FT REPORT SAYS CLUB TO SELL ARCHIVE.... (30th April 2011)
Today's FT Weekend reports that Sheffield
FC is to put it's archive and original set of 1858 set of rules up for sale at Sotheby's in July. The sale is expected to
fetch upwards of £1.2 million and Chairman Richard Tims is quoted as saying this sale will secure the club's future. At the
moment this to be verified by the club and nothing has appeared on the official site as yet, although Twitter reports Official
press release to follow on Tuesday.
THE PICS ARE THE TOPS FOR SHEFFIELD FC.... (29th April 2011)
receive the top prize from supporters of Sheffield FC judging their away day experiences over the 2010/2011 season.
FC were delighted to receive correspondence from fellow league club, Sheffield FC highlighting that the Pics had won the top
prize in their season long ‘On the Road Review’, where their supporters ranked their away match day experience.
the Sheffield FC supporters visited thirty three grounds in different national leagues and applied marks out of ten for categories
– Ground, Refreshments, Facilities, Home Fans, Stewards / Officials and Programme and placed the Pics top of the league
with fifty points, just pipping the more glamorous surroundings of Northwich Victoria by just one point. Rushall Olympic’s
match day programme, compiled and designed by Darren Stockall came in for special praise, earning a maximum ten out of ten
mark and being tagged , ‘the best in non-league’.
Vice-Chairman, Nick Allen is delighted with the praise for the Pics: ‘It’s really gratifying to know that all
the hard work that goes on at the club is being channelled in the right direction. We are ambitious and want to win prizes
on the park, but when away support from a club with real stature, history, community spirit and proper footballing people
as Sheffield FC take the time to rank their experience at Rushall Olympic as the best of the season, it emphasizes the special
quality that non-league football possesses.’
do get embarrassed about the areas of work that need doing at our ground, but we work within restrictions with local authorities
that hampers funding and makes progress slow. This recognition shows that it’s not all about just shiny new stands that
defines the essence of non-league football – it’s about a spirit and a bit of heart and soul. We all know about
the ups and downs in non-league football, but sometimes it’s great to stand back and reflect on what a great and unique
product non-league football is’.
from Sheffield FC, including judges of the competition made the trip to Dales Lane to see Rushall Olympic beat Brigg Town
3-0 in their play-off semi-final to present a prize of a barrel of speciality real ale to the Pics in recognition of topping
their away day leaderboard.
|Pics receive the 2011 OTR Award
|Pictured L to R programme editor Darren Stockall, Nick Allen, Stuart Perry and BTF's Ben Webster
SHOWIE TO MANAGE CLUB.... (20th April 2011)
|New Manager Mark Shaw with Richard Tims
|Photo by Andrew Turnidge
Sheffield FC is pleased to announce the appointment of
Mark Shaw as First Team Manager. Mark will be joined by Pete Shuttleworth as Assistant Coach and Chris Adam as Player/Assistant
Coach. Supporters are welcome to meet the new management team at our last home game of the season on Saturday v Romulus.
Mark has been appointed after a rigorous selection procedure
where the quality of applications surpassed our expectations. We would like to pass on our best wishes and good luck to all
the unsuccessful candidates.
We would also like to thank Ian Whitehorne and Paul Rodgers,
who have overseen some outstanding performances from the team during their caretaker period, culminating in a 5-0 victory
over promotion chasing Brigg Town this week.
All at BTF wish Mark all
the best in his new appointment.
NEW BTF FORUM IS GO!!!...... (19th April 2011)
A group of Sheffield FC supporters have banded together to create a new forum presence on the internet. www.behindtheflag.info has been launched as the new place for fans, officials and even players to post their comments about all things to do with
the World’s First Football Club.
Stuart James, co-founder of the original Behind the Flag website, says the results of the past month’s labours
to get this project off the ground have been worthwhile. “For sometime Club and its supporters have been a bit behind
the game as far as football forums go; the official site’s forum has an air of inaccessibility about it with its ‘register
to view’ situation, whilst the original BTF forum – even though it was easier to view – was far from regulated
and had a reputation for being a little lawless. The new forum marries the merits of both of these two, at the same time removing
the problems fans experienced, and eliminating all the negatives. What we hope to have achieved is a happy medium, where you
can read all the latest news and gossip from around the Club, without the need to register. Also, you have the opportunity
to register and post your views, without the fear of some anonymous ‘internet assassin’ shooting you down.”
“We have gathered together a dedicated team of administrators and moderators, who will help manage the forum
to avoid unnecessary conflicts or controversy. We aim to work in tandem with officials at the Club to get all the up to date
info out to the fans, and get all those questions you have at the back of your mind answered, keeping the best interests of
Sheffield Football Club at the fore. Whilst the site is still a bit of a work in progress, it will hopefully serve as a great
reference place for fans, players and officials of ALL levels of Sheffield FC – from first team, down to kids’
levels – to share those important bits of information, whether it is travel arrangements or social events. It will hopefully
build into a massive resource for all involved; all we need is for as many people to join in as possible.”
The technical groundwork for this project has been done by Sheffield FC supporter Rich Stevenson, who has laboured
long and hard to give the forum a unique look and feel, and is extremely proud of the end results. “We’ve come
quite a way from the original idea of the forum, and have made several changes to the way it looks and works, ending up with
what is now a fairly original and user-friendly message board. The beauty of this board is that we can make changes to suit
our needs, building in any new ideas and amendments as and when they are required, unlike ones that are mass-made and are
used by several other clubs and supporter groups. The look is pretty unique, and the team have done a great job in helping
getting it to this point. We just hope we can get the interest to make the hard work all worthwhile.”
The registration process is remarkably easy; choose a “User ID”, create a password and supply a valid e-mail
address, and within minutes you can start posting. If you just want to have a look at the new site, or keep tabs on the news
as it happens, simply point your computer to www.behindtheflag.info and read what everyone’s got to say without any obligation. Better still, sign up and join the BTF community, getting
behind a true family club.
FORUM - LATEST UPDATE .... (29th
Many of you will have noticed the lack of
updates and the inability to post on Behind the Flag’s popular forum over the last few weeks, this is due to a major
upgrade that many supporters felt was necessary.
A new forum is in the process of being developed,
based on feedback from both supporters and officials, and should be ready for use in the next couple of weeks. Sheffield FC
supporter (and I.T wiz) Rich Stephenson and BTF stalwart Stuart James are working in tandem to create a discussion board that
will be the main reference point for fans of all things Sheffield FC related, covering all areas of the Club - from First
Team, Reserves and Youth to Ladies, Club 1857 to Travel, and if you fancy a Statto’s Paradise and General Chat area.
We are hoping that as many SFC supporters
with web access join as possible, although it isn’t going to be mandatory if you only wish to view and not post, however
it is hoped that the number of registered users and posters will take an active part in making this venture a success. More
news will follow as the updates start to snowball.
CLUB STATEMENT - MANAGER SITUATION UPDATE ....
(9th March 2011)
At a meeting on Monday to discuss the appointment of a new manager for Sheffield FC, it was decided to shortlist a number
of candidates and invite them to interview with the intention of appointing a manager by the end of the season. Ian Whitehorne
will continue as caretaker Manager for the foreseeable future until such time as an appointment is made.
MANAGER QUITS DUE TO 'CASH RESTRAINTS' .... (22nd February 2011)
Today's edition of The Star contains the following:-
Manager Chris Dolby has quit the oldest club in the world, non-league Sheffield FC.
He is unable to carry on at Dronfield due “to losing players that I have brought to the club due to the financial
Dolby, aged 36, said: “I don’t feel my ambition is matched by the club’s board to retain the necessary
players to gain promotion.
“I’ve brought as much success as is possible given the current crop of players.
“I thank everyone for their support. I want to be managing where success on the field leads to increased revenues
re-invested into the squad.“
Meanwhile, the club have yet to release an official statement and the official site continues to show
a distinct lack of any information around the latest developments.
SUPPORTERS Q&A BY ROY FRANCE .... (10th February 2011)
Manager Chris Dolby, assistant Ian Whitehorne
and staff member and former player Paul “Buck” Rogers hosted a 90 minute Question and Answer session at the Coach
and Horses on Wednesday evening, writes Roy France. Attended by 16 Sheffield FC fans it turned out to be a constructive and
informative event with plans made to hold another towards the end of the season. Assistant Manager Gav Smith was unable to
attend due to family commitments.
The key points emerging from the discussions
were as follows. Realistically Club will not qualify for the play-offs this season following the results over the last three
weeks so the main aim of the rest of the season will be to finish as high as possible in the league, retain the Senior Cup
and to lay plans and build for next season. The management have a target of gaining promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier League
within two years.
Chris and Ian explained the budgetary
constraints within which they have to work, to ensure that the Club operates within “the black” and not to put
153 years of history at risk. The recent press speculation regarding the HMRC bill caused undue alarm as the Club paid
all due bills on time. Players wages were higher in 09/10 but have been reduced overall and it is believed that Sheffield
FC have an average playing budget compared to other Clubs in the League.
There is obvious difficulty in attracting
players from higher leagues to Sheffield FC but the management are constantly looking to improve the playing squad and are
working hard behind the scenes to either bring players in from lower leagues or local senior sides. Recent examples include
James Gregory, Oliver Banks, Callum Harrison and Jamie Hadfield. The strategy is to blend these youngsters with the more experienced
players in the squad. It was pointed out that whilst the younger players may have the talent they will improve as players
once they have more games and experience under their belt.
