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Sheffield RulesFootball's First Derby


The first ever inter-city football derby clash was played on Boxing Day 1860 at Sandygate between the two oldest football clubs in the world – Sheffield FC and Hallam FC.

The Sheffield Rules were a code of football devised and played in the English city of Sheffield between 1857 and 1877.

The match was played on the oldest football ground in the world, the Hallam Pitch at Sandygate Road in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

The match is known as the "Rules derby" and the name refers to the fact that the fixture was originally played under the Sheffield Rules. The game resulted in a Sheffield victory by two goals to nil.

The Sheffield Football rules were used until 1878 by the Hallamshire and Sheffield FA when they were merged with the Football Association’s rules.

The 'Rules derby' marks the birth of the world's first club football culture. The Sheffield Rules have had a major influence on the modern game of football, stating that the ball should not be carried by hand, leading to the divergence of football.

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