Posted: 9/1/2012


        The home team is 155 years old, the visitors 2. Sheffield FC are the world's first football club, since 1857, while Kings Lynn Town are new, after Kings Lynn FC went bust. Fortunately the local council owned the first class stadium, The Walks, and it was a small hiccup for fans, The Linnets.

        A very busy day as usual on the nation's rail network. I took the train from Leeds Station along with Bradford City fans on the way to Rotherham United, while Blackburn Rovers fans arrived for the match at Elland Road. On the way we picked up Rotherham fans, Sheffield Utd fans hosting Bournemouth at Bramall Lane and Barnsley heading for Oakwell to host Bristol City.

       SFC or 'CLUB' have had an FA Cup match with Abbey Hey twice postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but with a breeze from the nearby hills and a warm, sunny day we have GAME ON in The Evo- Stik Div.1 South League. A bus full of fans arrived on the 2 1/2 hour trip from West Norfolk to support their team. They were ready to buy programmes, Golden Goal tickets and the excellent Pukka Pies, 4 varieties and only 2.50 including mushy peas and gravy.

       In the 14th Century Kings Lynn was England's third busiest port after London and Southampton and a member of the Hansiatic League. Sheffield is of course England's Steel City and the home of the world's two oldest clubs, the 'youngster' being Hallam FC founded in 1860, who play at the world's oldest ground, Sandygate.

       It turned out to be an enthusiastic, enthralling, entertaining and competitive match. The visitors struck the woodwork three times but couldn't score. CLUB opened the scoring after 34 minutes from a Woolley corner and Charlie Weir with a deflected header past goalie Alex Street.  Three points were secured in the 77th minute. Vill Powell was brought down just inside the box by Ryan Fryatt, and Steve Woolley made no mistake from the spot, low into the corner.

       Sheffield are now 5th in the league and host Abbey Hey in the preliminary round of the FA Cup on permitting.