Sheffield Wednesday F.C.
Sheffield Wednesday Football Club is a professional association football club based in Sheffield, England. The team competes in the Championship, the tier of the English football league system. Formed as an offshoot of The Wednesday Cricket Club in 1867, in 1868 they won the Cromwell Cup, only the second tournament of its kind, and in 1877 they won the inaugural Sheffield Challenge Cup, the oldest county cup in England. They were founding members and inaugural champions of the Football Alliance in 1889, in 1992 they became founder members of the Premier League. The club has spent most of its history in English footballs top flight. The Owls, as they are nicknamed, have won four league titles, Wednesday have also competed in UEFA cup competitions on four occasions, reaching the quarter-finals of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1963. Since 1899 the club has played its matches at Hillsborough stadium. Although no contemporary evidence has found to support the claim. Nevertheless, an 1842 article in Bells Life magazine states the club was founded as far back as 1816, the club was so named because it was on Wednesdays that the founding members had their day off work. They were initially based at the New Ground in Darnall, and often went by the name of Darnall Wednesday, in 1855 they were one of six clubs that helped build Bramall Lane, and held a wicket there for many years. The proposal proved very popular, with over 60 members signing up for the new team on the first night and they played their first match against The Mechanics on 19 October the same year, winning by three goals and four rouges to nil. On 1 February 1868, Wednesday played their first competitive match as they entered the Cromwell Cup. A week after their semi-final, they went on to win the cup, beating the Garrick club in the final after extra time, a key figure during the formative years of the football club was Charles Clegg, who joined the Wednesday in 1867. His relationship with the club lasted for the rest of his life and he also became president and chairman of the Football Association, and was known as the Napoleon of Football. In 1876 Wednesday acquired Scot James Lang, although he was not employed by the club, he was given a job by a member of the Sheffield Wednesday board that had no formal duties. He is now acknowledged as the first professional player in England. With Lang in their team the club became one of the strongest in the region. In 1880 the club entered the FA Cup for the first time, but although they had had Lang on their books a decade earlier, the club officially remained staunchly amateur, and this stance almost cost the club its very existence
Bramall Lane is a football stadium in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It is the home of Sheffield United and it was also used by Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield F. C. for major matches. This is because Sheffield Wednesday are a club and used to own this ground. It has been the home of Sheffield United since the establishment in 1889. It is the oldest major stadium in the still to be hosting professional association football matches. The stadium was built on a Sheffield road named after the Bramall family, the Bramalls owned The Old White House on the corner of Bramall Lane and Cherry Street, and subsequently built the Sheaf House, now a public house that still stands at the top of Bramall Lane. The stadium was opened as a cricket ground. It was also used for games in the 19th century by Sheffield F. C. and Sheffield Wednesday. Bramall Lane is one of two grounds which has hosted England football internationals, an England cricket test match and an FA Cup Final. It also regularly hosted FA Cup Semi Finals and replays between 1889 and 1938, the ground has also hosted rugby league games for the Sheffield Eagles, a Billy Graham Evangelist meeting in 1985 and a pair of rock concerts by Bruce Springsteen in 1988. The record attendance for the ground is 68,287, set at an FA Cup 5th Round tie between Sheffield United and Leeds United on 15 February 1936. Bramall Lane opened as a ground in 1855, having been leased by Michael Ellison from the Duke of Norfolk at an annual rent of £70. The site was then away from the industrial area. It was built to host the matches of cricket clubs and originally had six clubs playing there, one of whom was the Wednesday Cricket Club. Bramall Lane opened on 30 April 1855 as a ground with a match between The Eleven and The Twenty Two, The Eleven, despite being the senior team. A team representing Yorkshire played the first county match at the ground on 27 August 1855, against Sussex, although the first county game had been played eight years earlier, the official Yorkshire County Cricket Club was not formed until 1863. The idea came from Ellison, who was using his own finances to support the club and it was the clubs headquarters until 1893, when they moved to Headingley in Leeds. In 1897, Jack Brown and John Tunnicliffe recorded a first wicket score of 378 against Sussex—a ground record that has never been beaten, browns score of 311 and Yorkshires innings of 681 for 5 declared were also records when the cricket ground closed
Highfield is a former home ground of The Wednesday Football Club and was located on London Road near to the centre of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The club started to use the ground when they formed in 1867, the ground was a field that was part of a recreational ground that was at the time called the Orphanage, having just changed their name from the Cremorne Gardens. Charles Blondin, the high wire artist, was reported to have performed in the gardens and they also provided the home ground for Mackenzie F. C. during the 1867 Youdan Cup. The site is now thought to be occupied by the Highfield library, archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Lost Grounds on the Football Ground Guide
Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, its derives from the River Sheaf. With some of its southern suburbs annexed from Derbyshire, the city has grown from its industrial roots to encompass a wider economic base. The population of the City of Sheffield is 569,700, Sheffield is the third largest English district by population. The metropolitan population of Sheffield is 1,569,000, in the 19th century, Sheffield gained an international reputation for steel production. Known as the Steel City, many innovations were developed locally, including crucible and stainless steel, Sheffield received its municipal charter in 1843, becoming the City of Sheffield in 1893. International competition in iron and steel caused a decline in these industries in the 1970s and 1980s, the 21st century has seen extensive redevelopment in Sheffield along with other British cities. Sheffields gross value added has increased by 60% since 1997, standing at £9.2 billion in 2007, the economy has experienced steady growth averaging around 5% annually, greater than that of the broader region of Yorkshire and the Humber. The city is in the foothills of the Pennines, and the valleys of the River Don and its four tributaries, the Loxley, the Porter Brook, the Rivelin. 61% of Sheffields entire area is space, and a third of the city lies within the Peak District national park. The area now occupied by the City of Sheffield is believed to have inhabited since at least the late Upper Palaeolithic period. The earliest evidence of occupation in the Sheffield area was found at Creswell Crags to the east of the city. In the Iron Age the area became the southernmost territory of the Pennine tribe called the Brigantes and it is this tribe who are thought to have constructed several hill forts in and around Sheffield. Gradually, Anglian settlers pushed west from the kingdom of Deira, a Celtic presence within the Sheffield area is evidenced by two settlements called Wales and Waleswood close to Sheffield. The settlements that grew and merged to form Sheffield, however, date from the half of the first millennium. In Anglo-Saxon times, the Sheffield area straddled the border between the kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria, after the Norman conquest, Sheffield Castle was built to protect the local settlements, and a small town developed that is the nucleus of the modern city. By 1296, a market had been established at what is now known as Castle Square, from 1570 to 1584, Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Sheffield Castle and Sheffield Manor. During the 1740s, a form of the steel process was discovered that allowed the manufacture of a better quality of steel than had previously been possible
South Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in England. It is the southernmost county in the Yorkshire and the Humber region and had a population of 1.34 million in 2011 and it has an area of 1,552 square kilometres and consists of four metropolitan boroughs, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. South Yorkshire was created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972 with Barnsley as its county town. The Sheffield Urban Area is the tenth most populous conurbation in the UK, South Yorkshire lies within the Sheffield City Region with Barnsley also being within the Leeds City Region, reflecting its geographical position midway between Yorkshires two largest cities. South Yorkshire County Council was abolished in 1986 and its boroughs are now effectively unitary authorities. As a ceremonial county, South Yorkshire has a Lord Lieutenant, South Yorkshire was created from 32 local government districts of the West Riding of Yorkshire, with small areas from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Although the modern county of South Yorkshire was not created until 1974, prehistoric remains include a Mesolithic house dating to around 8000 BC, found at Deepcar, in the northern part of Sheffield. The region was on the frontier of the Roman Empire during the Roman period, the main settlements of South Yorkshire grew up around the industries of mining and steel manufacturing. The main mining industry was coal which was concentrated to the north, there were also iron deposits which were mined in the area. The rivers running off the Pennines to the west of the county supported the industry that is concentrated in the city of Sheffield. The proximity of the iron and coal made this an ideal place for steel manufacture. Although Christian nonconformism was never as strong in South Yorkshire as in the towns of West Yorkshire, there are still many Methodist and Baptist churches in the area. Also, South Yorkshire has a high number of followers of spiritualism. It is the county that counts as a full region in the Spiritualists National Union. The review was abolished in favour of the Royal Commission on Local Government before it was able to issue a final report, the Royal Commissions 1969 report, known as the Redcliffe-Maud Report, proposed the removal of much of the then existing system of local government. Redcliffe-Mauds recommendations were accepted by the Labour government in February 1970, the Local Government Act 1972 reformed local government in England by creating a system of two-tier metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties and districts throughout the country. The act formally established South Yorkshire on 1 April 1974, although South Yorkshire County Council had been running since elections in 1973, South Yorkshire initially had a two tier structure of local government with a strategic-level county council and four districts providing most services. In 1986, throughout England the metropolitan county councils were abolished, the functions of the county council were devolved to the boroughs, joint-boards covering fire, police and public transport, and to other special joint arrangements
