Sheffield Football Clubs’ Summer Fixtures – Enjoy the sun, football & history

There is plenty of Sheffield football to watch between now and September with the sun on your back and a football history book in your hand. With high profile friendlies, local derbies, exotic overseas games, a You Tube team and the actual season beginning on the first weekend of August (Championship), there is no reason to moan about the lack of an international tournament this summer.

The early season fixtures have created a history lesson in early Association football. There is still no news on who Wednesday will play to celebrate their 150th anniversary on the 5th September but they are at home on the 9th of September to Nottingham Forest. The fixture computer has produced a corker here, as Forest are the second oldest professional football club in the world (1865) after their County neighbours (1862). With Wednesday (1867), the third oldest professional club; a game between second and third beckons.

(Stoke City FC claim to be older than Wednesday with the year of 1863 on their badges but most research now confirms them as 4th with an actual foundation date of 1868. Appropriately the Potters are in Sheffield on the 25th of July to play Sheffield United.)

The football match of the summer for history fans is the friendly between Sheffield FC and Hallam FC on Sunday 30th July. A match between the world’s two oldest football clubs with the longest rivalry of any other. Interestingly Sheffield United have decided to play both Sheffield FC and Hallam FC as part of their build up to their first season in the Championship after six seasons in League One.

(Sheffield FC celebrate their 160th birthday on the 24th October 2017 and at the time of writing it not yet known who their celebratory match will be against.)

In between the local derbies Wednesday and United fly to Portugal and Spain respectively to fine tune their match play before they meet at Hillsborough on September 23rd in the keenly awaited ‘Steel City Derby’. (Sky will already be considering this for their TV schedules so it could quickly move to the Sunday 24th)

SUMMER 2017 FIXTURES (as of 21/6/17)

Sheffield FC (founded 1857)

Chesterfield FC (founded 1919) Home 4th July (Friendly) 19.30

Sheffield United FC (founded 1889) Home 11th July 2017 (Friendly) 19.30

Doncaster Rovers FC (founded 1879) Home 22nd July 2017 (Friendly) 15.00

AFC Emley (founded 2005) Away 25th July 2017 (Friendly) 19.45

Hallam FC (founded 1860) Home 30th July 2017 (Friendly) 14.00

Staveley Miners Welfare FC (founded 1962) Away 2nd August 2017 (Friendly) 19.45

Rebel FC (founded 2017) Home 5th August 2017 (Friendly) 19.45 15.00

(A YouTuber sports team managed by Rio Ferdinand)


Hallam FC (founded 1860)

Penistone Church FC (founded 1906) Home 18th July 2017 (Friendly) 19.30

Phoenix FC (founded 1910) Away 26th July 2017 (Friendly) 19.15

Sheffield FC (founded 1857) Away 30th July 2017 (Friendly) 14.00

Sheffield United (founded 1889) Home 1st August 2017 (Friendly) 19.45


Sheffield Wednesday FC (founded 1867)

Alfreton FC (founded 1959) Away 11th July 2017 (Friendly) 19.30

Mansfield Town FC (founded 1897 -but no Mansfield clubs by 1901) Away 15th July 2017 (Friendly) 15.00

Portimonense SC (founded 1914) Away 19th July (Friendly) 19.00

Vitoria de Setubal FC (founded 1910) Away 22nd July (Friendly) 20.00

Doncaster Rovers FC (founded 1879) Away 25th July 2017 (Friendly) 19.30

Preston North End FC (founded 1878) Away 5th August 2017 (League) 15.00

Queens Park Rangers FC (founded 1886) Home 12th August 2017 (League) 15.00

Sunderland FC (founded 1880 ) Home 15th August (League) 19.45

Fulham FC (founded 1879) Away 19th August 2017 (League) 15.00

Burton United FC (founded 1871*) Away 26th August 2017 (League) 15.00

Nottingham Forest FC (founded 1865) Home 9th September 2017 (League) 17.30 (on Sky TV)


Sheffield United FC (founded 1889)

Stocksbridge Park Steelers (founded 1986) Away 8th July 2017 (Friendly) 15.00

Sheffield FC (founded 1857) Away 11th July 2017 (Friendly) 19.30

Malaga CF (founded 1904) Away 14th July 2017 (Friendly) 20.30

Chesterfield FC (founded 1919) Away 18th July 2017 (Friendly) 19.45

Rotherham United FC (founded 1925) Away 21st July (Friendly) 19.45

Stoke City FC (founded 1868) Home 25th July 2017 (Friendly) 19.45

Eastleigh FC (founded 1946) Away 28th July (Friendly-Chris Wilder was a trainee at the club) 19.45

