.  Continue along the Sheffield Parkway until you reach the Park Square roundabout.   Take the third exit and follow signs to Bramall Lane.

If you take the A57 then leave the A57 on to the M1 (North) slip road, signposted Sheffield/M18.  Follow the instructions from junction 33 of the M1 above.

An alternate. longer and usually slower, route is to take the A14 all the way to the M1.  At junction 29 of the M1 join the A617 to Chesterfield.  Follow the A617 and A61.

The journey time is around three to three and a half hours depending on the route, but you should allow at least another hour for traffic.  Watch out for average speed cameras, on a long stretch covering around 25 miles from the start of the Cambridge ring road to Huntingdon and on the A1 between Peterborough and Grantham.  Also note that there are long-term roadworks and speed restrictions on the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, as the entire section is being rebuilt.  This is causing even worse delays than you would normally expect on that stretch.

www.footballguide.com suggests parking at the Meadowhall shopping centre if you want to avoid Sheffield City centre.    Parking at Meadowhall Railway Station, by junction 34 of the M1 is free.   You can pick up a tram to the City Centre and then walk to the ground.  The tram journey is around 20 minutes and costs £4 return, so cheaper than most city centre car parks for the afternoon. 

Parking

Parking is not available at the ground on a matchday.  

The Sheffield United visitors guide warns that the surrounding areas are controlled by pay and display or permit holder only restrictions.

There are a number of multi-storey car parks close to the ground on the edge of the city centre including the railway station car park.

The Sheffield United club website recommends APCOA Car Parking, Eyre Street - The Moor MSPC, Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 4QW.   If you show your match ticket you can park all day for just £3.50.  This car park is around a 10 minute walk from the ground.

Train

The good news is that there are no planned engineering works on the 14th October on the routes between Ipswich and Sheffield.

The obvious route is via London with trains to Sheffield going from St Pancras International.  The journey time varies between around 4 hours 10 minutes to 4-and-a-half hours (based on the connections assumed on www.greateranglia.co.uk).

The second option is cross country.   Leaving Ipswich at 08:20 and changing at Cambridge and Leicester, you get to Sheffield at 12:59.  An earlier option is 06:00 from Ipswich, with just one change, in Peterborough, arriving in Sheffield at 10:37.  A later possibility is to leave Ipswich at  09:58, and changing in Peterborough and Retford, to arrive in Sheffield at 13:48.  There is a return journey leaving Sheffield at 17:41, just one change, at Ely, and arriving back in Ipswich at 21:28. 

Getting to the ground from the station

Sheffield Railway Station is just under a mile from Bramall Lane, so a walk of around 15 minutes.  As you come out of the station turn left along the main road.   Where the road splits (at traffic lights) take the right hand fork into Shoreham Street.  Continue along Shoreham Street into St Mary’s Road.  At the roundabout take the exit onto Bramall Lane (this will be the first or second exit depending which part of the St Mary’s Road dual carriageway you are on).

Pubs

Pubs near to the ground are home fans only.

Sheffield has many excellent pubs, though the best are the opposite side of town from Bramall Lane – the Kelham Island area hosting the eponymous Kelham Island Brewery and its sister pub the Fat Cat, as well as several other fine options. 

If your time is limited, then The Howard, a Marstons Pub on Howard Street, is opposite the railway station and has always been popular with Town fans.    You could also try the Sheaf Island, a Wetherspoons on the Eccleshall Road about 10 minutes from the ground, or the Devonshire Cat on Wellington Street (which may well be full of real ale types).  At the station itself, on platform 1 and accessible both landside and airside, is the Sheffield Tap which serves real ale – note that www.footballgroundguide.com states that no football colours are allowed. 

The general rule of pubbing on matchdays applies of course.  If you are in a larger group, and/or in colours, and/or wanting to have a bit of a sing, then you should aim for away-friendly pubs.     

At the ground

We will be located in the Bramall Lane Stand.

Disabled Supporters

Disabled wheelchair and ambulant disabled fans will be located in the Bramall Lane Lower Stand / Westfield Corner.   These wheelchair spaces and seats can be accessed via the ambulance gate off the car park by the Copthorne Hotel and Legends of the Lane museum.

For more information and to book tickets in this area contact our Disabled Liaison Officer Warner Duff on 01473 400556.

Security

Stewards at the away end usually do security checks including bag searches.

Tickets

Tickets are due to go on sale on Monday 18th September with the usual priorities applying.  Full details of the priority dates can be found on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets / away matches.

Fans will be advised whether tickets are available for purchase on the day of the games about one or two days prior to the game.  This information will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@Official_ITFC) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available.

Programmes

The matchday programme “UTB” is priced at £3 and available outside the stadium.  The programme can also be purchased in the Blades Superstore.

Food and Drink facilities

The concourse kiosks serve a wide variety of food and beverages.  The Sheffield United website indicates that hot food includes Pukka Pies, burgers, chips, sausage rolls and pulled pork sandwiches. Cold snacks are also available such as crisps, chocolate bars and sweets.  A full range of hot drinks, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are also on offer in each area of the stadium. 

Note that the refreshment facilities in the away concourse are not accessible for wheelchair users.  We understand that Sheffield United employ a Disabled Away Steward to provide additional assistance.   Also note, that there is no provision for away wheelchair users to drink alcohol once inside the Stadium.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed in the stadium.  This includes e-cigarettes.  

Anti Social Behaviour – Matchday Text Line

Sheffield United wants to ensure that it is accessible to all and therefore will challenge inappropriate or abusive language and behaviour.  Any complaint or incident can be reported to Kick it Out at info@kickitout.org or by phoning 0800 1699414.

Other – Legends of the Lane Museum

Sheffield United’s museum, Legends of the Lane, tells the story of the Club from its beginnings to present day.   It is open on a match day from 13:00 to approximately 14:40 with an admission cost of £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.  Cameras are allowed.  No advance booking is required.  Just turn up and pay on entry.

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