Next up for us is a trip to the worlds first football in the club, Sheffield FC.
Founded in 1857 on the ethos of integrity, respect and community this is what the club to this day is still based on and on the bigger scale, the founder of Sheffield FC was the person to write up the rules that modern day football is based upon, therefore some of this was definitely carried over into the ruleset.
Based out of The Home of Football, Coach & Horses Stadium in Sheffield, and currently members of The Evo-Stik League First Division East league, on the pitch things are currently going well for the worlds oldest club, sitting in the play off positions. This however wasn’t always the case, the clubs current chairman Richard Tims has masterminded a turnaround in the club’s fortunes since taking over in 1999. At that point Sheffield FC were playing in front of “one man and a dog” at the cavernous Don Valley stadium, with no fans, no cash and not much hope of making it to the 150th anniversary in 2007. But a combination of passion for the club and a shrewd business sense has seen the fortunes of the world’s oldest football club transformed both on and off the pitch.
Despite playing at one of the highest levels in non-league football, Sheffield have managed to maintain an amateur status that they have held since their founding all those years ago. At a level where many teams will be semi-pro, all credit to ‘The World First Football Club’ for sticking to their core principles.
From everyone here at ClimbingTheLadder we’d just like to wish everyone at Sheffield FC the best for the rest of the season and heres to many more years for #TheWorldsFirst