Sheffield FC welcome new member to ‘Club of Pioneers’

Sheffield FC have welcomed a new member into their network of the oldest continuing football clubs in the world.

Odds Ballklubb, a Norwegian football club, are the latest to be added to the ‘Club of Pioneers’.

The network was created with the aim of preserving the heritage of grassroots football.

Sheffield FC chairman, Richard Tims, and club secretary, Bill Towning, travelled to Norway to mark the occasion.

In a statement on the official site, Mr Tims said: “It was both a privilege and an honour to attend the Odds Ballklubb fixture vs Stromsgodset, to speak to the Odd family after and during the game, and, of course to welcome Odd to the Club of Pioneers by celebrating the origins of the game in Norway. We look forward to our future relationship with the pioneers and celebrating history again.”

Other members of the unique group set up by Sheffield FC in 2013 include the likes of Royal Antwerp FC, Genoa CFC, Hong Kong FC among others.

Sheffield FC are the oldest out of the group having been founded in 1857 with Odds BK created in 1894.

Mr Towning led an official inauguration at half-time of the match between Odd BK and Stromsgodset at the Skagerak Arena Skien on Saturday.

Odds BK won the match 2-0 in the Eliteserien League as they moved up into second place on what was a day of celebration for the club.

Sam Straw

Journalism Student at The University of Sheffield.

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