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west, the Irish Sea lies northwest of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east, the country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain in its centre and south, and includes over 100 smaller islands such as the Isles of Scilly, and the Isle of Wight. England became a state in the 10th century, and since the Age of Discovery. The Industrial Revolution began in 18th-century England, transforming its society into the worlds first industrialised nation, Englands terrain mostly comprises low hills and plains, especially in central and southern England. However, there are uplands in the north and in the southwest, the capital is London, which is the largest metropolitan area in both the United Kingdom and the European Union. In 1801, Great Britain was united with the Kingdom of Ireland through another Act of Union to become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1922 the Irish Free State seceded from the United Kingdom, leading to the latter being renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain, the name England is derived from the Old English name Englaland, which means land of the Angles. The Angles were one of the Germanic tribes that settled in Great Britain during the Early Middle Ages, the Angles came from the Angeln peninsula in the Bay of Kiel area of the Baltic Sea. The earliest recorded use of the term, as Engla londe, is in the ninth century translation into Old English of Bedes Ecclesiastical History of the English People. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, its spelling was first used in 1538. The earliest attested reference to the Angles occurs in the 1st-century work by Tacitus, Germania, the etymology of the tribal name itself is disputed by scholars, it has been suggested that it derives from the shape of the Angeln peninsula, an angular shape. An alternative name for England is Albion, the name Albion originally referred to the entire island of Great Britain. The nominally earliest record of the name appears in the Aristotelian Corpus, specifically the 4th century BC De Mundo, in it are two very large islands called Britannia, these are Albion and Ierne. But modern scholarly consensus ascribes De Mundo not to Aristotle but to Pseudo-Aristotle, the word Albion or insula Albionum has two possible origins. Albion is now applied to England in a poetic capacity. Another romantic name for England is Loegria, related to the Welsh word for England, Lloegr, the earliest known evidence of human presence in the area now known as England was that of Homo antecessor, dating to approximately 780,000 years ago. The oldest proto-human bones discovered in England date from 500,000 years ago, Modern humans are known to have inhabited the area during the Upper Paleolithic period, though permanent settlements were only established within the last 6,000 years
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
A pub, or public house, is an establishment licensed to sell alcoholic drinks, which traditionally include beer, ale and cider. It is a relaxed, social drinking establishment and a prominent part of British, Irish, New Zealand, Canadian, in many places, especially in villages, a pub is the focal point of the community. In his 17th century diary Samuel Pepys described the pub as the heart of England, Pubs can be traced back to Roman taverns, through the Anglo-Saxon alehouse to the development of the tied house system in the 19th century. In 1393, King Richard II of England introduced legislation that pubs had to display a sign outdoors to make them easily visible for passing ale tasters who would assess the quality of ale sold, most pubs focus on offering beers, ales and similar drinks. As well, pubs often sell wines, spirits, and soft drinks, meals, the owner, tenant or manager is known as the pub landlord or publican. The pub quiz was established in the UK in the 1970s and these alehouses quickly evolved into meeting houses for the folk to socially congregate, gossip and arrange mutual help within their communities. Herein lies the origin of the public house, or Pub as it is colloquially called in England. They rapidly spread across the Kingdom, becoming so commonplace that in 965 King Edgar decreed that there should be no more than one alehouse per village. A traveller in the early Middle Ages could obtain overnight accommodation in monasteries, the Hostellers of London were granted guild status in 1446 and in 1514 the guild became the Worshipful Company of Innholders. A survey in 1577 of drinking establishment in England and Wales for taxation purposes recorded 14,202 alehouses,1,631 inns, Inns are buildings where travellers can seek lodging and, usually, food and drink. They are typically located in the country or along a highway, in Europe, they possibly first sprang up when the Romans built a system of roads two millennia ago. Some inns in Europe are several centuries old, in addition to providing for the needs of travellers, inns traditionally acted as community gathering places. In Europe, it is the provision of accommodation, if anything, the latter tend to provide alcohol, but less commonly accommodation. Famous London inns include The George, Southwark and The Tabard, there is however no longer a formal distinction between an inn and other kinds of establishment. In North America, the aspect of the word inn lives on in hotel brand names like Holiday Inn. The Inns of Court and Inns of Chancery in London started as ordinary inns where barristers met to do business, traditional English ale was made solely from fermented malt. The practice of adding hops to produce beer was introduced from the Netherlands in the early 15th century, alehouses would each brew their own distinctive ale, but independent breweries began to appear in the late 17th century. By the end of the century almost all beer was brewed by commercial breweries, the 18th century saw a huge growth in the number of drinking establishments, primarily due to the introduction of gin
Geographic coordinate system
A geographic coordinate system is a coordinate system used in geography that enables every location on Earth to be specified by a set of numbers, letters or symbols. The coordinates are chosen such that one of the numbers represents a vertical position. A common choice of coordinates is latitude, longitude and elevation, to specify a location on a two-dimensional map requires a map projection. The invention of a coordinate system is generally credited to Eratosthenes of Cyrene. Ptolemy credited him with the adoption of longitude and latitude. Ptolemys 2nd-century Geography used the prime meridian but measured latitude from the equator instead. Mathematical cartography resumed in Europe following Maximus Planudes recovery of Ptolemys text a little before 1300, in 1884, the United States hosted the International Meridian Conference, attended by representatives from twenty-five nations. Twenty-two of them agreed to adopt the longitude of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, the Dominican Republic voted against the motion, while France and Brazil abstained. France adopted Greenwich Mean Time in place of local determinations by the Paris Observatory in 1911, the latitude of a point on Earths surface is the angle between the equatorial plane and the straight line that passes through that point and through the center of the Earth. Lines joining points of the same latitude trace circles on the surface of Earth called parallels, as they are parallel to the equator, the north pole is 90° N, the south pole is 90° S. The 0° parallel of latitude is designated the equator, the plane of all geographic coordinate systems. The equator divides the globe into Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the longitude of a point on Earths surface is the angle east or west of a reference meridian to another meridian that passes through that point. All meridians are halves of great ellipses, which converge at the north and south poles, the prime meridian determines the proper Eastern and Western Hemispheres, although maps often divide these hemispheres further west in order to keep the Old World on a single side. The antipodal meridian of Greenwich is both 180°W and 180°E, the combination of these two components specifies the position of any location on the surface of Earth, without consideration of altitude or depth. The grid formed by lines of latitude and longitude is known as a graticule, the origin/zero point of this system is located in the Gulf of Guinea about 625 km south of Tema, Ghana. To completely specify a location of a feature on, in, or above Earth. Earth is not a sphere, but a shape approximating a biaxial ellipsoid. It is nearly spherical, but has an equatorial bulge making the radius at the equator about 0. 3% larger than the radius measured through the poles, the shorter axis approximately coincides with the axis of rotation
History of Sheffield Wednesday F.C.
