Getting to the ground
The ground is two and a half miles from the city centre, and over three miles from the station. The best way to get there is by tram. From the station you jump on a blue line tram towards Malin Bridge and then change at any stop between the first stop (Fitzalan Square) and Hillsborough to the yellow line towards Middlewood, getting off at Leppings Lane. Or just walk to the Fitzalan Square stop (10 minutes). Both lines run every 10 minutes. It'll cost you £2.40 one way, or a tram only Dayrider costs 4 quid, while it's £4.20 for a tram and bus Dayrider. You buy your ticket on the tram. Getting back after the game, I would suggest legging it to Hillsborough tram stop, from where you should be able to get a blue line tram straight to the station.
If driving down, parking around the ground isn't good. There's a small amount of street parking if you arrive early enough, but be aware that some streets near the ground are residents only. There's a car park at the ground, but it'll set you back 7 quid, and of course it'll take for ever to get out after the game. Otherwise there are unofficial car parks along the A61 that charge around 4 quid. My recommendation is to park on or just off the A61 on the other side of the railway bridge from the ground. Yeah it's a bit of a hike (up to 15 minutes), but you should make good time getting back to the M1.
If you're driving down then two of the pubs you pass on the way in, the Norfolk Arms and the Red Lion, apparently welcome away fans. But you'd then have to get parked up at the ground at the last minute, which no doubt would be a bit of a nightmare. Assuming you head straight to the ground, there are several options. It's all change since we last played at Hillsborough in terms of the pubs around the ground. Two of those that were home fans only have been flattened to make way for a Sainsbury's, while another, the Park, has had a makeover and is now a Sizzling Pub (ie family/food orientated). The Railway, just up from the ground on the A61 apparently allows away fans in, even though I'm sure it was home fans only in the past. I'm not sure about the New Bridge Inn on the other side of the road. Up Wadsley Lane from the ground is the Horse & Jockey, which as well as being a cracking pub was until a change of management a few months ago designated as an away fans pub. Unfortunately though it's now home fans only. However, keep going a bit further and the Wadsley Jack say that they welcome "well behaved" away fans. By now it's about a 15 minute walk (downhill!) back to the ground.
For those travelling by train the options are more numerous and more complicated. Obviously you could choose to sup in the centre and than catch a tram to the ground late on. If so then you probably need to allow a good half an hour for the journey, although I've no idea how hard it is to actually get on a tram late on, or whether the trams get held up in match traffic. The Sheffield Tap, located in the station, has a vast array of beers. You could alternatively head for the Rutland Arms (less than 5 minutes' walk), which is a traditional pub that gets fantastic reviews. It is though the "wrong way" for the ground. There are of course loads more pubs in the centre, including a Sam Smiths for Gordon, and a Wetherspoons (Banker's Draught) that's very convenient for the tram. If you get a Dayrider for the tram you could break your journey at Shalesmoor and try one or more of the many excellent Kelham Island pubs, amongst then the Fat Cat, Shakespeare's and Kelham Tavern. The Kelham Island pub map shows these and several more. Equally you could jump off the tram at Bamforth Street or Hillsborough and give the pubs around there a try. "Hillsborough Corner" as it's known, used to be a complete no-go area for away fans, but it seems that it's not so bad now. Certainly the Rawson Spring, a massive Wetherspoons, allows away fans in within reason, and the same goes for the New Barrack Tavern, which has a massive beer selection, including no less than twelve hand pumps, and gets universally great reviews. Check out the Langsett Road pub map for other pubs in the area. It's around a 15 minute walk to the ground from here, or of course you can just jump on the tram.
Kelham Island pub map
Langsett Road pub map
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