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The Oldest Football Team – Sheffield FC: A Brief History Of

September 16, 2019


Founded in 1857, Sheffield Football Club are
the world’s oldest football team and the founding fathers of the modern laws. The game is often traced back to English public
schools and to the wild, unruly contests between villages. In fact, Sheffield and Norton contested the
oldest “match” on record, playing each over three days and, while injuries were suffered
on both sides, reports from the time cheerfully recognised that the game finished without
any fatalities. Clearly, some codification was required. Sheffield FC was the root of that change. The club was founded by Nathaniel Creswick
and William Prest, both local cricketers searching for the means to stay fit during the winter
months, and at the club’s first Annual General Meeting, in October of 1857, they presented
the first edition of what would become known as the Sheffield Rules. Contained within that original draft were
many staples of the contemporary game, including free-kicks, throw-ins, and the contemporary
version of the kick-off. Originally, games were played internally between
the club’s members, pitting players with surnames beginning with letters from the first
half of the alphabet against with those from the second, but in December 1858 the club
played their first external game, against a side from a local army regiment. A year later, Sheffield would play the world’s
first inter club game, beating the newly formed Hallam FC 2-0. By the time The Football Association was formed
in 1863, Sheffield had devised and produced several revisions of its rule book. It sent four representatives to that inaugural
meeting and, by December of that year, had become an FA member itself. The compromise between the Sheffield Rules
and the FA’s own regulations, from where the offside rule originates, would become the
foundation of Association Football as it exists today. For the next decade, two opposing football
cultures existed in England: London and Sheffield. While the latter’s influence started to
decline by the early 1880s, placed under duress by financial difficulties and the growing
appetite for professionalism, and law making primacy would eventually be held by the International
Football Association Board – where it remains to this day – the bulk of those formative
laws were shaped in Sheffield by Creswick and Prest. In 2007, the club celebrated its 150th anniversary
with friendlies against Inter Milan and Ajax at Brammall Lane, with Sir Bobby Robson and
Sir Bobby Charlton attending a commemorative dinner and Brazilian icon Pele opening a special
exhibition, containing an original, handwritten copy of the Sheffield Rules. The present day finds the team in the Northern
Premier League, the fifteenth tier of the game, and playing their home games in Dronfield,
six miles outside of Sheffield. Nevertheless, the club retains a determination
to serve its original purpose and remains fiercely proud of its amateur status. As well as competing in domestic league and
cup fixtures, it also maintains a range of local fitness, educational and social initiatives,
both in the Sheffield community and outside, and surrounding community and regularly plays
exhibition games under the original Rules. (Matt) The club has been attempting a return to its
original home, at Olive Grove, for some time. Originally, it had been hoped that England’s
bid for the 2018 World Cup would free funding and grants which would enable the construction
of a new 10,000 capacity ground. Unfortunately, FIFA awarded the tournament
to Russia. However, In 2015 the club, under current chairman
Richard Tims, began a crowdfunding initiative to secure the move. Having been granted a free land lease by Sheffield
council, the ambition now is to build a new ground and to develop a new history centre
and museum which properly represents the past, is a fitting home for the game’s heritage,
and which would also place the club within reach of far superior transport links and
close to Sheffield city centre.

60 Comments

  • Reply Genseki V October 24, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Do a video on the Preston Invicibles side

  • Reply yo rakib October 24, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Do a video on Bryan Clough!

  • Reply Naveen Abhi October 24, 2017 at 9:01 am

    So you say that the founding fathers of first football club (modern day football clubs) were both cricketers ?????…
    😲😲😲😲

  • Reply Shane Wright October 24, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Any football fans bucket list should include seeing a game featuring Sheffield FC

  • Reply The Champions League King October 24, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I thought Notts County were older? Or are they the oldest team in the football league?

  • Reply Alfred Rieder October 24, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Whoever disliked this hates football.

  • Reply The 90s Myth October 24, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Do more videos on the oldest clubs of England

  • Reply randomshotz13 October 24, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Hallam FC still play at sandygate to this day making it the oldest foot all ground in the world

  • Reply Heskey time October 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Can you do a breif history of coventry

  • Reply Rickard October 24, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I had no idea it started with Sheffield FC. Great history, great video.

  • Reply Kris Nikolaev October 24, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Perfect timing, it's their 160th anniversary today!

  • Reply RyanBennett FC October 24, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Love to see a video on Wanderers FC, first ever FA Cup winners and dominated the tournement in the 1870s.

  • Reply TheRangersGuy October 24, 2017 at 11:30 am

    You guys should do a tactics video on the Rangers 2008 UEFA Cup run. It was a boring, boring team…extremely effective defensively though

  • Reply ElFrankElTank October 24, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Just going out to five a side, see you later (3 days on) Fuck me what a war 😂

  • Reply Messi Legacy October 24, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Do a podcast on which treble winning team was the greatest

  • Reply rman October 24, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Do a brief history tactical profile of Steven gerrard in his prime! (2004-2009

  • Reply The Institution October 24, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Utmost respect for you guys, but it's time for a video about Giuseppe Meazza.

  • Reply Gendo FM October 24, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Glad to see Sheffield FC over the last couple of years has been growing in exposure and support.

  • Reply Ewan Goss October 24, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I'm so upset, I thought this was going to be about my team: Notts County 🙁

  • Reply Carlos Eduardo October 24, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I hope to go to a match one day and visit the old ground where it was created. 🙂

  • Reply Orange Banana October 24, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Last time I checked, the NPL was tier 8, not 15

  • Reply T Rainsford October 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Oldest ground is the 'little brother' hallam fc which is at crosspool, sheffield. Hell of a slope…

    My sheffield fc season ticket is best £110 i've ever spent.

