Fans of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday have reacted angrily to news that the next Steel City derby will take place on a Friday night.
The fixture at Brammall Lane has been moved for TV coverage by Sky Sports to a 7.45pm kick-off on Friday 12 January, but supporters have said the change will cause issues with policing, travel and potential disorder between fans.
— James Whaling (@jjwhaling) November 3, 2017
STEEL CITY DERBY ON A BLOODY FRIDAY NIGHT YOU HAVING A LAUGH😭 pic.twitter.com/FEmEkyDaYd
— Tom Bateman (@BatemanTom18) November 3, 2017
— Laura Jones (@YICETOR) November 3, 2017
This is the first time the derby will be on a Friday night since Friday 18 September, 2009, when Sheffield United beat Wednesday 3-2 at Brammall Lane.
After the reverse fixture at Hillsborough in September, which was the first Steel City derby in over five years, there were 11 arrests and 35 dispersal orders issued to supporters. Nine pubs were also closed due to disorder or concerns that violence could have broken out.
Some fans, however, reacted positively to the next fixture’s change of date, with one expecting an improved atmosphere due to it being an evening game.
— Matt (@Cobby1889) November 3, 2017
Sheffield Wednesday’s fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers has also been moved, to Friday 15 December at 7.45pm.
Sheffield United currently sit third in the Championship table, with Wednesday in 14th.