The Star Says: Club’s return brings football back home

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Football really is coming home with the excellent news that the world’s first football club – Sheffield FC – are returning to the city.

The switch from Sheffield’s current home at Dronfield, just over the border in north Derbyshire, to Olive Grove Sports ground where the founders of Club developed the first set of rules and played their first games of football on the fields back in 1857 will take a bit of time to be fully complete.

But it will be worth the wait.

It features a three stage process over a number of years and it is no surprise that the club is officially launching a worldwide funding campaign to raise £2m.

The first phase will see the creation of a playing area, maintenance of the area, a new driveway and fencing around the area. Phase two, which will be subject to future public consultation, planning and funding, will see the creation of a football site suitable for non-league standards, including, changing rooms, small stands and the infrastructure for fans.

Phase Three will see the proceeds from the fundraising campaign used to develop a community and history centre celebrating the role the club has played in the beautiful game. It will feature a museum, classrooms, educational facilities and the original greenhouse of 1857.

Club have worked closely with the committee of the Olive Grove Sports Club. The organisation will have a seat on the board of Sheffield FC.

Having a place to call home will be novelty for the club’s management, players and supporters.

Sheffield FC have played football without a permanent home and its own ground for more than 140 years but now it is returning to Olive Grove in Sheffield to where it all began.

Sheffield FC are a club the city should be incredibly proud of.

As the world’s first football club – founded in 1857 by the pioneers Nathaniel Creswick and William Prest – it was responsible for the first officially adopted set of rules and laws for the game

It is recognised by FIFA and the FA as the world’s first football club and in 2004 Sheffield FC was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit together with Real Madrid. To think the beautiful game has its roots in our city is truly wonderful.

At last the club will be back where it belongs and can look forward to its future.