The Origins of Sheffield Wednesday (Paperback)

Jason Dickinson

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Sheffield Wednesday FC was born out of the Wednesday Cricket Club, formed back in 1820, and was officially founded on Wednesday 4 September 1867 at the Adelphi Hotel. During the meeting, brewery traveller John Pashley rose to his feet and proposed 'that a football club be formed in connection with the cricket club, and that no body of persons shall be empowered to sever the two clubs without the unanimous consent of the general meeting, six days notice to be given to every member of the club'. Around sixty members joined the fledgling club on the night, the colours of blue and white were adopted and plans were made to start the club's first-ever season. The club secured a playing field in the Highfields district of Sheffield and, after holding an inter-club practice game, The Wednesday played their first ever match, beating the Mechanics Club at Norfolk Park, in October 1867. The popularity of association football had been growing steadily during the mid-1850s, and Wednesday arrived onto a thriving Sheffield football scene that included the likes of Sheffield FC, formed 1857, Hallam, Broomhall and Heeley. The city became the spiritual home of the sport and one of the first-known cup competitions further enhanced that opinion, the Cromwell Cup being offered as a prize in 1868. In The Origins of Sheffield Wednesday, Jason Dickinson, Wednesday's Official Club Historian, tells for the first time the in-depth story of the birth of Sheffield Wednesday FC.


Product Details

  • Product code: AOKJD
  • ISBN: 9781445619521
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 15.8cm x 23.3cm
  • Pages: 176
  • Publish date: Tue Jul 28 00:00:00 BST 2015
  • Book points: 12

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