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Every reason why students should get behind Sheffield United this season

The perfect way to get over the disappointment of the World Cup

Get behind the team of your university city – the ones that wear red and white in S2, obviously. Well, considerably more white than red this year – Cheers, Adidas.

What better way is there to spend your Saturday afternoon than watching Sheffield United's veteran goal-hanger Leon Clarke bag three? Or even one? If you're lucky!

Yeah, they've had an appalling start against Swansea, and the 3-0 Tony Pulis-esque defeat in North Yorkshire (is Middlesborough even in North Yorkshire?), so maybe don't hold me to any of this. I cannot promise you any of what is featured below.

Tix for Tenners

Show the University of Sheffield Students’ union your student ID and you can watch former Premier League players get turned inside out by former Bolton Wanderers man Chris Basham for just £10.

I was hoping you'd probably just have to settle for Stephen Ireland, but he didn't stay. Stephen Ireland didn't stay. What a start.

Sit in the oldest professional football stadium in the world

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Having been built in 1855 and first used in 1862, Bramall Lane may have changed a bit since, but still remains the oldest professional football stadium. You can be a part of its history.

Who knows, you may even sit in the same seat that Queen Vic sat in.

(I don’t know if Queen Victoria visited Sheffield, let alone Bramall Lane. So it seems unlikely, really.)

Another win against Sheffield Wednesday (Hopefully)

That’s optimism. Obviously I have the utmost respect for the blue and white half of the city*, but witnessing another ‘Bouncing Day Massacre’ would be the perfect way to spend your weekend.

Unbeaten by Wednesday since the return to Championship football, the chance to be at one of the biggest derbies in the country in the form of the Steel City Derby is an opportunity you can't afford to miss whilst not doing uni work anyway.

*I don’t.

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Cheapest season ticket in town.

A season ticket is £221 for students. That is £59 cheaper than the £280 concession season tickets being flogged at Wednesday. If the 17/18 season is anything to go by, you are paying less money for more wins (12 SUFC wins at Bramall Lane as opposed to 8 SWFC wins at Hillsborough). That is a measly £18 per win for any students that want to make their support full time with a season ticket. Bargain.

Dare to dream

It has been over 10 years since Neil Warnock’s side were relegated from the Premier League. He was a self-confessed Blade. Current manager Chris Wilder is also a Blade. It took Warnock, the most successful United boss in recent years, several seasons to taste Premier League football. In his first full season in the Championship as boss the team finished 10th. In Chris Wilder’s first full season in the Champ, the team also came 10th. Wilder is building a footballing dynasty at Bramall Lane with the Premiership the reachable(?) summit.

And we have signed the clinical finisher David McGoldrick, who has scored a mouth-watering 13 in 76 in the last three years.

Up the Blades!