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Chris Wilder wants away teams at Sheffield United to change in a PUB instead of Bramall Lane suite


Chris Wilder jokes he wants visiting teams to Sheffield United to change in a PUB instead of fancy Bramall Lane Platinum Suite as the Blades do not get treated nicely on their travels this season 

  • Chris Wilder joked he wants visiting teams to Sheffield United to change in a pub
  • The away sides currently change in Bramall Lane’s fancy Platinum Suite
  • Wilder believes the visiting teams are treated to kindly when visiting the Blades
  • United are rock bottom of the top-flight having lost 18 out of their 23 games

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder wants to make rival teams change at a notorious local pub where you can buy ‘white socks and meat’ and the Christmas decorations haven’t been taken down for 25 years.

Wilder reckons visitors have it too easy after being relocated to Bramall Lane’s plush 400-capacity Platinum Suite due to strict Covid-19 social distancing rules.

The 53-year-old revealed some of the far from ideal scenarios the Blades have had to deal with on their travels, and wants to redress the balance by opening the nearby Cricketers Arms for pampered Premier League players to experience first-hand that no-frills Sunday league changing experience.

Chris Wilder wants visiting teams to Sheffield United to change in a pub to try and hinder them

Chris Wilder wants visiting teams to Sheffield United to change in a pub to try and hinder them

The away teams currently change in the Blades' Platinum Suite in Bramall Lane

The away teams currently change in the Blades’ Platinum Suite in Bramall Lane 

With tongue firmly in cheek, Wilder said: ‘We treat visiting teams too well here, we put them in the Platinum Suite to change. There’s a bar there so they can just go and pull themselves a pint.

‘I’ve had a word, don’t worry about that, and if we stay up I’m going to open the Cricketers for visiting teams to get changed in there. I don’t care what the Premier League say!

‘The Cricketers is a boozer on the corner of Bramall Lane, it’s not one of these classy up-market wine bars, just to let you know. It’s not the best. 

‘The Christmas decorations are still up. They’ve been up for 25 years. If you want some white socks, or some meat or whatever you need, it’s the place to go!’

The Blades are rock bottom of the Premier League having lost 18 out of 23 league games

The Blades are rock bottom of the Premier League having lost 18 out of 23 league games

The Blades have put up with some weird and wonderful temporary dressing rooms during the pandemic, and Wilder added: ‘At Chelsea we had to change about 20 minutes walk from the ground in a health club.

‘It took us another 40 minutes there and back at half-time. No wonder we tired in the last 15 minutes, the lads were knackered for doing that walk. At Burnley, we were in a tent. It felt like December in the middle of July.’

The rock-bottom Blades travel to West Ham on Monday hoping to continue their revival with a seventh win from their last 10 games. 

The Blades visit West Ham (right) on Monday to try and record their fourth win of the season

The Blades visit West Ham (right) on Monday to try and record their fourth win of the season

Railway enthusiast Wilder is looking forward to his train journey south, and he added: ‘We’re heading down to St Pancras. That used to be a really terrible train station with loads of people sat outside, absolutely smashed.

‘But now they’ve spent a load of money on it and why not? Why not look after people travelling down from the north? It’s much improved. I’m not sure we’re going first class, but it’ll be a pleasant two hours travelling down.

‘I’ll get in Marks & Spencer beforehand and get a sandwich because I’ve gone up in the world. I won’t touch those little gin and tonics though, they’re dangerous.’

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