Honestly. The weather up North has been decent. You’d expect nothing less from me.
My first venture into industrial Hillsborough, where views of the Don are vanishingly rare.
I’ve only been to two greyhound stadiums ever. Once, in Walthamstow, because Blur had just made greyhound racing more popular than football. And once in Chester-le-Street when the venue made the GBG a decade ago as part of the programme to get all CLS’s clubs and sporting venues in the Guide.
Sadly the Owlerton Stadium doesn’t feature on WhatPub, but the functional looking Old Crown outside on the A61 promises “2 changing beers” and a touch of ’20s elegance. Alan Winfield (not shown) visited in 2010.
You wouldn’t know we were in Lockdown. ALL of the industrial units along the A61 are full of unmasked life, repairing Bentleys, boilers and Beko fridges. You can’t buy a pint, watch a gig, or celebrate a rare Sheffield United goal (all fair enough), but you CAN get your white goods upgraded. Discuss.
I went round the back of Owlerton, fearing the worst.
Oooh look, the Bassett man. Let’s call him Dave.
A footbridge leads to steep steps up through the (invisible) gates of a picturesque cemetery, the scene of a riot on 3/6/1862 that matched the furore at home last night when I drank the last can of craft Mrs RM had her eye on.
The ascent, steep but not slippy, takes you to the northern end of Parkwood Springs, and gives gorgeous views to more than 237 Sheffield breweries.
During Lockdown some Sheffield Wednesday fans have climbed here to attempt a view of the footy action at Hillsborough (top pic). But not many.
I was interested in pubs, dead or alive.
The descent into scruffy Shirecliffe (see : the little park south of Donovan Road that resembles a war zone) is a mud bath, but I finally get my reward as the Forty Foot hoves into view.
Yes, it’s keg. No, Alan didn’t make it there. And who knows if it’s REALLY named after the 40 foot washes in my own Fenlands.
But Johns is £2.50 for Loyalty Card members. And you know how us tickers love a loyalty card.