Sheffield At Wembley Celebration Ale


The 1992/93 season saw the famous steel city derby played out in front of more than 75,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. The occasion was the FA Cup semi-final, and was one of four trips to Wembley that Wednesday would make that season. A special celebration ale was brewed at the Hope Brewery on Claywheels Lane in Sheffield (the home of Jubilee Stout) – part of the Bass empire, the Hope Brewery became a specialist brewery for bottled beers before it closed in 1994.

Bass have a long connection with football, they created the Bass Charity Vase in 1889 to raise funds for medical and hospital charities. The trophy was donated by the great-grandsons of William Bass, the founder of the Bass Brewery. The trophy itself is made from gold and inscribed with the names of all previous winners, which included Chesterfield.

Word on the street is that the beer “tasted like s**t”!


Sheffield United and Wednesday met in the 1993 FA cup semi-final for the right to play Arsenal and 75,364 packed Wembley Stadium to watch their teams battle it out. Wednesday were favorites and their team boasted stars such as Chris Waddle, Mark Bright and Carlton Palmer, but the Blades were known for their team spirit and had managed to beat Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United 2-1 in the quarter-final. Wednesday won the match 2 – 1 on the day.

They went on to lose play Arsenal in a final which was dubbed ‘the longest FA cup final in history’ as it spanned two matches, and a period of extra time. The Owls eventually lost 2-1 with Andy Linighan scoring the winner in the 118th minute. It was the last ever FA Cup final to go to a replay, as from 1999 onwards it was decided that all FA Cup finals would be decided on the day.

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Source: Nick Robinson / Dave Pickersgill
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