World’s oldest football club turns 159 years old

The oldest football club in the world celebrated its 159th birthday yesterday with messages flooding in from all around the world.

Sheffield FC was established on 24 October 1857 and have plans to develop the club further following the recent birthday celebrations, with several different ongoing ideas and schemes.

Richard Tims, the Sheffield FC Chairman, was optimistic whilst speaking about the club’s up and coming prospects. He said:

“We have a lot of stuff planned but the main thing for Sheffield FC at the moment is to ensure stability for the club.

“The under 21’s, the under 18’s and all of the younger sides we have are all playing well for us and we want to continue working with the University of Sheffield in regards to the Women and Futsal teams. We also offer several BTEC courses in numerous different colleges in the area which is positive for young people and the club itself.”

The Chairman was also proud of all the birthday messages the club received.

“We have received messages from around the globe wishing us a happy birthday which is amazing; people from South Africa and New Zealand have all got involved which is fantastic. There are over three billion football fans in the world and, it doesn’t matter if you support Aston Villa or Boca Juniors, you’ve got to love your grandad!”, he said.

Pat Lindley, 22,  a current Sheffield FC midfielder spoke of his pride at playing for the club.

He said: “It’s an honour to play for Sheffield FC and I try to enjoy every moment of being a part of it.

It’s one of the biggest names in non-league and as a player you want to be involved with big teams.”

He also expressed his disappointment at the club’s start to the season.

“This season we were hoping for a better start and the near future is all about us as players hitting constant standards under the manager, which we are capable of.

With the manager and players we have I am confident we can do that.”

Lee Holland, 42, the club’s stadium announcer, expressed his joy at being involved with the club.

“I am proud to be associated with the club. The fact I get into games for free and choose which music to play is a bonus.

At the moment we are trying to stay in the division, but we should be aiming for the play-offs at least.”

Sheffield FC are currently in 20th place in the Evo-Stik League First Division South and hoping to build on that and move up the table. The club’s next game is away at Basford United on Saturday with the game kicking off at 15:00.

Cai Thomas

Hi I'm Cai. 2nd year Journalist student at the University of Sheffield.

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