Sheffield FC, the worlds oldest football team have announced ambitious plans to return to Sheffield after 20 years in Dronfield.
Formed in 1857, Sheffield FC might be best known for its history than its football but they are looking to create foundations for a successful future with a 4,000 capacity stadium whilst recognising its past with a heritage centre, which would attract football fans from around the world.
Sheffield and football might not have had the best twelve months with both United and Wednesday facing relegation whilst Sheffield FC have been unable to play due to the pandemic.
The club want to return to the city, create a community and grow a local fanbase for grassroots football which is no longer an amateur game and Sheffield FC is more than just about the mens game. They’ve had success with the women’s league, they also have a disabled team and host walking football games.
Having all that, plus the historic element, the club have a platform to build on. They’ve launched a membership scheme to help raise money, so far there’s already over 4000 members from 51 countries, showing that there’s plenty of interest outside of a Sheffield postcode. You can sign up to be a member here for free or as little as £2.50 a month with additional benefits.
Obviously a 4000 capacity stadium and other professional facilities doesn’t come cheap so they are looking to sell off their current home to property developers to help them build for the future of the worlds oldest football club.
Maybe we’ll have a third team playing in the football league one day…
The club are one of only two to be awarded with FIFA’s Order of Merit, the other being Real Madrid and they’ve also been endorsed by the football legend that is Pele.
More info on Sheffield FC can be found here.