On Boxing Day 1860 at Sandygate Road, the world’s oldest and second oldest clubs played the first ever inter-club match, a 2-0 victory for Sheffield, the senior side, who prevailed despite fielding fewer men.
On Bank holiday Monday 2 May, the oldest football ground in the world in Crosspool will host an anniversary match between between the world’s two oldest football clubs.
Hallam FC played Sheffield FC in the world’s first inter-club football match on Boxing day 1860. The rematch at Sandygate marks the 150th anniversary of this historical game.
It was originally to be played on Boxing day 2010, but a frozen pitch caused the match to be postponed.
The game kicks off at 3pm and the day will include refreshments plus pre-match and half-time entertainment. And of course the Plough pub is just over the road from the ground.
Tickets are on sale now and are limited to Sandygate’s capacity of about 1,000. Standing is £10/£7 concessions, seating is £15/£12 concessions. All tickets purchased for Boxing Day will be valid for the rearranged date.
This afternoon Hallam FC confirmed that the rearranged 150th anniversary football match will take place on Bank holiday Monday, 2 May 2011 at Sandygate. The full release reads:
To those who have already purchased tickets, the management at Sheffield FC who also have a packed schedule for the rest of the season and Hallam Cricket Club for clearing a new date during their season…
Thanks to everyone for your co-operation, support and best wishes!
The Boxing day 150th Anniversary of the world’s first inter club Match between
Hallam FC and Sheffield FC at the worlds oldest football ground, Sandygate Road, Sheffield which was postponed due to a frozen pitch has a new date.
Make sure you don’t miss this historic event -the new date for your diary is Bank Holiday Monday 2 May 2011, kick off 3pm.
All tickets purchased for Boxing Day will be valid for the rearranged date.
Following a pitch inspection at 10.00 am this morning (23rd December 2010), it is with great regret that the Boxing Day 150th Anniversary Match between Hallam FC & Sheffield FC at The Worlds Oldest Football Ground, Sandygate Road, Sheffield has had to be postponed due to a frozen pitch.
A date for the match to be played has been pencilled in for Good Friday the 22nd of April 2011 – which will round off Hallam FCs 150th Season.
ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR BOXING DAY WILL BE VALID FOR THE RE-ARRANGED DATE and we will keep you informed on confirmation of the fixture date as soon as we have approval from both Leagues.
Despite the huge disappointment of not being able to add this historic spectacle to your festive season Hallam FC would like to wish you and yours all the best for Christmas and The New Year and look forward to seeing you in April.
Hallam FC have issued an update about Sunday’s big match against Sheffield FC:
Tickets are still available to purchase in person from the Plough pub on Sandygate Road
If you have already ordered tickets online, the final date that they were posted out was 20 December. Any ordered via the internet after this date will be available for collection at the ground on the day
With supporters travelling from around the UK and abroad, a pitch inspection is planned for tomorrow (Thursday 23 December) to assess the impact of the current cold spell. Following this an update will be issued regarding the likelihood of the match taking place, as the club very much hopes it will. There will also be a pitch inspection on the day of the match
A commemorative programme and limited edition Badges (numbered 1- 150) will also be on sale on the day
We’ll pass on any news as soon as we get it after tomorrow’s pitch inspection.
Meanwhile, Hallam earned deserved point against Dinnington on Tuesday 23 November to put a stop to their run of seven straight defeats in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division. The match finished 1-1, with Neil Longhurst equalising for the Countrymen in the 64th minute.
Two matches since then have been postponed due to the weather, with the game against Liversedge rearranged for Tuesday 18 January. The Countrymen’s next outing is away at Tadcaster Albion this Tuesday night (14 December), kick off 7:45pm.