The wait is nearly over for football fans in Sheffield – with the 142nd Steel City derby kicking off this evening.
Five hundred extra police officers have been drafted in as 30,000 fans descend on Bramall Lane to see Sheffield United take on Sheffield Wednesday.
The last Steel City Derby was played in September 2017, when United won 4–2 at Hillsborough.
The teams have met competitively a total of 128 times, with United leading the meetings by 46 wins to Wednesday’s 42 wins.
The teams first met on 15 December 1890 at Wednesday’s Old Olive Grove ground. With The Wednesday playing a friendly match against the newly formed Sheffield United, the home team won 2–1.
The first competitive Steel City Derby fixture took place in1893 during the 1893-94 English Division 1 season (following United’s promotion to the first Division the previous season), it ended 1–1.