The Youdan Trophy

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Posted 05th April 2015 - Posted in Club News The Youdan Trophy In 1867 Hallam Football Club were outright winners of the challenge cup presented by Sheffield theatre owner Thomas Youdan, the final taking place at Bramall Lane on 5th March in front of 3,000 spectators. The cup (a silver claret jug) was purchased from Martin & Hall Silversmiths of Broad Street Sheffield. This cup is some 4 years earlier than the first F.A. Cup (also purchased from Martin & Hall) and as such is recognised as the oldest football trophy in the world. John Charles Shaw Hallam FC founder and captain (as engraved on the cup) is believed to have retained the cup for safe keeping. This was the last that Hallam saw of the cup as it disappeared for some 130 years only to re-emerge in 1997 and subsequently was bought back from a Scottish antique dealer who had successfully bid for it at a Bonham’s London auction. In July 2014 the cup was exhibited on the BBC’s Antique Roadshow from Derby and as a result of which, contact was made with the club by Glyn Youdan a great great great nephew of Thomas Youdan. Towards the end of October 2014 the BBC Antique Roadshow Detectives production team visited Sandygate which included interviews with club members, Glyn himself and other visitors. At the time of writing this was to be transmitted on Wednesday 8th April on BBC2 at 6.30pm. Glyn and his family are guests of honour at Saturday’s game v Teversal and two of their grandchildren Jacob and Millie (5 times great nephew/niece of Thomas Youdan) will be club mascots. After the game the Player of the Year Awards will take place in the 1860 Suite commencing at 7.00 PM.

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