The Sheffield FC archive:one of the world’s most expensive items of football memorabilia is at the Sheffield Football Treasures Day on October 25th

The 27th of October 2018 marks the 160th anniversary of the writing of the 1858 Sheffield Rules. These were the crown jewels in the Sheffield FC Archive that was sold at Sotheby’s in July 2011 for £881,250. This places the Sheffield Football Archive as the world’s second most expensive piece of football memorabilia in history. Ahead of Alan Ball’s World Cup Medal (£164,800), Jules Rimet Trophy Replica (£254,500), Oldest Surviving FA Cup (£478,400) but behind Geoff Hurst’s World Cup Winning Shirt (£2.3 Million). 

The purchaser and the current location of the actual archive remain a mystery but thanks to the amazing hard work of Sheffield Libraries, copies of this incredibly important piece of football heritage will be displayed at the FREE Sheffield Football Treasures Day which is being held at Sheffield Central Library on October 25th between 10.30 and 2.30. Book your interest here

The free event will feature all the best football treasures that Sheffield FC, Hallam FC, Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United can offer. This is the first time many of their precious items have ever been displayed and it is certainly the first time in 160 years that they have all been in the same room at the same time.

If that wasn’t enough the current FA Cup will be on display and you will be able to have your photograph taken along side it on the day.

We are expecting a large crowd so please register your interest at

I have fully revised and updated my book ‘A History of Sheffield Football 1857-1889: Speed, Science and Bottom’ to coincide with this important anniversary. The new book has 28 extra pages, 20 new images and a new fold out map. It features new chapters celebrating the 160th anniversary of the 1858 Sheffield Rules and the fact that Sheffield is the Home of Football.

You can buy the book here