WE’RE on the up!
Confident Sheffield United fans predicted a winning season this year at a family fun day which raised the curtain on Blades’ new campaign.
Crowds of supporters old and young toured the players’ dressing room, where stars such as Harry Maguire prepare for home games, and got their hands on new kits at the event on Saturday.
And all were feeling positive before the club’s match against Burton Albion, even though the Blades eventually lost on penalties 5-4 on penalties.
The season proper gets into full swing next week.
Broomhall parents Emma and Trevor Wallis had brought their daughter Siobhan, just three, to the match in one of her many red and white shirts.
Fan Trevor said: “I think we’ll win next season.
“We were a bit too close to it last year, I was in tears when we didn’t make it.
“That heartache will help the team through.”
Emma, 22, added: “The dressing room was ace.
“I have never been in there before and got to touch the club sign as well.”
Popular attractions at the Westfield Health Family Fun Day also included an interactive quiz, club merchandise from days gone by and classic motors such as Ford Zephyr 59 and a Cortina.
A Kelham Island Brewery stall, there for the first time, was also doing a ‘steady’ trade.
Edith Woolley was there with partner John Walker and other members of the family.
Edith, 65, of Rotherham, said: “We come every year and go to every away match – it’s important.”
Dedicated John, 70, has been going to United matches for decades.
He said: “I think we’ll go up this season, we should have done last year.
“We’ll definitely be at every match.”
Mum Sue Lamont and daughter Katie echoed the sentiment – hoping new signings could be the key to success.
Wickersley school student Katie, 14, said: “I’ve been coming to matches for about six seasons and I’m hoping we will go up this time into the next league.”
United lost out on promotion to the Championship after a nail-biting Wembley play off final earlier this year.
Sue added: “You’ve got to be positive haven’t you? We never thought we’d make it to Wembley last year and there have been some good signings since then.”