Away days – Sheff Wed, Hillsborough.

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Aston Villa will travel to Sheffield tomorrow for the visit at Hillsborough with 4,630 fans set to pack out the away section of the famous stadium.

Hillsborough stadium is an association football stadium located in the north-western suburb of Sheffield known as Owlerton. It has the been the home of Sheffield Wednesday since its opening in 1899.

Despite a lack of investment since Euro 1996 it is still regarding as a stadium that oozes character. It is made up of two large two-tiered stands and two large single-tiered stands, all of them under cover. Hillsborough has a capacity of 39,732.

THE AWAY SUPPORTERS

Away supporters are usually situated in the Upper tier of the West Stand, also known as Leppings Lane where 3,700 can be housed. The lower tier and corner can be made available for those with larger followings.

As you would expect with an old stadium, there are large pillars that can impede your view if you are unlucky to get a restricted view ticket. The atmosphere can be incredibly loud when the home side is on top but generally, it is quite a relaxed home crowd.

The usual range of pies (£3.20), burgers, hot dogs (£3.80) and Sausage rolls (£2.60) are available inside the stadium. Alcohol is also available depending on fan behaviour with bottles of beer priced at £3.50. Can of John Smith’s bitter (£3.30) and Guinness (£3.80) are also an option. Fans are advised that you have to queue separately for food and drinks which isn’t ideal.

I NEED A PRE-MATCH PINT!

The Railway Hotel is usually quite popular with away fans that visit Hillsborough. You can find the pub located at Penniston Road. It is known for its craft beers and ales while boasting a pool table (usually covered up) with 3-4 arcade machines.

The New Barrack Tavern is another option and is around 15-20 minutes away from Hillsborough also on Penniston Road. The pub is known for its locally-made port pies but I must admit I wasn’t a fan of them or the smell when I tried one myself on my last visit.

One final option is The Bankers Draft. It is located in Sheffield tram stop opposite Castle Square tram stop. These guys dropped us a line earlier this week on Twitter.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

Leave Junction 36 of the M1 and follow the A61 into Sheffield. continue along the A61 until you see Hillsborough on your right. Although there are quicker routes to the stadium, this is the most direct and avoids City Centre traffic.

A train from Birmingham New Street to Sheffield will take you around 75 minutes. You will then need to either get a taxi (10 minutes away) or the ‘Supertram’ which takes around 20 minutes for £2.

On my last visit, the ‘Supertram’ was a nightmare coming home as locals didn’t want to share the tram with football supporters which resulted in the tram being held up for around 1 hour.



PARKING

Most roads around Hillsborough are permitting only but there are very few available should you arrive early enough.

Otherwise, there is a car park behind the Kop called the ‘Wednesdayite car park’ and is available to both sets of fans. It costs £7 per car and the postcode is S6 1QE.

EXTRA INFORMATION

If you have Twitter then it is well worth following the official WMP Villa FC account. PC Stuart Bladen usually tweets live updates throughout the day.

Discuss your visit to Hillsborough here.

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