Whilst there was some frustration that
the trip to India interfered with the regular season fixtures it was understood that there were benefits to the Club financially
and exposure on a global scale. For those who travelled it gave them the experience of a different culture and the chance
to play in front of large crowds. The general day to day Club activities now have separate financial arrangements than the
football side but funds raised on the non-football side can be made available to the football budget. The Chairman and others
are working constantly to obtain major sponsorship but have suffered frustration there too and were obviously disappointed
regarding the outcome of the 2018 World Cup Bid. Better news on the sponsorship front is expected around the end of this season.
It was pointed out that the average age
of the side has dropped from around 30 to around 22. However many of the younger players were playing at this level for the
first time. Some of these younger players have made individual errors in games but it is part of their learning curve. Goalkeeper
Dan Whatsize may have made a couple of crucial errors leading directly to goals but this is the lot of a number 1 and all
present acknowledged the numerous excellent saves he has also made. Dan is showing great enthusiasm and has to travel far
to play and is also training with Macclesfield. Gregory also travels to play. Adam Burley had to leave due to work commitments
and the distance involved in travelling.
The recent marked difference in home and
away form was discussed. It was agreed that even in defeats there have been pockets of good spells. Chris felt that the team
felt under pressure to perform at home before the fans and was working on turning this around by encouraging players to be
more relaxed. Away from home there have been some excellent performances recently and he felt this was down to being under
less pressure to perform. Ideally he would like to rest some of the younger players as too many defeats could shatter their
confidence but the squad is too threadbare at present.
Some players have recently left for increased
wages elsewhere and this was inevitable given the reality of the situation. Matt Outram left for his own personal reasons.
Kirk Jackson has left due to work commitments while it was hoped to have Chris Adam back in the squad soon. Chris had been
helping Curtis Woodhouse with preparations for a boxing bout.
Paul Rogers confirmed that the aim on
the field is for a blend of youth and experience. He was hopeful that there would be an improved playing budget in 2011/2
and that there would be major sponsorship available to create a sustained income over many years. Chris and Ian have identified
a list of players they would like to bring in for next season and work is ongoing to make this happen. The recent home defeats
have enabled the management to identify where the team needs strengthening. It was acknowledged that we don’t have enough
vociferous leader style players on the pitch at times but Brian Cusworth does an excellent geeing up job in the dressing room.
The fans want to see more of the experienced players geeing up the younger players if they make a mistake.
Steve Woolley’s injury is quite
serious and he may be out for a couple of weeks. In terms of him playing at left back this is a personal choice as Steve started
his career there and is naturally left-footed. However Chris pointed out that the buck stops with him, he is the manager who
determines who plays week in week out.
In terms of working with the players in
general on coaching there is a very limited time period for this which can be as little as an hour per week on a Thursday
night. Chris’s preferred playing format is 4-4-2 with two wide men but will adapt depending on the circumstances and
player availability. Chris spends as much time as possible with players on a 1-1 basis, giving advice and analysing what they
did in certain match circumstances. Chris’s philosophy is to play creatively in the final third, aiming to create width
by playing balls inside or around opposing full-backs and getting forwards to run at defenders with the ball. Chris explained
the boxing and zoning of players positions on the pitch given certain circumstances, e.g. from a goal kick. Very few teams
in our league play a roll out the ball from the goalkeeper style.
It was noted that the team’s disciplinary
record had improved after a very poor record at the start of the season. This was due to clamp down and warnings to those
involved. Players have to pay their own fines for yellow and red cards. Youth player Nick Galloway has been released due to
an act of indiscipline in an U-19 game.
Matt Roney was praised for his display
in goals at Goole. (Matt has some experience as a goalkeeping coach!) The management felt that the loss of a goalkeeper galvanised
the team in the same way as going down to 10 men can do.
A number of supporters present stated
that this event was a great way of communicating the issues which the management faced. It was agreed that communication was
vital and that this could be continued through the Club Programme Notes but also via a regular blog on the official website
and Behind The Flag site. This will be arranged.
The idea of the club charging for teamsheets
was raised, particularly for those who had already purchased a programme and did not know the exact line up. The programme
could be amended so that there is a squad list with tick boxes. It was noted that there were plans for an improved programme
for 2011/2 in terms of print quality. Also supporters buying programmes at away games noted that the information on Sheffield
players is often out of date, by a couple of years in some cases. Can Sheffield FC send up to date information to other clubs,
to be discussed at a Committee Meeting.
The demise of the Club Shop was raised
and those present felt we were losing out on being able to buy merchandise and fund raising.
In terms of Club location it was still
the longer term plan to move to Olive Grove. Paul stated that there were plans to improve the current ground, e.g. by developing
the field behind the far side into 5 a side pitches or an all weather pitch in line with the original plan of the Club being
a community resource in Dronfield. In term of the actual playing surface Paul said there were plans involving Pete Bowden
to improve it by investing and also to reduce the number of games played on it by the Reserves playing elsewhere in 2011/2.
There are plans afoot to use the stadium for other events in the summer e,g, Charity Events, Bands.
The structure of the season was discussed.
It was agreed that there are probably too many Cup competitions but they were obligatory to enter and also to field a near
full strength side. The season could have begun earlier in August which would have reduced the fixture pile up we now face
due to Cup runs and the weather. Paul to take up with Evo-Stik. Despite this we will be going all out to retain the Senior
Cup and will be fielding a strong a side as possible against Frickley who will be out for revenge for their FA Cup defeat.
The Club have a couple of scouts who watch
future opponents and provide a report for the management. This is done voluntarily.
The Ball of Steel, to be placed near the
M1 at Meadowhall, will recognise that Sheffield is the home of football.
In summary, as can be seen from the above,
a wide variety of topics were covered. A further similar session is planned for later in the season with an exact date to
TIPS FOR TIPTON AND A TRAFFIC WARNING.... (25th October 2010)
We've had an e-mail from Tipton's Paul Myatt
this evening giving us a few updates to the Awaydays that appeared in Saturday's programme and on the site. Admission for
the game was agreed by both clubs to be £6 (not the £5 that is normally charged for League games) , we at BTF apologise for
any inconvenience this may have caused. Also Paul has asked me to warn everyone about the potential hold ups and for your
information allow a bit of extra time if you are coming via the M42 / M6 north, as the stretch from M6 Junction 5/ 6 to Junction
9 is slow most evenings due to the volume of traffic coming out of Birmingham and with Villa being at home there will be a
bit more traffic around junction 6 by Villa Park. Needless to say, Tipton want as many of us to be there in good time!
Don't forget to say thanks to Paul for that
when you go through the gate!!!
TIPTOE TO TIPTON ON THE BUS?... AN UPDATE.... (25th October 2010)
An update around coach travel to Tipton
for the FA Cup Replay on Wednesday. There are very few places left on the second bus now (down to FIVE spaces as I type
this) , and anyone wishing to snap one of these should contact Ian Feeley at the Club, by e-mailing email@example.com as soon as possible. The bus is due to leave the Coach and Horses at 4.00.
GET BEHiND YOUR FLAGS TO GET BEHiND THE BOYS...(16th October 2010)
This coming Saturday's FA Cup tie against Tipton promises to be a
big day - with a big prize at stake - a place in the First Round proper for the winner. Enough has been made of the fact amongst
those potential First Round opponents are Rotherham United, Chesterfield and Sheffield Wednesday. To get behind Sheffield
FC on this momentous day it is suggested that anyone with Sheffield FC flags (however old or homemade) brings them down to
the Coach and Horses ground and display them for the world to see.
On top of this Club are having a special offer on children's admission,
under 16s being admitted free with any paying adult. With Tipton planning to bring a fair few up from the West Midlands, it
promises to have a great Cup tie atmosphere, so get down early to guarantee a good viewing place!
DOUBLE WINNING RESSIES TO PLAY DUBLIN BOYS..............(29th July 2010)
Following on from from a successful end of season that saw them
land the County Senior Premier Division title, and the County Association Cup, Club's Reserve outfit play host to Dublin side
Ballyfermot United in a prestigious pre-season friendly (Saturday, August 7th - kick off 2.30).
United play their games in the Leinster Senior League, one of the
Irish football pyramid's most respected set ups, and finished in a respectable seventh place in last season's table.
In amateur football terms in Ireland, United could be described as a big club, although in the not so distant past, the club
dropped a couple of levels from the top division (one level below League of Ireland) and it's only now that they are showing
signs of recovery and some real ambition to climb back to where they feel they belong.
It promises to be an interesting encounter, and as the first team
aren't playing on that Saturday, why not get along to Coach and Horses and show your support... and after the game, why not
join the tourists in the pub for a few swift ones!
CLUB LAND BOXING EX-BLADE..............(25th February 2010)
Sheffield FC have added a local legend to their ranks
this week, signing ex-Sheffield United player, and professional boxer, Curtis Woodhouse. Curtis left full time football at
26 to take up professional boxing with an aim to become British champion within 5 years.
Curtis said "I’m really excited about this
move there’s a real buzz about the place, I had some of my happiest times playing football in Sheffield and made some
great friends there. I hope a few of them decide to come up and watch us."
Manager Chris Dolby said, “ you only have to
meet Curtis to realise we’ve not only got a great player, but a real character too. You don’t think twice when
you get the chance to sign a player of his quality. We have fifteen games to go and this league has never been tighter. At
19, Curtis was Sheffield United's youngest ever captain, so he will bring with him some real leadership at a time when we
need it most."
