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Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle United – A Boxing Day away fans’ guide.

Posted on December 16th, 2009 | 94 Comments |

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Following on in my series of away guide for Newcastle United fans, my third attempt focuses on our Boxing day trip to the steel city, and a visit to Hillsborough – the home of Sheffield Wednesday.

Traditionally, Boxing day fixtures are someting that I’ve turned my nose up at – travelling many many miles with a hangover (and possibly an upset stomach from the turkey) is not my idea of fun, especially when its me doing the driving! However, this year I’m bucking the trend and I will be there on Boxing day for the 12:45pm kick off, cheering on the Toon among an expected boxing day bumper away following of nearly 7,000! We’re also being shown live on Sky TV, so it’s a good chance for our overseas followers to get a festive glimpse of us via an internet stream.

As I mentioned above, the kick-off is 12:45pm meaning two things: An early start (for Boxing day anyway), and, pub space being at a premium, if there is any at all.

We’ll set out for the 130 mile trip on the A1 heading south joining the M1 at Leeds. Carry on following the M1 until J36 (A61). Leave the motorway and follow the A61 for about 8 miles, the ground should then be on your right. There will be a number of unofficial car parks along the A61 around the ground, and also some street parking if you get there early enough. Official car parks could be a struggle also. With a following of nearly 7,000, these are likely to be taken up with away coaches as they would take priority. If you are early enough you may be able to sneak into one though, the “Wednesdayite” car park is right next to the club shop and welcomes fans of both sides and costs £5.

Another way of getting there, which is something i have done, is to park at Meadowhall shopping centre at J34 of the M1. You can park there for free and take the tram to the ground which takes around 40 minutes. You’ll need the yellow tram and the stop you need is Leppings Lane. Unfortunately, Iwouldn’t recommend this as the shoppoing centre is likely to be filled woth shoppers looking for a Boxing day bargain in the sales, but its always nice to have an alternative!

I’ve been told that trains are not running direct to Sheffield on Boxing day, which is why the South Yorkshire police have made Sheffield Wednesday turn down our request for more tickets.

As far as drinking is concerned, the options are looking limited. There is usually no alcohol served in the away end of the ground itself, and an early kick off means time is limited in a boozer. However, on your way down the A61, look out for a number of pubs called; The New Bridge Inn, The Norfolk Arms and The Red Lion. All of these pubs are away friendly. Heading towards the city centre, another away pub is called The New Barrack Inn. It looks pretty shabby on the outside but its the people that make the pub, and if its full of toon fans its sure to be pretty decent!

For eating, you can gorge on the usual pies and pasties at the ground, or have McDonalds which is just up the road.

Outside the ground there is a memorial for the tragic Hillsborough disaster, and its kind of a tradition for away fans to leave scarfs, shirts or flowers in memory of the 96 that died that day. I, for one, will be leaving a scarf to mark my respects. When seated in the ground, be warned that some seats will have a beam supporting the stand near them which may lead to restricted view although it should say this on the ticket.

Feel free to comment, ask questions or add your own little bits of info. Thats about it for this guide and i’ll see you all on boxing day.

Howay the lads!

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94 Responses

  1. Thank god its on the box , going to in-laws on the 26th at least gives me an excuse to start drinking early

  2. I remember the last time we played there. For anyone who hasn’t been, the away fans are in a corner. Some seats have limited visibility due to there being great big pillars in the way that keep the roof on the stand. I also remember the seats being so close together, unless you are 4ft you can’t sit down. Only a problem at half time, I know, but annoying just the same.

    Also the food and beverage stand only sold kit kat chunky’s for a quid and possible a bottle of pepsi. Either way, there was no beers, or any hot foot, so if that’s your thing then you need to take some bait.
    It’s amazing to think that this was once one of the top stadiums in the UK.

  3. I’ll see the family christmas day, mine in the afternoon, hers on the night, leaving boxing day free for football and the lash as it should be.

  4. Micky Toon – We have the whole of the Leppings Lane end this time. We were supposed to have the NW corner aswell but the police refused. There are no trains so apparently that makes their job harder.

  5. bbm – Yeah, it seems most fans of clubs we go to are thinking along the lines of Barnsley, if we have space then why not give us extra tickets and grab the money. The rozzers turning down our request will cost Sheff Wed around £20-30k. Not great, but it will pay some wages or pay for some maintenance.

    Have you seen the boards about wanting a “tear up” with us?

  6. batty – Komfort? I thought it was Ashley :D It was either bowburn or worky that put it in so you’ll have to ask them mate :D

  7. toonsy – aye, but the one I’m reading is a complete wind-up. It’s class. Properly had me cackling.

