Match celebrates the World’s First Derby

26/06/13 ''Picture shows a plaque showing Sandygate home of Hallam FC to be the oldest football ground in the world.'A game of 1858 rules football, known as 'Sheffield Rules' played at Hallam FC for the first time in 150 years. ''rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick
26/06/13 ''Picture shows a plaque showing Sandygate home of Hallam FC to be the oldest football ground in the world.'A game of 1858 rules football, known as 'Sheffield Rules' played at Hallam FC for the first time in 150 years. ''rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick
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Sheffield’s unique football heritage is to be celebrated at a friendly match reviving the world’s oldest derby.

The first derby clash was played on Boxing Day 1860 at Sandygate between the two oldest football clubs anywhere – Sheffield FC and Hallam FC.

Now the rivalry is being rekindled at a special game between the sides to be held at Sheffield FC Stadium in Dronfield at 6pm on Saturday, July 27.

Sheffield FC’s Jakub Waldner, who is overseeing the project, said the day would celebrate the invention of the derby match.

“As the world’s oldest club we are responsible for taking care of our heritage but even more to pass on the roots and legacy of football as a whole to the next generations,” he said.

“One of the things the club wants to protect is the first derby, reminding everyone of the true pioneers and inventors of today’s greatest game.”

Attractions on the day will include a game played to the rules of 1857, along with a celebrity game featuring Reverend and the Makers and city football legends.