RAISE A GLASS TO TREV..............(22nd January 2010)
As Club prepare to pay their own tribute to our own
Trevor Herrington tomorrow at our home game with Goole AFC (kick off 3:00), BehindTheFlag are inviting everyone who knew Trev
to join us for a pre-match drink in the Coach and Horses pub and share your stories of our recently departed friend, meeting
around 1:30 - we'll also be returning to the C&H after the game for a little more Memory Lane stuff. At the game, Sheffield
FC will be inviting everyone to join in a minute's applause, in appreciation of the work Trev did for both SFC and BTF.
Naturally the tributes have been flooding in from those who knew Trevor,
many of which can be found on the BTF Forum, but one which caught our eye was a text received from ex-Club manager Dave McCarthy - now working in
Hungary with Ferencváros: "So sorry to hear about Trev. He was a top bloke and I really appreciated all the support he gave
me when I was manager of Club. He supported me right through, even at Don Valley, and we shared some great Sheffield FC moments
together. Please pass on my condolences to all his family and friends. I'll raise a glass to him tomorrow night out in Hungary!
Trev - a Clubbie and a true gent!"
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND..............(21st January 2010)
Friends and work colleagues were joined by Sheffield
fans and officials who turned out in significent numbers today at Grenoside Crematorium to bid farewell to Trevor Herrington. After
the short service many returned to Trev's home to reminisce and chat about the many incidents, mostly humourous, that
had occurred during the twelve or so years Trev had loyally followed Club both home and away. The club intends intends
to pay it's own tribute to Trev before Saturdays home game against Goole.
TREV..............(13th January 2010)
It is with much sadness that we have to let you all know that our
dear pal Trevor, passed away this afternoon after a short illness. Trev was diagnosed with cancer shortly after Christmas
and even just over a week ago he was extremely positive about the future. However, during the latter part of
last week his condition deteriorated rapidly and news of Trev's passing came today. We'll miss him greatly.
We have received word that services for Trev are scheduled for 21
January 2010 at 11:30 a.m. They will be held at Grenoside Crematorium South Chapel.
For advice on floral tributes please contact Co-operative Funeral Service Suffolk Road Sheffield - phone no. 0114 276 0211.
HOME AND AWAY DRAW FOR CLUB.........(28th October 2009)
Sheffield's reward for their 4-3 win over Harrogate
RA in last night's League Cup clash is a third round tie away at Ossett Town on Tuesday 24th November. Or should that be home ???!!!
Club used Ingfield as their home ground for a couple of games in the late 1990's when Don Valley Stadium was unavailable.
One of these games was an FA Cup clash with Atherton Laburnum Rovers, which the visitors won comfortably. Let's hope for a
better result this time !
HARROGATE LEAGUE CUP CLASH SQUAD NEWS.........(27th October 2009)
Leigh Walker misses tonight's League Cup tie as he
is cup-tied, with Liam Smith deputising between the sticks, whilst Matt Outram and Ben Leonard are forced to serve one match
bans due to reaching five bookings. Paul Smith is also out as he is suffering minor effects from a motoring accident.
Brian Cusworth is likely to be on the bench after suffering from a tight hamstring.
ALFRETON LINKS CONTINUE WITH CUSWORTH SIGNING..............(23rd October 2009)
piece in the puzzle appears to have been put in place with Manager Chris Dolby's signing of striker Brian Cusworth from.....whisper
it quietly, Stocksbridge. A long time admirer of Cusworth, Dolby has at last managed to secure the signing of the former Parkgate
and Alfreton Town forward, for whom he had a prolific strike record. Cusworth's name is now added to the
growing list of players who have appeared for both Sheffield and Alfreton which also includes three players in Alfreton's
all time top goalscorer listing. The three being Mick Godber, Caine Cheetham and Mick Goddard. Other players who have also
worn both shirts include Dolby, Darren Schofield, Adam Fretwell, Chris White, Danny Anson, Darren Holmes and Leon Wainman.
Cusworth goes straight into the squad for tomorrows important league game at Spalding. Kirk Jackson
returns following his recent illness, but Laurance Gaughan misses out due to picking up a bug. A decision is yet to be taken
as to whether Paul Smith is fit enough to return.
MATLOCK MIDFIELDER JOINS CLUB..............(16th October 2009)
has continued his quest to strengthen the first team squad by signing midfielder Matty Thorpe from Matlock Town. Thorpe was
previously with Hucknall Town and joined The Gladiators in March 2008. The Matlock website describes Matty as a hard working
strong tackling midfielder who likes to get forward and support the strikers. With Kirk Jackson likely to be out
of the side for the visit of Market Drayton Town due to continuing illness, Matt's qualities may well be put the test in tomorrows
re-arranged home game (kick off as usual is 3.00pm). Also expected to be out are central defenders Jon Hobson (illness)
and Paul Smith (calf injury), but with plenty of cover available in these positions Club can be expected to continue their
impressive home defensive record, which has seen them keep seven clean sheets in competitive first team home fixtures this
season. A win tomorrow would put Sheffield top of the table, but with the visitors having a 'new' Manager at the helm Club
might not have everything their own way. An intriguing contest is in prospect.
FRECHEVILLE COUNTY CUP CLASH SQUAD NEWS........(6th October 2009)
Chris Adam is unavailable
tonight as under the terms of his loan Worksop don’t want the player to be cup-tied. Steve Woolley is also out as he
starts his five week suspension. On the plus side, Ashley Longstaff comes back into the squad, as does Will Senior after his
five week ban. Andrew Potter also returns to the squad whilst Andy Gascoigne is having a run out with the Under 19’s.
Gaughan may have made one of the shortest career appearances in SFC history (including Dave McCarthys and Lee Walshaws run
outs for the first team a few seasons ago !). The ex- Liverpool and Celtic player, who made a substitute appearance at Cammell
Laird and was carried off with a head injury shortly after coming on, is currently having trials at Chesterfield and is likely
to turn out for their Reserve side this week.
Kick off tonight as usual is 7.45pm.
ALL STAR CHARITY CLASH POSTPONED........(1st October 2009)
Due to unforseen circumstances this coming Sundays charity
match between Chris Waddle's Sheffield Wednesday All Stars and a Sheffield United All Stars team, at Sheffield FC's BT Local
Business Stadium, has had to be postponed. The game will be re-arranged for a new date in the near future, but as yet,
that date has to be confirmed. Everyone involved with the fixture would like to apologize for any inconvenience, or disappointment,
that the postponement has caused.
OH BHOY! CLUB SNAP UP GAUGHAN (27th September 2009)
Chris Dolby has been active in the transfer market again - this time snapping up 19 year old ex-Celtic
and Liverpool defender Laurence Gaughan. Sheffield born Laurence started his career at Liverpool's youth academy, where he
earned call-ups to the Republic of Ireland Under 17, Under 18 and Under 19 squads, before moving onto the Glasgow giants.
He was recently released from contract and joined Sheffield this morning.
He is a centre-back who can play in midfield. He has adopted the Republic of Ireland as his National team,
the birth country of his mother and father and was recently a member of their under 19 squad. Gaughan initially played for
Liverpool's youth side. The English club were keen to extend his stay but being a Celtic fan he decided to move to the Glasgow
club. He was first noticed by Celtic scouts in a Republic of Ireland Youth match in Germany. He has been described as a "footballing
centre half who likes to bring the ball out of defence." by John Owens, his former Manager at Liverpool.
WALKER BACK ON BOARD (24th September 2009)
Leigh Walker's return to the club was confirmed today when he signed
on the dotted line. Manager Chris Dolby issued the following statement to BTF:- "...I am absolutely delighted that Leigh has decided to rejoin us. I know that he is looking
forward to helping us continue our promising start to the season and am sure that our supporters will welcome back someone
who I consider to be the league's best goalkeeper.
Earlier in the year he left
for Belper, who were challenging for automatic promotion, with my blessing and having asked for my advice on their approach.
Supporters are well aware of the uncertainty that surrounded our squad around January/February.
Given this and the fact that Leigh has never won anything in football, the opportunity to win a medal was too good an opportunity
for him to turn down.
to get Leigh back at the club is therefore much more than simply squad building. It shows that we have steadied
the ship and can attract quality players to the club once again. He will become another member of what is looking a stronger
squad by the day and contribute to the team making a challenge for honours that our supporters can be proud of..."
|Tim Surr, pictured, along with Paul Glossop......
|are organising the All Stars Charity Friendly
BLADES AND OWLS ALLSTARS IN FUND RAISER (17th September 2009)
Most followers of Sheffield FC will be aware of Tim Surr's prolonged spell in hospital last year following
the shock diagnosis that resulted in Tim having the lower part of one his legs amputated. Now Tim (pictured left), along
with his mate and fellow Clubbie Paul Glossop, have decided to put something back into the Northern General Hospital,
and in particular the Vascular and Specialised Mobility Services Departments that did so much to help with
his rehabilitation. Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday Allstars have kindly agreed to take part in a Charity Football
Match at The BT Local Business Stadium on Sunday 4th October, kick off 12 Noon. Admission is £3 for adults and £1
for Children and Concessions. Tim and Paul hope you'll be able to give your support to this worthy cause.
LONGSTAFF BOOSTS FORWARD POWER (3rd September 2009)
Chris Dolby has signed striker Ashley Longstaff from Retford United on a months loan, with the situation to
be reviewed once the loan period has expired. Longstaff, previously with Ossett Town, helps a squad currently suffering through
suspensions with Will Senior out for five weeks, Matt Outram for two games, and Steve Woolley starting a five week ban from
Monday. Wagstaff goes into the squad for Saturday's home game with Mickleover, whilst Daz Winter also returns.
