United And Wednesday Fans Cause Derby Day Mayhem In Sheffield!
Since Sheffield United was relegated to league one in 2011 it meant the end of the derby day in the city. Some loved it and others couldn’t stand the mayhem that happened when these teams collide in games. Over the years these 2 teams have had an intense rivalry which has caused a lot of problems for the Police when trying to keep fan’s away from each other. This is a very difficult task as Sheffield isn’t that big and most of the main bars and pubs for anyone to go to are all in same areas such as Ecclesall Road, Hillsborough, West Street and Divison Street to name a few. to give a better idea of how close these areas are, from the centre of Sheffield you could get to any of the city hotspots within a 5-minute drive and both grounds are around 10-15 minutes away from each other.
Last season, Sheffield United won promotion back to the championship and after 5 years without the local rivalry game, many had a feeling that it was going to be a day of madness when both teams finally get to face off again. Even before the game some fans were getting ready for the big day and letting their fellings towards their rivals known
The build up to the first Sheffield derby since 2012 has begun.
— Away Day Bible (@AwayDayBible) 21 September 2017
Sheffield Wednesday also put up a poll on Twitter asking fans who they thought were going to win Saturday’s game.
— SWFC_Polls (@SWFC1867_Polls) 21 September 2017
The fears turned out to be true as complete mayhem broke out over the weekend in the first derby game of the season between the local teams. The end result of the first game was 4-2 to Sheffield Unitied walking away with the braggings rights for the first game. With so much tension around after a 5 year gap you could argue that regardless of the score there was always going to be a clash between fans after the game anyway. Wednesday fans where left upset after losing to a feshly promoted Unitied and the blades fans where filled with excitment with being back in the championship and also having the derby day back.Below are some video clips and images of what went down on matchday.
Derby day in Sheffield! pic.twitter.com/5CZ4uDEaLf
— Football Fights (@footbalIfights) 24 September 2017
— Mr Cliché (@S_Greaves110) 24 September 2017
Many have said this is one of the worst incidents to take place yet in a Sheffield derby. With the age of social media well and truly upon us and more popular than ever it is no surprise that all the comments made in the build-up to the game would cause an increased level of tension going into match day.
After what has happened some members of the public have yet again called for football to be banned which is highly unlikely to ever happen as it pulls in so many finances for the city. You could argue that people should be banned from games but would that stop issues or just spread them out more across Sheffield. On the other hand, a lot of fans are happy that derby day is back and have missed it.
What do you think of the Sheffield Derby?