Opinion: Celebrating Sheffield United’s 125th Anniversary

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Sheffield has two professional football clubs of which The Star is very proud, but this evening is United’s night.

A gala ceremony to celebrate Sheffield United’s 125th anniversary will take place at Ponds Forge attended by the great and the good from the red and white half of the city.

Sheffield FC are, of course, the world’s oldest football club and the city can genuinely lay claim to being the home of the sport with Wednesday being another historic name and Hallam FC plying their trade at Sandygate Road – the world’s oldest ground.

The Blades are synonymous with Bramall Lane – the oldest major stadium in the world still to be hosting professional football matches – where they have enjoyed some great occasions over the years.

While it has been difficult to recreate the success of winning the First Division title in 1897–98 or the FA Cup victories of 1899, 1902, 1915 and 1925 the Blades and their fans have always given their all.

After 125 years the club is an integral part of football history and, more importantly from our point of view, the city of Sheffield.

We wish United well tonight with the celebrations and hope they (and Wednesday) can return to the top division as soon as possible.