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The Millers make the short trip to Dronfield tomorrow evening to take on the oldest team still in existence, Sheffield FC

Here are a few facts about them:

Sheffield FC were founded in 1857 and are famous for being the world`s oldest team still playing association football. They are also noted for participating in the world's oldest footballing rivalry. Sheffield competed against Hallam in the world's first inter-club match during 1860 - the match is known as the 'Sheffield' or 'Rules' derby.

Playing in the Northern Premier League Division One South, which is step four of eight of the National League system, last season they finishing fourth, the team now play at the Bright Finance Stadium in Dronfield, which is the first ground they have ever owned themselves, and are managed by ex Miller, Chris Dolby.

In 1904 they won the FA Amateur Cup and in 1977 they were runners up in the FA Vase.

FIFA have bestowed them with the FIFA Order of Merit and they have been inducted to the English Football Hall of Fame for their contribution to football.

The clubs most famous players are John Owen, who played once in 1874 and John Hudson who played once in 1883 who both went on to represent England.

In November 2007, Sheffield FC celebrated their 150th Anniversary by playing a game against Serie A side, Inter Milan, with the Italians winning 5-2. The game was played at Bramall Lane and 18,741 supporters came. In April 2008, Sheffield played Ajax, again at Bramall Lane and celebrated a 2-0 victory in front of 5,000 fans with Premiership Referee Uriah Rennie the man in the middle.

Club Honours

FA Amateur Cup Winners 1903-04
FA Vase Runners-up 1976-77
Yorkshire League Division Two Champions 1976-77
Yorkshire League Cup Winners 1977-78
Whitbread Trophy Winners 1987-88
Northern Counties East League Premier Division Runners-up 2006-07
Northern Counties East League Division One Champions 1988-89, 1990-91
Northern Counties East League Cup Winners 2000-01, 2004-05
Northern Counties East League Cup Runners-up 2002-03, 2005-06
Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup Winners 1993-94, 2004-05, 2005-06




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Writer:Herringthorpe
Date:Sunday July 20 2008
Time: 10:15AM

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