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Sheffield Hand Over First Boots For Africa

13th May, 2007

Sheffield FC have officially handed the first batch of boots to youngsters in South Africa this week.

Chairman Richard Tims attended the special ceremony on Thursday, along with Rev. Dr. Makhenkesi Stofile, South Africa's minister for sport and recreation, at Johannesburg Stadium.

The boots were presented by Richard and the minister to a group of young footballers before kick-off at an exhibition game at the stadium.

Sheffield FC, the oldest club in the world, has collected more than 2,500 pairs of boots as part of their Boots for Africa campaign.

Before heading to South Africa, Richard said: "We are absolutely delighted to be going over to Africa to present the boots almost a year to the day when we started the campaign in Sheffield.

"There has been a fantastic response to the campaign from people all across the United Kingdom. We hope this will be the start of even more boots being delivered right up until the 2010 World Cup in South Africa."

Team manager Dave McCarthy, assistant Lee Walshaw and club official Roger Clinton joined Richard at the presentation.

Sheffield FC have gained support for the campaign from the Sports Trust, the South African High Commission, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Bright Finance and the African Football Confederation.

The club also teamed-up with the world's largest express transportation company FedEx Express to deliver the boots.

(Story Source: Sheffield FC)

Sheffield Buy First Ground In 150 Years

12th March, 2007

Sheffield FC have achieved a unique landmark in its long and illustrious history after they bought their first official ground in 150 years.

Following investment from Directors, Sheffield FC have purchased the lease for their Bright Finance Stadium in a six-figure deal.

As part of the deal, the Club also take over the running of the Coach and Horses pub which is located next to the stadium on Sheffield Road, providing extra revenue for the amateur side.

Sheffield FC Chairman, Richard Tims, said: "For Sheffield FC to buy our own ground is a fantastic deal for the Club and a huge step forward in securing our long-term future.

"It is a sign from all the Directors of our commitment to Sheffield FC ? a club which has such a unique standing in the world of football.

"Purchasing the stadium and the surrounding land will give us a new lease of life.

"Club football began here and it is important for the status of Sheffield that we establish our own venue.

"This might not be a multi-million pound deal, but to a football club of our size, it is equivalent to Arsenal purchasing their new Emirates Stadium."

Sheffield FC moved to the Bright Finance Stadium in 2001 and officially opened the ground with a friendly against Manchester United.

(Story Source: Sheffield FC)

Sheffield Really Are The Oldest

17th December, 2006

NCEL Premier Division side Sheffield FC have held on to their status as the oldest football club in the world.

Doubts arose after Cambridge University's footballers celebrated their 150th anniversary last weekend.

This led to reports that Cambridge were the world's oldest club, but a statement from the Football Association on Thursday declared: "The FA and FIFA continue to recognise Sheffield FC, founded in 1857, as the oldest club in the world."

It also emerged that the debate over the issue started after the university's footballers were presented with an illuminated script recogning the importance of the 'Cambridge Rules' in developing the original code for football.

Sheffield chairman Richard Tims said he was always confident the club would retain the accolade.

He said: "We're very happy but it seems like old news to me."

(Story Source: The Non-League Paper)

McCarthy Hails New Signing

8th December, 2006

Sheffield boss Dave McCarthy has been speaking of his delight at signing striker David Wilkins.

He captured the frontman from Premier Division rivals Arnold Town earlier this week for a small undisclosed fee.

And, Wilkins goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's league match at home to Brodsworth Welfare.

McCarthy told the club's official website: "I wanted to sign David at the beginning of the season but was unable to bring him in at that time.

"I am extremely grateful for Arnold Town in allowing the transfer to go through so smoothly and I'm sure Wilkins will be a big hit with our supporters.

"I thought there was a need to bring in another striker and Wilkins will compete with the talented forwards already at Sheffield for a place in the side, which can only be good for the club."

(Story Source: Sheffield FC)

Rock Legends Join Sheffield FC

9th August, 2006

Sheffield rock legends Def Leppard have become the latest members of the world's oldest football club.

