The world’s oldest football club Sheffield FC has moved a step closer to making a long-awaited return to its home city.

The historic club, whose founders developed the first set of rules for the game, plays in Dronfield, just beyond the city limits in Derbyshire, but is eyeing a return to the Olive Grove sports ground in Heeley, Sheffield, where its story began in 1857. It has now unveiled plans for housing at its existing ground, beside the Coach & Horses pub on Sheffield Road, to help bankroll the move to a new stadium.

The club wants to build around 70-80 homes there and says it has asked North East Derbyshire District Council to remove the land from the green belt so a planning application can be submitted. The hope is that this development will fund, or go a long way towards funding, a new stadium within Sheffield, where club chairman Richard Tims also intends to create a visitor centre and education suite.

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