The refurbishment of Hallam FC’s ground in Crosspool will be celebrated next year with an event on 13 April.
Sandygate, officially recognised as the oldest football ground in the world, has been improved with refurbished clubhouse and dressing rooms, the relaying of paths inside the ground, new barriers and work to the pitch.
Speaking on Radio Sheffield this morning, chairman David Slater said: “We think we’ve got the best ground in the Northern Counties League. There are some wonderful places that have had Football Foundation grant aid but we’re very proud of what we’ve done and match up to anybody. People come all over the world to see us. We have to keep that ground spick and span and it is now.”
The work was paid for by an unexpected donation in his will by long term Countrymen fan Roger Bell.
Special guests will oversee the official opening at 1pm on Friday, 13 April.