Huge audience for world’s oldest club


The name of Sheffield FC was broadcast to a 200 million audience over the last couple of weeks.

TV cameras were at the world’s first club to interview Hassan al Zawadi, the man behind Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid. He’d chosen Dronfield as the destination for his first interview in two years.

Richard Tims, Club chairman, had met al Zawadi in South Africa and al Zawadi became fascinated with the club. He also completed a degree at Sheffield University and decided to use the club to promote football’s future and discuss issues surrounding the Qatar World Cup bid.

Following his interview, three broadcasts were put out including a two-minute piece on the Six O’Clock news, an hour long special on BBC 5 Live as well as a piece on Saturday’s Football Focus.

The chief executive of the World Cup committee also became a member of the ‘World’s First Football Club’ and talks are continuing between himself and Tims about potential initiatives in the future including Sheffield FC taking a team over to Qatar to play their oldest club.

“Qatar are the new shoots of the game, so it was nice for Hassan to come and visit the place where it all started” Tims said.

“He respected the heritage and history and used as a staging tool when he could have probably gone anywhere in the world.

“It was a hectic day but we have spoken about possible future initiatives and possibilities as well as the ‘Club of Pioneers’ so we may take a side over there at some point.”

By Tom Bestwick.