162 years ago today: Bramall Lane Cricket ground opened

The Bramall Lane cricket ground opened on May 1st, 1855 with a match played between the first eleven and twenty-two selected from the ‘Sheffield’, ‘Wednesday’, ‘Broomhall’, ‘Milton’, ‘Caxton’, and ‘Shrewsbury’ clubs (with a 3d admission).  The first football game at Bramall Lane took place seven years after the ground opened, on December 29th, 1862, between Sheffield FC and Hallam FC to raise funds for the jobless in Lancashire. Sheffield United’s first match at Bramall Lane took place on the 28th September 1889, thirty four years after the cricket ground first opened. The photograph below was taken at Bramall Lane on the day United was officially promoted from League Division One to the Championship, in April 2017.