Just over the moors from here one of the “originals” (go on name all the others without resorting to Google) Sheffield United will celebrate their 125 year anniversary in a match against another owd club in Wolverhampton Wanderers.
March 22 1889 was The Blades foundation date and besides the special commemorative shirts which they will wear a special beer has been produced, Blades 125 at a princely sum of £1.25.
Both clubs would have loved to have celebrated the great occasion by being members of the Premier League but it is Division 1 (nee Division 3) that they both now reside.
Past glories count for nothing when it comes to the actual league places, living on memories does accrue the points, however it’s good to have a celebrated history and to fondly remember the good old days.
In March 1889, Yorkshire Cricket Club formed Sheffield United six days after the FA Cup semi-final between PNE & WBA, it finally convinced Charles Stokes, a member of the willow on leather brigade that the formation of a football club would be a good thing at Bramall Lane.
Uniteds first secretary Mr J.B.Wostinholm also had the same job for the cricket club.
No other Football League team has been able to equal Sheffield United in being the longest remaining unbeaten team from the start of a season four years in a row, a achieved from 1896-97 to 1899-1900 inclusive.
Blades Winger Bob Evans played ten times for Wales before it was discovered in 1910 that he was born just outside the border in England, they in turn subsequently capped him four times for the three lions.
In 1877 St Lukes School in Blakenhall was the venue for a football team which later led to one of the original members of the league to be formed, St Lukes was in the same neighbourhood as the Blakenhall Wanderers Cricket club which itself had a football section.
Some of the St Lukes cricketers played for “The Wolves” and eventually they merged with their counterparts to form Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Past grounds were in 1877 Windmill Field, 1879 John Harper’s Field, 1881 Dudley Road then Molineux.
Their first ever football league game was against Villa at home in 1888 which they drew 1-1.
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