Sheffield United and Owlerton Stadium join to celebrate milestone year

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Two of Sheffield’s sporting mainstays have helped celebrate each other’s impressive milestones after they collectively passed 200 years in the city.

Sheffield United FC and the Owlerton Greyhound Stadium both passed landmark years in their long histories this year and looked to each other to share their success.

United reached 125 years old in 2014, while Owlerton Greyhound Stadium hit its 85th anniversary.

To mark their momentous achievements, John Gilburn, managing director at Owlerton, and Mal Brannigan, managing director at Sheffield United, presented each other with a special memento at United’s game against Walsall FC - a game which United drew 1-1.

Owlerton Stadium opened its doors to the public for the very first time on Easter Sunday in 1929 and hosted its first National Greyhound Racing Club meeting in 1932.

Now the venue hosts more than 250 race meetings, attracting an estimated 200,000 visitors every year, making it the second-busiest Greyhound Board of Great Britain track in the country.

The Stadium recently won the Outstanding Achievements in Sports, Hospitality and Tourism award at the Sheffield Business Awards.

Sheffield United was formed in 1889, as an off-shoot of Sheffield United Cricket Club.

Bramall Lane is the oldest recorded football league stadium and the club has won several league titles and FA Cups in its long history.

Mr Brannigan said: “We were delighted to welcome John to Bramall Lane and to acknowledge this fantastic combined achievement by Owlerton and The Blades. Both organisations have proud histories in the city and these milestones should be celebrated accordingly.”

John Gilburn, managing director at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, said: “It’s amazing to think how far Owlerton Stadium has come over the past 85 years – we’ve gone from hosting our very first race meeting back in 1932 to now attracting more than 200,000 visitors per year.

“On behalf of Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, it’s been an honour to join together with Sheffield United to recognise the success of both organisations and the role we have played in entertaining the people of Sheffield over the years.”