With the football season in England kicking off tomorrow, we thought we’d look out our scarves, rosettes and rattles, and search the Archive for an interesting football story.
We’ve picked the first ever English match to be reported in a newspaper – the match between Sheffield FC and Hallam FC at Bramall Lane Cricket Ground on 20 December 1862.
Played according to ‘Sheffield Rules’, the match sounds like it might have been a little rough in places, with ‘waistcoats’ being thrown off, as the intensity of the match heightened. It seems that the long interval at half-time also caused some raised eyebrows among some of the players.
There also seems to have been a large travelling support for Hallam, with loud cheers being heard whenever one of their players downed a Sheffield man.
Just for the record, the final score was 0-0, with the report stating that ‘neither a goal nor a rouge’ [was] scored by either party’ (we’re not sure what a ‘rouge’ was/is?!).
The Archive contains 1000s of interesting and historic reports about football matches in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. To find a story, just type in the name of a player or a football team and see what you can find!
Sheffield Independent – Tuesday 30 December 1862
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