Sheffield and Hallamshire FA documents

In 2021 The oldest county FA in the country, Sheffield and Hallamshire decided to place its documents going back to the earliest days of football in the city into the safe keeping of the Sheffield City Archives.

Tim Knebel, archivist, was given the job of cataloguing the boxes of minutes and other documents from our local FA. This work is now complete and there is a catalogue online for people to search what is available to be looked at in person at the City Archives on Shoreham Street.

To view, access the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Football Association (Collection Reference: X945): If you click on the ‘RefNo’ link X945 via this link, this will bring up the breakdown of items within the collection and allow you to expand on the different sections of the catalogue.

Tim said: “We have been pleased to receive the collection of records of the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA and its all been catalogued by the city archives and so is now available for the public to access.”

The earliest surviving records in the collection  date from 1877 but the early Committee minutes do make interesting reading and include reference for example to the floodlit match and discussion over the off side rule. The first 3 volumes of minutes covering September 1877 – April 1904 have now been digitised.”

Below are a couple of images of the pages referring to the floodlit match on Oct 14th 1878 between the Reds and the Blues. Note the Clegg brothers as captains on the opposing sides!

If you wish to access the Sheffield And Hallamshire records please contact Sheffield archives at

Sheffield and Hallamshire FA have given permission for SHOF to reproduce the images of the minutes on this website and can be contacted at Sheffield & Hallamshire FA (

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