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Sheffield: The Home of Football FREE Walking App

Between 1857 and 1889 Sheffield had 95 football clubs and we shall be looking at some locations associated with these early clubs. The “Sheffield: The Home of Football” free walking app will take you on a heritage tour around the historic footballing hot spots that shaped not just Sheffield football, but football worldwide. While visiting the ten stops you will be introduced to the places and the people that made Sheffield the home of Association football.

To download the free app to your telephone you need to search in your app store for Sheffield the Home of Football. Or click on the icons below:

Apple Store

Google Play Store

Enhanced with audio clips and map mash-ups showing Sheffield in the 1850s and today, you will be transported back to the Victorian era when the world’s first football club started. The journey will cover the second half of the 19th century telling the stories of the first football derby, the world’s oldest Football Cup and the ancient football grounds where the games were played, many now long gone.

The app was designed and written by Martin Westby and John P. Wilson with funding for the App provided by Sheffield Libraries.

Images came from where ‘you can search old pictures of Sheffield’s footballing heritage using the ‘popular theme’ and then ‘football’ buttons.

All the written content for the app came from ‘A History of Sheffield Football 1857-1889: Speed, Science and Bottom’ by Martin Westby. Available to purchase here:

Facebook Group has been set up to support the app