Football history under hammer

A HANDWRITTEN pamphlet outlining the rules of club football is being sold as part of an archive collection of the world’s oldest football club, Sheffield FC, which is expected to fetch up to £1.2m at auction.

Chairman Richard Tims described the archive as “the ultimate prize in terms of football memorabilia” and said the decision to sell had been taken to secure the club’s future.

The club, which is based at the BT Local Business Stadium in Dronfield, has 27 teams, is heavily involved in grass-roots projects and runs a number of disability teams which “all require capital”.

Mr Timms said: “We have exhausted all avenues and the club has voted to go down this route. It will allow us to develop our facilities. We didn’t have a ground for 144 years so we have been left a little bit behind.”

The pamphlet, drawn up in 1858, introduces laws of the game which still exist today, such as the indirect free-kick, the corner kick and the use of a crossbar.

The collection is being sold by Sotheby’s in London in July.