The band has given its support to Sheffield FC after being presented with a team shirt and an early club photo by chairman Richard Tims.

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott said: "The picture is amazing, Sheffield FC should be a national treasure. It is something everyone should be proud of."

Bass player Rick Savage added: "What the club is trying to achieve is great, I hope it gets the recognition it deserves. Sheffield FC is an important part of football history."

Def Leppard was joined by Sheffield Lord Mayor Jackie Drayton in becoming members of the club.

Chairman Tims met up with the Mayor and the band at Sheffield Town Hall after Def Leppard was installed as Sheffield Legends into the city's 'walk of fame'.

Tims said: "It was great to talk to these guys, they have been through what we are going through right now, trying to establish ourselves at home and worldwide.

"Def Leppard has proved spectacularly that it can be done and I want the same to happen for Sheffield FC."

(Story Source: Sheffield FC)

Premiership For Former Sheffield Star

21st July, 2006

Sheffield FC can now boast that a former player has signed for a Premiership club for an initial fee of ?350,000.

Sam Sodje, who played for Sheffield FC in season 2000/01 and played in their FA Cup run that reached the 4th and final Qualifying round, has signed for Reading from Brentford.

Sheffield manager Dave McCarthy said: "All at Sheffield FC think very highly of Sam and are extremely pleased to see that he has reached the top level of English football, the Premier League.

"I am sure that Sam enjoyed his time at Sheffield FC, before transferring to Stevanage Borough and learned a great deal about what the game in England is all about.

"All at Sheffield FC will watch his progress at Reading closely and look forward to catching up with him when he plays our local Premiership side, Sheffield United."

(Story Source: Sheffield FC)

New Faces For Sheffield At Tournament

21st July, 2006

The unique heritage tournament hosted by NCEL Premier Division side Sheffield FC takes place at their Coach & Horses Ground this weekend.

Sheffield FC - officially oldest club in the world - will take on the oldest club in Wales, NEWI Cefn Druids and a representative side from the Isle of Man.

The famous former FA Amateur Cup finalists, Corinthian Casuals, from Surrey complete the four-club heritage line up.

And there are set to be some new faces in the host side's line-up.

Ex-Norwich City defender Andy Brownrigg, who once cost 100,000 when signing from Hereford Utd, will be making his debut.

He'll be joined by Chris Dolby from Belper Town and Miles Thorpe from Worksop Town.

Prolific scorer Jon Pickess, who has been out injured for 20 months, will be in the squad too following two knee operations.

The fixture list is as follows:

Saturday 22nd July
12.30pm - Sheffield FC v Isle Of Man XI
3pm - Corinthian Casuals v NEWI Cefn Druids

Sunday 23rd July
12pm - Isle Of Man XI v Corinthian Casuals
3pm - Sheffield FC v NEWI Cefn Druids

(Story Source: Sheffield FC)

Sheffield Gets The Boot 2,000 Times!

12th July, 2006

More than a thousand pairs of football boots have been donated to Sheffield FC's Boots for Africa campaign, just two months since it was launched.

The total edges the world's oldest football club to their minimum target of 2007 pairs of boots, which are to be donated to young people in the townships of South Africa.

More than 27 schools and colleges, eight local sporting organisations and 28 businesses from across Yorkshire have given their support to the campaign by having black bin collection points and donating sacks filled with boots.

Former England and Arsenal defender Tony Adams kicked-off Boots for Africa at the start of May and Sheffield FC Chairman Richard Tims admits the response has been phenomenal.

"We have been amazed with the generosity of people from across the region," he said. "It is great to see so many businesses, sport clubs and education providers get behind the campaign in such a short space of time.

"Hopefully, the boots will continue to flood in and allow us to make a real difference to people in South Africa."

Meanwhile, Sheffield FC are also playing host to a unique children's soccer fundraising event.

The club is joining forces with shirt sponsors A4E Ltd to host SoccerJam on Wednesday July the 19th at their Bright Finance Stadium, Dronfield.

