Forthcoming events, we’d love to meet you at any of them.

Our next “Football Walk” is on Saturday July 13th (1.00pm). Read more here! 

The History of Football Without a Ball with John Clarke
Monday July 22nd
Cross Scythes, Derbyshire Lane

If we see modern football as a cake, then this talk is about the ingredients that go into its making. Forget the ball, think about what brought 11 men together in over 177 teams in just one city under a set of rules drawn up by the elite on a pitch they provided at a time they wanted, and the poor paid to watch. Since half the match takings went into the charity pot to run the schools, the poor houses, and the hospitals, did we use it as a form of taxation? We see 1855 in books as the start of the game, so why is this significant? Why did street violence lead to the first flood light football match? Could dental rubber have helped create the passing game we see today?

Was Sunday football a way of stopping the folk of Sheffield worshipping St Monday? How did the French revolution, the outrages, the rivers and the enclosures act play their part in our beautiful game? What happened when the crucible which held the ingredients was tilted to pour its molten mass out to form the arteries that helped the game spread?

This funny and riveting talk will answer all these the questions and more and show why we may have taken some ingredients from other places, but they all came together within these seven hills, the holy cradle of the game. We go from the bronze age to the soccer age in one night with Sheffield Home of Football historian John Clarke in a funny, informative and off the wall approach to understanding history and how the modern game developed.

Tickets are £5.00 via Eventbrite

Here are some video highlights of recent events.

Previous events

The History of Sheffield Wednesday FC with Jason Dickinson (Official Club Historian)
Thursday 20th June 19:00 – 21:00
Wadsley WMC

Join us for a splendid evening talking about the glorious history of SWFC. Formed in 1867 as an offshoot of The Wednesday Cricket Club (itself formed in 1820), they were known as The Wednesday Football Club until 1929. Wednesday is one of the oldest surviving football clubs in the world of any code, and the second-oldest professional association football club in England. In 1868 its team won the Cromwell Cup, only the second tournament of its kind

Lifelong Owls fan Jason Dickinson is the Official Sheffield Wednesday FC Historian and the author of nine books about the clubs origins and history. The depth of his detailed knowledge of the club is unequalled

The History of Sheffield United football club with John Garrett
Monday, 22 April 19:00 – 21:00
Sheffield United on Bramall Lane

John Garrett is the Heritage manager for Sheffield United football club and he will be giving an illustrated talk With objects from the Sheffield United football club, Museum and trophy room. We are seeking your items of memorabilia, trophies, documents, records, programmes, tickets, photographs, and other football related memorabilia for a football valuation with John Garrett at Sheffield United football club on Monday, 22 April between 5 PM and 7 PM, this is free but you must reserve a spot. John Garrett is a senior valuer with Graham Budd Auctions.

The History of Women’s Football
Monday 25th March 19:00 – 21:00
Cross Scythes, Derbyshire Lane

Ruth Johnson chronicles the History of Women’s Football and the huge growth in support for it along with the pioneers who made it possible.  We’re delighted that former England, Arsenal and Donny Belles player Joanne Broadhurst will as be speaking alongside Ruth Johnson about her experiences as a professional football player.

Sheffield Home of Football ‘Legends Lager’ Launch Event
Saturday 30th March 19:00-21:00
Little Mesters Brewing Meadowhead, Sheffield

All SHOF Supporters are welcome to attend this launch of our latest brews. We’d love to see you. There may be a couple of surprises. 
An Evening with Tony Currie

Fri 16th Feb 7-9 Sheffield Town Hall 7.00pm-9.00pm

We’re delighted to announce the first of our ‘Evening with….’ events with a true ‘Legend of the Lane’ Tony Currie in conversation with journalist & broadcaster Alan Biggs at Sheffield Town Hall (Silver reception rooms). Tony will be talking about his early days and glory days with stories and anecdotes from his long and illustrious career with Leeds, QPR, Sheffield United and England.

Why Sheffield is the Home of Football  SOLD OUT

Mon 29th Jan 2024 19:00 – 21:00 Cross Scythes, Derbyshire Lane

Join us for the first of our monthly Sheffield Home of Football talks of 2024. We kick off the series with an entertaining and informative talk from two of our SHOF football historians and enthusiasts, author John Stocks and documentarian Steve Wood. Sheffield can rightly claim to be the birthplace of the modern game of football, but WHY and WHO were the principal figures involved and WHERE and WHEN did these events occur? The presentation includes a slide presentation and breaks with an opportunity to contribute and ask your questions.

Sheffield Heritage Fair Millennium Gallery

Sat 20th Jan & Sun 21st Jan 2024 10.00am-5.00pm

Sheffield Home of Football will be holding a stall at the Sheffield Heritage Fair on the weekend of 20th & 21st January 2024 Join us for a celebration of Sheffield’s rich history, as we showcase the work of SHOF along with key heritage groups from around the city in a weekend-long fair at the Millennium Gallery. Find out about the future of key sites and chat with over 40 local groups who care for and promote Sheffield’s heritage.

This event is organised by well-known Sheffield character, author, and provider of Sheffield-based historical walks and talks, Ron Clayton, and historian and speaker, David Templeman.

If you’d like to volunteer to come and help on the store or to work with the team at any event, please contact us for more info

Kelham Island Museum Victorian Christmas Fair
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd of December from 10 till five.

Please come along and supporters. We will be selling our T-shirts for Sheffield Home of Football, ale and lager, along with badges, keyrings and other merchandise to help raise funds to enable us to achieve our aim of creating a football heritage museum in Sheffield and an education programme, shouting about what’s brilliant about Sheffield and its football history.

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