17 July 2017

Club at world’s oldest football ground fears going broke over tournament formed by ex-ref chief Keith Hackett

THE club at the world’s oldest football ground fears going broke – over a tournament formed by ex-ref chief Keith Hackett.

Hallam FC are opposing a legal decision for the Youdan Trophy to be a trademark for a successful youth competition, which has Hackett among its directors.

A tournament formed by ex-ref Keith Hackett could see Hallam FC go bust
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Sandygate Road remains the world’s oldest football ground
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And an appeal to the High Court could lead to crippling costs leaving them bankrupt.

The bitter row comes from Hackett’s tournament, which has starred the likes of Celtic whizkid Karamoko Dembele, taking their name from the Youdan Cup, which is the oldest trophy in football and owned by Hallam.

The trophy, which was presented to Hallam in 1867, has been on the Antiques Road Show and was valued at £100,000.

But without ownership of the trademark they will not be allowed to use the brand to raise funds celebrating this year’s 150-year anniversary.

Hallam are the second oldest club in the world after Sheffield FC and their Sandygate Road home is the oldest ground.

After winning the Youdan Cup, the trophy was then lost only to resurface more than a century later and get valued on the BBC’s famous antiques programme.

Former ref Uriah Rennie is Hallam FC’s club president
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The Youdan Trophy is being presented to Charlton Under-14’s side
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But the Youdan Trophy was started by ex-ref Jock Waugh and Hackett two years ago.

And their “Steering Group” includes football heavyweight Sir Dave Richards and ex-sports minister Richard Caborn.

In another twist to the spat, Hallam’s president is former Premier League referee Uriah Rennie.

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