Steel City Rivals

By Steve Cowens, Anthony Cronshaw

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  • Publication Date: 3 Sep 2012
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
  • Imprint: John Blake Publishing Ltd
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ISBN: 9781782190769
ISBN: 9781857828177



One city. Two football clubs. One mutually shared hatred...Football rivalry is a common factor anywhere in the world where the sport is played. But some take it far more seriously than others. In Sheffield, the traditional capital of Britain's steel manufacturing industry, there is no greater tribal divide than that between fans of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. The two club's supporters berate each other with a venomous passion, their long-running feud intense enough to divide families and workplaces from 1889 to the present dat. But why? How does a natural rivalry that, in the 1960s, saw supporters from both clubs going to Hillsborough Stadium (Wednesday's ground) one week then Bramell Lane (home to United) the next turn to such enmity? In Steel City Rivals, authors Cowens (a United suported) and Cronshaw (Wednesday) combine their insider knowledge and fan anecdotes with a dark humour and bitter fascination with football violence. For the struggle for supremacy, between red (United) and blue (Wednesday), 'blade' versus 'owl', is absolute. To the people of Sheffield, Britain's fourth largest city, it's never just a game.

About the author

Steve Cowens is the bestselling author of Blades Business Crew 1 & 2; he was also heavily featured in the Bravo TV series Real Football Factories, hosted by Danny Dyer. Anthony Cronshaw is the author of Wednesday Rucks & Rock 'n' Roll; he has a chapter devoted to him in the bestseller Terrace Legends by Cass Pennant, and is an authority on football fan culture.

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