Boxing day fixture at Sandygate

Hallam FC take on Yorkshire Amateur at Sandygate this afternoon, in a reminder of a boxing day tradition that goes back over 150 years.

Today’s Guardian newspaper reports how we have we have Hallam FC and Sheffield FC to thank for boxing day sport:

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.

Kick off this afternoon is at 3pm.

Sandygate
Sandygate: home of a boxing day tradition that goes back over 150 years

Tickets still available for historic Bank holiday football match at Sandygate

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.

Tickets are still available for purchase from:

Sandygate, home of Hallam FC
Have you got your tickets for the rearranged Boxing day match on Bank holiday Monday?

Date confirmed for rearranged Boxing day match

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.

Tickets are still available for purchase:

Kind regards,
Hallam Football Club
www.theoldestfootballgroundintheworld.com
more details online after Jan 12th

Sandygate, home of Hallam FC
Sandygate will host the rearranged Boxing day match on May 2 2011

Boxing day match postponed

This was issued by Hallam FC this morning:

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.

Good news

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.

Kind Regards
Hallam Football Club

www.theoldestfootballgroundintheworld.com

Boxing day match latest

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.

Hallam slump continues

Hallam’s slump continued on Tuesday night with a 5-0 defeat to Tadcaster Albion, making it ten games without a win for the Countrymen.

The result leaves them second from bottom of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

Hallam’s final league game of 2010 is away at Arnold Town on Saturday, before the big Boxing day friendly against local rivals Sheffield FC at Sandygate.

Official Hallam FC website

NCEL results, fixtures and tables

Boxing day football match: parking offered

A local youth sports trust has offered its car park for the Boxing day match between Hallam FC and Sheffield FC in Crosspool.

The trustees of Crosspool & District Youth Sports Trust (CDYST) have agreed that the CDYST car park on Coldwell Lane can be used by fans attending the 150th anniversary Boxing day match at Sandygate.

On Boxing day 1860, Hallam FC played Sheffield FC in the world’s first inter-club football match. The 2010 rematch at Sandygate marks the 150th anniversary of this historical game.

Buy tickets online from theoldestfootballgroundintheworld.com

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.

Official Hallam FC website

NCEL results, fixtures and tables

Hallam FC v Sheffield FC 150th anniversary boxing day match

23 December update: the match has been postponed

The oldest football ground in the world in Crosspool is to host a Boxing day rematch between the world’s two oldest football clubs.

On Boxing day 1860, Hallam FC played Sheffield FC in the world’s first inter-club football match. The 2010 rematch at Sandygate marks the 150th anniversary of this historical game.

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.

Buy tickets online from theoldestfootballgroundintheworld.com

As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations, an England C team will also play a Hallam XI at Sandygate on Tuesday 19 October.

Sandygate, the oldest football ground in the world
Sandygate, the oldest football ground in the world