Join Us for an Old School Derby Sheffield United v. Sheffield Wednesday at the Toffee Club Soccer Bar
11.45 AM Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday on the big screen in our Clubhouse.
The Sheffield Wednesday v. Sheffield United Derby
by Mike Lauruhn
Some of our local Sheffield Wednesday supporters were around in 1975 when the Portland Timbers rivalry with the Seattle Sounders was fierce from the first kickoff. And now in the 2018 MLS Playoffs, we find ourselves in the middle of the current chapter of their intertwined history.
Timbers supporters can appreciate a good rivalry. And local derbies provide some of the greatest spectacle in football. Merseyside, Manchester, and North London only scratch the surface of the countless rivalries that make up the English football landscape. We hope you’ll join us for lunch this Friday, November 9 to watch the 130th Steel City Derby, with Sheffield Wednesday travelling to Bramall Lane to meet Sheffield United. This game matters. And like all good derbies, this is the rivalry that splits workplaces and households alike. New lore is written as heroes and villains emerge.
As recent lore goes, Portland Wednesday saw last fall’s edition as the football equivalent of Shakespearean tragedy -- kicking off at 5AM Pacific, the Owls were down 0-2 at the hands of former player - of course - Leon Clarke before the first pot of coffee even finished brewing in the Pacific Northwest. That game ended in a 4-2 victory for United. The second game resulted in a scoreless draw.
This year’s Derby finds the Blades third in the Championship -- vying for automatic promotion with the likes of Leeds, Nottingham Forest, and Middlesbrough in the hyper-competitive league. Manager Chris Wilder has his team among the highest-scoring in the League with striker Billy Sharp leading the way with 10 goals.
The Owls come limping in with four consecutive losses. They were in the playoff spots at the last International break, but recent form has been marred by stubborn injuries and lapses in the backfield. New manager Jos Luhukay has been changing lineups game-in and game-out and hoping youth can provide a spark while the team attempts to shore up the defense. The team has athletic (if not consistent) strikers and winger Adam Reach has been lighting up the league with a series of long range blasts.
Portland Wednesday members promise to put on a brave face -- and welcome the chance to meet local Blades supporters. United are heavy favorites. Will a win vault them back into a promotion spot? Or is it the perfect time for Wednesday to ruin their campaign? It is a derby after all.
We hope you can join us for the Sheffield Derby.