WHERE THERE'S A WILL, CLUB HOPE THERE'S A WAY(13th August 2009)
Manager Chris Dolby has confirmed that new striker Will Senior is in line to make his Unibond League debut in
Saturday's opening clash with Stamford at The BFS. Will, signed from Millmor Juniors, has yet to experience football at Northern
Premier League level but Dolby has been impressed with what he has seen from Senior in the pre-season games and
feels Will can step up to the mark if needed. Whether Senior is on from the start or will make an appearance from
the bench remains to be seen but the new man will most certainly add to the stiff competition for places in the side.
HALLAM HELP ROB GET MATCH FIT (4th August 2009)
Striker Rob Cam has joined local NCE outfit Hallam on a
months loan in a bid to build up some much needed match fitness.
CLUB ARE POLES APART ON EUROPEAN JAUNT (25th July 2009)
Final scoreline from Krakow - Hutnik Krakow 3 Sheffield FC 1. Sheffield
scorer being Rob Cam, with Roney and Wainman both going close with first half efforts for Club.
SHEFFIELD SIGN GAZZA (24th July 2009)
today confirmed the return of Andrew Gascoigne to the club. Andrew had a spell with Mansfield Town but has now agreed
to return to Club after being released by the Conference side.
EX-CLUBBIES IN BOOTS FOR AFRICA -
SCHOOL LINK (16th July 2009)
Two former Sheffield FC players are being involved in a link between a local Secondary
school and a school in Uganda. All Saints’ Catholic High School’s Head Teacher Bob Sawyer, and Sports’ Teacher
Dave Faulkner have been instrumental in a tie-up between their school and schools in Katine in Uganda, one that has seen Sheffield
Club get involved recently with the Boots for Africa scheme. This month Bob and Faulks headed to Africa, giving the schools
a Sheffield FC kit and boots, with the scheme getting media attention from the Guardian newspaper. To
read more about the scheme and the Katine project go to HERE and HERE.
Below Mr Sawyer (4th from left) and Mr Faulkner (far right) pose with the
NEW SEASON LEAGUE FIXTURES NOW OUT (15th July 2009)
The Unibond League fixtures have
been released and Club start with a home game against Stamford on 15th August. The first away game is the following Tuesday,
17th August, at Kidsgrove. The Boxing Day game is a trip to Glapwell, whilst we entertain Carlton Town on New Years Day. The
final game of the season is a home clash with Rushall Olympic. The full list will be updated to the site throughout the next
couple of days.
UNIBOND CUP COMPETITIONS DRAW (2nd July 2009)
annual cup clash with Goole AFC (yawn) takes place in the first round of the League Cup at the BF Stadium w/c 21st September.
However, Sheffield have received a bye through to the second round of the Presidents Cup.
KIRK SIGNS ON (1st July 2009)
Chris Dolby has continued his squad building
for the new season by signing much travelled striker Kirk Jackson. The 32 year old former Sheffield Wednesday, Darlington,
Chesterfield, Scunthorpe, Stevenage, Yeovil, Dagenham & Redbridge, Hornchurch, Worksop, Grantham and Gainsborough front
man put pen to paper last night.
HOME DRAW IN FA CUP (1st July 2009)
Sheffield have been given
a home tie in the Preliminary Round of the 2009-2010 FA Cup competition. Our opponents will either be Flixton or Winsford
United on Saturday 29th August. Winners at home to FC United of Manchester.
CLUB DRAW WIRE IN TROPHY OPENER (30th June 2009)
Sheffield have been drawn away from home in the FA
Trophy, at old foes Warrington Town on Saturday 3rd October. Winners away to Whitby Town in the next round.
Pictured left. 'Hobbo' heads home
for Sheffield in an NCE Premier League clash at Thackley
HOBBO RETURNS, CLEAN UP DAY & TICKET PRICES
(24th June 2009)
Manager Chris Dolby has started the process of building his squad for the forthcoming
season and on Monday night held a formal signing session for the players currently available and not on holiday. Amongst
the group was former Sheffield favourite, centre back Jon Hobson who joins us from Belper Town, for whom he was skipper
last season and was voted Players Player of the Year in 2007-2008. Training for the first team commences next Tuesday (30th
This coming Saturday (27th) the club has it's annual pre-season clean up day at the stadium and all
supporters and friends are welcome to come along and help with the tidy up. Bring along any tools etc that may be of use and
obviously appropriately dressed.
Admission prices for the coming season remain unchanged. Admission is £6 (£3 for concessions). These
prices also apply to the forthcoming friendly games although unlike last season there will be no season ticket on offer
to cover these games. The season ticket prices for all league games also remain the same - £70 if bought before the end of
July, £90 thereafter. Concessionary season tickets are priced at £20 if bought before the end of July and £40 after that date.
SHEFFIELD FC PRE-SEASON FIXTURES
News is starting to filter in of Club's usual pre-season campaign, here are
the dates of the fixtures we have so far...
Monday, 6th July 2009 - Ferencváros (home)
Tuesday, 14th July - Sheffield United (home)
Saturday, 18th July - Stalybridge Celtic (home)
Wednesday 22nd July - AFC Emley (away)
Saturday, 25th July - Hutnik Kraków (away)
Tuesday 28th July - Parkgate (away)
Saturday, 1st August - Ilkeston Town (home)
Monday, 3rd August - Chesterfield (home)
Thursday 6th August - Armthorpe Welfare (away)
Saturday 8th August - Retford United (home)
CONGRATULATIONS TO SHEFFIELD FC RESERVES -
COUNTY SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION ONE CHAMPIONS 2008-2009
South Kirkby Colliery 2 Sheffield
FC Reserves 4 - Match Report HERE
Back row: Dave Morris (manager),
Joe Jerrison, Janni Lipka, Joel Purkiss, Liam Smith, Andy Taylor (captain), Elliot Simpson, Keith Cronin, Josh Jones, Shane
Front Row: Lloyd Gelsthorpe,
Jon Linnell, Eamonn Chapman, Danny McKenzie, Danny Beech, Simon Bria, Keir Hannity
Matt Outram is the BTF Player Of The Season - above, John Shepherd presents Matt
with the now customary bottle of champagne. Many thanks to all who contributed to the award with financial support and of
course the votes throughout the season.
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY TEAM NEWS...................12th April 2009
Dolby is without Matt Outram and Jack Muldoon for Easter Monday's home clash with Stocksbridge. Andrew Potter is also out
with an ankle injury. Jani Lipka comes into the squad, along with recent signing Lee Cooksey.
TEAM NEWS FOR HALL CORNER...................31st March 2009
Chris Dolby hands a first game between the posts tonight to Tom Cross. Dolby takes the opportunity of looking at his
goalkeeping options with a view to team building next season and sees tonight's game as a good opportunity to look at Cross.
However, the Manager stresses that this in no way reflects on the performances of Marc Furniss. Out of tonights side are Matt
Outram, who completes his two match ban whilst Matt Roney and Leon Wainman are both unavailable.
LINCOLN UNITED CLASH TEAM NEWS...................24th March 2009
tonight's home game against Lincoln United, Jordan Eagers and Matt Outram both face fitness tests whilst Daz Winter is back
in the squad after his one game loan spell at Hallam at the weekend. Meanwhile, Stewart Copnell is left out of the squad for
the game following a potential breach of club discipline after Saturday's dramatic last gasp victory over Willenhall. The
club are conducting a review to determine the full extent of the alleged incident.
TEAM NEWS FOR KIDSGROVE GAME...................17th March 2009
There are doubts over the fitness of Matt
Roney, Leon Wainman and Matt Outram for tonights clash with Kidsgrove Athletic. However, David Graham is set to make his debut
up front and Daz Winter is available for selection again after completing his recent suspension. Kick off as usual is 7.45pm.
FORMER WEDNESDAY STRIKER SIGNS ON FOR CLUB............16th March 2009
Ex-Wednesday striker David Graham has put
pen to paper and signed for Sheffield FC. The former Rangers, Wigan Athletic and Scottish U21 player has joined Club after
the conclusion of the players six month spell at Lincoln City. The 30 year old, 5' 11" front man also had prolific
spells at Torquay United, where he scored 47 goals in 120 appearances, and Huddersfield Town with 9 goals in a 16 match
loan spell. Graham is expected to start in tomorrow nights home game with Kidsgrove Athletic.
TEAM NEWS FOR BADGERS CLASH............10th March 2009
Leon Wainman and Matt Roney are in
line to make their return debuts for Club at Retford United tonight. Stewart Copnell is also included in the squad as the
club wait to discover the latest verdict on the strikers next suspension for offences committed with his previous
clubs. However, Manager Chris Dolby is without Daz Winter due to the influential midfielder now having to serve
a two match ban.
GRANTHAM RE-ARRANGED................4th March 2009
Last night's postponed clash with Grantham
Town has been re-arranged for Wednesday 15th April, kick off 7.45pm.
GRANTHAM GAME CALLED OFF................3rd March 2009
Tonight's scheduled home game against Grantham
Town has been postponed due to a heavily waterlogged pitch. Despite work on the pitch by the groundstaff to save the fixture, the
pitch has so much standing water that a walk on the playing surface was not necessary by the officials to determine the outcome.
Next scheduled game is Retford United away a week tonight.
FORMER FAVOURITE RETURNS................3rd March 2009
Manager Chris Dolby has been active again
in the transfer market and Sheffield welcome back another old boy in former favourite, winger Matt Roney. Signed from
Glapwell, Matt goes straight into the squad for tonights home game against Grantham Town.
