Battle of Hillsborough to top attendance chart

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HILLSBOROUGH will record the biggest League One crowd of the 2011-12 campaign tomorrow.

The 36,000-plus attendance almost certainly will not be surpassed in the division this season - testimony to the pulling power of a Sheffield derby.

The stadium is a sell-out, though it can accommodate more than 39,000 fans. Segregation issues mean that gaps are being left between home and away spectators - including the whole of the north-west corner of the ground, as is normal.

This is despite the freeing of extra seats for Wednesday supporters after talks between the club and local safety officials over the ends of the North and South stands nearest the Leppings Lane end.

Turnstiles will open at 11.30am. The match kicks off at 1pm and is not being televised.

The occasion will bring home to the players the importance to fans of the rivalry between the clubs.

The 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane in October was Danny Batth’s first experience of playing in a big derby.

He says: “All the players know what it means to the fans to be the top team in Sheffield.”

Wednesday thrilled their fans with the fightback at the Lane after the team had trailed 2-0. Chris O’Grady and Gary Madine scored.

Batth added: “It was a hectic finish and I’m sure that for a lot of people it was a nerve-racking ooccasion.

“Games like this can be a roller-coaster; anything can happen. It’s just a matter of making sure you’re the winning team at the end of it.”