Hallam FC

Playing football since 1860 at Sandygate, The Worlds Oldest Football Ground

Mark Broadhurst

Next up in the series getting to know your fellow countrymen, the wonderful Marc Broadhurst. 

Tell us about yourself, name, age, job etc....  

My name is Marc Broadhurst, I am 42 years old. I live in Walkley with my wife Marie and our two boys Dylan 12 and Oliver who is 7. I am a Sales Manager for a food production company 

How did you first come to know about Hallam?

My dad was a fan. He was on the club committee back in the 1970s. There is a plaque for him on the memorial wall. 

What was your first visit here?

I probably came to my first game in a pram. I do remember spending every other Saturday afternoon playing Football over on the cricket pitch. It was allowed back in the day

Your role at the club?

My main role at the club is to organise our match day experience for junior teams. The kids learn a bit about the history of the club, visit the changing rooms, play on the pitch before the game and are ball boys/girls for the game. We get a lot of positive feedback from the kids and their parents. We don't run them through December and January. Not sure the feedback would be so positive then!!! 

Have you ever played or scored on the oldest pitch in the world?

I have played (and I use that term loosely) on the pitch a few times in charity games. I've never scored but have spectacularly missed a couple of sitters. 

Your favourite or stand out moment while supporting Hallam?

My best memory has to be when we beat Mickleover to win the League Cup in 2004. Also Micah Bishop's spectacular strike a couple of seasons ago. 

Who do you go to the games with?

I come to the games with my boy Olliver. He's third generation Hallam and he's football mad. He helps me look after the kids on the match day experience. 

Favourite away ground you've visited and why?

I always like going to Emley. It reminds me a bit of Hallam with the cricket pitch at the other side. It can get very cold there too.

 

Do you stand on the terrace or sit in the stand for the matches?

I don't have a particular place I stand, I tend to move around throughout the game. I'm generally drawn to the clubhouse at the end of the game though. 

Pasty from Ann's cabin or pint at half time?

Sorry Ann, it has to be a pint at half time.

How many layers do you wear at a mid week home game in January?

I wear every item I have in my wardrobe, and I'm still cold.  

Wednesday or United or other?

100% United, I try to get to the Lane when there's no game at Hallam.  

If you was to encourage a first time visitor, what would you say?

If you want to see some good quality genuine football, pop along to the friendliest club in Sheffield. You will be assured a warm welcome and it wont cost you a fortune.  

Where do you expect Hallam to finish in the league this season?

It's not going to be easy but I'd like to think we could make the play offs again. You never know it might be third time lucky.

Anything you'd like to add?

I believe the main asset we have at this club are the people. We are in a great position on and off the field and the club is going from strength to strength. This is reflected in the increase in attendances over recent years. We must be doing something right and it makes me very proud.  

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