Rotherham United are taking a team to the Coach and Horses Ground to take on Sheffield FC this evening.
Founded in 1857 Sheffield FC are the oldest existing club still playing association football.
The club originally played games under Sheffield Rules which were devised in the South Yorkshire city fro 1857 for twenty years and which influenced the now recognised FA rules which date back to 1863. Sheffield FC, known as The Club, still play these rules against neighbours Hallam who were formed in 1860.
1873 saw them enter the FA Cup for the first time which was against Shropshire Wanderers. The game went to a replay which was also a draw so was decided by a coin toss, for the first and only time in the history of the competition. In 1877/8 and 1879/80 they reached the Fourth Round of the competition.
Sheffield FC were founder members of the Midland League and Yorkshire League. In 1976 they reached the final of the newly formed FA Vase drawing one-one with Billericay Town at Wembley. They lost two-one in the replay at the City Ground, Nottingham. 1981 the Yorkshire League merged with the Midland League and The Club was placed in Division One South where they stayed for three seasons before the league was restructured, with the club being reassigned to the newly formed Division One. In 1989 they won the Division One title, but they were relegated back again a year later because of their lack of floodlights.
1994 saw them win the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup and went on to win it four more times.
In 2004 Sheffield FC were given the FIFA Order of Merit which was also given to Real Madrid. Three years later, on their one hundred and fiftieth anniversary, The Club were inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame. In their anniversary year they finished as runners-up in the league to secure promotion to the Northern Premier League for the first time.
Last season The Club finished fifteenth in the Northern Premier League Division One South.
The game this evening kicks-off at 7.30pm. Tickets can be bought on the gate and are priced at Adults – £5 and Concessions – £3.