The actors (Danes and Brits) were playing football between takes of BBC’s The Last Kingdom, only yesterday. It was why Alfred The Great burnt his cakes. Rebel-rousing games of football have been played in olde England certainly since the 1300’s.
Indeed cricket and football were played increasingly until in 1839 Sussex formed a County Cricket association and in 1857 the world’s first football club Sheffield FC asked neighbours Hallam Cricket Club to field a FOOT-BALL team. The derby was borne.
Sheffield then looked for an away fixture, at Nottingham, in 1865 and the seeds of The first Football League were formed.
But all this is quite recent when one considers the great weight of history and evolution going back millions of years. If these ‘games’ are to last a few thousand years more then WE, our parents and great grandparents – the few generations dating back coincidentally to the time of the birth of photography in the 1830’s – WE ARE THE PIONEERS and these seasons presently are the birth pangs.
Sheffield Wednesday Women’s Supporters Group formed in April 2023 and hit the headlines with some fantastic fundraising work earlier this season in response to an incident at Hillsborough. In one of our Fan Group In Focus features they explain more…