125 years of Sheffield United’s history

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Blades young and old united to celebrate 125 years of Sheffield United’s history.

Hundreds of fans filled the Bramall Lane stadium to mark the milestone anniversary with former players and entertainment.

As Sheffield United celebrates its 125th year a fan zone was setup outside the grounds prior to the game.The Walsh and James families from Chesterfield

As Sheffield United celebrates its 125th year a fan zone was setup outside the grounds prior to the game.The Walsh and James families from Chesterfield

The celebration was a sea of red and white supporters enjoying the music of the Dinnington Colliery brass band and supping a special 125 Blades real ale.

Celebrity supporter Charlie Webster, a Sky Sports presenter, had flown in from London to open the day and was beseiged by a long line of fans wanting to have a photograph taken with her.

She said: “I love coming back, but it is difficult because I was on air the night before and the night of the party so I have literally flown up for the morning.

“It is an amazing atmosphere and I am so proud to be here.

“I’ve been coming to see United since I was little, I was born and bred in Sheffield, so it is always great to return and see so many fans all together.

“I’m a supporter just like everybody else, so it’s good to be able to have a chat and a laugh.”

Supporters wore retro United shirts dating back to the 1970s to the packed event on Saturday, which also included fan giveaways and offers, quizzes and a special rendition of the Greasy Chip Butty anthem.

Brother and sister David and Susan Coldwell, who started attending games with their late grandad, were among the crowds honouring the club’s formation on March 22, 1889.

Call centre worker David, from Hackenthorpe, said: “I really wanted to come down because, no matter how the game goes, you’ve had a good day out.

“It’s great because you get to chat to people you wouldn’t normally. I was talking to somebody at the cash machine about all the different shirts you can see.”

Supporters were addressed by club chairman and co-owner Kevin McCabe, who spoke of how he had ‘no alternative to be a Blade’ after growing up close to the stadium.

He remembered one testimonial game in March 1958 where Brian Clough – father of current club manager Nigel Clough – scored and said ‘maybe its the omen’ after positive changes the club had seen this season.

He said: “Maybe we have turned the corner, maybe we are going to see now the start of an era of having the success we genuinely deserve.

“I’m a fan like yourself, I get frustrated when we don’t play as well as we should or indeed those play-off games where you think we are so close.”

The party took place before Blades took on Wolverhampton Wanderers, a game they lost 2-0.