Double joy for Club vet Ryan

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It was a weekend to remember for Sheffield FC’s veterans - and Ryan Seymour in particular.

Club have just returned from a trip to Italy, where they played three games at Milan’s San Siro stadium.

Ryan scored the winner in Sheffield’s first game, a late volley in a 1-0 win over Dexter at the iconic stadium.

Then later that evening, his wife broke the news that she is pregnant!

The second game of the tour saw Club beat US ACLI 3-0, thanks to a Jim Fern double and a strike from legend Matt Roney.

Fern was again on target the following night when Dexter were again beaten 2-1, with Danny Moore the other goalscorer.

Sheffield signed off their trip on a low note, losing 2-0 to the hosts Brera - but by then, memories - and friendships - had already been forged.

“The link between Sheffield FC and Dexter came about last year,” Sheffield FC’s Stuart James said.

“They had a meeting to decide where they could tour in the future, and as they are an over-35s team, they decided to link up with an English supporters’ team.

“Ipswich Town was initially suggested, before one of the players, Danielle Longo, suggested pairing up with the oldest club in the world.

“They then came over in November and played a game at the Coach and Horses ground, with national anthems, and Sheffield won 3-2 after being 2-0 down at half-time.

“They offered us a return match as they’d had such a good time, and of course we accepted.”

It was then that one of the Sheffield officials asked where the game would be played.

“The reply was ‘the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza’,” Stuart remembers.

“There were a few puzzled looks, before one of the lads asked ‘isn’t that the San Siro?’ It was only then that the penny dropped.”

So, to the San Siro it was for this group of Sheffield veterans.

The second friendly against Dexter was played in equally impressive surroundings - the Arena Civica, which pre-dates even Sheffield FC after opening in 1807.

“We have developed a great friendship with Dexter Calcio,” Stuart added.

“They have become official members of Sheffield FC, and hope to make their trips over a regular occurance.

“The whole project has fallen into place over the last eight weeks or so, and as a result we have set up the new division of Sheffield FC – the Veterans’ SC – with the aim to spread to word of football’s birthplace far and wide.

“Our aim is to continue the pioneering work of Sheffield Football Club, bringing more clubs like Dexter over to England to experience our values of integrity, respect and community, whilst enjoying the experience of playing a game in the city where it all began.”