The History of Sheffield Wednesday F. C. covers almost 150 years of both success and failure of the football club from Sheffield, England. Established in 1867 the club would see early regional success followed by a transition to professionalism. Although it has spent the majority of its Football League years in the top flight its position within the league has varied from the top to almost slipping to the fourth tier. The club was initially a cricket team named The Wednesday Cricket Club after the day of the week on which they played their matches, the footballing side of the club was established to keep the team together and fit during the winter months. SWFC was born on the evening of Wednesday 4 September 1867 at a meeting at the Adelphi Hotel in Sheffield, the formation was announced two days later with the following statement in the Sheffield Independent newspaper, SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY CRICKET CLUB AND FOOTBALL CLUB. From the great unanimity which prevailed as to the desirability of forming the club, the office bearers were elected as follows, – President, Mr. B. Chatterton, vice-president and treasurer, Mr. F. S. Chambers, about sixty were enrolled without any canvas, some of them being the best players of the town. Even at this first meeting it became apparent that football would soon come to eclipse the cricketing side of the club, the formation of the football club came within a decade of the first football club in the world, Sheffield F. C. being formed. Hallam F. C. was set up shortly afterwards and by 1867 Association football was becoming very popular, the Wednesday played their first football match in October 1867 against the Mechanics Club at Norfolk Park, a game which they won by three goals and four rouges to nil. They went on to win the cup, beating Cromwells own team, Wednesday were joined by the Clegg brothers, Charles and William in 1870. Charles became the clubs first international player when he played in the very first international on 30 November 1872, William represented the Wednesday in the next international on 8 March 1873. Both players would go on to be associated with the club for the rest of their lives, although it would be Charles who became most heavily involved in football eventually rising to become president and chairman of the Football Association. Both the Cleggs received knighthoods in later life, in 1876 Wednesday were joined by James Lang. The directors of the club had seen him playing for Glasgow against the Sheffield FA representative side. He was subsequently invited to come to Sheffield and play for the club and given a job, working in a owned by one of the directors. This is now acknowledged as the first case of professionalism in the game, sheffields first annual tournament, the Sheffield FA Challenge Cup, was inaugurated in 1876 and won by Wednesday who beat Heeley, their chief rivals at the time, in the final 4–3 after extra time. They would go on to win the first Warncliffe Cup in 1879. By this time Wednesday had become the dominant force in local football, in 1879 a number of Wednesday players were involved in a team referred to as The Zulus
Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Academy
The Sheffield Wednesday Academy is the youth system of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. The academy runs two sides, the U21 Development squad, and the U18 Academy, both play in the respective age groups Professional Development League Division 2 North leagues. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, Sheffield Wednesday Official Website Sheffield Wednesday Youth Academy Official Webpage
Sheffield Wednesday L.F.C.
Sheffield Wednesday Ladies F. C. often abbreviated to SWLFC and nicknamed The Owls, are a womens and girls football club based in South Yorkshire, England. C. They also have a 2nd Reserve team and a 3rd senior Development team that currently in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Womens County League. The team was originally called Star Ladies, shortly afterwards the side joined the Sheffield Ladies League. When this league was disbanded joined the Nottinghamshire Ladies League which was later renamed the East Midlands Ladies League. Christine McCann guided the Owls back to the top flight as champions of the Northern Combination in 2007, McCann handed the reins to senior coach Daniel Duke for their Premier League return and he and his staff guided them to a 6th-place finish. Due to committee changes it was decided for the 2009–10 season that the team would separate from the junior section, on 26 September 2009 Daniel Duke resigned as Head Coach due to the Owls poor start to the season. He was replaced by Luton Town footballer Andy Burgess, who installed Liam Kelly has his assistant, Kelly left after two weeks, citing work commitments. Burgess then resigned in early 2010 and was replaced by his former assistant, under Liam Kelly the club finished 11th in the 2009-10 Premier League Northern Division, in the second relegation place. Kelly left at the end of the season, SWLFC were relegated at the end of the season, mainly due to bad results and team changes forced upon them by the constant managerial roundabout. Chairman Jeff Maslin decided the club needed stability to give SWLFC a better chance of straight back to the FAPWL. Adam Smallman was appointed in the pre-season and started rebuilding the squad, some departures and some arrivals has heralded a new look squad. They also now have a Reserve and a Development team that play in the Sheffield, the club has gone from strength to strength and can now boast ten junior squads and three adult squads making SWLFC the biggest ladies/girls club in South Yorkshire
Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England has been the home ground of Sheffield Wednesday F. C. since opening in 1899. It is a 39,732 capacity stadium, making it the largest club ground in England outside of the Premier League until Newcastle United and it is located in the Sheffield suburb of Owlerton. Although the ground has received little investment since Euro 1996, it is regarded as a beautiful ground oozing character. It has two large two-tiered stands and two large single-tiered stands, all of them covered, all four stands are of a similar capacity with the South Stand being the largest and the West stand the smallest. Only one corner of the ground is filled, between the West and North Stands and this area, known as the North West corner, is uncovered and is only used for visiting supporters when the West Stands upper and lower tiers are full. On the other corner of the West Stand is a screen which was installed in 2015. On 15 April 1989, the ground was the scene of the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death at an FA Cup semi-final. Plans by the club to renovate the stadium and expand capacity to 44,825 have been approved by Sheffield City Council with the aim of hosting World Cup matches. The playing surface has been upgraded to a Desso GrassMaster including a replacement of the Under-soil heating. The stadium previously played host to World Cup and European Championship football in 1966 and 1996 respectively, during the 1898–99 season Sheffield Wednesday were told that the land rented at Olive Grove would be needed for railway expansions. They were allowed to remain there for the rest of season but had to find a new ground for the next season. Several locations were considered but fell through for various reasons, an alternative was offered by the Midland Railway Company but it did not meet the requirements of the club. Finally James Willis Dixon of Hillsborough House, owner of the Silversmiths James Dixon & Sons, offered a 10-acre site at Owlerton, the land was part of the Hillsborough House estate which was being sold off by the Dixons. It was successfully bought for £5,000 plus costs, soil was dumped at both ends of the ground to level out the ground which was initially meadowland covered with dandelions. The 2,000 capacity stand at Olive Grove was then transported to the new site and was joined by a newly constructed 3,000 capacity stand for the start of the next season, the first match to be played was on 2 September 1899 against Chesterfield. The match was kicked off by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield William Clegg and it was a Chesterfield player, Herbert Munday, who scored the first goal at the new stadium but Wednesday came back to win the game 5–1. Despite the location of the several miles outside the city boundaries. The ground was known as the Owlerton Stadium until 1914, when it was renamed Hillsborough to coincide with a series of ground improvements, the ground took its new name from the newly created parliamentary constituency
Steel City derby