Hallam FC (founded 1860) Away 1st August 2017 (Friendly) 19.45

Brentford FC (founded 1889) Home 5th August 2017 (League) 15.00

Middlesbrough FC (founded 1876) Home 12th August 2017 (League) 15.00

Cardiff FC (founded 1899) Away 15th August 2017 (League) managed by Neil Warnock 19.45

Barnsley FC (founded 1887) Away 19th August 2017 (League) 15.00

Derby County FC (founded 1881**) Home 26th August 2017 (League) 15.00

Sunderland FC (founded 1880) Away 9th September 2017 (League) 15.00


More history on the south Yorkshire and north Derbyshire Football clubs can be found in “A History of Sheffield Football 1857-1889: Speed, Science and Bottom” There is more information here:

* A merger between Burton Swifts FC and Burton Wanderers FC

** As Derby Midland FC


Thomas Youdan: The man behind the world’s oldest football trophy

Thomas Youdan appeared in the Sheffield press as early as 1857 as the proprietor of the Surrey Music Hall, organising a free ‘Monster Tea Party’ for 2,000 women over 60 years of age, held in the cattle market on 600 yards of tables. A charge for admission was made for all, except the old ladies, and the net proceeds went to aid the sufferers of the mutiny in India. His new idea in 1867 for publicity was to exploit the fast-growing popularity of Sheffield football. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Hallam FC winning the Youdan Cup on the 5th March 1867.

(See my blog for more information about the actual tournament and there is a lot more information about the Youdan Cup in my new book )

Thomas Youdan was born in 1816 and died on the 28th November 1876; his last address was listed as Flotmanby House in Filey. He died a rich man with ‘effects under £25,000’ and left a controversial legacy behind him Sheffield. His niece Harriette Youdan erected an expensive monument to her uncle in the Sheffield General Cemetery in the Autumn of 1878, but this was defaced year later with a hammer and chisel by Thomas’s brother John. You can see below that the Aberdeen granite has been repaired with the addition of a new strip of stone:

Some background family history is required to try to understand the actions of John Youdan in 1879, when he defaced his brother’s monument. I am very grateful to Paul Youdan (Samuel Youdan’s great grandchild x4) who sent me additional information on his family’s history.

Thomas Youdan was born in Streetthorpe, near Doncaster and was first employed as an agricultural labourer. He moved to Sheffield aged 18 and eventually learned the trade of silver stamping. He became keeper of a beer house in the park and then left if for a house in West Bar, which he opened as ‘Spink’s Nest’ This property was gradually extended and became the Surrey Theatre. On completion it was a ballroom, a concert hall, theatre, museum and a menagerie! However, on the 25th March 1865 it was burnt to the ground with a loss of £30,000.

He used an existing lease he owned on Blonk Street and opened the Alexandra Opera House and turned this into another success, using amongst other marketing ideas, the launch of the Youdan Cup. After retiring in 1874 with his £30,000 fortune restored, he moved to Filey to raise and breed stock and became a member of the Town Council.

Thomas Youdan had five brothers;

George (b. 1802)
Charles (b. 1803)
Samuel (b. 1808)
Robert (b. 1812)
John (b. 1818)

and four sisters:

Anna (b. 22/11/1804)
Sarah (b. 1806)
Anne (b. 01/04/1810)
Jane (b. 1814)

For unknown reasons George Youdan’s daughter Harriet was living with his brother Thomas Youdan from 1849 ‘practically as his daughter’. Harriet Youdan was born in York in 1843. In the 1851 census Thomas was married to Mary aged 23, and living with them are two nieces Emily and Harriette at 66 West Bar, Sheffield. (During the course of this story Harriet’s name is spelt in two different ways)

By the 1861 census Thomas is listed as a ‘proprietor of a music hall’ aged 43 and Harriette is the only named family member living with him with no job or relationship listed; just her age of eighteen. They were living in Ecclesfield at Lane Head House and employed a cook and a housemaid.

It is interesting to see how time has added a historical perspective to the life of Thomas Youdan, His obituaries from 141 years ago make no mention of his involvement with football and his eponymous cup, but it is football that has made his name famous in this the 150th anniversary year of the Youdan Cup.