    “If them geordie tw@s think they’ll take our Kop they can think again. I’ve had many a ruck with their top boys, during the glory years, toe to toe, mano et mano. They came givin it the big un one year and we had em away on their toes and no mistake. Fronted em good and proper. I remember one year on penistone road there were about 4000 of em coming at me. I stood my ground they all shit it, I chased em as far as Grenoside before I got bored and stopped for some chips. They all came back and bought some an all. They all told me I was the hardest bloke they’d ever seen and Wednesday were the only team they’d steer clear of from now on. One of em even bought me a pickled onion cos he was trying to get on my good side. Was a big un too, proper vinegary, made me do that shudder thing. Reight good.

    So anyway, I’ve arranged a little ruck for boxing day if Brownloads Krew wanna join up. Rivelin park at 10am. Cafe should be open for a coffee after. Maybe a croissant too if we’ve time. They do a beutiful eggs benedict too.

    Could anyone who fancies it let me know the name of their crew too so I can co ordinate? One year the Eccy Warriors turned up late and the Darnall Deathdealers tried to batter em. The Hillsborough Headhunters had to step in so you can well imagine what went off there cant you? Me and my Stanno Slashers will be there.”

  8. Gotta spread the love man toonsy. ;)

    Had a right good laugh with some Barnsley fans before the game, but once we were in the ground it was very much divided.

    That’s the way it should be!

  9. BBM,

    I read that one too. Was rather funny I must admit, reminded me of Devvo and Buzzcocks if you’ve ever watched any of them.

    The other kids chatting it are blatantly a gang of pre-pubescent teenagers who have seen Green Street and Football Factory too many times whilst spinning around a broom shank after necking 2 litres of White Lightning.

  10. bbm – True i suppose. Thats why i was so down on Coventry. The fans i have met have all been assholes with chips on their shoulders!

    Friendliest away game = Probably Bolton (and a funny story about a man in ASDA). Cardiff was pretty friendly aswell to be fair.

    UNfriendliest – Forest, not becasue of the fans. The cops were cocks!

  11. Davey – I might be wrong but to be honest, reading it in context, I think most of them are taking the mick too.

    toons – Boro is never very friendly. Nor is the Mackem game. Now Millwall 8O

  12. bowburn – aye, but they are obvious ones ;)

    Thank god we havn’t got the corner on boxing day, it has no cover on it. Im working round that way all this week and it was snowing last night! T-shirt weather :D

  13. Announcement for World Cup 2018 – city bids

    Both NewcastleGateshead and Sunderland have been announced.

  14. i thinks it’d be bonkers if the WC went anywhere other than england tbh… well over due

    the best league in the world, nigh on the best stadiums, infrastructure… everything

  15. Aye, just confirm –

    Full list: Sunderland, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle-Gateshead, Bristol, Plymouth, Liverpool and Milton Keynes announced as candidate host cities for England 2018 World Cup bid.

  16. lesh – I was going to post that before. I heard it on the radio before it was on t’net. But I deleted it because it depressed the hell out of me.

    He never had a chance really, his personality and intellect levels were never going to cope with the fame that inevitably came his way.

    He’ll be dead before we know it.

  17. Newcastle AND Sunderland hosting world cup games? Bit of a mickey-take aint it?

    Still, i suppose it will help Newcastle’s economy, after all, visitors will mainly be using Newcastle’s hotels, airports, stations etc etc :D

  18. Who’s Newcastle’s official fat radgie with nee shirt now? The last one retired recently due to a wonder diet, and if any team should have one, we should.

  19. Aye BBM’33 – real shame. There’s a degree of comfort in that it doesn’t appear to be anything too serious.

    I’d hoped and do hope that by teaming up with the academy, he may have felt he’d had some purpose in life and thus adopted a different personna to set himself as a good example of a reformed character to the kids.

    However and as you imply, Gazza appears to be so easily tempted into playing jack the lad, playing to the gallery while being egged on by others. A real real shame but all, is not yet lost.

  20. Newcastle won’t get it if we are called Noda Taxis@St James Park though. Fifa don’t like sponsor names in stadium titles.

  21. miles off topic all but i hope you’ve all bought RATM for your littleuns this crimbo!!

    man, reminds me of been a kid!

    and by all accounts Zac and co are donating all proceeds to a british charity

    79p on itunes…

    GET IT DONE

  22. Nah, I’m going for Little Geordie Joe.

    I’m raging against the cynicism of the public.

    Much as X-Factor is a greedy money-making machine, I think the kid deserves his moment in the limelight.

