I spoke with my assistant yesterday of the Association Football Season to come. He happens to support Sheffield Wednesday so, thanks to my dizzy age, I reminisced with him about my recollection of The Wednesday and their formation as a footballing club in 1867, 150 years ago!
In my formative years there were but two main teams in the city, Sheffield FC (the oldest team in the world) and Hallam FC. As a Sandygate man I always preferred Hallam.
As a proud Yorkshireman I have always followed the game of Cricket and it was through Cricket that I knew of The Wednesday. They were a fine cricket team which included Harry Sampson, Tom Marsden and George Ulyett the likes of which you will rarely see today.
The Wednesday Cricket Club decided in 1867 to form an Association Football team rather than see their chuckaboos depart to various different clubs to play. The Wednesday football team start very well indeed taking the egg at the Cromwell Cup in 1868 beating the Garrick Club.
As a proud man of Sheffield I have enjoyed the success of all the Sheffield teams and hope that the 150th year of The Wednesday can bring back some much needed success to the Association Football lovers of our great city.
Charles’ expressions explained:
Chuckaboo – A good friend
Taking the egg – to win at something