Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday’s iconic and historically significant stadium

Few football stadiums in English football can match the historic significance of Hillsborough.

Hillsborough football stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday (Illustration: Graeme Bandeira)

The home of Sheffield Wednesday since 1899, the ground has come a long way since those early days. 


It has hosted World Cup games – West Germany beat Uruguay 4-0 in the 1966 quarter-finals at S6 – while 1996 saw Hillsborough host three European Championship matches.

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Hillsborough has hosted 28 FA Cup semi-finals, including one which changed the face of English football.

General view of Hillsborough, home of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club (Picture Anthony Devlin/PA Wire)

On April 15 1989, during a match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, the ground was the scene of the worst tragedy in English sporting history, as 96 fans were crushed to death.

As a consequence, all-seater stadia became the norm in England, as the fences came down.

But for pure footballing memories, Hillsborough boasts a rich history.

A certain Pele graced the pitch, with his club Santos, back in the Seventies, while two League Cup final replays have been held at the Owls’ home – the last being Leicester City versus Middlesbrough in 1997.

Inside Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday(Picture: PA)

The record attendance is 72,841 for an FA Cup tie against Manchester City in 1934, while the stadium holds the record for the biggest crowd for a third division match, when 49,309 fans watched the Steel City derby in 1979. Wednesday beat city rivals United 4-0.

In the Eighties and Nineties, the Owls dined at football’s top table, with the likes of Manchester United regular visitors, and even though being deprived of top-flight football for the last 20 years, Hillsborough remains one of English football’s iconic arenas.

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