Sheffield FC have announced plans to return home to Sheffield after 20 years playing in Derbyshire at their Coach and Horses ground in Dronfield. Their nomadic life looks to be near to an end with a potential final move to a purpose built facility with training ground, heritage centre, club shop and a 4000 seat stadium. The new home will be at the Sheffield Transport Sports Club which fronts the large Meadowhead Roundabout which has seen extensive retail and educational building development in the past few years.
There is one hurdle to overcome and that is the passing of planning permission for housing on their existing ground and extensive car parking area which will soon be before North East Derbyshire District Council which will help finance the move.
Sheffield FC founded in 1857 and recognised by FIFA as the oldest football club in the world have had a nomadic life and were more recently close to moving to Olive Grove in Heeley, Sheffield, a stone’s throw from their original ground which is now the car park for a mega DIY store B&Q, it was also in view of Bramhall Lane home to Sheffield United. They have played all over the city most notably at the greyhound stadium and the athletics track so when they bought their Coach and Horses ground it looked like a final home. The move to Meadowhead will however mean that they will be back within the city boundary very fitting for the home of Football.
Meadowhead is not far from The Coach and Horses and their existing local fans. The club will also move further away from nearby Dronfield Town FC and mean that the main clubs in the city, Hallam, Wednesday, United, Handsworth and Sheffield FC will all be well spaced out. GOOD LUCK with this nationally important venture, I can’t wait to see my first game there.