Representatives of Sheffield Wednesday and United met at Cutler’s Hall today to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Cromwell Cup.
The competition was the second ever football competition in the sport’s history and was held in Sheffield in 1868.
It was open to teams under two-years-old and was won by Sheffield Wednesday, then called The Wednesday, with the world’s first golden goal.
The final against Garrick was played in front of 500 spectators using the old Sheffield Rules.
The match finished 0-0 and the teams’ captains decided to continue to play until the next goal was scored – creating the concept of golden goal.
The tournament was named after Oliver Cromwell, the then manager of the Alexandra Theatre in Sheffield, which was demolished in 1914.
The trophy is kept in Hillsborough’s trophy cabinet to this day.
Speaking at the ceremony, Sheffield Wednesday’s Glenn Loovens said he is proud to lead a team with such a rich history.
“It is always nice to be the captain of a club, especially a club like Sheffield Wednesday with such a big following,” he said.
“It’s nice to lead the team out on the pitch but the role comes with a lot of responsibility off the pitch too.”