The History of Sheffield football. 150 years ago today-Norton FC v. Hallam FC in Youdan Cup 1867

Undoubtedly Norton FC’s biggest ever match was in the Youdan Cup on the 25th of February 1867 against Hallam FC, the eventual winners. After a draw the two clubs played again two days later, an astounding 3,000 spectators witnessed the contest, probably at Oakes Park:

“Hallam v. Norton. The match between these two clubs was played on the ground of Norton Club, which is distant about five miles from Sheffield, and resulted in one of the closest and most exciting games ever witnessed at football. The result of two hours and a half hard play on Saturday was, that neither side had been able to score, a sufficient proof of the equality of the contest. According to the rules formed for the regulation of matches played for the Youdan’s Cup, published in THE SPORTSMAN of the 19h inst., play had to be renewed on Monday last, the 25th, at 3pm. After a second long-protracted fight, and another game as well contested as the first, the match was finally decided in favour of the Hallam by one rouge, cleverly secured by H. Ash. As a proof of the great interest excited in Sheffield by these contests for the Youdan’s Cup, we may mention that the match between the above clubs was witnessed by nearly three thousand spectators. For the Hallam Club, T. Armitage, G. Jones, J. Dale, and S. Gilbert, while for the Norton Club, J. Linley, F. Morton, Jackson, and H. Butterly greatly distinguished themselves. The following is a list of the players: Hallam Club: J. C. Shaw (captain), H. Ash, W. Adsetts, J. Dale, J. Bradbury, G. Jones, T. Armitage, J. Bownes, S. Gilbert, A. Hobson, G. Elliott, and H. Branwell (goal-keeper). Umpire, Mr. J. Bradshaw. Norton Club: F. Morton (Captain), J. Linley, W. Jackson, J. Jackson, T. Birch, R. Kilner, S. Needham, H. Butterly, C. Mills, G. Osborne, John Shaw, and James Shaw. Umpire, Mr. T. Downing, referee, Mr. W. J. Bingham.” 

Youdan Cup. Results of the First Round

“Sheffield – Youdan’s Football Cup. The first series of matches played by some of the Sheffield football clubs for the silver cup presented by Thomas Youdan, Esq, to the clubs of the town and neighbourhood took place at Sheffield, on Saturday last, the 16th last, with the following results: – First Draw; 1. United Mechanics v. Norton, at Norton. – Won by Norton by one goal and three rouges to one rouge. 2 Mackenzie v. Garrick, at the Orphanage – Mackenzie won by one goal and two rouges to nothing. 3, Hallam v. Heeley, at Hallam – Hallam won by two goals and two rouges to one rouge. 4, Norfolk v. Fir Vale, at Norfolk Park – Norfolk won by two goals and four rouges to nothing. 5. Broomhall v. Pitsmoor, at Ecclesall road – Broomhall won by two rouges to nothing. 6. Milton v. Wellington, at the Orphanage – Milton won by two goals and four rouges to nothing. The following is the order in which the matches are drawn to be played on Saturday next:-Norfolk v. Broomhall at Norfolk Park; Hallam v Norton, at Norton; Mackenzie v. Milton, at Orphanage (ground of the latter), The rules for guidance of clubs contending for the cup are as follows: – 1. The games to be played by twelve a-side, 2. The games to commence punctually at three o’clock. No waiting for players allowed. 3. That each game be played one hour and a half in the usual way, but at the end of that time a draw takes place the clubs play again to toss for choice of goals, and play on. The first point scored to decide the game: but if after one hour’s okay the game still remains a draw, it is adjourned to Monday, at three o’clock. 4. That for each match there be two umpires and one referee the decision of the referee to be final.”

Youdan Cup First Round played 150 years ago today

The Youdan Cup is the oldest football competition in the world and it celebrates it’s 150 birthday this month.

This day. The Youdan Football Club. The first series of games for the Cup presented by Thos. Youdan, Esq., to the Clubs of the Town and Neighbourhood, will be played this day, as follows: –

1.     – United Mechanics’ v. Norton, at Norton. – Referee – Mr. W. I. Bingham. – A ‘Bus will leave the Surrey Arms, Granville Street, at Half past One o’clock punctually.

2.     – Garrick v. Mackenzie, at The Orphanage – Referee – Mr. J Faith.

3.     – Hallam v. Heeley. At Hallam – Referee – Mr. R. Dickinson. – A ‘Bus will leave           Heeley bridge about one o’clock, and call at the bottom of Ecclesall Road at Half past One.

4.     – Norfolk v. Fir Vale, at Norfolk Park. – Referee – Mr. J. Tomlinson

5.     – Broomhall v. Pitsmoor, at Ecclesall Road – Referee – Me J Pinder

– Milton v. Wellington, at The Orphanage – Referee – Mr. J Crapper

Every game to commence punctually at Three o’clock – No waiting for Players allowed”.

The Youdan Cup : 150 years old this month

The Youdan Cup is the oldest football competition in the world and it celebrates it’s 150 birthday this month. Twelve Sheffield football clubs entered the first round, played on the 16th of February 1867 and the final was on March 5th between Hallam FC and Norfolk FC with Hallam winning by two rouges to nil.

I will be blogging more about the world’s oldest knock out cup later this month.

New Book coming out this summer called:

“A History of Sheffield Football 1857-1889: Speed, Science and Bottom”

Having spent the last 3 years reclassifying all the English football clubs from 1857 into a chronological order I can now start to release the new information in geographic regions. Of course, I had to start at the beginning with a history of the ninety-five football clubs that played in Sheffield in this period. Not just a book about United and Wednesday but a narrative on the spiritual home of Association football.