The World’s First Derby
...Between Sheffield FC and Hallam FC, the two oldest football clubs in the world
Since 1860, on Boxing Day December 26th, the two oldest football clubs in the world celebrate the first ever inter-city football match, the mother of all derbies. Back then it was Sheffield FC against its local rival Hallam FC, the Countrymen.
On Saturday July 27th 2013, these two local amateur rivals will again have a head to head meeting at the Sheffield FC Stadium – home of football – where they will celebrate the original values of football: Integrity, Respect and Community.
The entire day will be centred around remembering and cherishing the first pioneers and true values of football, giving the fans and media, travelling to the hyped event from all over the world, a full, great day in the name of football!
The event will also mark the beginning of a new collaboration, since, as of July 27th, hummel will become official partner and kit supplier of The World’s First Football Club – Sheffield FC and official partner and supporter of the Sheffield Football Club Foundation ‘Protector of Football’.
Add-ons to The Derby…
In addition to the main Derby, there will be a pioneer match, where veterans of Sheffield FC and Hallam FC celebrate football dressed in the old heritage style, a football meets music match where celebs, legends of Sheffield football, fans and local heroes all play together, a tea time event where the successful ladies of Sheffield FC is given tribute and the day is rounded off with a splendid after party at the Coach & Horses Pub. All of this will be wrapped in a feeling of retro and heritage, as all the fans, guests and visitors are invited to dress like old fashion ladies and gentlemen.
You can read much more about the event and buy your tickets online now at www.sheffieldfc.com.
A little bit of History
This “Gentlemen’s Game” is considered the oldest still-contested derby of any football code in the world, and is probably one of the oldest organised team-sport derbies in the world, besides those found in cricket. The match was originally first played on the oldest football ground in the World, the Hallam Pitch at Sandygate Lane in the city of Sheffield.
Football since 1857 – made in Sheffield
Founded in 1857, by the two pioneers William Prest and Nathaniel Creswick, Sheffield FC is The World’s First Football Club. Those men dedicated their life to the invention of club football and developed the first set of standardised rules and with that the first corner kick, cross bar, throw-in, free-kick and fouls. Just as important as the invention of the rules was those men’s deep understanding of the game and its true values: Integrity, Respect and Community, as they developed the club to always be and remain Non-Professional, since 1857.
In the following years, the Sheffield FC pioneers enforced the foundation of other football clubs within and outside the city of Sheffield, amongst others they helped to establish the second oldest team in the world, Hallam FC, with whom they live in friendship and share a respectful rivalry on the pitch, playing the game like gentlemen and honourable amateurs.