The Steel City Derby is a local derby that takes place between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, the two professional football league teams based in the city of Sheffield, England. It is widely considered one of the most passionate and hotly contested matches in English football. The teams have met competitively a total of 127 times, with United having won 3 more of the encounters than Wednesday, the latest Steel City Derby was played on 26 February 2012, when Wednesday won 1–0 at Hillsborough. The teams first met on 15 December 1890 at Wednesdays Old Olive Grove ground, with The Wednesday playing a friendly match against the newly formed Sheffield United that the home team won 2–1. The first competitive Steel City Derby fixture took place on 16 October 1893 during the 1893–94 English Division 1 season, most Steel City derbies have taken place in the top two tiers of English football, with only two seasons in the third tier. The second match of the season was at Bramall Lane on Tuesday 8 April 2008 and saw United battle back from 2–0 down, to snatch a 2–2 draw in front of 31,760 fans. The first meeting of the two matches for the season, the 2008–09 Championship season was held on 19 October 2008. Wednesday won 1–0 with a 35th minute volley from Steve Watson, the return game at Bramall Lane was on 7 February 2009, with Wednesday winning 2–1 thanks to goals from Tommy Spurr and Marcus Tudgay. This victory was Wednesdays first at Bramall Lane since 1967 and their first double victory over their city rivals for 95 years. On 18 September 2009 Sheffield United took a 3–0 lead against Sheffield Wednesday into half time, but the score finished 3–2 to United and earned Kevin Blackwell his first win against Sheffield Wednesday since joining the club. The 125th Steel City Derby played on 18 April at Hillsborough was drawn 1–1, Wednesday took the lead late in the first half form a Darren Potter volley, United equalized on the hour mark through a Lee Williamson shot. On the first derby game of the season on 16 October 2011 United gained a 2–0 lead, the second game on 26 February 2012 at Hillsborough was important for both teams, since both sides were competing for promotion to the Championship. Wednesday took the full 3 points with a 1–0 win after goal from Chris OGrady, the goal turned out to be crucial, since Wednesday eventually finished second in the table and gained promotion with 93 points, while United finished third with 90 points. United eventually failed to gain promotion after losing the Play-offs final to Huddersfield and this table excludes pre-season games, friendlies and testimonials. League Cup Eligible games – Friendlies The most famous match at Bramall Lane was on 8 September 1951, the Boxing Day Massacre was a match played on 26 December 1979. It was famous for being the biggest win in recent times, the United side at the time were top of the league, while Wednesday were 4th in the table. The match was watched by a third division crowd of 49,309 spectators. On 3 April 1993, the two met in the FA Cup semi-finals
Wednesdayite is also a term commonly used to refer to any supporter of Sheffield Wednesday F. C. Wednesdayite, is the largest independent supporters group for Sheffield Wednesday fans. Wednesdayite is the name of Wednesdayite Limited, an independent football supporters group. Wednesdayite as an organisation are members of the Football Supporters Federation, previous to Wednesdayite, the Sheffield Wednesday Supporters Society functioned under the name of The Owls Trust which was originally set up in 2001. The organisation angered the then chairman of Sheffield Wednesday, Dave Allen, as well as many Wednesday fans and this feud resulted in the trust being evicted from their offices in Hillsborough. Hemmingham eventually quit in March 2005 when Bates took control of Yorkshire rivals Leeds, the move reportedly saw Hemmingham receive death threats, and many fans believe that Hemminghams actions vindicated Allen. Jim Harrison was replaced at this time as Chairman by Darryl Keys. Since the rebranding the trust grew massively in size, although they attracted a lot of controversy. Despite regular attempts to communicate with the clubs directors many in that board were still hostile to Wednesdayite, in September 2005, the former Sheffield Wednesday Chairman, Dave Allen, offered to buy Wednesdayites share of the club for around £330,000. Wednesdayite members democratically voted in favour of rejecting the offer, Allen claimed to have increased this offer to £500,000, however no ballot of members took place regarding this offer, due to the previous rejection. On 13 February 2008, Wednesdayite Chairman Darryl Keys revealed that the group had been approached by different parties with regards to the processes involving the sale of their shareholding. One of those parties was revealed to be Geoff Sheard. Wednesdayite membership significantly increased during the period with all members promised that they would be able to part in any future potential vote deciding whether to sell the shares. Wednesdayite issued several statements on their website which were picked up by the press, Wednesdayites openness in addressing the unfolding situation saw support for the group grow. On 1 July 2008, Wednesdayite received a bid from Geoff Sheard. Wednesdayite immediately referred the correspondence to legal advisors in preparation of a ballot of members on whether to accept the offer for the shareholding, to keep members and the fanbase aware of what was happening, Wednesdayite subsequently published a list of Questions and Answers regarding the bid. It was also announced that Dave Allen had agreed to sell his 10% stake in Sheffield Wednesday PLC to Sheards group, Wednesdayite announced on 17 July 2008 that they would formally ballot members to decide the fate of the shares. It was also revealed that the former Home Secretary and Wednesdayite Patron, notice of a Special General Meeting of Wednesdayite was given on 23 July 2008 and ballot forms sent out to all eligible members. The Special General Meeting took place on 6 August 2008, the 5,037,017 ordinary shares in Sheffield Wednesday Plc should not be sold or otherwise transferred’
Armthorpe Welfare F.C.
Armthorpe Welfare Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Armthorpe, South Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, the club was established in 1926, and initially competed only in local leagues, including the Doncaster Red Triangle League. In 1935 they turned semi-professional and joined the Sheffield Association League and they first entered the FA Cup in the following season, and competed in the FA Amateur Cup for a few years after World War II. They left the Sheffield League in 1950 to join Division Two of the Doncaster & District Senior League and their first season in the new league saw them promoted to Division One. Although they were relegated two seasons later, Armthorpe won Division Two at the first attempt to earn promotion back to Division One. In just their second season in Division One they won the league title and they added further title wins in 1960–61, 1961–62 and 1964–65. However the club was relegated from the renamed Premier Division at the end of the 1966–67 season and they were relegated again in 1969–70, and sunk into Division Three after another relegation in 1972–73. Two years later the reformed and rejoined the Doncaster & District Senior League. They began in Division Three, which won in 1978–79. The following season they won Division Two and the League Cup in 1979–80, following their Premier Division title, the club moved up Division Two North of the Northern Counties East League. They finished as runners-up in their first season, earning promotion to Division One Central and they went on to win the division at the first attempt and were promoted to the Premier Division, where they have remained since, becoming the divisions longest serving club. In 1987–88 the club finished as runners-up, losing the title to Emley on goal difference, in 2000–01 they finished in the relegation zone, but were reprieved from relegation after Ossett Albion were promoted to the Northern Premier League and no club was relegated in their place. The club plays at the Welfare Ground on Church Street and it has a capacity of 2,500, of which 250 is seated and 400 covered. C. Players Armthorpe Welfare F. C. managers Official website
Askern Football Club is a football club based in Askern, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Central Midlands League North Division, the club was established as Askern Welfare in 1924, playing in local Doncaster leagues for several decades. In 1967 Welfare won the Doncaster & District Senior League title for the time in the clubs history. In 1992 they finished as runners-up and chose to take promotion to the Central Midlands Football League and they won promotion to the Supreme Division in 2001, and in 2008 the club won the CMFL Supreme Division title. Winning the CMFL earned the promotion to the Northern Counties East League. In their first NCEL campaign Askern finished third in Division One and they made their FA Vase debut in 2010 and made their one and only appearance in the FA Cup a year later, losing to Thackley in the Extra Preliminary Round. In 2013 the club finished bottom of the NCEL Division One and they were relegated back to the Central Midlands League and changed their name again, this time to Askern. In their first season back in the CMFL, Askern finished second bottom of the North Division. Players that have played in the Football League either before or after playing for Askern – Morgan Hunt The club plays at the Welfare Ground, on Doncaster Road, Askern, Doncaster Rovers, pre-season friendly, 2010–11 Official website
Athersley Recreation F.C.
