Support for Sheffield United is fan-tastic

Hull City v Sheffield United 'FA Cup Semi-Final 2014'Sheffield United fans singing in the sunshine
Hull City v Sheffield United 'FA Cup Semi-Final 2014'Sheffield United fans singing in the sunshine
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Dedicated Sheffield United fans were full of pride for their team after their valiant clash with Hull City at Wembley.

Supporters roared and jumped for joy as the Blades scored three goals in the FA Cup semi final - against a side two divisions above them in the league.

Despite their 5-3 defeat, fans walked away from the ground with their heads held high.

The day started off bright and early, with thousands of fans clad in red and white gathering at Bramall Lane for their coaches down to London. The majority were full of optimism for the day ahead.

Coach steward Lee Wilks, aged 30, of Swallownest, said: “I got out of bed, I’ve had a sandwich and an energy drink and now we’re ready to get on the coach.

“Blades fans are just amazing. We’re taking 32,000 fans with us so it’s really amazing support for the team.

“I think it’s going to be Brayford that scores first.”

It was in fact Jose Baxter who scored the first goal for Sheffield United, with the next two scored by Stefan Scougall and Jamie Murphy.

But their skill was not quite enough to combat the attacks from Hull City, particularly in the second half.

Afterwards, Lee said: “The first half was good but I’m not too sure what happened in the second half.

“At the end of the day, one team has to lose and I had a good day at Wembley. It’s a shame we lost but that’s just how it goes.

“The support from fans was absolutely fantastic. Apart from losing 5-3, it was a good day out - we saw three goals so it’s been good overall apart from the result.”

Former Tinsley resident Ian Chatterton, who travelled from the Isle of Wight to watch the match, said: “We have had a great time and there was good banter between both sets of fans.

“They did us proud. We’re disappointed with the result but really chuffed with the performance.”

Steve Thorpe and his family - wife Marcella and sons Finn, nine, and Henry, six - perhaps made the longest journey to Wembley, jetting in from New Zealand.

The former Gleadless resident said: “It was great - I thought we were actually going to win.

“The boys loved their first Blades game and hopefully they’re hooked on it now.

“Even though we lost everyone was really cheerful because they gave it a good go.

“We’re pretty tired but it was definitely well worth the trip, I’m glad we did it.”