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Spireites in action at Hallam tonight

15 July 2019

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The Spireites will travel to Sheffield tonight to continue their pre-season programme with a game at Hallam FC (7.45pm).

After Saturday's pre-season opener at Staveley Miners Welfare, which ended in a 4-4 draw, John Sheridan is expected to give a run-out to some of the senior players who didn't feature in that game.

Admission is priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

Hallam FC

Nickname: The Countrymen
Stadium: Sandygate Road, Sheffield, S10 5SE.

Capacity: 1,000 (250 seated) – the oldest ground in the world.

Hallam FC are the second oldest football team in the world. They were formed in 1860, with only Sheffield FC being older than them.

In 1867, Hallam won the first ever football competition, the Youdan Cup. The trophy was misplaced by the club and only resurfaced in 1997, when a Scottish antiques collector came into possession of it and sold it back to the club for £2,000. In 2014, the trophy featured on the Antiques Roadshow and was valued at £100,000!

In an Amateur Cup tie, they faced Dulwich Hamlet and the demand for tickets was so high that the tie was played at Hillsborough and 13,000 attended the game.

They currently play in the Northern Counties East League Division One, which is the tenth tier of English football. In 2016 and 2017, they reached the play-offs, but were eliminated in the semi-finals both times.

Record attendance: 2,000 v Hendon, FA Amateur Cup, 1958/59 (at Hillsborough: 13,855 v Dulwich Hamlet, FA Amateur Cup, 1952/53).


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