Sheffield United fans get a rare chance to hold Capital One Cup

Sheffield United fans Archie Ashton, four, and Joshua Ashton, nine have their photograph taken with the Capital One Cup trophy at the club shop at Bramall Lane. Picture by Chris Etchells
Sheffield United fans Archie Ashton, four, and Joshua Ashton, nine have their photograph taken with the Capital One Cup trophy at the club shop at Bramall Lane. Picture by Chris Etchells
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Cup fever hit one half of Sheffield as Sheffield United fans queued for a glimpse of the Capital One Cup.

Supporters posed for pictures alongside the trophy during its brief visit to the club shop yesterday, ahead of United’s semi-final first leg clash against Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow night.

Fans also got the chance to meet midfielder Jose Baxter and defender Craig Alcock at the shop at the club’s Bramall Lane stadium .

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One of the first supporters through the door was Frazer Turner, from Charnock, with his children Alfie, aged seven, and 18-month-old Isla.

Frazer, a United season ticket holder, said: “I’m going to both games, home and away, and Alfie is coming to the home game too.

“I’m not sure what the result will be. You never know what will happen with United. I think it’s 50-50, although we seem to be able to beat Premier League clubs.”

Nine-year-old Joshua Ashton, from Gleadless, was delighted to meet his favourite player, Jose Baxter, along with his younger brother Archie, four.

Mum Gemma said: “They both have season tickets and will be going to the home game.

“I think we’ll win, but you never can tell with United.”

Also excited to meet the two players and get his hands on the trophy was Jude Burk, aged five, from Westfield.

Dad Andrew said: “I’ve got a season ticket and it’s the first year Jude has been coming to the matches too. He loves football.”

“I’m hoping we will draw at Spurs and then win the second leg here.”

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Sheffield Wednesday footballer Megan Nelson, aged 22, from Chesterfield, was looking forward to going to tomorrow’s game, although work prevents her going to Bramall Lane for the second leg on Wednesday, January 28.

She said: “I’m going to London for the match with two friends. We all play for Wednesday’s development team, but are big United fans.

“I think we will draw down there and win next week. I’ll definitely be getting updates while I’m at work.”

Earlier in the day, the cup also visited the city’s St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, which is a few minutes away from the club’s training ground in Shirecliffe.

The visit was part of a reward for the school’s football team, which recently won the local stage of the under-11s Kinder + Sport Kids Cup.

Staff and children got the chance to hold the trophy and have their photograph taken with it.

United’s tickets for tomorrow’s match have sold out. Tickets for the home leg are still available, priced £20 for adults, from www.sufc.co.uk

The winners over the two legs will play Liverpool or Chelsea in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, March 1.