The Sheffield files

Max Marrison, of Mosborough, in one of his favourite countryside near his home.
Max Marrison, of Mosborough, in one of his favourite countryside near his home.

Commercial property specialist Max Marrison, is a partner at Sheffield solicitors, Taylor&Emmet LLP, which moved to Arundel Gate ten years ago. He grew up in Sheffield and returned in 2007 after working in Leeds and Bristol. He lives in Mosborough with his wife Lynette and their children, Sophie, 14, twins Dominic and Charlotte, seven, and Macaulay, five.

Hillsborough Stadium

My family has supported Sheffield Wednesday for generations, ever since my great grandfather, Tom Marrison, played for them in the early 1900s.

Hillsborough is a fantastic, old fashioned stadium with many happy memories. I remember the match against Manchester United in November 1985 when Big Ron was United’s manager. They were unbeaten in their first 11 games (having won ten of them). About 48,000 people were at Hillsborough on a cold night and the atmosphere was electric. Lee Chapman scored with a great header at the Kop end to secure a superb 1-0 Owls win.

Old Register Office

Anyone over a certain age will remember the former Register Office, affectionately known as the Wedding Cake, near the Peace Gardens. My dad was the superintendent registrar between 1979 and 1984 and, for me, it was a sad day when the building was demolished in 2004.

Rother Valley Country Park

The former open cast mine is a fantastic recreational facility for residents of Mosborough, Killamarsh, Beighton and Sothall, which has just celebrated its 30th anniversary. I often go there at the weekends and walk around the lake with my young children, before stopping off at the boat house for an ice cream and to watch people cable water skiing.

The Mossbrook

This fantastic rustic pub in Eckington just happens to be my local. I enjoy nothing more than strolling down the hill from my house on a warm summer evening to sample their real ales and spend time with family and friends. The walk back up always takes much longer!

Weston Park Museum

When we’re struggling for ways to entertain the kids on a rainy school holiday, I often take them to Weston Park, which is a great place to learn about Sheffield life and see other inspiring attractions. My children particularly like Arctic World and Snowy the polar bear!

Moss Valley

As a schoolboy, I remember gruelling cross country runs. Some of us would try to take shortcuts, although the PE teacher usually caught us and made us run even further. Today, I enjoy taking in the views at a more leisurely pace.

Birley Golf Club

This is where I learned to play golf and develop my love for the game. Pete Ball was the local professional for many years and on one occasion, he organised a charity Pro-Am event in which I was picked to play with Jimmy Hegarty, who was on the European Tour at that time. Pete did great work coaching thousands of kids during his tenure at the club.

University of Sheffield

I spent many hours in the Crookesmoor law library while studying for my Masters degree, before walking to the Southsea pub to unwind over a pint with friends. Sheffield should be proud that it boasts two excellent centres of higher education.


I grew up in Mosborough and when I returned to Sheffield, I naturally gravitated back. There have been many changes in Mosborough, most notably the number of houses and the increase in traffic. However, the place has retained its sense of community, thanks largely to the local school, church and shops. I cannot think of another place I would rather live.