It has been there through the good times and the bad with all our sports clubs – now Sheffield’s famous Green ’Un is set for a massive change.
We are bidding a very fond farewell to the print edition and getting set for a faster version of the Green ’Un online.
The first ever Green ’Un rolled off the presses in 1907 and became a popular part of our sporting coverage.
As soon as the final whistle blew, the rush was on to make sure the Green ’Un was packed with all the results and rushed to the newsagents in time for football-followers to read as they ate dinner or drank a pint.
At its birth, the technology involved was groundbreaking and readers were thrilled at just how quickly its distinctive green pages appeared in their neighbourhood.
But times change and now we can all follow every kick of the ball as it happens on television, radio and the internet.
In response we are relaunching the Green ’Un online so we can continue to give you unrivalled insight, coverage and images from your local teams – but now we will be doing it a whole lot faster.
Don’t worry, we will be keeping all your favourite features and even adding new ones.
We are also keen to hear your suggestions for new ideas for the Green ’Un as it moves online.
There will be one big, final goodbye in the form of a Retro Green ’Un special which will be hitting the news stands later this month. That will be a tribute from us all looking back at highs and lows from 106 years of print coverage.
Plans for the Green ’Un online are still being finalised but, due to popular demand, will include more nostalgia than ever. We will be introducing reminders from a decade earlier, as well as the usual 25 years ago.
The Star editor Jeremy Clifford said it was a great opportunity to improve the Green ’Un, making it more interactive and accessible right through the week.
He said: “It is an exciting development in the history of the Green ’Un, which will see it become far more immediate, responsive and reactive to what is going on in the footballing world.
“The Green ’Un brand has a long and proud history in Sheffield and this will continue.
“It started out with homing pigeons carrying the sports results back to head office and this is yet another development in its history.”
Thousands of Sheffield sports fans already get daily updates on their teams via the Green ’Un’s Twitter feed.
That is also the best place to find out the very latest on Green ’Un developments – so why not join them @StarGreenUn.
Green ’Un Editor Ian Vickers would also like to hear your memories of the Green ’Un whether it was seeing your own face on its pages during your childhood, or the day your football team was promoted.
He will be using the best in our Retro Green ’Un special so feel free to email him details of your favourite sporting moments in South Yorkshire from the last century.
You can email Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Ian Vickers, Green ’Un, Sheffield Newspapers, York Street, Sheffield, S1 1PU.
We will also be increasing all our sports coverage across Sheffield Newspapers’ titles so don’t forget to keep sending in your amateur team reports and photos to our GrassRoots team.
We dedicate between 12 and 16 pages to the best amateur sports in our region every Friday through GrassRoots.