A truly memorable game for me. I was a student in Sheffield at the time and whilst The Gulls were always my team, I was also a regular at Brammall Lane. Remember all the names in their squad but particularly long serving defender Tony Kenworthy, the prolific Keith Edwards and veteran John Matthews who went on to play for us in the 89/90 season if my memory is correct.
This game at Plainmoor held particular significance for me as the current Mrs Ricardo and I came back from Sheffield for the weekend and held our engagement party on the Friday night before the game on the Saturday (one of only a handful she has ever attended, another being the 4-1 defeat at Brammall Lane the following April).
Sadly other commitments prevent me from going back to Sheffield on Saturday but a replay would suit me fine with a trip to a Top 6 club in the 3rd round!
Mark Smith, he of Paignton Community College, once told me the story of being 13th man at Bramall Lane that day. For whatever reason Mark had to double-up as physio. And, in common with the rest of the team, he’d stuffed his pockets with complimentary sweets from the hotel where they lunched. Unfortunately for Mark he came on with the “magic sponge” with sweets spooning from his pockets all over the pitch.
Yes, Barty, very sorry not to be able to make the return trip to Brammall Lane. Whilst the boys in yellow have always been my first love, I really enjoyed my days standing at the back of The Kop when more often than not it seemed to be bitterly cold! My preferred pre-match pub was The Pomona on Eccleshall Road with its excellent Home Ales.
My active support of The Blades started 3 games from the end of the 78/79 relegation season and ended when I finally left Sheffield towards the end of the 81/82 promotion season. Went to the occasional away game, memorably at Wrexham and Rotherham but never got to a Wednesday derby as the few during that period seemed to coincide with my trips home for Christmas or Easter. Always look out for their results but have only seen them a few times since then, mainly at Argyle. Might even get along to their last game of the season at Exeter if I don't go to Hereford.
Glad you appreciated the picture of my Gulls mug in the Exeter paper!
My preferred pre-match pub was The Pomona on Eccleshall Road with its excellent Home Ales…..went to the occasional away game, memorably at Wrexham and Rotherham
That part of Sheffield is probably the only place in the country that I navigate by pub names rather than street names. Most of them are still there: the Pomona, the Nursery, the Lescar (always a good place for partaking of snuff)…. Mind you, Ecclesall Road is rather more upmarket than it was in the 1970s and seems to cater for the “young graduate professional”. The students probably blend into the more mainstream “Devonshire Quarter” for their nightlife these days. Dear old Broomhill’s pubs now look to be for the more mature.
Several Sheffield United away trips for me as well – Burnley, Birmingham, Nottingham Forest. As a student from “down south” (it was always hopeless making the geographical distinction), I was always a trifle self-conscious on the supporters’ coach. Especially when they started lobbing things at me.
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