A big day the the world’s oldest football club
On Saturday Sheffield FC take on Tipton Town at home in the forth qualifying round of the FA cup. If they win this massive game then they will go into the draw on Sunday for the first round proper.
Teams in the draw for the first round include city neighbours Sheffield Wednesday.
The draw is live on ITV1 on Sunday 24 October from 12:30pm to 1:00pm.
Posted by Sheffield blog on 21 October, 2010
Were you involved?
Radio 2XS’s Jeff Cooper is working on a radio project focusing on the Sheffield music scene of 20 years ago.
The former Hallam FM presenter has loads of sessions and demos from the 1990s and is planning to involve as many of the bands’ members as he can find.
Forgotton Sheffield bands covered on this blog already include Various vegetables, the Dylans, Speedy (formerly Blammo), the Suncharms and Blameless.
Were you involved at the time, or can you help track down members of 1990s Sheffield bands? If so, email Jeff at email@example.com.
Posted by Sheffield blog on 27 July, 2010
Can you help identify the people in these wedding snaps?
The other day a reader of this blog, James, got in touch about his discovery of a lost set of wedding photos:
Last year I bought some darkroom kit from a charity shop in Broomhill. Inside one of the developing drums was a film with images from a wedding. The film had never been taken off the reel so the photos have never been viewed, let alone printed.
From the styles of dresses and headdresses some of my female friends and relatives have deduced that the wedding probably happened in the early 70s. In one of the photos is a Sheffield bus. I assume that the couple both lived and married in Sheffield.
I am in the process of scanning in the negatives and cleaning up the images. It would be great if you, and your readers, can help me trace the couple in the photos. I think it would be nice to give them some prints.
James is cleaning up each image and posting them to this Flickr set. Can you help identify any of the people in the photos?
The mystery Sheffield wedding photos
Can you identify this mystery Sheffield wedding?
Posted by Sheffield blog on 12 July, 2010
The regeneration and preservation of Sheffield’s past
A debate is rumbling about whether or not Castle market should be listed.
Giving it listed status would mean that it would be much harder to press ahead with some elements of the Sheffield city centre master plan, notably the idea to open up the ruins of the old castle, which are located under the current 1960s market building.
The arguments are discussed in this post on the Bleeding heart show blog:
There’s no doubt that if the decision is made purely on aesthetic or historical grounds, the council would have their demolition day. But when you consider the decision on social grounds, things get somewhat murkier.
The full post is well worth a read.
A tale of two castles post on Bleeding heart show blog
Castle market by daskine on Flickr, used under the Creative commons licence
Posted by Sheffield blog on 7 July, 2010
Film about Sheffield’s Stag works
To quote the YouTube blurb from Sort of films:
Sheffield’s Stag works is a decaying, crumbling curiosity with a fascinating place in the city’s cultural and industrial heritage. As the old workshops and artisans give way to new music studios and artists, the building bears witness to a tapestry of innovation, passion and imagination.
A metaphor for the modern city?
Posted by Sheffield blog on 8 June, 2010
The Shopaholics Guide to 1970s Sheffield
More 1970s nostalgia
Continuing the 1970s theme from the previous post, an upcoming event will celebrate the recent history of Sheffield with a film screening and illustrated talk in the cathedral.
The event on 3 June is organised by Sheffield university as part of a summer art and music festival and includes a screening of the Reel monty film, which featuring Sheffield – city on the move from the Full monty and the sequel, Sheffield international city.
Neil Anderson, author of The shopaholic’s guide to 1970s Sheffield book, will then give an illustrated talk looking back at the city’s retail heritage and how Sheffield was once the shopping capital of the north.
Reel monty screening and Shopaholic’s guide to 1970s Sheffield event
Posted by Sheffield blog on 18 May, 2010
Completing the city of Sheffield walkabout photo tour
A couple of years ago I took a set of photos that compared 1970s Sheffield with how it looked in 2008. The original photos were taken from a 1970s council publication, which was produced to promote the city.
I didn’t bother including the Crucible as it was a building site surrounded by fences. However, with the renovation project complete, I decided to go back to take a photo for comparison with the 1970s Crucible.
The two Crucible photos are at the bottom of this post, although it is perhaps better to view a complete slideshow of the updated 1970s/2000s gallery:
Crucible theatre, 1970
Crucible theatre, 2010
Posted by Sheffield blog on 17 May, 2010
The city on film
Four lions, the new film from Sheffield company Warp films, has been picking up some great reviews.
Much of Four lions was filmed in Sheffield (even some of the bits set in London) and as a result it features plenty of recognisable locations.
Anyone interested in the portrayal of Sheffield on screen – and in particular in Four lions – should read Peter Walsh’s excellent blog post on the topic.
He has also mapped the Four lions locations on a Google map, but be warned this does contain some plot spoilers.
Finding Four lions in Sheffield
Posted by Sheffield blog on 8 May, 2010
Fourth in the series
The latest Sheffield-themed screen print by Jim Connolly, Steel finger, is now out. As Jim explains:
It is a jovial parody of a retro Bond poster where the action takes place in our fair city. Who needs Paris, Venice and Cairo when you’ve got all the action of flat cap wielding OAP assassins, rooftop battles on the Supertram and exotic and ruthless women called Roxy.
It follows the previous prints in the series based on the cooling towers, Henderson’s relish and Meadowhall. If you like his work, which you may also recognise from the cover of Exposed magazine and last year’s Celluloid screams film festival posters, then it is worth following his blog. You can also order prints online.
You can see a framed Steel finger print up in the window of Rare’n'racy and it looks really good. You’ll see that there are plenty of Sheffield landmarks to be spotted.
Oh, and continuing the Sheffield/Bond theme, @arepeejee pointed out on Twitter yesterday that any Yorkshir’ Bond villain should be known as ‘Dr Nowt’…
Steel finger screen print by Jim Connolly
Posted by sheffblog on 31 March, 2010
Three new blogs for 2010
When I started this blog two years ago, the first question I asked was where are all the Sheffield blogs?
I soon discovered the Beginner’s guide to Sheffield blog and there were others that seemed like a good idea but didn’t get updated very often.
Since then, a trickle of Sheffield-themed blogs have appeared including the two restaurant review ones at the end of last year. 2010 has now brought us three new Sheffield blogs.
Run as a full time concern by seasoned journalist Russell Cavanagh, North west Sheffield news online (on Twitter too) is an excellent example of hyperlocal blogging. Its area extends from the northern edge of the city and west of the A61 (Halifax/Penistone road and beyond) so if you live on this patch then make sure you log on.
You’ll soon see how its independence, tight geographic focus and effective use of digital platforms means it can cover community issues in a way that a traditional, city-wide newspaper like the Star struggles to do.
Love Sheffield launched at the end of January and will be ‘scouring the city with a homegrown steel (city) scouring pad’. So far it has covered the comedian photograpahy exhibition at the Graves, City of sanctuary and a post about the slightly chilling story of Sheffielder Horatio Bright.
Finally, Seven hills blog documents ‘random thoughts, hidden gems and why the city is so great’. Sheffield favourites the Rude shipyard and Record collector have already been blogged, as well as the ongoing Sheffield verses Leeds rivalry.
If there are any others out there then why not make yourselves known? And if you’re thinking about setting up a Sheffield-themed blog then do it. The tools are out there for free – all you need is a bit of enthusiasm to get going.
Posted by Sheffield blog on 7 March, 2010