13 Months that Alan Irvine was manager of Sheffield Wednesday before being sacked in February, following a six-game winless run culminating in a 5-3 defeat at Peterborough and the club only five points above the relegation zone.
Chairman Milan Mandaric says: ‘It is unfortunate, but this had to take place. The decision has been made on what is in the best interests of the club.”
Former Owls player Gary Megson is a quick successor, on a three-and-a-half-year contract and linking up again with Mandaric, with whom he worked at Leicester City.
“Gary is a top-drawer manager,” says the chairman.
“He has tremendous experience in the Championship and the Premiership and that is where Sheffield Wednesday needs to be.”
5,000 Demonstrators lobby the Liberal Democrats’ Spring Conference in Nick Clegg’s home city in March.
One thousand police are on call as a metal fence is erected around the City Hall to protect the 3,000 delegates. The atmosphere is boisterous, but largely peaceful, with only one arrest.
Several shops closed early to avoid getting caught up in any trouble.
57m Pounds to be saved by Sheffield City Council over the financial year starting in April. Government cuts really start to bite.
After 800 job losses this year, latest predictions are for another 690 to go next year – with some serious soul searching over what the council should and should not be doing.
Labour deputy leader Coun Bryan Lodge says: “We didn’t join the Labour Party and the council to make redundancies but we recognise the position of financial constraint that we are in.”
46 Years after being opened, West Bar police station is locked up for the last time in March.
Sheffield’s District Commander, Chief Superintendent Simon Torr, says: “West Bar was an iconic building – it was once the tallest building in Sheffield and everyone knew West Bar nick, so closing it for the last time really is the end of an era.
“It served us well over the years but towards the end it became too rundown for us to consider keeping it – they even turned it down as a filming location for Life On Mars.”
It was the place where, in 1982, the European Cup was handed in after a man stole it from Aston Villa players who were celebrating their win in a pub in Tamworth.
Bobbies on duty at the time held a football game in the West Bar backyard to compete for the trophy until it was reclaimed.
Plans have been drawn up to transform the seven-storey 1960s tower into a 141-room hotel, a restaurant and an 80-space car park.
1,200 Members of the Campaign for Real Ale who were in Sheffield in April for a mix of business and some serious drinking.
It was the largest turnout for the national members’ weekend in the 40-year history of Camra – and a boost to Sheffield’s claimed reputation as the beer capital of the UK.
Motions were debated during the day at the University of Sheffield’s Octagon Centre, leaving plenty of time for real ale enthusiasts to visit pubs and breweries.
Mick Moss, Camra’s Yorkshire regional director, says: “The idea is there is a lot of business, but members will be supping beer, spending time in pubs and restaurants. It is going to be phenomenal.”
60 Years ago in April the Peak District National Park became Britain’s first national park, ensuring the land was protected for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
In a gloomy economic climate, the Peak District National Park Authority kept diamond anniversary celebrations low key.
9,000 Pounds to study for a degree at the University of Sheffield. Its ruling body announced in April it will triple tuition fees from 2012, in line with other major universities after the Government’s withdrawal of nearly all direct state funding.
Sheffield said the decision was ‘not taken lightly’, and has promised to support poorer students financially – but nearly two-thirds will still have to take out loans or pay the full amount.
Vice-chancellor Prof Keith Burnett says: “We now face a real challenge not of our choosing, but one which we owe it to future students to accept.”
Sheffield Hallam University later announced plans to set tuition fees at £8,500 a year, saying that it had “carefully considered” the fee and had “set it at a level that will deliver high quality education”.
31 Street parties in Sheffield to celebrate the royal wedding on April 29, which was declared a public holiday.
The organ at Westminster Abbey was played by Robert Quinney, who learned to play at All Saints Ecclesall Parish Church and has been an organist at the Abbey since 2004. His father, David, says: “He has played at some big events, but nothing as huge as this.”
42 Points that doom Sheffield United to relegation to League One in May, leading to the sacking of manager Micky Adams.
The lifelong Blades fan had been appointed at the end of 2010, and United won just four of their 24 games under his charge. Chairman Kevin McCabe says: “He made it clear that he wanted the chance to lead us next season but the fact remains that we have been relegated. I feel that in order to give ourselves the best opportunity we should make a clean sweep at the top and start afresh next season.”
Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Danny Wilson becomes the club’s fourth full-time boss in 12 months. McCabe says: “Danny was the outstanding candidate from the group of potential managers, all with strong profiles and good track records.”
20 Years ago in May since Sheffielder Helen Sharman became the first Briton in space.
The former Jordanthorpe Comprehensive student and Sheffield University chemistry graduate, then 27, blasted off as a UK cosmonaut on the Soviet space mission Project Juno, spending eight days at the Mir Space Station conducting scientific experiments.
Now leading a team at the National Physical Laboratory in London, she says: “I look forward to the time when there will be another British astronaut who flies as part of a British space mission.
“I would encourage everyone to aim high and have a go at a new experience, whatever it might be. Doing new things is not always easy but it certainly makes life interesting.”
20Years ago in May since the Sheffield Arena opened in preparation for the World Student Games.
The opening ceremony was preformed by the Queen before the crew of American singer songwriter Paul Simon set up the stage for his Born At The Right Time tour.
With a capacity of 13,500, the £34m complex was one of the country’s first all-singing, all-dancing purpose-built indoor arenas, designed for the type of sports events and concerts that were simply too big for traditional venues.
Now many cities have their own arenas, with one in Leeds now under construction, built partly with Government money, much to the annoyance of Sheffield managers.
17 Labour’s majority on Sheffield City Council in May as control was seized back from the Liberal Democrats.
Local MP David Blunkett blamed the result on the unpopularity of Nick Clegg in his home city. “I think Cleggmania of this time last year has turned into a kind of Clegg-pneumonia,” he says.
Labour described the result as “bigger and better” than imaginable. It threw new leader Julie Dore in at the deep end, faced with deepening public spending cuts.
20,000 Fans watch the Arctic Monkeys play two performances in their home city in June. Looking to play somewhere a little different, the four lads from High Green opted for a couple of shows in a specially-built marquee on the Don Valley Bowl.
“Now then,” were Alex Turner’s first words, and the global-conquering giants were off. “It was incredible,” says Emma Jepson, aged 24, a secretary of Millsands.
“Just being there felt like being part of something really special. There was such a good carnival atmosphere, it was more like a festival than a gig.”
70 Years old in June, Brendan Ingle, the grand old man of Sheffield boxing, and the architect of almost all of the city’s boxing successes, says he isn’t about to start taking it easy.
He can still be found in his Wincobank gym putting his devotees through their paces. “We get 50 to 60 kids in here every afternoon from every walk of life, and no matter what race, religion or belief they are all welcome” he says.
“They train alongside the professionals and amateurs, which in turn builds confidence and discipline; it’s a terrific atmosphere.”
Another milestone was his golden wedding anniversary in September. They have three sons, two daughters and 11 grandchildren – and a big boxing family across Sheffield.
150,000 Estimated attendance at the third Tramlines music festival in Sheffield over a weekend in July. Held at more than 70 venues as well as open air locations in the city centre, it has grown from attracting 35,000 fans for the first event. Showcasing the city’s diverse musical scene, it won the Best UK Metropolitan Festival at a ceremony in the Roundhouse, London in November.
207 Years after the pub was built, the Robin Hood Inn at Little Matlock in the Loxley Valley called last orders for the final time.
Despite strenuous efforts to keep it going, the Appleyard family finally admitted defeat and regulars and other customers rueing the loss of a little piece of local history raised their glasses on a Sunday night in August.
“There was a stream of people during the day we had not seen before, taking pictures and saying we want to take one last look,” says Bridget Appleyard.
“Quite a few of the locals brought food down and we had a barbecue. It was like an old-fashioned get-together. It was lovely.”
2 Second place for hepathtlete Jessica Ennis at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, August.
After going unbeaten for more than two years, Sheffield’s golden girl was forced to settle for silver after a poor performance in the javelin effectively handed gold to 6ft 2ins Russian Tatyana Chernova.
With the London Olympics less than a year away, she vowed to work hard across the eight events to make sure she is fully prepared to win gold.
The experience of failing to become the first British woman to defend a world title was a ‘massive learning curve’.
0 People who rioted in Sheffield in August while many other towns and cities were ravaged.
South Yorkshire Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes says: “The police turned up at all the suggested venues for disorder, but nobody else did.”
Sheffield was the largest city in England in which no trouble occurred, and council leader Julie Dore said it was largely because of “the city’s culture as a big village which is very inclusive and cohesive”
27.4 Degrees centigrade recorded at Weston Park weather station on Saturday, October 1, making it the hottest October day in Sheffield since records began in 1882.