Athersley Recreation Football Club is a football club based in Athersley, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, the club was formed in 1979 as Athersley North Juniors. In 1983–84 they finished third in Division Two of the Barnsley Nelson League and were promoted to Division One, after finishing as runners-up in Division One the following season, they switched to Division Two of the Barnsley Junior League for the 1985–86 season. Their first season in the new division saw them finish third and they were renamed Athersley Recreation in the summer of 1986. After winning Division One in 1986–87, the club members of Division One of the Barnsley Association League. They finished as runners-up in the season, earning promotion to the Premier Division. The club went on to win back-to-back Premier Division titles in 1991–92 and 1992–93, after their third title in 1996–97, the club moved up to Division Two of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League in 1997. They won the division in their first season in the league, the following season saw them finish as runners-up, resulting in promotion to the Premier Division. They subsequently won the Premier Division at the first attempt, after winning their sixth Premier Division title in 2011–12, the club was promoted to Division One of the Northern Counties East League. Their first season in the new league saw them finish as runners-up, in 2013–14 they entered the FA Vase for the first time, and a year later they made their FA Cup debut. In May 2014 they won the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup for the first time, the club plays at Sheerien Park on Ollerton Road in Athersley. It has a capacity of 2,000, of which 420 is covered and 150 seated, shaw Lane Aquaforce, Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup, 2014–15 Athersley Recreation F. C. players Official website Athersley Recreation F. C. on Twitter
Barnsley Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. The team play in the Championship, the tier of the English football league system. Nicknamed the Tykes, they were founded in 1887 by Reverend Tiverton Preedy under the name Barnsley St. Peters, the club colours are red and white, and their home ground since 1888 has been Oakwell. Taylor broke into the Barnsley team just after the sale of wing-half Danny Blanchflower to Aston Villa. Blanchflower would go on to sign for Tottenham Hotspur and be voted FWA Player of the Year twice as well as captaining the North London club to the first league and cup double of the 20th century. Barnsley FC was established in 1887 by a clergyman, Tiverton Preedy and they joined the Football League in 1898, and struggled in the Second Division for the first decade, due in part to ongoing financial difficulties. In 1910 the club reached the FA Cup final, where they lost out to Newcastle United in a replay match. However, they would reach the 1912 FA Cup Final where they would defeat West Bromwich Albion 1–0 in a replay to win the trophy for the first. When the league restarted after World War I, the 1919–20 season brought significant changes to the league. The principal difference was that the First Division would be increased from 20 teams to 22, the bottom team from the previous season was Tottenham Hotspur and they were duly relegated. The first extra place in the First Division went to Chelsea, derby County and Preston North End were rightly promoted from the Second Division which left one place to be filled. Henry Norris, the then Arsenal chairman, had recently moved Woolwich Arsenal north of the River Thames to Highbury and he was later to admit some underhand dealings, allegedly including the bribing of some member clubs to vote for Arsenals inclusion. They duly won the vote and Barnsley were consigned to the tier of English football for another 8 decades. The club did come close to reaching the top division in the early years. In 1922, they missed out on promotion by a single goal, during the years preceding and following World War II, the club found themselves sliding between the Second and Third Division. Around the time of Blanchflowers departure, a young centre-forward called Tommy Taylor broke into the Barnsley team, scoring 26 goals in 44 games for Barnsley. In April 1953, he one of the most expensive players in English football at the time when Matt Busby signed him for Manchester United for a fee of £29,999. In 1965, Barnsley were relegated to the Football League Fourth Division for the first time and they went down to the Fourth Division again in 1972, and this time stayed down for seven seasons, finally returning to the Third Division in 1979
Dinnington Town F.C.
Dinnington Town Football Club is a football club based in Dinnington, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Central Midlands League North Division, the club was formed in 2000, joining the Premier Division of the Central Midlands League. In 2001–02 they finished third and were promoted to the Supreme Division and they won the CMFL League Cup in 2002–03 and finished as league runners-up in 2003–04 and 2004–05. After a third consecutive second-placed finish in 2005–06 they were promoted to Division One of the Northern Counties East League, in 2007–08 they reached the 3rd Qualifying Round in their debut FA Cup campaign, and won promotion to the NCEL Premier Division after winning the Division One title. After winning the League Cup in 2009–10, they were relegated back to Division One at the end of the 2010–11 season, a series of images taken during the Dinnington Town vs. Sheffield Wednesday XI friendly match,30 July 2008. Maltby Main, FA Cup, 2007–08 Official website
Doncaster Rovers F.C.
Doncaster Rovers Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. The team competes in League Two, the tier of the English football league system. The club was founded in 1879 and turned professional in 1885, the clubs colours have traditionally been red and white. Their home strip is red and white hoops, which has been the design of the clubs home shirt since 2001. The associated Doncaster Rovers Belles L. F. C. are one of the most successful clubs in English football. The club was formed in 1879 by Albert Jenkins, a fitter at Doncasters Great Northern Railway works and he gathered together some friends to play a match against the Yorkshire Institute for the Deaf and Dumb in September 1879. On walking back from the game, the took a rest at the Hall Cross. The first match under the name was on 3 October 1879, gradually, they became the main team in the town, and appear to have had their first professional players in 1887–88. Rovers first entered the FA Cup in 1888–89, losing 9–1 to Rotherham Town at home, season 1890–91 was to be a significant move forward. The club were a member of the Midland Alliance League. The following season, saw them enter the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Challenge Cup and that same season, they also moved up to the Midland League, becoming Champions in 1896–97 and 1898–99. They were first elected to the Football League in 1901, as a replacement for New Brighton Tower and their first season in the League was in fact the one when Doncaster achieved their highest position ever. They only lasted two seasons in the league before being voted out in favour of local rivals Bradford City and they spent the following season in the Midland League, only managing 11th place out of 18 but were elected back to Division 2. This time, in 1904–05, Doncaster finished bottom with W3 D2 L29, adrift by 12 points and they were voted out once again. The following several seasons saw them finish lower midtable of the Midland League, the last few years before the war mediocrity returned, and in August 1914 debts run up over the years led to voluntary liquidation. However, a new club was formed in time for the 1914–15 season and was accepted into the Midland League to continue where the old club had left off. The outbreak of the First World War meant the club closed down, the Club reformed as a limited company after the war in 1919, rejoining the Midland League a year later playing at their new temporary Bennetthorpe Ground. The first two seasons Rovers finished lower-mid table, the third season they moved to Belle Vue, finished runners up and were accepted into the Football League Division 3 North for 1923–24 to replace Stalybridge Celtic
Hallam Football Club is an English football club based in Crosspool, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. They play in the Northern Counties East League Division One, at level 10 of the English football league system, founded in 1860, it is second only to local rivals Sheffield F. C. in the list of the oldest association football clubs in the world. Games between these two clubs are known as the Rules derby, in 1867 the club made history by winning the worlds first ever football tournament, the Youdan Cup. The club still possess this historic trophy, the club had in excess of 300 members by the 1850s, and in 1860 it decided to form a football club to oppose Sheffield F. C. formed three years earlier. On Boxing Day 1860 the two played each other on Sandygate Road for the first time. The match report for the game in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph states that the game was played between 16 of Sheffield and 16 of Hallam and Stumperlowe. Shaw was directly instrumental, with Charles Alcock of the London-based Football Association, shaw and Alcock were the respective captains in the first game between a Sheffield XI and a London XI, in 1871, in which the preferred rules were experimented. In 1867, Hallam won the first ever football competition, the Youdan Cup. The trophy was subsequently lost by the club, and didnt resurface again until 1997 when a Scottish antiques collector who had come into possession of the silver trophy sold it to the club for £2,000. In 2014 the trophy featured on the BBC programme Antiques Roadshow, Club chairman Chris Taylor subsequently said the club had no plans to sell the trophy. Although professionalism began to creep into the game during the 1870s and 80s and they also reached the final of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup for the first time in 1904, but lost 1–6 to Barnsley reserves at Bramall Lane. In 1911 the club first competed in an FA cup competition, eventually, in 1917, Hallam decided they could no longer keep playing, and suspended playing operations, only re-joining the Sheffield Amateur League after hostilities had ended, in 1919. In 1924 Hallam pulled off one of their greatest ever results when they knocked out five-time Amateur Cup winners Bishop Auckland in front of over 2,000 at Sandygate Road, two years later the club entered the FA Cup for the first time. After winning the Sheffield Amateur League for the time in 1927. At the end of the 1932–33 season the landlord of the Plough Inn public house decided to lease the Sandygate Road ground to other teams as Hallam werent providing enough bar takings. Although the club retained its affiliation with the local FA, Hallams eviction from their ground saw them refrain from playing any football for a period of 15 years. A year later Hallam won the Sheffield Senior Cup for the first time when they beat Stocksbridge Works at Hillsborough in front of 7,240 spectators, and in 1952 they entered the Yorkshire League. That same season an Amateur Cup tie with Dulwich Hamlet was switched to Hillsborough stadium because of increased ticket demands – the attendance of over 13,000 proving to be a club record
Handsworth Parramore F.C.
