Hallam Football Club is a football club which is based in Sheffield in South Yorkshire in England. At present, the club plays in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division and will be celebrating their 150th season in 2010.
Known to be the second oldest football club in the world, this club ground is Sandygate Road, in western Sheffield, which has a seating capacity of 1,000 spectators. This stadium is also known as the oldest ground in the world as per the Guinness Book of Records. The Chairman of the club is David Slater and the manager of the club is Kenny Geelan.
It was a historic moment for the club in 1867, when they won the Youdan Cup which is known to be the first ever organized football match in the world. Hallam Football Club defeated their fellow Sheffield club, Norfolk, in the final match which was played at Bramall Lane. Till date, this club still possesses the historic trophy. However, at some point of time, the cup which was won way back by this team got lost somehow in 1871. It was not until 1997 that the club brought it back when it turned up at a Scottish antique dealers shops.
Some of the notable ex-players of this club are Michael Boulding, Howard Wilkinson, Harry Deacon, Fred Furniss, Brian Linighan, Mark Smith and many more. At present, the team squad in 2009-10 season, includes Ben Brunt and Dave Darwent, both as goalkeepers, with Tony Crane, Andy Brownrigg, Ashley Emson, Daniel Smith and many others.
The club won the NCEL cup in 2003-04 after 36 years without any silverware. They defeated Mickleover Sports by 1-0 in the finals which was held in Buxton. The future looks amazingly bright for Hallam Football Club, especially when they are looking forward to celebrating the club’s 150th anniversary in 2010.