When Richard Tims joined the Sheffield FC board of directors 15 years ago, their only target was to survive as a football club.
Since then, the world’s oldest football club has flourished and have even received the FIFA Order of Merit award, the highest honour handed out by the world’s governing body.
Tims, who has met the likes of Pele and Sepp Blatter during his time at Sheffield FC, celebrated his 15th anniversary in some style just before Christmas, when he was invited to Borussia Dortmund’s game against Hertha Berlin - to speak on the pitch, in front of almost 81,000 people!
Tims’ remarkable tale is available in today’s Grass Roots, inside your Sheffield Star.
This week, we have an amazing 17 sports contained in our 20 pages. Read Richard Fidler’s report on Sheffield Hatters’ disappointment in a tournament named after their chairperson, Betty Codona, and Tom Bestwick’s take on a successful weekend - at last - for the city’s two rugby union clubs.
Other Sheffield sides - including Hallamshire Hornets Skater Hockey club, Sheffield Steeldogs’ ice hockey side and cycle speedway outfit Sheffield Stars - have also been celebrating success, and we have full details of their achievements.
As always, we have the usual angling, bowls and table tennis reports, as well as the latest from the world of boxing, darts and squash.
The local sporting scene in Sheffield has never been in a healthier state - and Grass Roots has it all covered, every Friday inside the Sheffield Star.