Sheffield Wednesday Football Club - Hillsborough

Hillsborough, Penistone Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, S6 1SW







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Nick Name:

The Owls

Our Impressions of Hillsborough

This ground was originally built in 1899, and was used for many an FA cup semi final during the eighties due to it's central location and capacity (39,814). Since then the ground has been rather neglected as things on the pitch have slowly gone from bad to worse, and imposed financial restraints on the club.

That said, this is still an excellent ground, and well worth a visit. The ground boasts four individual two tiered stands, which are covered and offer all seating, with the largest & most impressive being the South stand. Three of the corners are still open, with only the West and North Stands being connected (see a picture left)

For league games away fans are normally allocated approx 4000 tickets, and are located within the upper tier of the West Stand (the Leppings Lane). For large attendances, there is normally additional tickets allocated within the lower tier of the West Stand, although this does have some impaired viewing.

Despite traveling to watch my team lose two FA cup semi finals here, this ground still holds fond memories, and these come flooding back whenever I visit. The atmosphere is good, and locals are usually friendly, and this ground is a must for any traveling fan.

Directions to Hillsborough

By Road

From The North

Exit the M1 at junction 34, following signs for Sheffield A6109. After one and a half miles you will come to a roundabout. Take the third exit on to the A6102. After three miles turn left into Harries Road South for Sheffield Wednesday FC.

From The South

Take the A57 turning off the M1 (junction 31 or 33). At the roundabout junction with the Ring Road, take the third exit into Prince of Wales Road. After six miles, turn left into Harries Road South for Sheffield Wednesday FC.

From The West

Take the A57 (signposted Sheffield) then turn left on to the A6101. After four miles you will come to a T-junction. Turn left here into Penistorn Road for Sheffield Wednesday FC.

From The East

Take the A57 turning off the M1 (junction 31 or 33). At the roundabout junction with the Ring Road take third exit into Prince of Wales Road. After six miles turn left into Harries Road South for Sheffield Wednesday FC.

By Rail

Sheffield railway station is some 2 miles from the ground, and is located within the town centre. The easiest way to get to the ground from here is by taxi, but there are plenty of buses as the bus station is only a minute away, and there is always the tram! To catch a bus it's easiest to go to the bus station. Therefore, exit the train station, cross over at the pedestrian crossing, and then simply follow the signs. Any bus heading for Ecclesfield (no 53) will be running on a regular basis, and travels directly past the ground. There is also a regular shuttle bus that runs on matchdays, and these run from the far side of the bus station. The tram is also a good option, although this does get rather busy. From the train station get onto a blue tram, and then change at the city centre onto a yellow tram, heading for Leppings Lane. This will drop you right near the away fans entrance.

By Bus

Buses for the game run from Flat Street near the train station. You can also catch the numbers 42, 53 ,74, 77 and 80 which run along Penistone Road. Numbers 57, 85, 17 and 86 go past Middlewood Road.

Local Area around Hillsborough

Car Parking

The best place to park is in the Owlerton greyhound stadium. This is about a ten minute walk to Hillsborough, but usually gets full quite early.

Some local schools often open for parking, such as the Chaucer School (located on the A61).

Pubs Near Hillsborough

Wadsley Jack

This pubs is located on Rural Lane, which is about a ten minute walk from the ground. To find this pub, head from the lepping lane end, and head away from the town center.


Sean has e-mailed us, and says 'I am a Sheffield Wednesday fan and a decent pub about 10 minutes from the ground is Schuberts full of away fans on matchdays, (sky TV, boddingtons), but don't enter after the game.'

On A61

The two main pubs frequented by away fans on the A61 are the Norfolk Arms & The Red Lion. Both are some distance from the ground, but welcome away fans, and due to their location there is rarely any trouble. James a Hillsborough season ticket holder has e-mailed us, and offer the following information... Pubs such as The Park, The Gate and The Traveller's rest are no-go areas for away fans due to a strict door policy and also due to the less than welcoming home supporters who drink in these pubs. Good pubs for away fans are the Horse and Jockey on Wadsley Lane (leads up hill from the Leppings Lane end) which does hot pies and a good pint and just off Halifax Road (A61) before the railway bridge is The Pheasant which has a top notch chippy over the road. Both welcome away supporters openly asking only for you to respect the place in return. Also in Hillsborough corner, which is the main shopping precinct where Middlewood Road and Bradfield Road join, are The Shakespear and The Deep end which are safe for visiting fans. If drinking in this areea avoid The Blue Ball and The Freemasons. Needing a mention is The Barracks Tavern on Penistone Road (A61) going towards town from the ground just past Macdonalds. The Barrack is a CAMRA pub with great ales and a clientele who are very knowledgable about football.

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