Happy 160th Birthday Football
On the 24th October 1857, Sheffield FC was founded and the world’s most popular sport was born. The World’s First Football Club, Sheffield FC turn 160 years old this year and have long been recognised by world football for their impact on the game through the creation of the first rulebook, the first organised team, the first football derby and much more.
160 years on and #theworldsfirst is still pioneering, working to rebuild the original Home of Football Stadium, leading the way with the lowest priced current seson fan jersey in world football, uniting the oldest football clubs from each country under the banner of "The Club of Pioneers" and developing grassroots football around the world, through social projects like "Boots for Roots", which includes shipping over 38,000 pairs of football boots to disadvantaged children worldwide.
To mark this special occasion, Sheffield FC will be looking to celebrate with fans, palyers, teams and media from around the world. Highlight activities will include a celebration dinner in Sheffield and the release of a limited edition heritage shirt based on the earliest known kit designs of the club, alongside partners Classic Football Shirts.
Talking on the birthday, Sheffield FC Chairman Richard Tims stated: "160 years of the beautiful game is an historic landmark for football and a great opportunity for all involved to celebrate the roots of our beautiful game. We’re looking forward to taking the story out to the world and also using the 160th as a platform to create never before seen content. We’re inviting fans, players, clubs, media & brands worldwide to join the celebrations, cherishing the roots and kick off of football".