Sheffield’s links to football date back to 1857, when Sheffield FC, the oldest club still in existence, was formed. The formulation of the Sheffield Rules, the first codified transcription of the game’s laws, occurred in 1860, providing Association Football with the foundation for its contemporary form.March 22, 2019
Run your finger along the list of Premier League towns and cities and there’s a glaring omission: Sheffield.
The Steel City has a rich football heritage and the only Premier League city with a bigger population is London. Sheffield has a population of around 558,000 and its total metropolitan area is 1.6 million, making it the third largest English district by number of people.
That statistic frames Sheffield underachievement as a football city, with just 13 major trophies won by its two professional clubs – United and Wednesday.