TEAM NEWS FOR GINGERBREADS GAME.....2nd March 2009
Jordan Eagers and Adam Fretwell are both
rated 50/50 for tomorrow nights home game against Grantham Town. Back in the squad following his recent operation is Mickey
Goddard and also included is Leon Wainman (pictured left), returning for his second spell with Sheffield. Kick off as usual
TEAM NEWS FOR LOUGHBOROUGH DYNAMO CLASH....................27rth Feb 2009
There will be late fitness tests for Jani
Lipka, Lloyd Gelsthorpe and Matt Outram before tomorrows home league fixture against Loughborough Dynamo, while Andrew
Potter misses out due to a back injury substained during the warm up on Tuesday. Daz Winter is available to play despite
his sending off for two yellow yards at Goole. Other news as Mick Goddard came through Thursday night's training
session and will probably come into contention for a place in Tuesday night's home game against Grantham Town.
SAME AGAIN FOR GOOLE....................23rd Feb 2009
Manager Chris Dolby takes the
same squad from Saturday's seven goal demolition of Spalding United to The Victoria Pleasure Grounds tomorrow
night for the clash with Goole AFC. Kick off as usual is 7.45pm.
SEVEN GOALS, CLEAN SHEET, THREE POINTS = RESULT......21st Feb 2009
Club certainly tiptoed through 'The
Tulips' and more this afternoon at The BFS Stadium, putting visitors Spalding to the sword with a seven goal demolition
job. An early own goal, two Jordan Eagers strikes, one a penalty in the opening half set the tone for the remainder of the
afternoon, with Steve Woolley, Man Of The Match Matt Outram, Stewart Copnell and Jani Lipka completing the rout.
SHEFFIELD FC v SPALDING UTD TEAM NEWS......20h Feb 2009
Daz Winter is likely to be on the bench
for tomorrows clash with Spalding, whilst Stewart Copnell and Gavin Smith return from suspension. Jordan Eagers
however is only rated 50/50.
BELPER GAME GOES AHEAD.......................17th Feb 2009
Confirmation has been received that tonights
home game v Belper Town definitely goes ahead as scheduled.
SIGNS 'POSITIVE' FOR BELPER GO AHEAD..........16th Feb 2009
Pete Bowden, the Bright Finance Stadium groundman,
has confirmed today that signs are positive for tomorrow night's home game against second place Belper Town going ahead.
The extensive work done by Pete on the pitch to ensure optimum drainage of the water after the weekend thaw
appears to have worked. Unless there is a deterioration in the weather tomorrow it is anticipated a pitch inspection
will be unnecessary. The weather forecast is good with no rain predicted.
BEHIND THE FLAG NOW ON FACEBOOK.............14th Feb 2009
In an attempt to make use of all available networking
services, BTF has opened it's own grouping on Facebook. To join, simply go to the Facebook website and type Behind The Flag
in the search facility. Then add us to your friends. We'll see how this develops and hopefully it will provide us with another
avenue to get information out to the SFC supporters.
SHEPSHED GAME FALLS TO ELEMENTS.............14th Feb 2009
This morning's 10.00am pitch inspection has resulted
in the game at Shepshed being postponed. Heavy overnight frost, coupled with the recent bad weather combined to make the pitch
unplayable. We now wait to see how The Coach & Horses pitch shapes up to the recent conditions for Tuesday night's scheduled
FURNISS TO MAKE LEAGUE DEBUT................13th Feb 2009
Marc Furniss is set for his
goalkeeping Sheffield FC Northern Premier League debut at Shepshed tomorrow....if.....the game goes ahead. Furniss has been drafted
into the side following Leigh Walker's departure to Belper. Marc has been involved in first team
action already this season, most notably in the League Cup win over Durham City and the sides unfortunate Presidents
Cup exit at Halifax Town. Also back in the squad are Rob Cam and Jani Lipka following injury. Stewart Copnell meanwhile is
forced to sit out the clash as he starts his suspension following five bookings sustained with previous clubs.
If the game is called off before we depart for the Shepshed then the site and Forum
will be updated, and BTF Mailing List subscribers will be e-mailed.
MINI SEASON TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE................11th Feb 2009
club is selling season tickets for the remainder of the season for which there are 11 home leagues games left. Mini Season Tickets are up for grabs
at a cost of £40 and £20 for concessions.
Lee Walshaw said; " We are fully aware of the current financial climate and if we can help our supporters in any way at all
we will. It's only a small gesture but it may make the difference in people attending the remaining fixtures or not. Our support
over the last few years has been fantastic and long may it continue".
be available on the turnstile at our next home game.
IT'S OFFICIAL - SHEFFIELD v GOOLE POSTPONED.........7th Feb 2009
As expected, today's home game v Goole has been
postponed, following the official pitch inspection.
PIES & PROGRAMMES CANCELLED - WAITING FOR THE REF !.........5th Feb 2009
With the pitch at the Bright
Finance Stadium under five inches of snow yesterday, it now seems a forgone conclusion that Saturday's home game
with Goole will be postponed. However, under NPL rules a final decision can only be made on the morning of the game,
when a referee is called in to make the final decision. Keep an eye on this page for the formal announcement on Saturday.
CLUB IN HUNT FOR NEW KEEPER AND SKIPPER !............2nd Feb 2009
Manager Chris Dolby is now on the hunt for a new goalkeeper at Sheffield
Club after he agreed to release Leigh Walker, following Belper Town's approach for the current Team Captain. Dolby is
disappointed to lose a player of Walker's stature but the lure of a promotion push for the former Football League keeper has proved
NO NEED TO FRET, WELL...COPS IS BACK !....30th Jan 2009 Updated 31st Jan 2009
Club have announced the signing of Stewart Copnell and the striker should feature in tomorrows
clash at Rushall Olympic. Stewart rejoins the club after being 'released' by Goole AFC. Also joining Club is Adam Fretwell;
Adam joins us from Worksop Town, and is expected to make his debut at Rushall. Experienced goalscoring midfielder Fretwell
has also played for Alfreton Town, Buxton, Parkgate with Matt Outram, and whisper it quietly, Hallam.
On the injury front, contrary to Brian Bradley's report
in today's Telegraph that Mick Goddard will return to the side tomorrow, Mick has had a knee operaton and will be out for at least 4 weeks. Ben Leonard has also had a knee operation and will be in light training at the back
end of next week and should be in contention in two to three weeks. Daz Winter has a similar timeframe as Ben, next week for light training and two-three weeks for a return. Janni Lipka is out for another
with an ankle knock.
"THE FUTURE IS SECURE" SAYS MR T.......23rd January 2009
an exclusive statement to Behind the Flag, Sheffield FC chairman Richard Tims reassures supporters there is nothing to fear
given the recent speculation, and outlines a possible way forward for communication in the future…
weeks ago the club announced proactive measures designed to minimise the effects of the current recession. This has led to
a reduction in the playing budget and well publicised changes in personnel. The club has been keen to wish those who have
left well and worked tirelessly to replace them and make any changes as painless as possible for those involved.
it is a measure of our club’s great stature that this announcement has provoked such debate and speculation. However,
it is important that we do not allow speculation to prevent us all pulling together. The club is aware that there are some
supporters, yourselves included I believe, who have had great concerns in the past two weeks about the longer term future
of the club. I am determined to alleviate these concerns so that we are all able to get on with what we love doing, supporting
the World’s First Football Club and enjoying our own special roles in taking the club forward.
long term future of Sheffield Football Club at the Bright Finance Stadium is secure. Yes, we have had to review the affects
of reduced income in the short term during difficult economic times, but we still have our vision for the future and have
indeed made such difficult decisions now in order to ensure this brighter future, and not simply hope for the best. It is
not news to anyone to say that there have been times in the past when the future of the club has looked very bleak indeed.
With the measures above we are only guarding against vulnerability not indicating impending doom.
amount of support and understanding we have received in the past couple of weeks has been fantastic from all those associated
with the club. However, I am aware of some frustration around a perceived lack of communication between the club and our loyal
Wake has agreed to take on the mantle of Supporter liaison and will be in touch about how the club can perhaps
improve in this area moving forward. With his experience of the club in a sponsorship role and as a committed fan, I am sure
that he will be ideal in this role.
hope that I have alleviated the fears of those supporters who were concerned about the long term future of Sheffield Football
Club. Despite the many changes that have taken place in recent years, I am still committed to transparency wherever possible
and am happy to address to anyone’s concerns if put in the right way. Alan has already discussed the possibility of
a “Q and A” session with supporters, which I will be happy to attend.
look forward to seeing you seen at the Bright Finance Stadium and in the meantime please feel free to contact me in the usual
wanting to contact Richard or Alan can do so via BTF by e-mailing any questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org - he will then forward them directly onto the guys.
FAREWELL MACCA.....AND THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES........21st January 2009
Whilst it's pretty much been general knowledge
since last week, Dave McCarthy today confirms on the official site www.sheffieldfc.com his departure from the club for pastures new, albeit down the road in Sheffield 2 ! Macca reflects on
his ten year spell with the club and the achievements and development of the club in that time.
