Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United lined up for Hallam FC pre-season friendlies in Crosspool

Premier League champions Manchester City will send an under-18 team to Sandygate on Monday 16 July as part of Hallam FC’s pre-season preparation.

The Countrymen are also due to play Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 24 July and Sheffield United on Monday 30 July. For these types of fixture, the Owls and the Blades often send a team of youngsters or reserves.

At a Sandygate pre-season fixture in August 2011, Hallam edged out a young Sheffield Wednesday team 3-2.

Hallam FC proposed pre-season schedule 2012:

Sandygate games in bold. Check with Hallam FC for confirmed details before you set off.

Tuesday 3 July Worksop Parramore (a) 7.45pm
Monday 16 July Manchester City (h) 7.45pm
Tuesday 24 July Sheffield Wednesday (h) 7.45pm
Saturday 28 July Harborough Town (a) 1pm
Monday 30 July Sheffield United (h) 7.45pm (provisional)

Hallam FC beat a SWFC XI 3-2 in August 2011
Hallam FC beat a SWFC XI 3-2 in August 2011

Hallam kick off 2011-12 season

The Countrymen return to Sandygate on 20 September
The Countrymen return to Sandygate on 20 September

Hallam FC have started the new season in the Baris Northern Counties East Football League Division One, following relegation in May.

They kicked off with a 1-0 defeat at local rivals Handsworth and then last night lost 2-0 to  Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

The Countrymen’s first match at Sandygate isn’t until 20 September when they host Appleby Frodingham in the Wilkinson Sword Trophy first round. They then play Appleby again on 1 October in the league.

Earlier this month, The Star reported that Hallam chairman and former premiership referee Uriah Rennie has been trying to keep the peace behind the scenes where there has been a rumpus over voting rights and money.

Hallam FC 2011-12 fixtures

Sheffield Wednesday team to play in Crosspool

For the second year running, Sheffield Wednesday have included a trip to Sandygate in their pre-season schedule.

A ‘Wednesday XI’ team will take on Hallam FC on Wednesday 27 July, kick off 7:45pm. This means that it is unlikely to be the full Wednesday first team playing – they are also playing at Barnsley the night before.

Adult tickets are £5, Junior and OAP tickets are £3.

In 2010 a strong Wednesday first team saw off the Countrymen 9-0.

Hallam FC fixtures 2011

Sheffield Wednesday pre-season fixtures 2011 and ticket information

Sheffield Wednesday will visit Sandygate in July

Sheffield victorious at historic anniversary match

Hallam FC v Sheffield FC 150th anniversary match programme
Hallam FC v Sheffield FC 150th anniversary match programme

A large Sandygate crowd watched Sheffield FC beat Hallam FC 2-1 at the historic 150th anniversary match this afternoon.

The Plough pub was busy beforehand and the bank holiday atmosphere continued in the Crosspool sunshine as the game got underway at the oldest football ground in the world.

The match was goalless at half time, before the Countrymen took the lead midway through the second half. Sheffield FC then equalised and scored a late goal to win 2-1.

Photos from the day are below as a slide show and gallery.

Today’s game follows Hallam’s 2-1 defeat to Arnold Town on Tuesday night. This result means that the Countrymen finish second from bottom in the Northern Counties East League premier division, in one of the two relegation places.

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Tension mounts for Countrymen in relegation fight

A haul of six points from five games in nine days has left Hallam FC just three points behind Arnold Town and a position of safety.

The Countrymen picked up wins against Armthorpe Welfare at Sandygate and away at Lincoln Moorlands Railway, but suffered defeats to Farsley AFC, Tadcaster and Selby Town.

Hallam and Arnold each have three games left. They come head to head on the final match of the season, a game which could decide which team will join Dinnington Town in relegation to Division one.

Official Hallam FC website

NCEL results, fixtures and tables

Countrymen lose to Nostell and Bridlington

Two defeats in seven days have meant Crosspool’s local football club Hallam FC has been unable to lift itself off the bottom of the Northern Counties East Premier League.

The Countrymen lost 4-1 to Nostell Miners Welfare on Saturday 12 March and suffered a 2-0 reverse to Bridlington Town over the weekend.

Hallam’s next game at Sandygate is on Thursday against Hall Road Rangers, kick off 7:45pm.

Official Hallam FC website

NCEL results, fixtures and tables

Sandygate visitors centre on track following six-figure Hallam FC donation

A £280,000 visitors centre is likely to be built in 2011 at Sandygate after a loyal fan left Hallam football club an unexpected donation in his will.

Long-term supporter Roger Bell followed the Countrymen home and away but never told anyone at the Crosspool club his plans to leave them a financial gift when he passed away.

The money will be used to fund ground improvements, including a visitors centre and new clubhouse.

Fan leaves fortune to non-leaguers (Sheffield Star report)

Sandygate: the money left to the club will help fund a visitors centre and new clubhouse

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