By Reginaldo Rosario @Regi1700
The world’s oldest football club Sheffield FC have asked for help from South Yorkshire businesses in a bid to return to their original home.
The club currently play at the Coach and Horses Ground in Dronfield but have been attempting to raise money to fund a return to Olive Grove Sports Ground on Queen’s Road in Sheffield for the past year.
This is where the founders of the club developed the rules of football and played their first game of football back in 1857.
Sheffield FC have asked 100 businesses from the South Yorkshire region to help fund their relocation to Olive Grove through the ‘1857 Club’.
The Henry Boot group which is involved with property investment and construction schemes in the area has already pledged £1,857 to the club’s cause.
The group’s secretary, Russell Deards, said: “The project will not only help Sheffield FC achieve its goal of moving back home but will also help to raise awareness of the club and help put Sheffield FC back on the map.
“Supporting grass roots football should help to ensure the game continues to survive and provide valuable access to sport in the community.”
Richard Tims, the chairman of the club, said that Henry Boot’s contribution was vital. “There is a global base of support due to it being recognised as the oldest football club in the world, but in the end, we are a local club and we need local support.
“It’s my pleasure to welcome Henry Boot as the first partners in this scheme and obviously it’s a massive boost for us.”
Sheffield FC currently play in the eighth tier of English football, the Northern Premier League (South) and finished in 17th place in a 22-team league this season.
They also failed to get far in the FA Cup, losing to fellow eighth-tier side Goole after a replay in the preliminary round.