Sheffield firsts

Some of the many reasons why Sheffield is known as the Home of Football!

  1. Oldest Existing Association Football Club in the World: Sheffield FC
  2. Second Oldest Existing Association Football Club in the World: Hallam FC
  3. Third Oldest League Football Club in the World: Sheffield Wednesday FC
  4. Oldest existing ground in the World still to be hosting Association Football: Sandygate
  5. Oldest stadium in the World still to be hosting professional Association football: Bramall Lane
  6. Oldest Knockout Cup in the World: Youdan Cup
  7. Second Oldest Knockout Cup in the World: Cromwell Cup
  8. Oldest County Football Association in England: Sheffield Football Association 1867
  9. Oldest English County Knockout Cup: Sheffield Challenge Cup (Jointly with Birmingham F.A.)
  10. Oldest English Charity Knockout Cup: Wharncliffe Cup
  11. The world’s oldest rules written by an association football club : 1858 Sheffield Rules
  12. The Sheffield FA instigated the corner kick, a fixed crossbar, umpires and the free kick. 
  13. They were also the first to discuss penalties but quickly decided against them.
  14. World’s first use of Floodlights: Bramall Lane
  15. World’s first League Club to be called ‘United’: Sheffield United
  16. Cemetery Road Church FC are the oldest club to originate from a church (1861). Heeley FC are the oldest club from a surviving church (1862)
  17. Oldest ‘State’ School Football Club in the World: All Saints’ Night School FC
  18. Oldest School Tournament in the World still being competed for: Clegg Shield
  19. Sheffield played in the first ever inter-city match, against London
  20. York FC (1861) are the oldest club to originate from a hotel & Garrick (1866) are the oldest club to originate from a public house.
  21. Oldest Player Insurance Scheme in the World
  22. First ever Chairman of the Football Association: Sir Charles Clegg (he also played in England’s very first international against Scotland in 1872)
  23. First ever F.A. Cup: Made in Sheffield by Martin, Hall & Co.
  24. World’s first professional footballer. 
  25. Wednesday FC were the first English club to import and compensate a Scotsman for footballing reasons, James J. Lang in the autumn of 1876.
  26. First player from an ethnic minority (Romany) to win an England cap: Sheffield United’s Rab Howell in 1895
  27. Sheffield United hold the record as the only club to field 10 England internationals in a league match (8 times in one season!)
  28. Sheffield United FC, together with Corinthians FC, were the first team to compete in the 1898 Sheriff of London Charity Shield in March 1898. A football competition played annually between the best amateur and best professional club in England (either the Football League champion or FA Cup winner).
  29. First ever BBC radio commentary on a professional football match (January 1927) featured a game between Arsenal and Sheffield United. Today the Sheffield & District Junior Sunday Football League is the largest league of its kind in Europe
  30. Surrey Catholic FC, the world’s oldest catholic club. St Vincents FC, the world’s oldest club to originate from a Catholic church
  31. First reference to passing in the game in the world, 1861 Hyde Park
  32. First reference to heading in the game, 1872, The Oval in London by Sheffield representative team
 
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