September went out on a high with 28.1 deg C, which was the hottest September day since 1949.
“I saw a humming bird hawk moth in our garden in Norton last weekend – they’re normally gone by the end of August,” says Dr Ian Rotherham, professor of environmental geography at Sheffield Hallam University.
Other unexpected visitors for the time of year included large hawker dragonflies, chiffchaff warblers and a swift.
3,126 Miles across Am- erica run by 44-year-old Sheffield student landlord Steve Pope in September, October and November.
He completed the epic journey from west to east coast with friend Chris Finill in 79 days, 22 hour overcoming searing heat, blizzards and floods.
Then they ran the New York Marathon.
The duo crossed nine mountain ranges and three deserts in an extreme test of their fitness and in aid of the charity, Help for Heroes.
“Despite the dire predictions of doctors and nutritional experts, neither of us lost any weight during the run and, apart from a few aches and pains, we ended with no significant injuries,” says Steve.
7 Years as Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, then Meredydd Hughes retired in October at the age of 53, a year before his contract runs out.
He said he was going early in time for a successor to be found to oversee the introduction of an elected police commissioner.
He was previously Deputy Chief Constable and has more than 30 years’ police service.
2,000 Applications for 300 jobs at the huge Tesco Extra superstore at the corner of Savile Street, the Wicker and Spital Hill.
Manager Mark Collings said: “Given the current climate I was expecting a positive response, but the sheer volume of applications that we received was simply overwhelming.”
MP David Blunkett says: “Every single job created is now like gold.”
40 Years of the Crucible Theatre in November. Celebrations included a reunion on the stage of artistic directors.
Colin George (1971-1974), Peter James (1974-1980), Deborah Paige (1994-2000), Michael Grandage (2000-2005), Sam West (2005-2007) and the current post-holder Daniel Evans reflected on their time running the theatre and proved they could be entertaining performers as well as directors. Only missing were the late Clare Venables, who held the post throughout the 1980s, Mark Brickman (1990-1) and Michael Rudman (1991-4).
Differences in approach over the years emerged. While Colin George had been dead set against letting sporting philistines in, his successor Peter James seized the chance to nab world snooker after learning that Cliff Thorburn suggested the world championships should be moved to Canada, where there was a theatre with an audience on all sides of the action.
3,291 Residents of Sheffield took part in an online survey over the future of Sheffield bins in November.
The vast majority were satisfied with the weekly black bin collection, but but 58% said their black bin was half full or less each week. Just over half said keeping weekly collections should be top priority, while 43% said extra recycling.
Supporters of weekly collections could find evidence in their favour – and so could backers of fortnightly collections.
Ruling Labour councillors are due to give their verdict in the New Year, under pressure from the Lib Dems to stay weekly.
10,000 Demonstrators in Sheffield city centre in November as part of a national one-day strike by public sector workers against Government pension reforms.
It’s the biggest protest Sheffield has seen in a generation, starting with a rally in Barkers Pool and turning into a march through the city centre.
A total of 122 schools were forced to close, and a further 33 were only partially open. Only 11 state sector primaries stayed open as normal. Sheffield College, the universities, police, fire and ambulance support services, hospitals, libraries, job centres and other central and local government departments were all hit.
GMB union’s John Stevenson says: “We want to rattle the windows down at Parliament! Let’s send the Government a clear message: keep your hands off our pensions!”
5 November, and the start of the Occupy Sheffield camp in front of Sheffield Cathedral.
Around 50 campaigners marched from City Hall protesting “against poverty and capitalism” and taking their cue from the demonstration outside St Paul’s Cathedral and other high-profile locations around the world.
Campaigners said they intended to stay outside the cathedral for as long as possible, and the church authorities said they respected the right to protest as long as it remained peaceful and did not cause problems for people using the cathedral.
But the relationship became fraught, with the protesters later accused of “taking advantage of the good nature of the Church of England”.
1 Lawyer Suzanne Liversidge becomes the first woman president of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce in September, and her stepmother, Pam, becomes the city’s first woman Master Cutler in October.
“Sheffield has become a city where women can achieve and influence and can create role models for the next generation,” says Suzanne. “That can only be a good thing for the region.”
The appointments follow Julie Dore becoming council leader and Coun Sylvia Dunkley, Lord Mayor.