  23. should be more the fact… “f**k you i wont buy what you sell me”

    its just over produced drivle.

    i feel for Joe… becuase they’ll milk the poor lad for whatever they can then hang him out to dry

    he might still be a z list come next crimbo, if he’s lucky

    anyway, he still cant sing… none of them can… if they could they wouldnt need a lame ass show to get noticed

    disgrace that thats the type of s**t that parents are feeding their children… to be corporate slaves rather than free thinking individuals

    ahem… where’s my prozac………

  24. Eastend I also feel sorry for Joe, although it does get his name out there.

    Face it, X Factor rakes in millions of viewers – it’s what the public wants, and as long as everybody wants it, they’ll get it. They’ll always get the X Factor productin line pop “stars” and the new “smash hits” made for ringtones.

    We’ll probably never go back to a time when truly, truly great artists were seen as musical talents, who done it for something less material. Makes me sick when I see Will young covering a Doors song – I gauruntee you 80% of people who like that song wouldn’t know The Doors done it.

  25. And Mark Ronson covering The Smiths. “Hey, guess you like the Smiths, do you?” “The Smiths, who yoo on about blad? diz my noo ring tone innit? mark ronson main man – respect aiiii”…

  26. all saints covering chili peppers under the bridge… i remember my eldest bro telling me what a great song it was, thinking it was an original… i just hung my head!

    they’ll always do it

    i was devastated when i heard will young do light my fire

    my all time favorite band decimated!

    i’m listening to ian brown now… to make myself feel better!

    FEAR

  27. (admittedly the new chili stuff is a tad easy listening for me, but blood sugar sex magic… now thats an album)

  28. It’s what a large-ish minority want, if want is the correct term.
    More like they’re buying what’s pushed in their faces.

  29. Much more ‘other stuff’ gets bought, but not in the places that effect the ‘charts’, whatever that is anymore?

  30. True clint. I’m just completely disillusioned with “celebrities” these days, like that bloke “Chipmunk”… Ah gawd I hate these stupid “stars” now.

    Come on, where’s the next Stone Roses coming from, Joy Division 2010, anyone?

  31. It’s all about ‘quick buck’ andy.

    The big co.s are crapping themselves, don’t wanna make long term investments in bands that make proper albums, even though there’s more dosh in the long run. Just 2/3 singles, quick return, find the next ” this weeks, ‘star’ of the century”. Insipid.

  32. Andynufc, i listen to the stone roses every day and don’t get bored of it, but the crap in the charts these days drives me up the wall. if you cant write music or play instruments then you shouldn’t be able to release albums or singles at all imo.

  33. iam with u bowburn little joe all the way eastend toon or andy u say joe cant sing but u like the smiths take it your tone deaf then :lol:

  34. Batty, I never said Joe couldn’t sing – he’s a good singer, but it’s the principle of having songs written for you and “cheating” your way to stardom if you like.

  35. ian brown too batty… cant sing for toffee,

    still beats Joe hands down on raw talent like

    god bless the young lads cotton socks… but like the ones before him, delusions of granduer

    who was that break dance kid from britains got talent?

    cowell dropped him like a hot spud because he couldnt make money off ‘im

    the fat cats and their fake women feed off this societies need and demand for fame… and the poor sods that get wrapped up in the machine, in turn get crushed by it.

    bring back the age when kids had real ambition… something that didnt revolve purely around money and some deluded “celebrity lifestyle”
    but, we made the bed, we lie in it

    simples

    now, footie

    howay the lads

    wish i was up there to join in the celebrations come sunday

  36. eastend toon says:
    December 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “miles off topic all but i hope you’ve all bought RATM for your littleuns this crimbo!!”

    If everyone who buys Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing In The Name” thinks they are rebelling against the corporate machine and people like Simon Cowell, they are wrong. They are simply falling for another very clever piece of viral marketing. :-)

  37. yeah worky, quite possible, but since the whole affair was set up by a middle aged couple living in middle england somewhere… although that could be all part of it too!

    the irony is not lost tho mate

  38. The same guy tried last year to stop simon cowbag being no.1 with tim buckley’s version of ‘Hallelujah’, why not Leonard Cohen’s? Anyway, owt that crimps that gits xmas is fine by me.
    Half of it goes to charity anyway.
    How much does cowbag give to charity?

  39. worky aye spot on 57 eastend did simon cowell knock you back once or summit i hint a bit of jealousy joe will make enough money oot of it to last him a life time now subo theres a lass you cannit beat for raw lalent she will make 6 to 10 mill next year

  40. Its slighlty ironic how people are clamouring to get Rage Against the Machine to No1 for christmas, on the pretence of “rebelling” against the “corporations and fat cats”.

    At this moment i’d like to point out that RATM are signed to Epic records- a subsidiary of Sony BMG which is Cowells company.

    Funny, people rebelling and they’ll still be feding the corporate machine. Now who is clever?

