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Bramall Lane – The Oldest Football Stadium in the World

*** BRAMALL LANE The Oldest Football Stadium *IN THE WORLD* AYD ES UNITED 1889 Bramall Lane is the oldest major stadium in the world still hosting professional football matches.' With a history that long, there are sure to be some moments even diehard Unitedites may not know about. 1855 In the heart of Sheffield, shovels are put to dirt for a new cricket ground to be called Bramall Lane, named for the file manufacturing Bramall family. " In the beginning, 6 different cricket clubs play at Bramall Lane, with an umbrella organisation called the Sheffield United Cricket Club. 1 1862 Bramall hosts its first football match on 29 December. It ends 0-0.1 1867 The world's first ever football tournament, the Youdan Cup, holds its final in March at Bramall Lane, with Hallam beating Norfolk. 1 * DID YOU KNOW?* The Youdan Cup vanished soon after it was awarded in 1867, and didn't turn up until 130 years later! It was purchased by Hallam F.C. from a Scottish antiques dealer for £2,000.2 1871 The first ever Inter Association Football Match is held at the Lane in December, featuring London FA v. Sheffield FA. 1 1883 England hosts Scotland for the first match between the two countries played outside of London or Glasgow." * DID YOU KNOW?* Bramall Lane remains the oldest ground to have staged International Football that is still capable of doing so.' 1889 On 22 March, it's decided that a home football club will be formed to play at Bramall Lane. They're called Sheffield United after the Lane's cricket team.3 * DID YOU KNOW?* Sheffield United was the first English sports club to use "United" in its name. 1895 - 1925 The golden years for Sheffield United, finding them champions of England in 1897-98, and runners - up in 1896 – 97, and 1899 – 1900. United were also the FA Cup winners in 1899, 1902, 1915 and 1925.3 * DID YOU KNOW?* Sheffield's nickname "The Blades" refers to the city's status as a major UK producer of cutlery. They have also been called "Cutlers" and "Unitedites."3 1936 A record-setting day for attendance on 15 February, with 68,287 fans filling the stands.' * DID YOU KNOW?* In 1994, when it was announced that all fans would be seated at Bramall, the Lane's capacity dropped to 32,702.' 1940 In the infamous Sheffield Blitz, Bramall Lane's pitch is severely damaged, along with the Kop roof and much of John Street.' 1966 A major renovation is undertaken with the addition of the two-tiered Bramall Lane stand – now known as the Jessica Ennis stand – opened behind the goal at the Bramall Lane end. 1 1973 The last cricket match is played on 7 August, bringing to a close 118 years of Bramall Lane cricket. Construction of the South Stand begins soon after, covering the cricket square and enclosing the football pitch on all sides.' 1985 Fans introduce "The Greasy Chip Butty Song" at the Blades' first match of the season.3 * DID YOU KNOW?* Greasy Chip Butty is sung to the tune of John Denver's "Annie's Song."3 2002 The Blades SERS 4 FRASERSren FIRASERS FRASERS Enterprise Center is opened in the North-West corner, and utilised primarily as rentable office space.' 2013 A 50% stake in Sheffield United's parent company 'Blades Leisure Ltd.' is purchased by Saudi Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the royal House of Saud. * DID YOU KNOW?* With a promise to provide "substantial new capital" to the club, Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad was able to purchase his share for £1.3 REFERENCES 1. Bramall Lane. (n.d.) Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 10 September 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bramall_Lane 2. Youdan Cup. (n.d.) Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 10 September 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youdan_Cup 3. Sheffield United F.C. (n.d.) Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 10 September 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield_United_F.C.#Honours All photos courtesy of Sheffield United. e a V VALAD STANDY e SHEFFIELD UNITED EC. I Brought to you by QuickQuid SHEFFIELD

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Founded over 150 years ago, Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane is a pitch with plenty of history. Take a look at how one of the world’s oldest football stadiums has grown through the years.

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