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Major events organised this month to celebrate the life of Sheffield FC’s Sir Nathaniel Creswick

An important new information point will be unveiled on Wednesday 24th October at 12-noon at Heeley Parish Church. The tomb of Sir Nathaniel Creswick, the co-founder of the world’s oldest football club, has lain uncelebrated for many years.

That will now change with the installation of this new information point, that details his life as well as the interesting story surrounding the football club that started at Heeley Parish Church and ended up playing in the FA Cup.

The 24th October is the 161st birthday of Sheffield FC and I hope this recognition of the global importance of Creswick to the beautiful game will make his last resting place a shrine for football fans from all over the world to come and pay homage.

Please support this important event. The Vicar, Bob Evans will open the proceeding, followed by myself and the chairman of Sheffield FC -Richard Tims. Tea and refreshments will follow in the church.

The following day, the 25th October is the Sheffield Football Treasures Day on 25th October. This day represents the culmination of our campaign to raise awareness that Sheffield is indeed the Home of Football. The free event will feature all the best football treasures that Sheffield FC, Hallam FC, Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United can offer as well as the current FA Cup will be on display and you will be able to have your photograph taken alongside it on the day.

Nathaniel Creswick wrote the Sheffield Rules  together with a Sheffield FC Committee and the 27th of October 2018 marks the 160th anniversary of the writing of the 1858 Sheffield Rules . Thanks to the amazing hard work of Sheffield Libraries, copies of this incredibly important piece of football heritage will be on display held at Sheffield Central Library on October 25th between 10.30 and 2.30.

Book your interest here https://bit.ly/2yfGFTC

At the event Geoffrey Norton, who is Sir Nathaniel Creswick’s oldest surviving descendant , will exhibit Creswick’s personal diary.  You will be able to see for yourself the momentous entry for 31st December 1857 that says:

“I have established a foot ball club to which most of young Sheffield come and kick.’

I have fully revised and updated my book ‘A History of Sheffield Football 1857-1889: Speed, Science and Bottom’ to coincide with this important anniversary. The new book has 28 extra pages, 20 new images and a new fold out map. It features new chapters celebrating the 160th anniversary of the 1858 Sheffield Rules and the fact that Sheffield is the Home of Football.
You can buy the book here: http://bit.ly/2qYw0r0

The Sheffield FC archive:one of the world’s most expensive items of football memorabilia is at the Sheffield Football Treasures Day on October 25th

The 27th of October 2018 marks the 160th anniversary of the writing of the 1858 Sheffield Rules. These were the crown jewels in the Sheffield FC Archive that was sold at Sotheby’s in July 2011 for £881,250. This places the Sheffield Football Archive as the world’s second most expensive piece of football memorabilia in history. Ahead of Alan Ball’s World Cup Medal (£164,800), Jules Rimet Trophy Replica (£254,500), Oldest Surviving FA Cup (£478,400) but behind Geoff Hurst’s World Cup Winning Shirt (£2.3 Million). 

The purchaser and the current location of the actual archive remain a mystery but thanks to the amazing hard work of Sheffield Libraries, copies of this incredibly important piece of football heritage will be displayed at the FREE Sheffield Football Treasures Day which is being held at Sheffield Central Library on October 25th between 10.30 and 2.30. Book your interest here https://bit.ly/2yfGFTC

The free event will feature all the best football treasures that Sheffield FC, Hallam FC, Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United can offer. This is the first time many of their precious items have ever been displayed and it is certainly the first time in 160 years that they have all been in the same room at the same time.

If that wasn’t enough the current FA Cup will be on display and you will be able to have your photograph taken along side it on the day.

We are expecting a large crowd so please register your interest at https://bit.ly/2yfGFTC

I have fully revised and updated my book ‘A History of Sheffield Football 1857-1889: Speed, Science and Bottom’ to coincide with this important anniversary. The new book has 28 extra pages, 20 new images and a new fold out map. It features new chapters celebrating the 160th anniversary of the 1858 Sheffield Rules and the fact that Sheffield is the Home of Football.

You can buy the book herehttp://bit.ly/2qYw0r0

140 years ago today. The world’s first ever floodlights at a football match

The year 1878 marked another yet another landmark for Sheffield Football, with the first football match ever to be staged under electric floodlighting at Bramall Lane as instigated by the Sheffield Football Association.

There is much more information about this event in the newly revised edition of my book ‘A History of Sheffield Football 1857-1889: Speed, Science and Bottom’ including the actual minutes from the Sheffield FA handbook. You can buy the book here http://bit.ly/2qYw0r0

The experiment was organised by Messrs. Tasker. From the press description, the light was provided by 12 lamps, with two at each corner and two behind each goal:
“At each corner of the ground marked off for the players a wooden stage was erected some ten yards high for carrying the lamp and the reflector. Behind each goal was placed a portable engine, each of which drove two Siemen’s dynamo machines on for each light. The illuminating power equalled 8,000 standard candles and the cost per hour for each light was about 3 and a ½ pence.” 
The new lighting proved to be very popular and a new record attendance was set at Bramall Lane for a football match:
“Everybody seemed highly pleased with the result of the experiment, the light being most brilliant and effective. It may be stated that the experiment turned out to be a great financial success, the novelty of the thing drawing together an immense attendance, reaching in our estimation, nearly twenty thousand people. When everything was in readiness, at 7.30 the distinguishing colours of the two sides were clearly visible, although it was rather difficult to discern the individual movement on the top side of the ground.”
It was a game between Reds and Blues featuring leading players of the day, with each side captained by a Clegg brother. :
“Reds: F. Stacey, J. Housley, J. Hunter, E. Buttery, F. Hinde, J.C. Clegg (captain), W. Mosforth,A. Woodcock, C. Stratford, H.E. Barber, G. Anthony.

Blues; T. Lawson, W.E. Clegg (captain), R. Gregory, T. Buttery, W.H. Stacey, G.B. Marples, A. Malpas, J. Tomlinson, E.H. Barber, T. Bishop, P. Patterson. Umpires: W. Skinner and R.W.Dickinson. Referee W. Pierce Dix.” 


The Blues won by 2 goals to nil: