Oldest rules on show in New York

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Sheffield FC are taking a bite from the Big Apple by displaying the first rules of football in New York City.

Chairman Richard Tims has travelled to the United States with the valuable items ahead of an auction next month in London.

He said: “The book will on display in New York and it will also go to Paris. It has also been to Qatar for a private viewing.”

Sotheby’s is auctioning the rare rules book on July 14 along with two handwritten drafts of the evolving rules and minutes upon which football was based.

A reserve price of around £1.2 million will start the auction but bids in excess of £3m are expected. That would break the $4.4m (£2.7m) sports memorabilia record for basketball’s oldest rules book (1891), which sold in New York last December for display at the University of Kansas.

On the pitch Sheffield have added three new players to their squad.

Manager Mark Shaw has strengthened the side by signing defender Matt Varley, aged 28, midfielder Charlie Weir, aged 20, and 28-year-old forward Shane Kelsey.

Another boost to the non-leaguers is that last season’s player of the year Andy Gascoigne has agreed a one-year contract extension.

The club also confirmed that the quartet of Ryan Davis, Joel Purkiss, Jack Smith and James Gregory have left.