Handsworth Parramore Football Club is an English football club based in Handsworth, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. They play in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, at level 9 of the English football league system, the club was formed after a merger between Handsworth F. C. and Worksop Parramore F. C. Work began on the merger in 2013, with formation finalised in 2014 and they made their FA Cup and FA Vase debuts in their inaugural season. Worksop Town, Northern Counties East League Premier Division, 2014–15 Official website
Kiveton Park F.C.
Kiveton Park Football Club is a football club based in Kiveton Park, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Division Two South, although the clubs official foundation year is given as 1892, the club was actually affiliated to the Sheffield FA in 1883, and even played games as far back as 1877. Its first club colours were believed to be red and black quarters, in 1891–92 they were founder members of the Sheffield & District Football League and lifted their first trophy after beating Sheepbridge in the final of the Sheffield Minor Cup. For 1893–94 the Minor Cup changed from a competition to a league. They were the first winners of the latter in 1894 and repeated the two years later, remaining in the competition until the outbreak of the First World War. They made their FA Cup debut in 1921, and reached the 3rd qualifying round of the two years later, losing to Rotherham Town at Clifton Lane. They spent the first four years as Kiveton Park Colliery in the Sheffield Association League. After suffering two disastrous campaigns at this level, they moved back to the Worksop & District League. By the early 1960s Kiveton were competing, and finding success, in the East Derbyshire League. In 1967 they won promotion to Division One and two years later finished in third place – the clubs highest ever league finish, a year later however they were relegated back to Division Two. For a while during this era the club was known as Kiveton Park United, in 1972 they completed a league and cup double, winning the prestigious Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup for the first time, and gaining promotion back to the Yorkshire Leagues top flight. Their yo-yo existence would continue however – up to 1982 they flitted constantly between Division One and Two, winning the Division Two title in 1978 and they were promoted to Division One in 1986, but were relegated back again in 1990 because of ground grading issues. In 1994 the villages colliery closed, and two later, after losing its biggest financier, the club went into hibernation. The club was reformed in 1999, re-joining the CMFL Premier Division, in 2003 they finished as runners-up, gaining promotion back to the Supreme Division, but were relegated back again two years later because of their failure to install floodlights. This blow came just days after they had won the Sheffield & Hallamshire Association Cup for the year running. It wasnt until the league restructured in 2011 to form North and South divisions that the club regained Step 7 status in the English football league system, the year of 2013 was a busy one for the club. It decided, due to the cost of travelling to games, to leave the CMFL. Kiveton entered the Second Division of the S&HCSL for the start of the 2013–14 season, the year also brought much needed ground improvements thanks to a grant from the Inspired Olympics Legacy Fund
Maltby Main F.C.
Maltby Main F. C. is an English football club based in Maltby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire. They play in the Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division, the club, named after the local colliery, was formed in 1916. They made their FA Cup debut in 1920 while members of the Sheffield Association League, in 1925 and 1926 Main were crowned Association League champions. After the Second World War they moved from the Association League to the Yorkshire League, the club soon folded, but before long it had been reformed as Maltby Miners Welfare, playing in local football before rejoining the Yorkshire League in 1973, entering Division Three. They won two promotions to reach Division One in 1975, but were relegated back to Division Two after just a single season. In 1978 Maltby won the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup by beating Mexborough Town at Belle Vue and they won promotion again in 1980, but again spent just one season in the top flight before being relegated. When the Yorkshire League merged with the Midland League to form the Northern Counties East League in 1981, in 1989 the club installed follodlights, enabling them to win promotion to the NCEL Premier Division a year later. In 1993, under the stewardship of former New Zealand international Colin Walker, Maltby finished 4th in the leaue, in 1996 the club changed its name back to Maltby Main. Maltby were relegated to the NCEL Division One in 2000 but reclaimed their Premier Division status in 2004, players that have played in the Football League either before or after playing for Maltby Main – The club plays at Muglet Lane, Maltby. Sheffield Wednesday, pre-season friendly, 1991–92 Official site
Parkgate Football Club is an English football club based in Parkgate, Rotherham, South Yorkshire. They play in the Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division, the club was established in 1969 as BSC Parkgate and played in the Hatchard and Sheffield Association leagues before joining the Yorkshire League in 1974. In 1986 they were promoted to the NCEL Division One, two years after changing their name to RES Parkgate in 1990, they installed floodlights, and in 1994 they changed their name again, this time to just Parkgate. The 1997–98 season saw Parkgate reach the final of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup for the first time, the club plays at the Roundwood Sports Complex, off Green Lane, Rawmarsh, postcode S62 6LD. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Phoenix Football Club is a football club based in Brinsworth, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Central Midlands League North Division, the club originated as Steel, Peech and Tozer, the works team of the steel making firm. In 1950 they beat Maltby Main to reach the 1st qualifying round of the FA Cup, the club was renamed Phoenix in 1971, by which time they were members of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League and in 1992 they won the Premier Division title. In 1995 they merged with fellow S&HCSL outfit Ash House to form Ash House Phoenix and they won their second S&HCSL title in 1998, but fell into difficulties in 2007, later joining the Central Midlands League. The club plays at the Phoenix Sports & Social Club, on Pavilion Lane, Brinsworth, best FA Cup performance, 1st Qualifying Round, 1948–49, 1950–51 Official website
Rossington Main F.C.
Rossington Main Football Club is an English football club based in Rossington, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. They play in the Northern Counties East League Division One, at level 10 of the English football league system, the club came into existence in 1919 as Rossington Main Colliery, making their FA Cup debut in 1921. They competed in the FA Cup until the Second World War, reaching the 4th Qualifying Round in 1924 and they played in local leagues such as the Doncaster & District Senior League and Sheffield Association League up to the 1970s, before entering the Yorkshire League in 1975. Their stay in this league lasted just five seasons, finishing in the echelons of Division Three on each occasion. The club entered the Central Midlands League in 1983 after renaming themselves Rossington Main and they won the Premier Division title in 1985 and were promoted to the Supreme Division a year later. In 1991 they joined the Northern Counties East League, entering Division One, in 1998, the club amalgamated with Rossington F. C. who had been members of the CMFL. Although officially a merger, Main were the senior partner and their name and they have remained in Division One since joining the league, only finishing as high as 7th, in 2012. Players that have played in the Football League either before or after playing for Rossington Main – The club plays at Oxford Street, Rossington, Doncaster Rovers, pre-season friendly, 2016-17 Official website
Rotherham United F.C.
