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Sheffield United fans comments on Thursday’s match and mad days of the past when Newcastle visited

5 days ago
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Sheffield United fans are enjoying their return to the Premier League.

Chris Wilder doing an amazing job, after two promotions in the past three years he now has them competitive in the top tier.

With 19 points from 14 games and only three defeats, I’m surprised at the lack of confidence of some of their supporters, especially as when I have seen them play, the Blades have looked very impressive.

Maybe a bit of a protective tactic guarding against getting too confident and then seeing a sudden dip in form.

Interesting to read them reminiscing about tales of Newcastle fans travelling in numbers to Bramall Lane in the 70s and their antics. Mad times indeed.

Sheffield United fans commenting on their S24SU message board:

‘I’m now nervous about this game. Lawrenson thinks we’ll win, their fans think we’ll win. Points to a loss.’

‘Get the feeling they (Newcastle fans) still don’t rate their manager very highly.’

‘They really do love Bruce, don’t they?

A generally morbid bunch who struggle to see where a win will come from. They’ve one or two players that I think are decent.’

‘Saint-Maximan is decent, Joelinton is not. I still think Almiron is a player, just probably needs a move now.

I think it’ll be tight and hopefully we nick a 2-1.’

‘Down to earth, self deprecating and amusing – exactly what would be expected from Newcastle supporters who always go everywhere in large numbers and are noisy.

Should be a good game tomorrow – I just have a horrible feeling Newcastle will sneak it by the odd goal. Hope I’m wrong.’

‘Really don’t know what to make of this game, head says win, heart says win, but are the football gods listening?’

‘Always liked Newcastle. Proper club with proper fans.

Reckon we’ll win 2-0.’

‘I reckon they’ll sit deep and close down everything for at least 65 minutes and then try the occasional speedy break to nick it.’

‘Parking the bus’ and hoping for something on the break is hardly a tactical plan, well maybe the simplest ever plan. It worked for Wednesday twice at Bramall Lane recently. Fancy watching it every match.

West Ham were suckers for it recently and the Toon countered with pace.

I am surprised and disappointed with the Toon’s results so far. I thought they would be booking a relegation spot by now. Their squad looks worse than last season and they are missing Ritchie.’

‘I’m as nervous as fu.. about this one .

Bruce will undoubtedly set them up to stifle us at the back and hope to hit us on the break . Unlike the Pigs when he used the same tactics , they have players who can do that .

Hope I’m wrong but it doesn’t feel good to me.’

‘If they punch any of our horses I’m going to shout angrily at a photo of Jimmy Nail.’

‘3-1 Mousset Hat-trick.’

‘Grinding 1-0 win.’

‘We don’t know how to grind matches. We need to make the first 60 minutes count and take it away from Newcastle.’

‘If we’re not 2 up by the 70th min then we could find ourselves tiring badly, digging deep into the trenches to take all 3 points especially as they have Traore 2.0 aka Saint Maximin charging at us all game.’

‘I think that this year is the most open premier league possibly ever with even the bottom clubs taking points off the leading teams.

So I think that the average points tally for survival of 36 will be significantly higher this season, more likely lower 40s, which means that getting points in the bag as early as possible is imperative, which means the next 4 or 5 games takes on a lot more importance to cover the possibility of a slump, so I hate saying it but tomorrow nights game is a minimum dont lose game with an added no bookings game thrown in.

But I’m convinced that this team with the backing of an extremely vocal and intimidating support will give it their all.’

‘Probably our most significant ‘recent’ game with Newcastle came in the 0-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat at Old Trafford on 5th April, 1998.

Our manager for this game was Steve Thompson who would be replaced two months later by…Steve Bruce.’

‘I remember a home game v Newcastle in the early 1970’s.

They had a large number of their fans on our kop and there was quite a bit of aggro.

The Newcastle fans had brought bottles of Newcastle Brown Ale into the ground with them.

They were supping the beer then throwing the empty bottles up at the kop roof so that they smashed and rained broken glass on our fans.

This wasn’t an unusual tactic back in the 1970’s.

Fans used to throw sharpened up coins at each other as well.

Oh and of course, just about every fan threw a bog roll onto the pitch at some point or other.

I remember nicking them from the school toilets to take with me to the match – they were ideal to “unfurl” as the team ran out.’

‘They brought thousands that day and had a big group on top right hand side of the kop looking down on the pitch.

When our bus pulled in from Dronfield they were all over the streets before the game, couldn’t get off the bus at the ground as thought we were going to get battered.’

‘I remember in the last PL season watching a bloke who was absolutely hammered make his way to the top tier at St James’ Park before being told by a policeman that he needed to sober up and then sent him back downstairs. Harsh.’

‘As a 13/14 year old it was my first experience of proper football violence, scary but also exciting.

I remember laughing as I ran away every time the Newcastle fans charged, probably because I wasn’t close enough to get slapped.

But thank goodness those scenes are well in the past now.’

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