Glasses will be raised to Sheffield United as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations on Saturday - and to the memory of the city’s real ale pioneer.
Kelham Island Brewery, which was established by indefatigable Blades supporter Dave Wickett, has produced a special brew, Blades 125 Ale, which will be on sale at the match against Wolves.
Dave, who also set up the Fat Cat pub next to the brewery, died of cancer at the age of 64 in May, 2012.
His son Ed, who is also an avid Blades fan, embraced the idea of the commemorative ale - a 4.3% brew he describes as “a proper, traditional real ale, pale coloured, firm bodied, smooth and quite light”.
Ed said it was “a nice drink designed to appeal to a broad audience”.
A draught version will be on sale in a fan-zone area in the main Bramall Lane car park before Saturday’s game when the club officially celebrates its 125th with a programme of pre-match events.
The beer will also be sold in bottles in the stadium’s lounges and, in the longer term, will be available in the club shop.
Winnipeg Blade at Bramall Lane
Sheffield United supporter Ralph Wild will be at Bramall Lane for the 125th anniversary celebrations – even though he’s 95 and his home is in Canada.
A fan from boyhood, he returns to the city for six months a year, staying with nephews in Crookes, after retiring from a career in insurance. He avoids the harsh winters in Winnipeg, where he lives the rest of the time, and watch home games.
Just the ticket for Wembley
Tickets for United’s FA Cup semi final against Hull at Wembley go on sale from Monday, with priority going to season ticket holders and members. Those for general sale will be available from Sunday, March 30. United have an allocation of 30,000.