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Happy Birthday Sheffield United FC. 125 years old 22nd March 2014. The club produced a special edition of the matchday programme for the game against Wolves at Bramall Lane. Here it is signed by former players Rob Hulse, Richard Cresswell, Leigh Bromby and Derek Geary. 

Sheffield FC - The World’s First Football Club - Pride of Yorkshire
IMG_8043.jpg by SheffieldFCArchive on Flickr.
Sheffield FC: Give The Gift of Football

Sheffield FC - The World’s First Football Club - Pride of Yorkshire

IMG_8043.jpg by SheffieldFCArchive on Flickr.

Sheffield FC: Give The Gift of Football

Not to be upstaged by my younger brother who in 1980 got a letter from Sheffield United I received this letter from the Football Association in 1985. I’d written to them complaining that Bramall Lane hadn’t been included in their application for the 1988 European Championships and they were good enough to reply giving reasons why.

Letter from The Football Association 1985 on Flickr.

Happy birthday Borussia Dortmund with love from the World’s First Football Club Sheffield FC 1857
A delegation from Sheffield FC are on their way to Germany to help celebrate BVB’s 104th birthday. They’ll take with them this gift of an engraved Friendship Bowl that was made in Sheffield and in doing so cement a friendship founded on shared values of respect, community and inclusion. Earlier this year BVB made a visit to Sheffield FC in order to discover the roots of the game with a club official saying,

"We wanted to visit the cradle of football and find inspiration. After all, it all started here in Sheffield and we at Borussia Dortmund are committed to tradition .. there are parallels between the two clubs. Sheffield FC´s values are based on respect and integrity, without distinction of social origin, nationality, religion, sex or age - values that have also always been shared by the BVB´s black and yellow family - coming together in their love of football."

A sentiment I’m sure we can all share.
Image used with kind permission of Sheffield FC

Happy birthday Borussia Dortmund with love from the World’s First Football Club Sheffield FC 1857

A delegation from Sheffield FC are on their way to Germany to help celebrate BVB’s 104th birthday. They’ll take with them this gift of an engraved Friendship Bowl that was made in Sheffield and in doing so cement a friendship founded on shared values of respect, community and inclusion. Earlier this year BVB made a visit to Sheffield FC in order to discover the roots of the game with a club official saying,

"We wanted to visit the cradle of football and find inspiration. After all, it all started here in Sheffield and we at Borussia Dortmund are committed to tradition .. there are parallels between the two clubs. Sheffield FC´s values are based on respect and integrity, without distinction of social origin, nationality, religion, sex or age - values that have also always been shared by the BVB´s black and yellow family - coming together in their love of football."

A sentiment I’m sure we can all share.

Image used with kind permission of Sheffield FC

Bramall Lane - Sheffield Utd
Just found this photo in amongst my albums. It was took from the Bramall Lane Upper Tier, now called the Jessica Ennis Stand and I was sat slap bang in line with the centre spot. A great vantage point though couldn’t say the same for the match. It was shit as is usually the case at Bramall Lane these days.

Bramall Lane - Sheffield Utd

Just found this photo in amongst my albums. It was took from the Bramall Lane Upper Tier, now called the Jessica Ennis Stand and I was sat slap bang in line with the centre spot. A great vantage point though couldn’t say the same for the match. It was shit as is usually the case at Bramall Lane these days.

Now THIS is what you call football history

Two photos I took of a couple of exhibits on display at Legends of the Lane, the Sheffield United football museum at Bramall Lane. I’ve posted these photos up before but here they are together for the first time.

On the left the original hand written 'Sheffield Rules'. These rules formed the basis of the World’s first football culture in and around Sheffield from the late 1850s. On the right the actual Youdan Cup, the World’s first football competition the final of which was played at Bramall Lane in 1867.

Bramall Lane home of Sheffield United. Beautiful atmospheric representation of football under floodlights at the home of football. 
EDIT: Artist is Bob Barker & this painting forms part of his Jumpers for Goalposts collection. Please visit his website. You can buy his art here. Thank you @eddiechap & @hollowspy for the artist info.

Bramall Lane home of Sheffield United. Beautiful atmospheric representation of football under floodlights at the home of football.

EDIT: Artist is Bob Barker & this painting forms part of his Jumpers for Goalposts collection. Please visit his website. You can buy his art here. Thank you @eddiechap & @hollowspy for the artist info.

Bramall Lane, Sheffield by Terry Gorman

Bramall Lane, Sheffield by Terry Gorman

England v Scotland - U21 International at Bramall Lane Sheffield
13/08/13: England won 6-0 watched by 26942. The game was billed as the Kick It Out anniversary game as a tribute to the late Laurie Cunningham who became the first black player to earn England international honours when he represented England U21’s v Scotland at Bramall Lane in 1977.  

England v Scotland - U21 International at Bramall Lane Sheffield

13/08/13: England won 6-0 watched by 26942. The game was billed as the Kick It Out anniversary game as a tribute to the late Laurie Cunningham who became the first black player to earn England international honours when he represented England U21’s v Scotland at Bramall Lane in 1977.  

“The goalkeeper’s fear of the buddleia” by adrianwynn on Flickr.
More shots of goalposts here

“The goalkeeper’s fear of the buddleia” by adrianwynn on Flickr.

More shots of goalposts here

West Germany at the 1966 World Cup - Original Photos

Football gold dropped through my letterbox this weekend. I’d spotted some original photographs taken at the 1966 World Cup up for sale on a well known auction site so being a bit of nostalgia nerd I just had to have them. Here’s a selection for your viewing pleasure.

The bottom photo shows West German fans cheering on their team during the Group 2 game against Argentina at Villa Park. The game, watched by 51000 ended 0-0. 

The bottom photo is a shot of a British Army marching band providing pre-match entertainment prior to the quarter-final tie between West Germany and Uruguay at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground. The two middle photos are action shots from the game itself, which was watched by a crowd of 34000 who saw the Germans beat Uruguay 4-0.


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reblogged from interleaning
Pele v Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, 1962.
Ten years later Pele was back in England

Pele v Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, 1962.

24th October 1857 - Happy Birthday Football

Non League Day 13.10.12 - Sheffield Area

Following on from the success of the last two Non League Day events it will again take place this season and is all set for 13th October 2012. Here’s a round up of non league action taking place in and around the Sheffield and South Yorkshire area on the day. For info on fixtures throughout England and to find your nearest game visit the Non League Day website.

Northern Premier League [web]

  • Sheffield FC v Hucknall Town

Northern Counties East League [web

  • Maltby Main v Winterton Rangers
  • Worksop Parramore v Staveley Miners Welfare
  • Athersley Recreation v Grimsby Borough
  • Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Teversal
Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League [web]

Lots of local cup action in the County Senior League on non league day just click on the web link above to take your pick. 

For non league games in and around the Doncaster area head on over to the top rated football fanzine Popular Front for details on a Doncastrian Non League Day.

Here’s a great article from Rusty Goalposts on why you should try non league football. Wherever you choose to go have a great day out
Yorkshire Non League Football

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reblogged from ferrets64
Football & street art come together.
Sadly this piece by Sheffield artist Rocket01 is no more. 
(via ferrets64: Favouritest Rocket01 piece ever - demolished now)

Football & street art come together.

Sadly this piece by Sheffield artist Rocket01 is no more. 

(via ferrets64: Favouritest Rocket01 piece ever - demolished now)