Football's Coming Home

  • 1 July 2016
  • Moor Market

A pivotal moment in Sheffield’s sporting history is brought back to life. Sheffield staged no less than four matches in the 1966 World Cup – three group games and a quarter final, all at Hillsborough.

England went on to win the Wembley final with Sheffield’s own Gordon Banks in goal.

The 50th anniversary of the city’s role in this historic championship is set to celebrated in ‘Football’s Coming Home’ which is unveiled on July 1st.

The five-week exhibition will transform The Moor Market and celebrate life on the streets of the Steel City in the year that changed football history in England.

The event is part of city-wide countdown to the start of the 2016 Youdan Trophy - the new international Sheffield-based tournament that celebrates the oldest competition in the world; the Football Challenge Cup presented by Thomas Youdan Esq. that was played only once at Bramall Lane in 1867.

Internationally renowned sports artist Paul Trevillion - the man famed for drawing ‘Roy Of The Rovers’ and regularly referred to as the ‘Leonardo of Line Drawing’ - is designing artwork that will hang outside the entrance to the building.

‘Football’s Coming Home’ will bring the walkways of The Moor Market to life with a trail containing scores of Sheffield footballing facts counting right back to the formation of the world’s first club – Sheffield FC started in 1857.

The exhibition will contain scores of iconic images from Sheffield in 1966, memorabilia from the Hillsborough games and be a celebration of the success of Gordon Banks and the 1966 England team.

*Text taken from Youdan Trophy social media*