Take Two: RECORD CROWD

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Sheffield is abuzz with football talk after United and Wednesday were drawn against each other in the FA Cup quarter finals.

But whatever happens you can guarantee the crowd won’t be as big as that at Hillsborough 80 years ago this week.

Some 72,841 fans turned up to watch the Owls draw 2-2 with Man City in the fifth round of the cup on February 17 1934. It remains a record attendance in the city.

PRAGMATIC REPORTING

One person actually died that day - something this newspaper reported with a rather pragmatic tone. “We now know how many people the Wednesday enclosure will hold,” we said.

VISION BUT NO VALLEY

And talking of sport, plans are afoot to turn Sheffield into one of three centres of excellence as part of the Olympic legacy, we’re told.

Fabulous news. If only we had, say, an international standard athletics stadium to be included in the vision.

RIGHT ROYAL CONFUSION

And finally today reader Kath Newton gets in touch with a tale of some right Royal confusion.

She was somewhat puzzled when the postman left a card telling her he couldn’t deliver her a letter because it had insufficient postage. She wasn’t expecting a parcel or anything important but dutifully headed off to Doncaster’s Royal Mail sorting office to hand over the required £1.50.

Imagine her surprise when the clerk handed over a letter from...the Royal Mail. It contained a customer survey on the efficiency of their postal service.

They refunded her cash with an admission that others had been sent out without postage.