Rotherham United Football Club, nicknamed The Millers, is a professional association football club based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. They compete in the Championship, the tier in the English football league system. Founded in 1925 as a merger between Rotherham Town and Rotherham County, the colours were initially yellow and black, but later evolved into the more traditional red. Rotherham United play their games at New York Stadium, a 12,000 capacity all-seater stadium. The Millers featured in the inaugural League Cup final in 1961 and they also achieved two separate back to back promotions in 1999–2001 under Ronnie Moore and 2012–2014 under Steve Evans. The clubs roots go back to 1870, when the club was formed as Thornhill Football Club, george Cook was the trainer around this time. For many years the team in the area was Rotherham Town. By the turn of the century, however, Town had resigned from the Football League and gone out of business, a new club of the same name later joined the Midland League. Meanwhile, Thornhills fortunes were on the rise to the extent that in 1905 they laid claim to being the pre-eminent club in the town, for a period both clubs competed in the Midland League, finishing first and second in 1911–12. Over time it became clear that to have two clubs in the town was not sustainable. Talks had begun in February 1925 and in early May the two merged to form Rotherham United. Days later the club was formally re-elected under its new name. The red and white was adopted around 1928 after playing in amber and black, immediately after the Second World War things looked up. The Millers won the only edition of the Football League Third Division North Cup in 1946 beating Chester 5–4 on aggregate. They then finished as runners-up three time in succession between 1947 and 1949 and then were champions of Division Three in 1951, during that season they had notable results including a 6–1 win over Liverpool. In 1961 the Millers beat Aston Villa 2–0 at Millmoor in the inaugural League Cup final first leg, the second leg was played the season after due to Villa having a Congested Fixture List. The club held on to its place in Division Two until 1968, in 1975 they were promoted back to the Third Division finishing in the 3rd promotion spot in the Fourth Division. The Millers won the Division Three title in 1981, Rotherham had a dismal first half of the 1981–82 season but a surge after the turn of 1982 saw them emerge as promotion contenders for the first time in nearly 30 years
Sheffield Football Club is an English football club from Sheffield, South Yorkshire. They play in the Northern Premier League Division One South, at level 8 of the English football league system, founded in 1857, the club is the oldest club now playing association football. Sheffield F. C. initially played games under the Sheffield rules, the club competes in the Rules derby with near neighbours Hallam. On the pitch, the clubs finest hour came in 1904 when they won the FA Amateur Cup and they also finished as runners up of the FA Vase in 1977. In 1855, members of a Sheffield cricket club organised informal kick-abouts without any official rules, – subsequently two members, Nathaniel Creswick and William Prest, formed the Sheffield Football Club. The inaugural meeting of the club took place on 24 October 1857 at Parkfield House in the suburb of Highfield, initially, Sheffield FC games were played among club members themselves and took the format of Married v Singles or Professionals v the Rest. Creswick and Prest were responsible for drawing up the rules of play. They were referred to as the Sheffield Rules, and were the first official set of rules, at the time, before the formation of the Football Association, many different kinds of football were popular in England. For example, each of the public schools played football according to their own individual rules. The Sheffield Rules were later adopted by the Sheffield Football Association when it was formed in 1867, sheffields near neighbour, Hallam, was formed in 1860 and in the same year the two clubs first met each other in a local derby which is still contested today. By 1862 there were 15 clubs in the Sheffield area and they became members of The Football Association on 30 November 1863 but continued to use their own set of rules. On 2 January 1865, the club played its first fixture outside Sheffield against Nottingham, by this time the club had decided only to play teams outside Sheffield in order to seek a bigger challenge. On 31 March 1866, there was a match between a team representing the city of Sheffield and one representing London, at Battersea Park, Rules that differed only slightly from the FA rules were used. The game, played as an aside, was won by London by 2 goals. However the matter of rules remained a problem with Sheffield clubs continuing to play by their own rules, Sheffield clubs finally adopted the FA rules in 1878. They would reach the 4th Round of the competition in 1877–78 and their reluctance to play against local clubs led to the formation of Thursday Wanderers in 1876, a team of players registered to Sheffield who wished to play in the Sheffield Challenge Cup. The Wanderers operated from 1876 to 1879, winning the cup in their final year, after the legalisation of professionalism, the staunchly amateur Sheffield suggested to the FA the creation of a cup exclusively for amateur clubs. The FA Amateur Cup was inaugurated in 1893 and Sheffield themselves won the competition in 1904 and they joined their first league competition in 1889 when entering the Midland League, but left after just one season when they finished bottom of the table
Sheffield United F.C.
Sheffield United Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The team competes in League One, the tier of English football. The football club was formed in 1889 as an offshoot of Sheffield United Cricket Club, the club have played their home games at Bramall Lane since their formation in 1889. Bramall Lane is currently an all-seater ground with a capacity of 32,609, Sheffield United won the original First Division in 1898 and the FA Cup in 1899,1902,1915 and 1925. They were beaten finalists in the FA Cup in 1901 and 1936 and they reached the semi-finals of the League Cup in 2003 and 2015. For most of the history they have played in red. Their closest rivals are Sheffield Wednesday, with whom they contest the Steel City Derby, Sheffield United formed on 22 March 1889 at the Adelphi Hotel, Sheffield by the President of the Cricket Club Sir Charles Clegg. The Wednesday had moved from Bramall Lane to their own ground at Olive Grove, Sir Charles Clegg was incidentally also the president of The Wednesday. Their darkest days came between 1975 and 1981 and they did fall back into the Third Division in 1988, but new manager Dave Bassett masterminded a quick revival which launched the Blades towards one of the most successful eras in their history. Successive promotions in the aftermath of the 1988 relegation saw them return to the First Division in 1990 after a 14-year exile and they survived at this level for four seasons and reached an FA Cup semi-final in the 1992–93 season before being relegated in 1994. Three years later, however, Warnock delivered a Premier League return as the Blades finished runners-up in the rebranded Football League Championship, Neil Warnock resigned as manager after the Blades went down. The Blades did reach the Championship playoff final in 2009 under Kevin Blackwell, in the 2011–12 season, the club finished third in League One, narrowly missing out on automatic promotion to rivals Sheffield Wednesday, and entered the playoffs. With victory over Stevenage in the semi-final, United missed out on a return to the Championship after suffering a penalty shootout defeat to Huddersfield Town. In 2014, the Blades gained the nickname of giant-killers, having reached the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley, losing 5–3 to Hull City. In 2014–15, they reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and semi-finals of the Football League Cup, the club was formed by members of the Sheffield United Cricket Club, itself formed in 1854 and the first English sports club to use United in its name. Sheffield Uniteds predominant nickname is The Blades, a reference to Sheffields status as the producer of cutlery in the United Kingdom. Because of this, the nickname would also be used in reference to rivals Sheffield Wednesday, another nickname used was The Cutlers. In 1907, Wednesday came to be referred to as The Owls, in reference to their new ground in Owlerton, within Sheffield fans of the club are also sometimes referred to as Unitedites
Stocksbridge Park Steels F.C.
Stocksbridge Park Steels Football Club is an English association football club based in Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire. They play in Division One South of the Northern Premier League at level eight of the English football league system, the club was formed in 1986 after a merger between two other clubs, and sports a yellow and blue home kit. They play at the Bracken Moor ground and they initially played in the Northern Counties East League and progressed through the NCELs divisions before winning promotion to Division One of the Northern Premier League in 1996. They reached the Premier Division of the NPL in 2009, but were relegated back to Division One South in 2014. Steels have participated in the FA Cup every year since 1992, reaching the 4th qualifying round in 2003, the new club was immediately admitted to the Northern Counties East League Division Two, the works club having previously played in Division Three of the same league. The Steels spent five seasons in Division Two before being placed in Division One when the division was discontinued upon league re-organisation in 1991. In the same year Mick Horne was appointed as the clubs manager, in Stocksbridges first season in the Premier Division the team finished near the bottom of the table, but in the 1993–94 season the Steels became Northern Counties East League champions. The club failed to gain promotion to the Northern Premier League, however, shortly before the end of this season, manager Mick Horne tendered his resignation after 11 years in charge and was replaced by his assistant, former Norwich City player Wayne Biggins. After the Steels were defeated 6–0 by Shildon in the qualifying round of the 2003–04 FA Cup, Biggins attempted to resign. However, he left in November 2003, with the club again fighting a battle against relegation, after holding Kendal Town to a 1–1 draw in the semi-final, the Steels lost a penalty shoot-out, ending their hopes of promotion. The following season Stocksbridge again finished in place, although with only two teams promoted, it was not high enough to qualify for the play-offs. Stocksbridge did, however, defeat Worksop Town to win the Sheffield, Stocksbridge again qualified for the play-offs, but lost to Sheffield. In the 2008–09 season, the Steels again qualified for the play-offs, during the following season, Marrow resigned as manager and was replaced by Simon Collins. The Steels spent five years in the Premier Division, never finishing out of the half of the table. The Steels have generally worn a kit of yellow shirts with varying amounts of trim, blue shorts. The club badge is yellow and blue to reflect this. The alternative crest was in use by the club from 2006 to 2011 but was never adopted by the club. The official crest was redesigned in 2011 and is still in use, the club is unusual in having an alternate crest for its away shirts with the colours reversed
Wombwell Main F.C.
