SHEFFIELD UNITED V COVENTRY CITY
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1ST AT 7.45PM
AT BRAMALL LANE, SHEFFIELD, S2 4SU
Kick off at 7.45pm.
Club Coach Departs Ricoh Arena at 4.30pm and costs £13.50
SKY BLUE ARMY For more details, phone Dave on 07919 662919.
By car from North/South/East
Exit M1 at Junction 33 following signs to Sheffield (A57). Continue along the Sheffield Parkway until the Park Square roundabout. Take the 3rd exit and follow the A61 (Chesterfield road) with the train station on your left. Follow the 'Brown Information' signs for Bramall Lane.
By car from West
Take A57 into Sheffield and take 2nd exit at roundabout. At 2nd roundabout, take 3rd exit into Bramall Lane.
By rail, The ground is a few minutes in a taxi from Sheffield train station (1 mile). For details to and from Sheffield, call National Rail Enquiries on 0845 7712 5678.
This game is all ticket. No tickets are available on the day of the game on the turnstiles or from the Sheffield United ticket office.
THE LAST TIME
Friday night will see the 55th league and cup game between Sheffield United and Coventry City.
City have won 17 of those games, and drawn 19. The last time, City played at Bramall Lane was for a Championship match on October 30th 2010 and saw a 1-0 victory for the Sky Blues with Gary McSheffrey scoring for City.
The teams that day were:
Team Westwood, Keogh, Cranie, Wood, Turner, Carsley, Clingan, McSheffrey (Clarke 76), Gunnarsson (Baker 69), Platt, Jutkiewicz (King 72) SNU Ireland, McPake, Doyle, O'Donovan
Sheffield United Simonson, Nosworthy, Morgan, Erti (Evans 65), Britton, Yeates, Taylor (Lowton 46), Cresswell, Ward, (Reid 56), Bartley, Quinn SNU Wright, Montgomery, Calve, Bogdanovic.
City's record win at Bramall Lane was a 3-0 win on Boxing Day 1991. Their record defeat in Sheffield is 3-1 in April 1973.
More on this: http://www.coventrycity-mad.co.uk/head_to_head/next/vs/match/index.shtml
The currently appointed referee for Coventry City's League One game at Sheffield United on Friday is Fred Graham from Stanford Le Hope in Essex.
When his playing career ended due to injury in 1988, Fred registered as a referee with the Middlesex County FA and covered games on the parks of Barnet. He was subsequently promoted to Level 5 status in 1994 after moving to Essex and has covered a number of County finals since, including Sunday Intermediate and Senior showpieces.
He was an assistant in City's 5-2 win at Gillingham in 2004 and refereed his first Football League game at Notts County on the first day of the 2004/05 season.
This season, he has had 22 games and shown 73 yellow cards and one red. On Tuesday night, he postponed the Crawley versus Preston game an hour before kick off.
The last City match he was in charge of was the 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest in October 2011, He was fourth official for City's 3-0 defeat to Ipswich in September 2011 and previous City games he has refereed are the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace on April 7th 2009 and the 1-1 draw at Southampton on October 28th 2008.
His assistants are; Ross Joyce and Matthew Dicicco. The Fourth Official is Ian Dudley
The bookmakers have Coventry City down as under-dogs for Friday night's League One game at Sheffield United.
The Blades are quoted at evens whilst City are an 11/4 shot. You can get 12/5 on the draw.
Make sure you shop around first before placing any bet on the game. You can check out what the leading bookmakers are offering by clicking on http://www.oddschecker.com/football/english/league-1/sheffield-utd-v-coventry/winner