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.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

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.

Editor’s note: First and foremost - and rarely have I written down these words with more sincerity - I hope this finds you well.

Almost certainly you are here because you value the quality and the integrity of the journalism produced by The Yorkshire Post’s journalists - almost all of which live alongside you in Yorkshire, spending the wages they earn with Yorkshire businesses - who last year took this title to the industry watchdog’s Most Trusted Newspaper in Britain accolade.

And that is why I must make an urgent request of you: as advertising revenue declines, your support becomes evermore crucial to the maintenance of the journalistic standards expected of The Yorkshire Post. If you can, safely, please buy a paper or take up a subscription. We want to continue to make you proud of Yorkshire’s National Newspaper but we are going to need your help.

Postal subscription copies can be ordered by calling 0330 4030066 or by emailing [email protected] Vouchers, to be exchanged at retail sales outlets - our newsagents need you, too - can be subscribed to by contacting subscriptions on 0330 1235950 or by visiting www.localsubsplus.co.uk where you should select The Yorkshire Post from the list of titles available.

If you want to help right now, download our tablet app from the App / Play Stores. Every contribution you make helps to provide this county with the best regional journalism in the country.

Sincerely. Thank you. James Mitchinson, Editor