More than 120 local school children are expected to attend the event which organisers hope will raise more than 2,500 for the NSPCC.

SoccerJam is open to both boys and girls aged 10-11 and combines soccer exercises with dance routines to create a unique style of aerobics.

The exercises are being choreographed by professional dancers, including an ex-professional and indeed Sheffield FC footballer who took up dancing and keep fit after his football career ended.

(Story Source: Sheffield FC)

Oldies Get Their Own World Cup

4th July, 2006

The world's greatest football competition will soon be followed by one that blows it out of the water when it comes to history, reports The Non-League Paper.

For Sheffield FC, the world's oldest club, are to host their version of the World Cup, featuring more of the oldest names in the game.

For their International Football Heritage Tournament, being held to commemorate Sheffield's 150th year, will also feature Welsh Premier League NEWI Cefn Druids - the oldest club in Wales - and Corinthian Casuals, another true dinosaur of the English game who date back to 1882.

The new boys for the novel tournament will be the Isle of Man squad, who will be representing England in the UEFA Regions Cup in the autumn.

Sheffield FC boss Dave McCarthy said: "All the clubs approached have readily accepted the offer to be involved, with the famous Corinthian Casuals stepping in only this week to replace Northern Ireland side Cliftonville who had to withdraw from the tournament."

The tournament takes place over the weekend of July 22nd to 23rd.

The ambitious NCEL club's intriguing pre-season programme also includes a clash between 'the oldest' and 'the newest' as they host the recently-formed FC United.

The friendly on July the 29th has been switched to the Don Valley Stadium to accommodate an expected four-figure following from Manchester.

(Story Source: The Non-League Paper)

Sheffield Add To Squad

21st June, 2006

Sheffield boss Dave McCarthy has signed former Lincoln City and Nottm Forest midfielder and right-winger Paul Smith.

Born in Hastings, 30 year old Paul started his career with local non-league side Hastings Town.

He then moved into the Football League joining Nottingham Forest in January 1995.

Alex Ferguson was also after Paul at the time but he'd already put pen to paper for Forest.

Things didn't quite work out at The City Ground before Paul agreed to move to Sincil Bank in October 1997.

Paul was a regular in the Lincoln side, although towards the end of his time with Keith Alexander he was troubled with injuries and more recently has had a stint with Ilkeston Town.

Meanwhile, Lee Broster has left the club and returned to Arnold Town.

(Story Source: Behind The Flag)

Tables

NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Retford United 38 82 55
P Sheffield 38 77 32
P Carlton Town 38 73 42
P Garforth Town 38 70 39
5 Selby Town 38 69 26
6 Glapwell 38 66 23
7 Mickleover Sports 38 63 8
8 Sutton Town 38 59 18
9 Pickering Town 38 56 7
10 Maltby Main 38 52 -2
11 Long Eaton United 38 51 -3
12 Liversedge 38 49 -2
13 Armthorpe Welfare 38 48 -1
14 Hallam 38 48 -6
15 Arnold Town 38 45 -11
16 Glasshoughton Welfare 38 43 -8
17 Eccleshill United 38 39 -42
18 Thackley 38 32 -37
19 Shirebrook Town 38 30 -35
20 Brodsworth Welfare 38 11 -103
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Parkgate 32 82 82
P Winterton Rangers 32 71 52
P South Normanton Athletic 32 65 42
P Nostell Miners Welfare 32 60 25
P Lincoln Moorlands 32 56 21
6 Staveley Miners Welfare 32 51 7
7 Tadcaster Albion 32 49 6
8 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 32 48 11
9 Dinnington Town 32 43 6
10 Hall Road Rangers 32 43 -3
11 Borrowash Victoria 32 37 -14
12 Pontefract Collieries 32 37 -26
13 AFC Emley 32 34 -22
14 Gedling Town 32 31 -18
15 Teversal 32 31 -34
16 Yorkshire Amateur 32 22 -73
17 Rossington Main 32 16 -62

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