On a personal note (writes Deano), Macca's first contact
with Club was through yours truly (when I was Programme Editor). After Macca left Alfreton he made a call to me on my
mobile whilst I was in McDonalds in Oxford and asked me for John Pearson's phone number ! Dave wanted to keep his hand
in with football coaching and was looking to help Club in that area in a purely unpaid role. Once they'd spoken, John
initially invited Macca to join the coaching staff, but he quickly moved up to the role of Joint Manager alongside
John and finally took sole control when John left the club. In that time the relationship between ourselves
has developed to the extent that information on the coming and going of players and match postponments was always readily
and willingly forthcoming, and so ensuring the supporters were always kept in the loop. My own personal highlight of Macca's
tenure is probably the League Cup Final win over Gedling in 2001 at the home of Alfreton Town on an unbelievably
muddy and wet night - Club's first trophy win in a number of years. Much has happened since then with Macca bowing out as
Manager following the memorable play off final penalty shoot out defeat at Nantwich. It hurt but it felt a million miles away
from those cold nights at Armthorpe and Pickering in the NCEFL. I could go on but I won't as most will have their own memories
of Macca's time at Sheffield. It was also understood that Lee 'Wally' Walshaw had also left the club after being Macca's Assistant
for much of his time at the club. However, this is now unclear as BTF understands Wally may still be involved with SFC. However
at this stage all I can do, on behalf of myself and all supporters, is wish Dave all the best for the future in the next
exciting phase of his football career.
QUORN COME UNSTUCK WITH WEATHER........20th January 2009 Updated 21st January 2009
Dave McCarthy has informed us that Quorn have advised
the club tonights game is OFF due to a waterlogged pitch. The game has now been re-scheduled for Saturday 7th March with the
Retford game now being moved to Tuesday 10th March.
SHEFFIELD NAILED AT BELPER...............17th January 2009
Club ended a week of turmoil with a comprehensive
defeat at promotion chasers Belper Town by 3-0 this afternoon. Full debuts were handed to new men Andrew Potter, Sean Gordon
and James Thompson, whilst the fourth new signing Rob Cam was on the bench.
POTTER SIGNS ON............14th January 2009
Club have moved to towards re-building the first team squad by signing former Warrington Town right side midfielder
Andrew Potter. Potter played for 'Wire' against Club in the 1-1 draw in August 2007.
GRANTHAM RE-ARRANGED.....12th January 2009
Saturday's cancelled home fixture against Grantham Town has now been re-arranged for Tuesday 3rd March. All
other outstanding fixtures have also been re-arranged and these can be viewed on the Fixtures and Stats page.
GINGERBREADS FROZEN OFF.....10th January 2009
Today's home game against Grantham Town has been postponed due a frozen pitch.
ROBINS END CLUB CUP CAMPAIGN.....3rd January 2009
Two goals from Tom Cahill and one from Ben Pringle saw Ilkeston Town knock Sheffield out
of the last remaining cup competition, the UniBond League Cup, at a chilly Manor Ground this afternoon. A full report can
be found HERE.
CLUB'S NEW YEAR'S RESO-NEWSHAM WINS THE DAY.....1st January 2009
I guess you can say we are all out of decent headlines, but Marc Newsham made it five goals in four starts for
Sheffield, as Club ran out 3-2 winners over local rivals Retford United. In front of a bumper crowd (760 - a record for a
league game at the BFS) Sheffield ripped up the form book to run out victors in an enthralling contest that saw both sides
end with ten men. A full report can be found here.
PARTRIDGE FLEES NEST FOR SEAGULLS....31st December 2008
Leading scorer Scott Partridge (pictured left) has left
the Club and signed for Blue Square North side Weston-super-Mare AFC.
PITCH UPDATE RE RETFORD GAME (from Dave McCarthy)....31st December 2008
The pitch at the Bright Finance Stadium is perfectly playable today and is in fact in excellent
condition, ahead of the game against Retford United on New Years Day.
Having looked long and hard at the weather forecast
for the next 24 hours, where the temperature is expected to drop to -7 in some parts overnight, the Sheffield FC Secretary
has confirmed that he will review the pitch at around 10.00am on the day of the match and if an inspection is required, the
match referee, Nigel Smith of Chesterfield , will visit the ground to complete a full inspection at 11.30am.
POINT FOR CLUB AT PLAY OFF CHASERS....27th December 2008
A Vill Powell first half goal put Club on the way to a share of the spoils this afternoon at a freezing
Bracken Moor. It could, and possibly should, have been more as several other guilt edged chances went begging but ultimately
this will be classed as a point gained by Sheffield and two points dropped by promotion chasing Park Steels.
NEWSHAM BRACE IN CLUB CARLTON COMEBACK..........PLUS.......... VILL RETURNS
!!!..20th December 2008
Sheffield came from two down at league leaders Carton Town to share the spoils in a 3-3 draw this
afternoon. Marc Newsham's first goals for the Club put Sheffield back on level terms at 2-2 in the first half, whilst
one of the other new boys, Dan MacPherson, headed home a second half equaliser to complete the scoring. Vill Powell
made a most welcome return to the squad and appeared as a late second half substitute. Pictured below, Newsham stabs home
Sheffield's first goal.
FESTIVE FRIENDLY FIXTURE ADDED......17th December 2008
Club have an additional fixture planned for Tuesday evening (23rd December) for those of you desperate for a
pre-Christmas seasonal footie fix. Desperate groundhoppers please be aware - no programme will be issued! Click HERE to find out who the opponents are... more details will appear here as soon as we have them.
LOUGHBOROUGH GAME FALLS TO ELEMENTS......13th December 2008
Today's home game against Loughborough Dynamo has been postponed with the ground waterlogged AND frozen.
FIXTURE CHANGE AS RIVALS LOOK FOR FESTIVE BONANZA......6th December 2008
In an attempt to avoid a clash with a number of Football League games in the area on Boxing Day,
Club have agreed to help our local neighbours by agreeing to switch the derby fixture with Stocksbridge at Bracken Moor
to Saturday 27th December. Also arranged is the League Cup 4th Round clash at Ilkeston Town on Saturday 3rd January.
NEW BOYS HELP TEN MEN CLAIM POINT AT GINGERBREADS.....6th December 2008
In an attempt to improve Sheffield's league form Manager Chris Dolby had two of his three new signings
in the side at Grantham today. Jack Muldoon from Brigg Town was unable to take his place in the squad but striker
Marc Newsham on loan from Rotherham United, and midfielder Dan MacPherson from Hucknall Town helped Club, hampered by the
early dismissal of another new boy in Ben Leonard, to a 1-1 draw at Phil Starbuck's Grantham Town. Some doubt surrounds the
Sheffield scorer with Grantham reporting Paul Smith while BTF believes Scott Partridge to be the final beneficiary. The
match report can be found HERE .
CLUB LACK SPARK AT DYNAMO... 2nd December 2008
Club's disappointing league form continued tonight, as they lost 2-1 away at a freezing Loughborough
Dynamo ground. A Scott Partridge goal was scant consolation in a game that should have been won, as they failed to take advantage
in one of the most one-sided first halves you'll ever see. The match report can be found HERE.
SCOTTIE TRIPLE SINKS VILLAGERS...25th November 2008
Saturday's debacle was swept into the locker tonight, as a Scott Partridge hat-trick helped dispatch
North Ferriby at a freezing BFS, taking Club through to the last sixteen of the UniBond League Cup . The match report
can be found HERE.
CLUB IN THE BRIGG AS THEY GET STRIPED BY ZEBRAS...22nd November 2008
A lacklustre performance by Sheffield saw them fall at home to basement side Brigg Town this afternoon
at the BFS, a result that gave the North Lincolnshire side their first win of the season. A full match report can be found
OLD FOES ARE LEAGUE CUP REWARD.....20th November 2008
Club's reward for the victory over Durham in the last round of the League Cup is a home draw against
North Ferriby United. The game to be played next Tuesday, 25th November 2008. United provided Sheffield with one of their
most exciting games in recent years when in 1997 Club had to beat the Wembley FA Vase bound side in the final game of the
season to avoid finishing in one of the relegation spots. Club came from 0-2 down to eventually win 4-3 to ensure a third
from bottom placing in the NCEFL Premier Division.
FULL ENGLISH NOT ENOUGH FOR DURHAM.....18th November 2008
A brace of goals from Jez Mitchell helped Club progress in the only cup
competition Sheffield retain an interest in this season, as they overcame Durham City by 3-2. Mickey Goddard was
the other goalscorer for Sheffield, with late responses from Adam Johnston and Tommy English making the score more
respectable for the team from the North-East. A full report can be found HERE .
THE BATTLE OF STAMFORD ENDS ALL SQUARE.....15th November 2008
Sheffield claim four points from six from their league travels over the
last eight days and start to climb the league table at last. It could have been six but a late Stamford equaliser
put paid to that and you can read about the game at the Vic Couzens Stadium here.
HALIFAX SHAY-ED IT AS YOUNG 'UNS DO CLUB PROUD...11th November 2008
In tonight's Presidents Cup tie it took two goals in the second period of extra time by the Unibond League
North table toppers FC Halifax Town to put paid to a Sheffield side fielding several players from the Under 19
side. Man Of The Match Matt Roney giving the visitors a second half lead before a late Halifax strike took the game to extra
time. The match report can be found here.
THE KIDS ARE ALL-WRIGHT...8th November 2008
Club picked up three valuable
league points at Kidsgrove this afternoon, inspired by a couple of firsts – Ronnie Wright’s first victory since
joining the management team, and Greg Wright’s first goal since coming back to the BFS. Steve Woolley wrapped things
up to give Sheffield a 2-0 victory, the match report can be found HERE!
DOOM IN THE GLOOM......4th November 2008
current Sheffield Senior Cup holders crashed out of this seasons competition at local rivals Stocksbridge tonight. Club down
to ten men after the first half sending off of Daz Winter, also missed a second half penalty as they lost 3-0 at a fog laden
Bracken Moor. The match report can now be found here.
BRISCOE KID GIVES CLUB THE BULLET... 1st November 2008
had revenge in their minds this afternoon at the BFS, running out 4-1 winners over a depleted Sheffield side, with Louis Briscoe
the visitors’ hero with three goals in fifteen first half minutes. Club were never at the races, and gave an unspectacular
Rovers side the chance to avenge the opening day defeat, making it an unhappy return to league football after an absence of eight games due to Cup runs. The match report can be found by clicking HERE.
SO NEAR, YET SO FAR - AGAIN !...........26th October 2008
a game that bore remarkable similarity to the club's previous appearance in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round eight years ago,
Sheffield fell at the final hurdle that would have taken them into the FA Cup 1st Round draw for the first time in the clubs
history. As with Northwich Victoria, Club took a first half lead, this time through Scott Partridge, and had a good opportunity
to extend that lead. However, despite some heroics by keeper Leigh Walker, Blyth Spartans were able to take full advantage
of a second half purple patch to hit Club with a three goal salvo that took the North Eastern side into Sunday's draw.
CHARITY GAME BRINGS LEGENDS TO THE BFS THIS SUNDAY.....23rd October 2008
Whilst Sheffield FC prepare
for their massive FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round tie at Blyth Spartans they have still found time to help plan and
stage a charity game at their Bright Finance Stadium on Sunday, which will feature ex footballing legends Chris Waddle, Mark
Smith, Scott Sellars, Mitch Ward , Wayne
Biggins and Chris Wilder amongst others.
A group of friends are reforming their teenage football team after
20 years to support a pal suffering from incurable skin cancer. Josh Bryne, from Chesterfield, was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in May after going to his GP with pain in his back and arm.
The 37-year-old, store manager at Sainsbury's supermarket, Dronfield, had no obvious signs of the disease. But he was diagnosed
when other conditions were ruled out in hospital. Josh is receiving treatment at Weston Park Hospital as part of a medical
trial but when old friends from Arbourthorne, Sheffield, where he grew up, heard of his plight
they were determined to help.
As a teenager Josh was part of now defunct Sunday League team Arbourthorne Rangers - now re-forming for a special and
one off charity football match in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer. Friend Lee Reynolds said: "Most of us are in our late
30s we haven't played football for 20 years - we're old men now!”When we heard Josh was ill we knew we couldn't help
him but we could help the people who are helping Josh, which is why we are having the fundraising match." The friends are
taking on a Sheffield FC Masters Team, made up of ex-professionals, and will play against them at Sheffield Football Club's
Bright Finance Stadium, Dronfield.
Training sessions have been taking place at Graves Park and although Josh is not well enough to play, he has a crucial
role as manager and will be picking the team. He is also offering motivational tips and advice to ensure they give their best
performance. The lads are taking the match seriously, as they want to help the charity - but they are also enjoying getting
back together as a group. "Most of us went to school together and we played in Sunday league, it stopped when we moved on,
settled down and had kids," said Lee. "We're having a laugh and a joke and it's like being 16 again." The worthy cause has
brought the group of school friends back together - most have left Arbourthorne, although one or two are still there. They
all live and work around Sheffield. They are being given tough training by Josh's brother John, who is a Royal Marine. Another
of Josh's brothers Sean is also playing with two of his sons, Lee added. Friends and supporters of Josh, the team and the
hospital are asked to go along and support the event at the ground this Sunday.
Kick-off is at 2pm and tickets will be available on the day, costing £3 for adults and £1 for children. There will
also be a raffle at half-time and auction after full-time, at the neighbouring
Coach and Horses pub. All profits from ticket sales and raffle and auction will go to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Appeal.
You can also log onto www.justgiving.com/arbourthorne-rangers to sponsor the team.
SKEM DELIVER FAT KNOCK OUT BLOW TO CLUB... 18th October 2008
FC's 100% knock out competition record this season was ended at Skelmersdale United this afternoon in the FA Trophy clash.
A solitary second half goal was enough for the home side, with Mick Goddard's last minute penalty being saved by the United
SPARTANS AWAIT THE WINNERS... 14th October 2008
...and the winners are SHEFFIELD FC !!!! After a game played in what were practically monsoon conditions,
Club overcame the UniBond Premier Division outfit Guiseley 2-1 at the BFS tonight, with goals from Mick Goddard and Asa
Ingall. This was the visitors first defeat in all competitions this season and Sheffield's reward is a trip to Blue Square
North team Blyth Spartans, a 150 mile trek into the North-East - the match report can be found HERE.
CLUB USE THEIR HEADS IN STAGGERING COMEBACK 11th October 2008
It was a proper case of
coming back from the dead at Nethermoor this afternoon in the FA Cup, as Sheffield turned around a 3-0 half time deficit,
to finish the game 3-3 and bring the tie to the BFS on Tuesday night. The match report can be found HERE.
CLUB LAND HOME TIE IN LEAGUE CUP QUEST 10th October 2008
City make the long midweek trip to Dronfield for the Second Round League Cup tie to be played at the BFS on Tuesday 28th October.
The draw provides Sheffield with the opportunity of going some way towards avenging the FA Vase defeat
which they suffered at the hands of the then Northern League side back in 2006 - a game in which both Manager Chris Dolby
and his Assistant Gavin Smith were in the Sheffield starting eleven.
EDDIE'S BOYS OUT TO SINK SCOUSERS 10th October 2008
This Sunday, CP Sheffield FC will be playing Liverpool FC is an 11 a side Challenge match at the
Bright Finance Stadium.
For the players of Sheffield this will be something new as this will be Sheffield FC’s
first attempt at 11 a side football.
Manager Ed Edwards commented ‘All the lads are really up for the challenge. They have been
itching to play 11 a side football and to have our first game on the sacred Bright Finance Stadium pitch will be wonderful.
It is a new experience for everyone involved from a Sheffield point of view and I am sure any supporters that comes to watch
will not leave disappointed. I am so pleased that we can share this experience with our friends at Liverpool Football Club,
a club that always makes us feel welcome when we visit Merseyside’
The game kicks off at 2pm and entrance is only £1.00
CLUB CLASH NAILED BY THE RAIN 7th October 2008
A late persistant deluge saw the Bright Finance Stadium lose its first Sheffield FC first team game of the season
tonight, with the eagerly anticipated clash against local rivals Belper Town being washed out. So next up is another cup game,
this Saturday in the FA Cup at Guiseley, directions can be found on the Awaydays page.
BTF IN SPANISH PAPER SHOCKER 6th October 2008
It might seem a small thing to many, but a simple entry on the links page has seen Sheffield FC's Behind the Flag
find itself in the sports pages in Barcelona's premier newspaper - El Diari.
Linking to the Caliu Gracienc supporters' club site of our friends in the Catalan city - CE Europa
- seems to have raised more than a few eyebrows in Barcelona. So much so that it was deemed worthy of (albeit modest) column
inches in the paper a couple of weeks ago. Naturally, we like a bit of publicity, so any free advertising is always welcome.
For a closer look, and if you can understand Catalunyan, click on the image.
BAMBER NOT UP TO SHEFFIELD'S TROPHY CHALLENGE 4th October 2008
Sheffield's winning streak in this seasons knock out competitions continued at The BFS this afternoon as high
flying Unibond First Division North visitors Bamber Bridge were put to the sword.
Man Of The Match Mick Goddard's (pictured right) excellent form continued, despite losing influential strike
partner Scott Partridge at half time. Matt Outram, Steve Woolley, Goddard (2) and Matt Roney putting Club 5-1 up and
only two late strikes from 'Brig' gave the final scoreline a more respectable look for the visitors. The Goddard and
Roney goals can be viewed here, whilst the match report is now online.
SCOTT'S FOUR-PLAY STUFFS BOTTOM BOYS 30th September 2008
What do you mean "it's a dodgy headline"?
Scott Partridge went goal crazy in the League Cup tonight at Brigg, running in FOUR goals past the UniBond
One South basement dwellers, in a convincing 5-0 away victory. Also on the scoresheet in this one-sided contest was Mick Goddard,
who also capped an impressive performance by setting up THREE of Scott's tally; the mtch report is already online CLICK HERE to have a read. Elsewhere tonight, Club's next opponents in the FA Cup were decided up the M1, with Guiseley
running out winners in the local derby.
CLUB HEAD UP THE M1 NEXT IN FA CUP 29th September 2008
The reward for Saturday's 4-1 win over Bacup Borough is an away trip to the Leeds area, exactly where remains
to be seen, as we are to face the winners of either Garforth Town or Guiseley on Saturday 11th October. No doubt one eye will
be on the result of this one on Tuesday whilst we are at Brigg Town, and it will be a tough one to call as the two sides drew
2-2 in the first game at Nethermoor, despite Guiseley flying high in the UniBond Premier Division and Garforth dwelling at
the foot of Division One North!
THE SHAY AWAITS CLUB IN PRESIDENTS CUP
28th September 2008
Following the midweek victory over AFC Goole, Sheffield have been drawn
away to FC Halifax Town in the Second Round of the Unibond Presidents Cup. The tie is scheduled for Tuesday 14th October.
LADIES BLUNT THE BLADES 28th September 2008
Sheffield FC Ladies continued their winning start to the new league campaign by overturning
a half-time deficit to defeat a tough and uncompromising Sheffield United Community Ladies outfit 3-1 at the
Bright Finance Stadium. See the Ladies’ page for full details.
