A rookie’s guide to Sheffield sports

Recently moved to Sheffield and found yourself in a tricky situation when it comes to sports? With the Blades, Owls, Steelers and Sharks, there are enough teams and activities to make even the sports-savvy confused.

Football

Sheffield is lucky enough (or unlucky enough, however you want to look at it) to have two football teams competing in the Steel City. Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, more commonly known as the ‘Owls’ or more simply ‘Wednesday’, compete in the Championship.

This is the second tier of the English Football league system, behind the Premiership, and includes teams such as Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

Since 1899 the club has played its home matches at Hillsborough Stadium, a 40,000 capacity stadium in the north-west of Sheffield. Tickets are available from here.

Sheffield United Football Club, also known as the ‘Blades’, is a League One team. Since their formation in 1889, they have played at Bramall Lane, an all-seater with a capacity of 32,609. If you think you’d rather show your support for United, tickets for games at Bramall Lane are available from here.

Which team you support, as a Sheffield native, is down to your family. Whether you’re an Owl or a Blade is passed down through down through generations, but typically the north of the city support Wednesday.


Ice Hockey

Sheffield even have their own Ice Hockey team. The Sheffield Steelers have a huge fan base, with an average game attendance of 5,945.

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Founded in 1991, they have won eight British titles, coming first in the Elite Ice Hockey League last season. Currently they are third, with a win 3-4 this weekend against Manchester Storm.

They play at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, and tickets average from £7-£17, which you can buy here. Their next game is against the Edinburgh Capitals.

Basketball

If you’re looking for a Basketball team, look no further than the DBL Sheffield Sharks.

photo credit: Mim Walker-Khan

They compete in the British Basketball League, playing their home games at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Last season they won the British Basketball League Championship, beating the Leicester Riders 84-77.

At the weekend they won 62-58 against Leeds Force, bringing them to fourth place.

They will be playing Glasgow Rocks on the 10th March – tickets average at £13.50, and you can buy them here.

Womens’ Football

Sheffield Ladies FC are in their twelfth season as a team, and were recently promoted to the SSE FA Womens’ Cup.

Unfortunately they were knocked out this weekend after a 1-0 loss to Doncaster Rover Belles – but they will be back in plenty of matches as they compete in the WSL 2, with their next game against the Millwall Lionesses on the 29th Feb – more info here.