Reopening event for Sandygate refurbishment

Sandygate, the oldest football ground in the world
Improvements have been made to Sandygate, the oldest football ground in the world

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.

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Away win sets up Hallam relegation decider

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NCEL table: Hallam and Arnold are both on 27 points with one game remaining

A 2-1 victory at Liversage yesterday for Hallam FC has set up an end-of-season finale away at Arnold Town on Tuesday night to decide which club will be relegated.

Both teams are level on 27 points, but the Crosspool club go into the match needing a win to stay up due to their inferior goal difference.

One other team will join Dinnington Town in relegation to Northern Counties East League division one.

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Hallam’s poor form continues

Hallam suffered a 5-0 defeat to league leaders Farsley AFC last weekend.

The match was goalless at half time, but after the break the Countrymen conceded five, including a brace from Andy Cooper.

Hallam remain rooted to the bottom of the Northern Counties Premier Division, however they do have five games in hand on the team above them, Dinnington Town.

Their next match is against Armthorpe Welfare at Sandygate on Saturday 26 February, kick off 3pm.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hallam hit rock bottom

Hallam find themselves propping up the Northern Counties East League Premier Division after a 2-0 defeat to Long Eaton United at Sandygate on Saturday.

The loss leaves the Countrymen with just 8 points from 14 league outings. They are level on points with Liversedge but have an inferior goal difference.

Hallam’s next match is against Lincoln Moorlands Railway on Saturday at Sandygate.

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Countrymen lose to Winterton

Hallam’s run without a win extended to six matches on Saturday after a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Winterton Rangers at Sandygate.

The loss follows the previous weekend’s 2-0 reverse at Maltby Main and leaves the Countrymen second from bottom of the Northern Counties East League Premier division.

Tomorrow night they take a break from league action and visit Staveley in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup.

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Sandygate, home of Hallam FC
Hallam went down to Winterton Rangers at Sandygate