  • Reply Haris October 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Am from Sheffield

  • Reply Devon Cash October 24, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Do Worksop Town. My favourite club along with Sheffield Wednesday and I also I'm on the Worksop Town media team.

  • Reply TheFuckingBanshee October 24, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Brilliant video as always, and I have to add that the musical choice for this particular episode was really tasteful

  • Reply Amartya choudhury October 24, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Nice video

  • Reply Jonathan Mejia October 24, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    great video as always but you should making videos about other clubs in different europe and leagues and maybe even some latin american leagues

  • Reply ArtSurroundsYouAll October 24, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I was born and bred 100 yards from Hallam F.C the oldest football ground in the world!…I used to go every home game, my dad was on the committee and I have seen so many pro players and managers who came to train and scout!..Hallam F.C is still going!..Sheffield has the oldest club and ground in the world!..you want any information about Hallam F.C let me know!..

  • Reply Zaph F. Castillo October 24, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Can you help us here in the Philippines? Please feature our country! #SavePinoyFootball

  • Reply Spencer Kilpatrick October 24, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Amazing! I always thought Notts County were the oldest football club. Great channel with some great videos on football history

  • Reply Jack October 24, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Brilliant video

  • Reply KJ-Styles October 25, 2017 at 12:27 am

    do a video on John Charles

  • Reply Rishabh Kumar October 25, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Lol two cricketers who wanted to stay fit during winter..that’s rare xD

  • Reply Aiden Frost October 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Great video!
    And knowing more about the history & legacy of both clubs and players from this channel!

  • Reply Nelkenheini Hupenkoter October 25, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    History of Queen's Park F.C. would be interesting too!

  • Reply Vladimir Levchenko October 26, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I haven't seen the most quality football videos before this channel. Cool drawing, very entertaining 🙂 Best wishes From Ukraine.
    Hope soon youll be making info about european clubs (and also a lot for british, old and not clubs)

  • Reply stalfithrildi October 27, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I believe that tying together your historical series with the Tactics series would make a very interesting series; English Emigrant Coaches such as Vic Buckingham, Jimmy Hogan, George Raynor, Fred Spiksley, and why they had to move abroad to implement the tactical innovations that they wanted to.

  • Reply Adam Patterson October 27, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    wow fucking hell, thank you soo much Sheffeild FC for the game we all know and love today (geordie Toon Fan) 🙂

  • Reply Ryan Gordon November 7, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I was born in and grew up around Sheffield. People from 'down South' may take the piss out of us for many things but they'll never take this away from us…

    Nor the fact that we spawned Def Leppard

  • Reply Donald Russell December 25, 2017 at 1:56 am

    I hope YouTube pays your bills .

  • Reply gparky _owls January 11, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Sheffield F.C. play in the 7th tier! There’s no such thing as the 15th tier

  • Reply el águila negra January 15, 2018 at 8:27 am

    15th tier????

  • Reply Lemuel900 2 May 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Theres three sheffield's

    Sheffield F.C,Sheffield United,and Sheffield Wednesday

  • Reply Andybob May 16, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Oldest Amature club yes, but professional is Notts County. You should do a video with how much Football history has come out of Nottingham, goal nets, shin pads, whistles, the kits to different clubs. etc

  • Reply Jack Firth August 9, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    I didn't know that

  • Reply aaron malik September 18, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Discovered your channel and I love it! Your stories made me fall back in love with football!!!

  • Reply Timothy Ngatia September 27, 2018 at 7:08 am

    This video has made me cry so much. Even though a little of what they said was wrong it's just so surreal and emotional to finally know where it all started.

  • Reply Ashley Coates October 7, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    The 15th Tier thing made me cringe… I expect better Tifo 😳

  • Reply The Groundhopper November 4, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Hope sheffield can move back "home" when I went in 2015 the stadium in dronfield doesn't feel right

  • Reply Kritav Shah November 20, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    I just love these videos…I don't know what to say, it's great, you come up with stuff like this because no one ever will

  • Reply hughesms November 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Whilst this recognises the oldest Association Football club in the world, the Rugby code of Football (i.e. Rugby) is older in that the two sports split around the time of the rule codification in 1863. Clubs around England and Ireland either stayed playing the Rugby rules or the Association/Sheffield Rules. The oldest continuing "Rugby" Football club is Trinity College Dublin which was fist recorded having a game in 1854 and is still known as Dublin University Football Club.

  • Reply hughesms November 27, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Great videos btw; really enjoy the content on here.

  • Reply HENSDF DEDOF December 3, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Lol WHY they are mot in chanpions league

  • Reply Alasdair Morrison December 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Edinburgh are oldest team formed 1824

  • Reply Alasdair Morrison December 16, 2018 at 12:08 am

    First football rules were written in 1833 in Scotland by John Hope

  • Reply Emirares December 22, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Respect! From Fenerbahçe !!

  • Reply ian walker January 22, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    minor point 'sheffeld club' play in the npl div east so division eight, not 15th tier.

  • Reply Chavo Guerrero January 31, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Someone should fund that club

  • Reply The Anomity June 8, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Why arent they promoted at all?

  • Reply Ethan Harrington June 9, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Do a video on jimmy Dunne the man that scored a record of goals in consistently

  • Reply Conner Ramsay September 5, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Where did you find the drawing of Sheffield included in this video? And if you made it yourself could you please share? Thank you 🙂

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