NCEL Preview: Family of Thomas Youdan - the man behind the world’s oldest football trophy - set to visit Sandygate Road

The Football Challenge Cup, believed to be the first football cup which was awarded the Hallam Football Club in 1867.
The Football Challenge Cup, believed to be the first football cup which was awarded the Hallam Football Club in 1867.
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It will be a special occasion at Sandygate Road tomorrow when Hallam host Teversal - with family members of what is said to be the oldest cup in the world, the Youdan Cup, in attendance.

Glyn Youdan - a great, great, great nephew of Thomas Youdan, from whom the trophy gets its name - and his family are guests of honour.

Two of their grandchildren Jacob and Millie (five times great nephew/niece of Thomas) will be club mascots.

In 1867, Hallam were outright winners of the challenge cup presented by Sheffield theatre owner Thomas, with the final taking place at Bramall Lane in front of 3,000 spectators.

The cup (a silver claret jug) was purchased from Martin & Hall Silversmiths of Broad Street Sheffield and is some four years older than the first FA Cup (also purchased from Martin & Hall).

As such, it is recognised as the oldest football trophy in the world. John Charles Shaw, Hallam FC founder and captain (as engraved on the cup) is believed to have retained it for safe keeping.

This was the last that Hallam saw of the cup as it disappeared for some 130 years - only to re-emerge in 1997. Subsequently, it was bought back from a Scottish antique dealer who had successfully bid for it at a Bonham’s London auction.

In July 2014 the cup was exhibited on the BBC’s Antique Roadshow from Derby. Contact was then made with the club by Glyn and towards the end of October 2014, the Antique Roadshow Detectives production team visited Sandygate and conducted interviews with club members, Glyn himself and other visitors.

After the game the Player of the Year Awards will take place in the 1860 Suite, commencing at 7pm.

Tomorrow’s fixtures: Premier Division: Armthorpe Welfare v Staveley MW, Cleethorpes Town v Handsworth Parramore, Parkgate v Thackley, Retford United v Glasshoughton Welfare, Worksop Town v Barton Town Old Boys.

Division One: Hallam v Teversal, Penistone Church v Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Rossington Main v Hemsworth MW, Shirebrook Town v AFC Emley, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Dronfield Town.