    If there is so much clamour for a change in No1 for xmas, then why not (take a breath), put an actual christmas song back to No1? Perposterous idea i know :D

  41. eastend toon says:
    December 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    “yeah worky, quite possible, but since the whole affair was set up by a middle aged couple living in middle england somewhere… although that could be all part of it too!

    the irony is not lost tho mate”

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing IF ALL the proceeds go to a deserving cause, but as you write, there’s alot of irony in it.

    Writing as someone who has worked in the music industry, it’s just xxxxed up from virtually every angle ATM. There used to be some kind of ‘revolution’ every ten or eleven years. In 1956/7 it was Rock’n’Roll, in 1966/7 there was another massive revolution, 76/77 it was Punk, 1988/9 it was House, then Techno and all the rest. All that has ended now and we have reverted to the pre ‘fifties situation with the old division of labour where singing mannequins are equipped with teams of songwriters, stylists etc etc.

  42. toonsy says:
    December 16, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    “At this moment i’d like to point out that RATM are signed to Epic records- a subsidiary of Sony BMG which is Cowells company.”

    LOL, you’re not wrong! That’s very astute of you to notice that toonsy. Though of course, Sony Bertelsmann isn’t actually owned by him.

    Does anyone here remember Micky Most?

  43. clint, it was jeff buckley, but yeah, i love cohen

    toonsy, yeah, i read that about sony.. so, where does it all end or more to the point, as worky pointed out, start?

    i think, musically, everything polarizes… we go from one extreme to the other

    batty, everyones knocked me back sunshine… bar you o course ;o)

  44. workyticket says:
    December 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    Who’s Newcastle’s official fat radgie with nee shirt now? The last one retired recently due to a wonder diet, and if any team should have one, we should.

    Think he goes by the name of Mike Ashley. You heard of him?

  45. eastend toon says:
    December 16, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    “clint, it was jeff buckley, but yeah, i love cohen”

    Eastend, have you ever listed to Jeff Buckley’s dad, Tim Buckley?

  46. It’s a ‘gesture’!
    There’s always a clever counter argument(no offence), that is as ironic as it is true.
    But anyway, it’s a bit of fun & more all about the rise against bland manufacture pop, which is inevitable.

  47. Stuart79 says:
    December 16, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    “workyticket says:
    December 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    Who’s Newcastle’s official fat radgie with nee shirt now? The last one retired recently due to a wonder diet, and if any team should have one, we should.

    Think he goes by the name of Mike Ashley. You heard of him?”

    I haven’t seen him take his shirt off yet though Stuart, which is something to be thankful for I suppose.

  48. i’ve got his first album and goodbye hello, but none of the later stuff.. didnt really follow the funky kinda sound.

    and i’ve only got jeffs mystery white boy album

  49. Stuart79 says:
    December 16, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    “He’s nearly there.”

    LOL. I did think about that picture too when I wrote the last bit Stuart. That ‘Beefy’ (standing with him) is the one who’s gone on the wonder diet. That was in the Sheilds Gazette n’aal.

  50. Ross says:
    December 16, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    “Stuart-you get the right VW and its a quality car. The scirocco is awesome and the golf a classic!”

    My two VWs were absolutely awful, and I’d never get another one, no matter what model it was. On the other hand, my Toyotas have all been absolutely perfect and I’ve never had one single problem with them ever, not even a small one.

  51. workyticket says:
    December 16, 2009 at 11:35 pm
    Ross says:
    December 16, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    “Stuart-you get the right VW and its a quality car. The scirocco is awesome and the golf a classic!”

    My two VWs were absolutely awful, and I’d never get another one, no matter what model it was. On the other hand, my Toyotas have all been absolutely perfect and I’ve never had one single problem with them ever, not even a small one
    <<<<<<< worky u arnt a taxi driver are u :lol:

  52. Ive been away for a while and just read a previous thread. I know its bringing up old ground but the lame attitude shown by Geordie Deb and others makes me furious. Do you not understand that ashley has one agenda only. To run this club on a shoestring no matter how well his finances are doing. We are top of the league, the championship! Let us not forget! Thro luck and not design. So i want to make it clear, i will shout from the roof tops, anti ashley songs until the fat man leaves.

  53. I know its old hat from 2 previous thread but Ive just read various posts from Geordie Deb and others of a similar mind, regarding her dislike of singing anti ashley songs whilst we are top of the league. That makes me furious. A lame attitude which got us in the mess we are already in. Can you not see by all the evidence of his past actions that he is going to run the toon on the cheap no matter his wealth. That is his business plan. It is by luck, not design that we are top of the league.

  54. Jeez, couldn’t help notice that picture. There’s something really wrong with that man! Disgusting.
    Poor fella.

    Yet everybody can help but laugh…. (:D)

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