Owls and Blades teams to play in world’s oldest tournament in city

Sheffield United's team for the Youdan Trophy
Sheffield United's team for the Youdan Trophy
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The world’s first ever football tournament is being revived in Sheffield next week, featuring what could ge the global stars of the future.

The Football Challenge Cup, presented by Thomas Youdan, predates the FA Cup by four years and was first played at Bramall Lane in 1867.

Sheffield Wednesday's Under-14 squad

Sheffield Wednesday's Under-14 squad

Now a new Youdan Trophy for Under-14 teams has been launched, from July 27-31 - Monday to Friday mornings (10am start) at Sheffield Hallam University’s Sports Park, Bawtry Road, with the final at Bramall Lane on Friday afternoon (3pm).

Both Sheffield Wednesday and United plus Glasgow giants Celtic and Rangers will compete along with a team from Australia - Nerang Eagles.

The two groups comprise -

Group 1: Charlton Athletic, Glasgow Celtic, Nerang Eagles and Sheffield United.

Group 2: Brentford, FAB Academy, Glasgow Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday.

Sheffield-based You-Are-The-Ref.com, the independent authority and education platform for match officials, are behind the creation of the tournament.

Sheffield schools and grassroots teams are set to be the beneficiaries of thousands of pounds worth of footballing kit being used at the event.

The equipment will be donated by competition sponsor, Precision, following the final.

The Nottingham-based company are providing thousands of pounds worth of footballs, sportswear and other equipment for the international tournament that is bringing the global stars of the future to the Steel City.

The winners will receive the Youdan Trophy, a stunning bronze statue by of Barnsley’s revered Graham Ibbeson, famous for his life-size Dickie Bird statue in the town and his celebrated Eric Morecambe statue in Morecambe.

Free tickets for the final are available from www.youdantrophy.com