Will a tree protection order stop historic Hallam cricket club’s plans?
If a Sheffield Council preservation order to protect a group of mature trees on the Hallam Cricket Club ground on Sandygate Road is approved next week, could it affect the clubs plans to install a 15 metre high ball-stop net at the ground?
This is written from the home of football, namely Sheffield. You will be aware of our claim and may well be aware of some of the initial contributions made by forward-thinking folk in Sheffield to the “Sheffield and soccer”.
The oldest football ground on the planet  is that of Hallam FC, behind Sheffield FC which is the second oldest football club. The then landlord of the adjacent pub, “The Plough” at Sandygate, had formed a cricket club in 1850 and due to the establishment of Sheffield FC the members opened the ground up to football in 1860 https://www.hallamfc.co.uk/history.php [A page worth visiting]
As with many locals,” The Plough” is currently closed and under threat of a developer turning the area into domestic housing.
The Plough has a unique pedigree football-wise and for over 150 years has been home to the pre and post-match camaraderie of thousands of those with a love of the game; it is an integral part of football’s history. It is believed that many of the original templates for the game were developed in The Plough
This could well be an FA rescue mission. The possibility of a pub, hotel, museum and only a few miles from Sheffield’s City Centre, an FA investment would pay dividends locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Over the years this city has provided chairmen of the FA… notably Sir Charles Clegg 1890 [aka the Napoleon of Football]. He played in the first international 1872 and refereed FA cup finals! The Clegg Cup and Shield are the oldest schools’ football trophies in the world. Charles and his brother William were amazing influences on the game. Other Sheffield Chairmen of distinction were, Sir Andrew Stephen 1967 and Geoff Thompson, OBE 2010.
WE ARE THE GLOBAL HOME OF FOOTBALL …. and we believe deserve increased recognition from the Football Association; we trust that you do too.
As most of you will know, an application to demolish the Plough has been submitted to the planning committee. The application would see the Plough replaced by eight houses on the site, none of which would be affordable for many of the local people.
We are asking as many people as possible to object to this application in order to protect such a historic building as the Plough. The main reasons for objecting are: The Plough was listed as an Asset of Community Value in April 2018 which protects its status as a public house. This decision was based on widespread support from the community, individuals, families and local organisations such as Crosspool Forum.
The recent planning history of the site confirmed the value of the Plough to the local community.
In January 2017, the planning committee refused an application for change of use on the basis that the pub catered for a wide section of the local community.
The Plough has significant heritage value not only to the local area but to the city as a whole. It is a landmark building and is closely associated with the history of football in the city. The local authority should be looking to preserve such buildings and to promote them as part of its ‘home of football’ campaign.
The application to demolish the Plough does not provide any evidence to suggest that it is not viable as a public house. The developer states that no offers were received to lease the pub but this was because it was only offered for a completely unrealistic rent of £50,000 per annum. Average rents in our region are between £24,000 and £29,000.
Please make an objection as soon as you can, using the link below:
Tomorrow Tuesday 28th May, 8pm, the 3¼ miles long, with 800 feet of climb, annual Hallam Chase Fell Race, organised by Hallamshire Harriers and hosted by Hallam Cricket Club, takes place.
Runners set off from Hallam Football/Cricket Club’s Sandygate ground at 8pm, go down Den Bank through the Rivelin Valley and up Tofts Lane to Stannington Church gates, before returning by the same route.
This heritage related event goes back as far as 1862.
The current record time of 19 minutes 42 seconds was set in 1968 by Trevor Wright.
Find out more on the Hallam Chase and Hallamshire Harriers website
Thousands of runners of all abilities will hit the streets of Sheffield at 9.30am this Sunday 14th April 2019, for the Sheffield Half Marathon.
To ensure the safety of all those taking part, spectators, residents and visitors, a number of the city’s roads will be closed or have access restricted during the event.
To allow time to handicap all, the pre-entries close on the 22nd May. The aim is for all to finish together.
The chase scheduled to start at 8pm, Tuesday 28th May, tortoises off first, whippets last, takes runners out and back to the Hallamshire Cricket Ground along a 3.25mls fell race course that climbs 800′ up to the church gate at Stanington.
Open to male and female runners, young and old, the tradition of staging this heritage related event goes back as far as 1862.
If you would like to be part of keeping this unique chase alive for the next generation, contact Richard Patton Tel:01433 620591, Mobile: 07974 983670,
As part of the Magnificent Seven cycle challenge event, Hagg Hill, Back Lane & Stephen Hill will be temporarily closed this Sunday morning, 24th March,as will other parts of the route.
The 2019 event will feature five new climbs. The full route is just over 23 miles long, presenting each rider with over 3,200ft of climbing around Sheffield, with inclines ranging from 9 to 23 per cent. Spectators are welcome and encouraged on all of the 7 climbs.
Last year, competitors were greeted by large crowds cheering encouragement as the cyclists took on these steep inclines.
The home of Hallam FC and Hallam Cricket Club has been granted protected status.
Sandygate stadium in Crosspool is now an asset of community value, meaning that if the owners ever want to sell the ground, they would have to inform the local authority and give a community group six months to raise the money to purchase it.