Chris Waddle has called on Sheffield to treasure its football heritage following the ‘World’s First Derby’ football festival on Saturday.
Sandwiched between the ‘Pioneers’ match and the derby friendly between Sheffield FC and Hallam, which finished 4-2 to Sheffield FC, the former England winger starred in a 60 minutes classics game against the Indie pop band Reverend and the Makers, in which his All Stars team won 7-3.
Following the game, Waddle, who started his career in non-league with Tow Law Town before moving to Newcastle United, says that the city of Sheffield needs to protect the legacy of Sheffield FC and Hallam, especially in a time when modern day football is saturated with money.
“I started in non-league and you only have to look at this turn out to see non-league football is still important to the people.” Waddle said. “To have the two oldest teams in the world on your patch is fantastic and it’s important that we don’t forget the history of these two teams.
“These two clubs have to go on and we have to make the most of days like this because it brings the community together. There is a great interest in the history of both of these clubs. People from all over the world have come for this game.
“Football is an expensive game now, but today people have had real value for money and it’s days like this that we have to make sure we treasure the history, because Sheffield has a lot to shout about with these two sides.”
The 52-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday winger could be making a return to the football field, after it was revealed Waddle had held talks with Hallam about possibly representing the side over the course of the next season.
Last Monday, Waddle turned out for Hallam in their pre-season friendly defeat to Chesterfield and talks with Hallam boss, Chris Sellars, are on-going as he looks to secure a deal that will allow him to juggle playing on a part-time basis as well as continuing his commentator work for BBC 5 Live and ESPN.
“I have had a few conversations now with Chris (Sellars) about coming to play for them next season. It’s difficult at the moment because I do my media work and I don’t want to give that up right now so I’m not sure I would be able to commit myself to playing every week.
He added: “I still love playing football, it was great to get out there today on this great occasion and if there is a way that I can juggle my media work and play football then of course I will be interested.”