Steel City Derby

Tonight we see one of the most highly passionate derbies’ in English football – the game between rivals Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. The Sheffield derby seems to be forgotten by some football fans due to the five- year break since United gained promotion. United has the most win in the derby with 49 since the first game in 1890. United have been on top, beating Wednesday 2-4 away from home at the start of the season. United sit at seventh in the league which is a good start for the newly promoted side compared to Wednesday in 17th who have been in the Championship after being relegated from the 1999-2000 season.

One of the most famous games between the two sides was at Bramall Lane on 8th September 1995, which United won 7–3 in front of a crowd of 51,075.  This created an unbelievable atmosphere, which has been recreated every time the sides meet. The fans have a very heated but healthy relationship. They all love Sheffield and football which is good, however, it can lead to debated discussions which can lead to confrontation.

Police have warned the fans about derby day violence and some pubs are closing early to avoid what the steel city derby might bring. But then the sides also have good times, for example, both teams held a joint conference called “Supporting Sheffield” in which they announced a joint shirt sponsorship deal with two local Sheffield based companies in 2012 which caused unity between the fans.

On the pitch, we should expect to see a very physical game of football with lots of fouls and aggression amongst all the players. Wednesday need a win to level up the wins between the two side, however, United is favourite to get the three points due to good form in recent weeks.