Countrymen win Oldest Derby

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Posted 28th July 2014 - Posted in Club News

The World’s First Derby Festival ended with a 3-1 victory to the Countrymen. The festival, held to celebrate the first ever derby match between the World’s First Club Sheffield FC and local rivals Hallam FC way back in 1860, was expected to be attended once again by football connoisseurs from around the globe. Action got under way on Saturday 2nd August at 3:00pm when Sheffield's First Team beat ASK-PSV Salzburg 3-0 the first time a Sheffield FC side has faced opposition from Austria. ASK-PSV play in the fourth tier of their national league structure. Sunday saw the main day of festivities which kicked off at 1pm when a Sheffield FC select side managed by ex-First Team manager and current SFC Foundation Director Chris Dolby faced a select side from German giants Borussia Dortmund, led by BVB Legend and Youth Academy Director Lars Ricken – the man who scored the winner in the 1997 Champions League Final against Juventus. The visitors won 5-2. The finale was the main event itself, Sheffield FC versus Hallam FC, which kicked off at 3:45pm. A restaging of the first inter-club game of football, first played at Hallam’s Sandygate ground on Boxing Day 1860, and the next episode in a contest which still stirs emotion in local amateur sports. Hallam won the game and take the Alan Cooper Memorial Trophy back to Sandygate.

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