Thomas Youdan left his extensive estate to Harriet and the will was finally proved at York on the 6th of September 1877, ten months after his death. The reason for the delay was because the will was contested by Samuel Youdan  claiming that Thomas was not of sound mind when he made his will leaving everything to Harriet. At the hearing, it was repeated that Harriet had lived with Thomas and was to him as a daughter. He had sent her to Paris to be educated and ‘spent money lavishly on her and obviously loved her as a daughter’. However, in 1870 Harriet became engaged to Frederick Stanton and this caused an ‘estrangement that lasted from June 1870 to April 1871. At that time, the engagement was broken off and the parties (Thomas and Harriet) once again became friends’.

The hearing decided that Thomas was of sound mind when he made his will and Harriette inherited the money and not long after married Frederick Stanton, six years after their original break up. They married on the 5th April 1877, five months after Thomas’s death and three months before finally inheriting his fortune.

Newly married and newly wealthy Harriette decided to erect the £200 monument to her uncle and benefactor in Sheffield General Cemetery in 1878. The original inscription included the line: ‘erected by his adopted daughter, Harriette Youdan’ and it was this line that led her Uncle John (not her natural father George) to chisel out the words ‘adopted daughter’. A witness to the event was William Lomas who saw John Youdan ‘busily engaged in cutting out the letters with hammer and chisel and he asked him what he was doing and John replied that ‘the words were not true and had been inserted without any right’. It was decided that a repair to the monument would cost ‘£75 and John Youdan admitted causing the damage’.

‘The Defendant; I am his (Thomas Youdan’s) eldest surviving brother. I dispute that she was his adopted daughter. He never adopted her. She was his niece and the word ‘niece’ should not have appeared’

‘Mr Roberts: If the words are put in again, will you take them out?’

‘The Defendant; Until I am convinced that she was his adopted daughter. He never did adopt her’.

He was found guilty and fined £10 and costs, or two months imprisonment.

What is the truth behind the scandal? Was it a family arguing over money? Or was it Thomas’s relationship with his niece that caused such bad feelings?

As you see from the above video of the monument Harriette did not feel strongly enough to repeat her claim on the replacement granite after the repair and perhaps that reflected her desire to let the matter rest.


Paul Youdan

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Wednesday 01 August 1877

Derbyshire Courier – Saturday 28 July 1877

Sheffield Daily Telegraph 27th September 1879

Charles Clegg: Sheffield Football’s most important man?

Charles and his brother William  were both solicitors by trade; both played for Sheffield FC, Sheffield Football Association, Wednesday FC, Albion FC and England and both acted as Umpires in important games. After hanging up his boots, William Clegg became Lord Mayor of Sheffield as well as president of Wednesday and Vice President of the Sheffield Football Association.

Charles Clegg was a fierce proponent of the amateur game and strongly against all forms of professionalism. Over time he mellowed and oversaw Wednesday’s transition to professionalism and was involved in the foundation of Sheffield United in 1889, a club designed to be professional from the start. Charles was chairman of Wednesday and of the Sheffield Football Association and the most powerful man in English football between 1890 and 1919 in his capacity at the Football Association as the first and longest-standing chairman. He refereed both the 1882 and 1892 F.A. Cup Finals and in 1899 became chairman of Sheffield United; he became President of the club in 1924. He was knighted in 1927 and his club Presidency only lapsed on his death in 1937.

Both brothers are buried in the family tomb at Fulwood cemetery

The Sheffield and Hallamshire Football Association is based at Clegg House, 204 Meadowhall Road and there is a fine plaque of the man in reception.

If you have a spare £1.3m you can buy the 7-bedroomed house on Whiteley Wood Road that Leonard Johnson Clegg built in 1898 (the younger of the three Clegg brothers). If you go to the listing there is a photograph of a stained-glass window that depicts the Mayoral Crest featuring the lion rampant.

There is a lot more information on the Cleggs in my new book

Sir Nathaniel Creswick’s grave inscription

Nathaniel Creswick is buried in a family tomb at Heeley Parish Church. The inscription says:
In affectionate remembrance of the late Nathaniel Creswick of East Hill House in this Parish, who died on the 22nd of November 1855 aged 62 years. And of Elisabeth his wife who died May 29th 1869 aged 67. And their oldest son Sir Nathaniel Creswick KCB of Norton Green born 31st July -died 20th October 1917 and of his wife Dame Sarah Ann Creswick born 19th June 1841 , died 28th June 1921.