ONE FLEW OVER THE KEEPERS HEAD 27th September 2008
Club cruised into the Third Round Qualifying of the FA Cup when they comfortably despatched NWCFL side
Bacup Borough from the competition by a scoreline of 4-1 this afternoon at The BFS Stadium. The above picture shows
Paul Smith's second half free kick flying over the head of Bacup keeper Melville to put Sheffield two up. The match
report and more photos can be viewed here.
LOYAL CLUBBIE SUPPORTER IN OP SHOCK 24th September 2008
Loyal Sheffield supporter Tim "Clunesey" Surr has had to undergo emergency surgery this week, having to have
his leg amputated below the knee. Tim had been suffering with some foot pain over the weekend, and reluctantly was admitted
to hospital, where he was diagnosed with "Type 2 Diabetes". Obviously this will come as a shock to everyone who knows Tim,
more details and a thread to add your best wishes can be found on the BTF Forum by CLICKING HERE; naturally everyone at BTF wish Clunesey a swift recovery and look forward to hearing him moaning at
the match pretty soon.
TOWNSEND RETURNS TO TIGERS 24th September 2008
tonight suggest striker Gary Townsend has returned to his first club Worksop Town. Gary, pictured left, has had an indifferent
time at Club, partly due to a series of injuries and will be hoping a spell at Watnall Road will provide him with
an opportunity to obtain regular first team football again. BTF wishes Gary the best of luck.
C(L)UBBIES CRASH OUT OF YOUTH CUP 24th September 2008
Under 19s were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup tonight at the BFS, losing 0-1 to Garforth Town.
"G-FORCE" GROUNDS GOOLE 23rd September 2008
had the "P-Squad", now meet the "G-Force" as Andy Gascoigne and Mick Goddard goals sank the Vikings in tonight's Presidents'
Cup tie at the BFS. The lads second half goals were enough to overturn the one goal deficit, after Goole's
Adam Lee scored in the 3rd minute. The Match Report is now online - and can be found HERE.
STAMFORD FAIL TO BRIDGE THE GAP 20th September 2008
saw off the challenge of Stamford this afternoon at The BFS with goals from Gav Smith, Matt Roney and Pete Davey in a 3-1
win for Sheffield.
LADIES TAME THE TIGERS 14th September 2008
last season’s promotion, Sheffield FC Ladies opened their league campaign in the higher division with a 7-0 mauling
of Hull City LFC. See the Ladies’ page for full details.
To add to the afternoon’s joy came the news that newly formed Sheffield FC Ladies
Reserves had demolished Dinnington Town 15-0 in their own league debut.
CLUB CONQUER COLNE IN CUP CLASSIC 13th September 2008
Not quite, but still…
it makes a good headline… Anyway, Sheffield did enough to march into the next round, bagging THREE GRAND into the bargain.
The match report is now online, you can find it by clicking HERE. On a related note, Tuesday's game at Retford is off due to Badger infestation at Cannon Park. No, actually
they drew in their cup game today, and will have to play their replay midweek.
SHEPSHED'S SHANE SHATTERS SHEFFIELD 9th September 2008
Try saying that when you've had a few beers... anyway, Sheffield's undefeated home record was broken tonight,
as an electric Dynamo shocked a lacklustre Club side by winning 2-0. A two goal salvo in the second half from Shane Benjamin
gave the Leicestershire side all three points. A full match report can be found HERE now.
LADIES OUT OF FA CUP AT FIRST HURDLE 7th September 2008
SFC Ladies lost their FA Women's Cup clash with Barnsley 1-3 at The BFS Stadium this afternoon. The
match report will appear here later.
DYNAMO GAME IN LAST MINUTE CALL OFF 6th September 2008
This game at Loughborough Dynamo was called off at 2.15pm today, after the team and dozens of
Sheffield supporters had made the trip down the M1. Sadly the persistant rain was too much, giving the referee no choice
but to give the game the red light. Hopefully the weather will hold up for Club's home game on Tuesday against the "Other
GODDARD DOUBLE SINKS SEASIDERS 2nd September 2008
Sheffield march on to the next round of the FA Cup, following a pretty one-sided contest
at the BFS, with Club running out 4-0 victors of AFC Fylde Goals from Mick Goddard (2), Gavin Smith and Daz Winter ensured
Sheffield FC face NWCFL side Colne in a couple of weeks time. The match report can be found HERE.
CLUB'S SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS ON YOUR PC 1st September 2008
Click here to view brief highlights and interviews from our FA Cup clash at AFC Fylde.
CLUB AND FYLDE LIVE TO FIGHT AGAIN 30th August 2008
The FA Cup clash at AFC Fylde ended all square 1-1 despite Sheffield dominating large chunks
of play. Paul Smith missed a second half penalty for Club before Asa Ingall headed the visitors in front (pictured below).
However, last seasons FA Vase winners were not to be denied and were handed a lifeline with their own penalty which they duly
converted. The replay is on Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm. The match report is online now - and can be found here .
More Action Shots From AFC Fylde Can Be Found On The Latest Action Page
CLUB LEGENDS MEET DOWN UNDER 29th August 2008
For the older and longer standing supporters of Sheffield FC, here's
a couple of blasts from the past, who we at BTF Towers are sure you'll remember! Ex-Sheffield defender David Faulkner was
down under in Oz the other week (well for the past month and a bit) and as luck would have it he bumped into none other than
former Club coach Super Sam Saif in Downtown Brisbane... where else than in Rotherham Street. To quote Dave "As I said to
Sam you can take the boy out of Rotherham - but you'll never take Rotherham out of the boy"... too true Faulks, too true.
Click on the picture for a better look at the "Living Legends"!
CLUB WILT AS TULIPS BLOOM 25th August 2008
Club's luck finally ran out at Spalding this afternoon, losing
2-1 away at Spalding United, in a below-par performance. A Scott Partridge goal was not enough to spare Sheffield's blushes,
as goals from Ricky Miller and Martin Wormall bagged all three points for the Lincolnshire outfit. A full report can
be found HERE on the match report page.
Handball !!!! But not according to the ref at Spalding
QUORN MINCED IN LATE RONEY SUPERSUB SHOW 23rd August 2008
Three goals in the last five minutes saved Club's blushes this
afternoon, as substitute Matt Roney came on and hit two solo goals, with Paul Smith grabbing the other from the penalty spot,
after Justin Jenkins had given the Leicestershire outfit a shock lead. Pictured above, Roney (No 14 left of picture)
turns away as the ball beats the Quorn keeper all ends up and hits the back of the net to put Club on level terms. A
full report can be found HERE on the match report page.
POWELL AND DAVEY INJURY UPDATE 21st August 2008
Sheffield FC have confirmed that Striker Vill Powell suffered a hairline fracture
of the fibula 10 minutes before the end of the game against Carlton Town on Tuesday evening.
Powell aka Super Vill, who had scored his third goal of the campaign early in the game,
was injured in a race for the ball with Town ‘Keeper Alessandro Barcherini. Doctors have estimated that Powell will
be missing for around six to eight weeks.
New Sheffield Manager Chris Dolby is now expected to promote ex Retford United and Alfreton
striker Mickey Goddard to partner ex Bath City player Scott Partridge, in what still looks like a formidable partnership for
the Worlds First Football Club. Goddard has been used in a sub in the clubs first two League matches.
Pete Davey, injured early in the same game, is making good progress from
the knock that forced him off on Tuesday evening.
SUPER VILL INJURY LATEST 20th August 2008
The latest news on Vill Powell's injury sustained in last night's clash with Carlton has been provided by Vill
himself on The BTF Forum. In response to all the best wishes passed onto the popular striker, Vill says "Thank
you everyone means a lot. After having an x-ray, the initial response from doctors at the Chesterfield Hospital last night,
who were top draw by the way alongside the two physio's at the club, Nick and Buster, I've been told I have a crack in my
shin and there is no need for an operation. I haven't done any muscular or ligament damage so it's the best case of a worse
I have an appointment with the fracture specialist this afternoon so I should have a more definate timescale
in terms of time out this afternoon....but whatever happens I'll be back..
Again thanks everyone.... "
MILLERS GRIND OUT A DRAW 19th August 2008
A cool finish from Scott Partridge salvaged a point tonight at
the BFS, after Carlton tore up the form book to take an unexpected lead. Goals from Martin Ball and Grant Brindley looked
to have snatched all three points, after Vill Powell scored in the first half. Things ended up with a rather sour taste after
Club hitman Powell headed out of the stadium in an ambulance, following a nasty collision with keeper Alessandro Barcherini,
with a suspected broken leg. A full report can be found HERE on the match report page.
CARLTON 'BUZZING' AND 'CONFIDENCE HIGH' 19th August 2008
Former bogey side Carlton Town visit The Bright Finance Stadium tonight, 'buzzing' and 'very high in
confidence' according to Town's Daryl Thomas. Thomas speaking in this week's Non League Today states promotion could be on
the agenda for Carlton and that the club can be as big as Hucknall in five years. However, they started poorly on Saturday
going down 3-1 at home to last seasons Champions Retford. Town's Steve Chaplin scoring a late consolation. Table topping Club
meanwhile go into tonight’s game without influential Captain Steve Hawes due to holiday commitments.
TAKE THAT ! GRESLEY TASTE THE DOUBLE-P STRIKE FORCE 16th August 2008
Sheffield opened up the 08/09 season with a right ol' tonking of Gresley Rovers - winning 5-2 at the
Moat Ground this afternoon. Read the match report HERE . Oh, and by the way... the "Double P strike force" refers to Scott Partridge and Vill Powell. I'm sure a better name will
come up eventually...
Pictured below, Matt Outram, oops, we mean Asa Ingall, heads home number