Wombwell Main Football Club is a football club based in Wombwell, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division, little is known of the formation of the club – they first came to prominence when entering the FA Cup in 1906. They have entered the FA Cup on a total of 10 occasions and they entered the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League in 1996, and by 1998 they had won two successive promotions to reach the S&HCSLs Premier Division. In their first Premier Division campaign they claimed the league championship – an achievement they would repeat on a further three occasions and they have also won the S&HCSLs League Cup three times, the first two in 2002 and 2008 giving the club a league and cup double. Best FA Cup performance, 2nd Qualifying Round, 1908–09
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic F.C.
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Football Club is an English association football club based in Worsbrough, Barnsley, South Yorkshire. They play in the Northern Counties East League Division One, at level 10 of the English football league system. The club was formed as Worsbrough Bridge St James in 1923 After the Second World War they were renamed as Worsbrough Bridge Athletic and they played in a local Barnsley league until 1961, when they joined the Sheffield Association League. They won the title in 1965–66 and 1969–70 and also played in the FA Amateur Cup during the same era. In 1971 they joined the Yorkshire League, winning promotion to Division Two in their first year, the following season they lost in the final of the Sheffield Senior Cup to Worksop Town at Millmoor but were promoted again in the league, to Division One. They stayed in the Yorkshire Leagues top flight for three years before being relegated, and by 1979 they were back in Division Three, the club had entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1978. They were subsequently moved around the NCEL following several league restructures, in 1991 they won promotion again to reach Division One, and have remained at this level since. In 2006 they changed their name back to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, blyth Spartans, FA Amateur Cup,1971 Official website
Yorkshire Main F.C.
Yorkshire Main Football Club is a football club based in Edlington, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. They play in the Doncaster & District Senior League Division One, after being reformed in 1979 the club entered the Doncaster & District Senior League, winning the Division Three title in 1981. A year later joined the Sheffield Association League, winning the Division Two title. On the back of their success in the S&HCSL, the decided to join the Northern Counties East League in 1983. After two seasons of league restructuring, they found themselves in Division Two, in 1986 they became Yorkshire Main after the closure of the colliery. In 1990 they won promotion to the NCEL Division One, the club dropped out of the NCEL in 1991 after finishing second bottom, rejoining the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League. This problem was rectified in 2010, and just a later they won the CMFL Floodlit Cup, the CM Premier Championship, the Doncaster and District FA Challenge Cup. The next season they were placed in the North Division when the CMFL restructured and they rejoined the Doncaster & District Senior League, finishing bottom of the Premier Division in their first season back in the competition. Players that have played in the Football League either before or after playing for Yorkshire Main, Glynn Snodin The club plays on Edlington Lane in Edlington, postcode DN4 9LT. Best League performance, 12th in Northern Counties East League Division One, 1990–91 Best FA Vase performance, 1st Round, 1990–91 Official website
Doncaster Rovers Belles L.F.C.
Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies Football Club, previously Doncaster Belles, is an English womens football club that plays in the FA WSL1, the top tier of womens football in England. The club is based at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and they are one of English womens footballs most famous and successful clubs, being one of only three non-London teams to have won the FA Womens Premier League National Division, in 1992 and 1994. Founded in 1969 by lottery ticket sellers at Belle Vue, home of Doncaster Rovers Football Club, they have won the FA Womens Cup six times. The club was founded as the Belle Vue Belles in 1969, by Sheila Stocks, after finding success in informal local competition, the club became Doncaster Belles in 1971 and joined the Sheffield League in 1972. With the demise of the Sheffield League after three seasons, the Belles joined the Nottinghamshire League setup and dominated for over a decade. Following a reorganisation in 1989, the won the new North East League in both seasons of its existence, before being invited to join the inaugural eight-team National Division in 1991. Stocks played for the club for 25 years, retiring aged 41 after the victorious 1994 Womens FA Cup final and she later served as physiotherapist and club welfare officer. A teacher by trade, she married future Belles manager Paul Edmunds who worked at the same school, in 2008 Sheila was awarded the FA Special Achievement Award, and received the Doctor of Business of Administration from BPP University following her services to women in sport. Dr Edmunds currently serves as the clubs President and General Manager, the club reached the Womens FA Cup final for the first time in 1983, defeating St Helens 3–2 at Sincil Bank in Lincoln. The Belles then lost the three successive finals, to Howbury Grange, Friends of Fulham and Norwich. In May 1987 the club recaptured the trophy, beating St Helens 2–0 at the City Ground in Nottingham, Doncaster Belles retained the Cup in 1987–88 by defeating Merseyside team Leasowe Pacific 3–1. But they missed out on the years final, as a resurgent Leasowe inflicted a 3–2 defeat on Friends of Fulham at Old Trafford. In 1990 the Belles were back in the final, Gillian Coultard scoring the goal as Friends of Fulham were beaten at the Baseball Ground in Derby. 1991s final saw the club lose out 1–0 to Millwall Lionesses at Prenton Park and that summer the Womens Football Association invited the club to affiliate to a new, eight-team National Premier Division. England strikers Karen Walker and Gail Borman scored a total of more than 50 goals as the Belles won the inaugural 1991–92 championship with a 100% record. Red Star Southampton were vanquished 4–0 in the WFA Cup final as the club won a League, Walker set a record in scoring a hat-trick in every round of the Cup, including the final. The following seasons League was expanded to 10 teams, and in March 1993 newly promoted Arsenal inflicted only the Belles second league defeat in 15 years, 2–1, the dropped points, coupled with a shock defeat to Wimbledon, meant that Arsenal captured the National Premier Division title. The following month Arsenal confirmed their dominance by beating Doncaster Belles 3–0 in the WFA Cup final, in 1993–94 another costly defeat to Arsenal left the Belles needing three wins from their last four games to win the League
Rotherham United L.F.C.
Rotherham United Ladies Football Club is an English womens football club based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The club currently play in the FA Womens Premier League Division 1 Midland, the club was formed in 1969 as Kilnhurst Shooting Stars. The club has played in the Womens FA Cup on several occasions, ahead of season 2010–11, manager Paul Durrands boosted his squad with a number of players from FA WSL clubs Doncaster Rovers Belles and Lincoln Ladies. Shortly after joining from Lincoln, winger Paige Crossman was called up to the England U19 squad, after leading the table for much of the campaign, a late-season slump saw the Lady Millers miss out on automatic promotion. But victories over Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United in the secured a return to the Premier League Northern Division after two years away. Rotherham United Ladies play at Roundwood Sports Complex in Rawmarsh, the home of Parkgate F. C. Midland Combination Womens Football League, Winners, 2006–07
Sheffield F.C. Ladies
Sheffield Football Club Ladies is an English womens football club affiliated with Sheffield F. C. The club won the FA Womens Premier League Northern Division in 2014–15, the teams was founded in 2003 and started at the lowest level of the league pyramid back then. Sheffield FC Ladies was formed in 2003 when previous team Norton Ladies affiliated with the oldest football club in the world, Sheffield FC. The experience of losing a similar contest the season before proved invaluable as the team showed great experience to get the result they needed to lift their second League trophy. The team also reached the semi-finals of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup for the second time, losing in extra time to Rotherham United. A third league title in four years meant Sheffield FC Ladies were promoted to the FA Womens Premier League for 2011–12, sheffield’s debut season at FA WPL level could hardly have gone much better as Sheffield finished the year as runners up, five points behind champions Manchester City. The team picked up silverware for the season running, this time courtesy of a very first win in the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup. The team also enjoyed their best run in the FA Womens Cup, the first team went one better in 2012–13 as they lifted the FA WPL Northern Division title for the very first time, crowning an incredible rise through the ranks of the women’s game. Sheffield were front runners from the start of the season, losing just one match in total. They also repeated their success in the County Cup, beating Rotherham United in the final, in 2014–15, the team won the FA WPL Northern Division for a third year in a row. Because the FA WSL introduced promotion, a play-off between both division champions was held, Sheffield beat Portsmouth 1-0 and became the first team to earn promotion to the WSL2. Sheffield Ladies are based at the Home of Football in Dronfield, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality