Youdan Cup

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Youdan Cup
Number of Teams
Hallam F.C.

The Youdan Cup was an association football competition played in Sheffield, England. Predating the FA Cup by four years, it was contested by 12 teams with the final being held at Bramall Lane. A local theatre owner Thomas Youdan sponsored the competition and provided the trophy. The trophy itself was made of silver, and although Thomas Youdan awarded a £2 prize to the winner of a competition to design the trophy, it was not completed in time to be presented on the day to the winners.[1][2]

The format of the competition was drawn up by a committee and played under Sheffield Rules.[3] The first two rounds were on a knock-out basis, however the final was contested between three teams playing each other in turn.

The final took place on 5 March 1867 and attracted 3,000 spectators, each paying 3d admission. The game used the concept of 'rouges' (a rouge was scored when an attempt at goal, using a goal only 4 yards wide, missed, but would have gone into an 8 yard wide goal: rouges were only considered in the case of a drawn match), and Hallam beat Norfolk and Mackenzie to finish first, while Norfolk beat Mackenzie and finished second. The Runners-up were presented with a two-handed silver goblet encircled with athletic figures that had been purchased with the proceeds of the gate money and had been completed. Youdan was unable to present it personally as he was ill.[1]

Youdan Cup 1867
First Round Second Round Final Result
Hallam beat Heeley Hallam beat Norton Hallam beat Norfolk Winner: Hallam
Norton beat Mechanics Norfolk beat Broomhall Hallam beat Mackenzie Runner-up: Norfolk
Norfolk beat Fir Vale Mackenzie beat Milton Norfolk beat Mackenzie
Broomhall beat Pitsmoor
Mackenzie beat Garrick
Milton beat Wellington

The professional club Sheffield Wednesday was formed a few months after the final, but the trophy had already disappeared by then. It did not resurface until 1997 when a Scottish antiques collector contacted Hallam F.C. to tell them that he was in possession of it - and they subsequently bought it back for £1,600. Since then it has been valued to be worth at least £100,000 by silver specialist Alastair Dickenson of the BBC programme Antiques Roadshow, although the owners have insisted it is not for sale.[4]



  1. ^ a b Harvey, Adrian (2005). Football: The First Hundred Years: the Untold Story. Routledge. p. 289. ISBN 978-0-415-35019-8. 
  2. ^ "Football: The First Hundred Years: the Untold Story" Google Books
  3. ^ Murphy, Brendan (2007). From Sheffield with Love. Sports Book Limited. pp. 77–78, 117. ISBN 978-1-899807-56-7. 
  4. ^ "World's oldest football trophy 'not for sale'". BBC. BBC News. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 

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