Season starts here for Owls – Much more than just bragging rights at stake in latest showdown between resurgent Sheffield Wednesday and Chris Wilder's high-flying Blades

Season starts here for Owls – Much more than just bragging rights at stake in latest showdown between resurgent Sheffield Wednesday and Chris Wilder's high-flying Blades

MUCH more than bragging rights rest on the outcome of the latest Sheffield derby, particularly if you are a Wednesday fan. That’s the view of guest writer Andy Elliott, a lifelong Owl and former national newspaper sports journalist who runs his own sports media organisation.

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They're clearly Sheffield's No1 but cool heads and steel hearts needed at Hillsborough if Sheffield United are to get promotion bounce

They're clearly Sheffield's No1 but cool heads and steel hearts needed at Hillsborough if Sheffield United are to get promotion bounce

ANOTHER derby showdown and for Sheffield United undefeated in six matches, third in the Championship table and with high hopes of winning promotion to the Premier League, they don’t come much bigger. But the Blades need to deploy their newly-found skill of game management at Hillsborough to make this one really count.

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South Yorkshire Police Steel City derby self-congratulation hides what could have been a very different story at Bramall Lane

South Yorkshire Police Steel City derby self-congratulation hides what could have been a very different story at Bramall Lane

PATS on the back all round at South Yorkshire Police HQ in Sheffield, pleased with themselves about the outcome of the Steel City derby from a low arrest point of view. They believe their crowd strategy worked. Many fans, however, experienced something quite different which suggests a relatively quiet night on the disorder front was more down to luck and torrential rain than judgment.

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Sheffield football fans sullied by Sky television's shameful failure to alert viewers after Steel City derby gaffe at Bramall Lane

Sheffield football fans sullied by Sky television's shameful failure to alert viewers after Steel City derby gaffe at Bramall Lane

SKY television’s shameful failure to alert viewers to a technical production error gave viewers in the UK and around the world an impression that the majority of 30,000 football fans at the Steel City derby were ignoring a remembrance ceremony and a one minute silence before kick-off. Sky instead apologised later in a statement to the Press. Too little, too late.

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The derby from hell: An Owls fan's brutally honest view of this week's date at Bramall Lane against high-flying neighbours Sheffield United

The derby from hell: An Owls fan's brutally honest view of this week's date at Bramall Lane against high-flying neighbours Sheffield United

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY fan Andy Elliott gives a brutally honest take on the plight of his beleaguered Owls as they head to Bramall Lane for the first Sheffield derby of the season against boss Chris Wilder’s high-flying Blades. A stark contrast to the predicament Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay finds himself at the ground where it all began for the Dutchman last January.

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Ricky Holmes is latest arrival as Steel City draw leaves Sheffield United boss Wilder demanding more with his Blades approaching promotion crossroads

Ricky Holmes is latest arrival as Steel City draw leaves Sheffield United boss Wilder demanding more with his Blades approaching promotion crossroads

HONOURS even after a goalless draw in the Steel City derby at Bramall Lane. It leaves Sheffield United at a crossroads in their promotion bid, still occupying the sixth spot but now with only one win in the last ten Championship matches. Even bottom-of-the-table Sunderland have taken more points over the same period. The clock is ticking for Chris Wilder and his men.

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YOU'RE HAVING A LAUGH? Owls boss's big-match comment leaves Sheffield United's Chris Wilder scratching his head

YOU'RE HAVING A LAUGH? Owls boss's big-match comment leaves Sheffield United's Chris Wilder scratching his head

ON THE eve of the Steel City derby Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder was decidedly cool after new Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay made comment about the big match. It's clear Wilder won't be offering his counterpart a welcome to the city until after the match is over.

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Why I fear for Sheffield Wednesday in Steel City derby at Bramall Lane against Chris Wilder's spirited Blades

Why I fear for Sheffield Wednesday in Steel City derby at Bramall Lane against Chris Wilder's spirited Blades

WHAT is the view from across the city as Sheffield Wednesday prepare to visit Bramall Lane for the second Steel City derby of the season with a new manager and seemingly at their lowest ebb. Here Hugh Wragg, editor of top website OwlsAlive.com, offers some honest answers.

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Anything's possible as five-star Sheffield United make statement of intent in demolition of neighbours Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough

Anything's possible as five-star Sheffield United make statement of intent in demolition of neighbours Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough

A STUNNING Steel City derby victory at Hillsborough gave Blades the bragging rights and left Sheffield Wednesday fans in stunned silence. It also raised the bar and confirmed that Sheffield United have serious play-off potential on their return to the Championship. That will become clearer as they face another big test, at home to big-spending Wolves.

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Sheffield United fans get view from the enemy camp ahead of Hillsborough showdown with Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield United fans get view from the enemy camp ahead of Hillsborough showdown with Sheffield Wednesday

BEWARE Barry Bannon, Gary Hooper and Adam Reach. So says Hugh Wragg, Sheffield Wednesday fan and editor of website OwlsAlive.com ahead of the United's Steel City derby showdown at Hillsborough. But he also fears Blades boss Chris Wilder's motivational powers may catch the Owls out.

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Wilder and Sharp derby winners for me says former Sheffield United defender Neill Collins

Wilder and Sharp derby winners for me says former Sheffield United defender Neill Collins

NEILL COLLINS will never forget his debut for Sheffield United, in a Steel City derby win at Hillsborough. He played in the last one, too. The former Blades defender remains an avid follower from his Florida home after quitting Bramall Lane for Tampa Bay Rowdies last year. He also writes a fascinating blog. His latest post? Behind enemy lines.

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As Sheffield United boss Wilder finally slips up, Blades skipper Sharp has derby day advice for teammates

As Sheffield United boss Wilder finally slips up, Blades skipper Sharp has derby day advice for teammates

SO he is human after all. Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder let his emotions get the better of him and was sent off during a 1-0 home defeat to Norwich. Meanwhile skipper Billy Sharp is warning that cool heads are required when the Blades head to Hillsborough at the weekend. It's a timely reminder for all concerned.

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Sheffield United fans fury as rivals Sheffield Wednesday demand 'rip-off' prices from Blades for Steel City showdown at Hillsborough

Sheffield United fans fury as rivals Sheffield Wednesday demand 'rip-off' prices from Blades for Steel City showdown at Hillsborough

TICKETS for the upcoming Steel City showdown at Hillsborough it has been announced will cost Sheffield United fans £42, triggering accusations from angry Blades of exploitation and a 'rip-off'. It's not the first time that the controversial pricing policy at S6 has come under fire...and not only from visiting supporters.

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