The real home of football

A Timeline – from 1695 to Present

The following is a brief timeline of the history of the Plough, and its role in the development of football and how it is played today.  Over the next few weeks we hope to expand on the details below.


1695 – construction of Old Plough Inn
1791 – Hallamshire Enclosure Act recognises a cricket field at Hallam Fields
1804 – Hallam Cricket Club lease agreement with Mr. Creswick of the Plough for use of the inn and outbuildings as changing rooms
1805 – earliest record of cricket match at Hallam Fields
1822 – Thomas Creswick recorded as landlord of the Plough. Richard Creswick (farmer) recorded as the owner of the cricket field.
1822 – 1840 – Landlord of the Plough is Richard Creswick

1840 – 1856 – landlord of the Plough is Joseph Creswick
1856 – Wednesday beat Hallam Cricket Club by 1 run at Bramall Lane. Prize is 50 sovereigns
1856 – Hallam & Ecclesall Agricultural Society annual gathering at the Plough
1857 – Hallam CC beat Exchange XI by six wickets. £25 sweepstakes at Bramall Lane
1859 – Hallam and Stumperlowe Cricket Clubs join to play football
1860 – September 23rd – Hallam FC founded at the Plough
1860 – Boxing Day – first competitive club match between Hallam FC and Sheffield FC – known as the first Sheffield rules derby. Sheffield win 2-0.
1861 – Hallam CC closing match in October followed by dinner at 7pm ‘courtesy of Mrs. Creswick’ at the Plough
1864 – Hallam & Ecclesall Hunt AGM at ‘Mrs Creswick’s Plough Inn’
1864 – Hallam & Ecclesall Agricultural Society Annual Cattle & Poultry Show and Ploughing Matches at the Cricket Ground, Plough Inn, Sandygate
1866 – Ann Creswick recorded as landlady of the Plough
1866 – Hallam CC beat Wednesday by 12 runs for £50 at Bramall Lane

1867 – Hallam Football Club win the Youdan Trophy at Bramall Lane on Shrove Tuesday

1867 – March 16th – Hallam Football Club’s Youdan Cup winners attend celebratory dinner at 7pm at the Plough

1867 – September – future England cricketer, Thomas Armitage elected to Hallam Football Club’s committee at AGM held at the Plough

1869 – Tom Armitage’s earliest recorded goal for Hallam Football Club

1877 – Tom Armitage plays on first two test matches against Australia during the Liliywhites Tour of 1876/77

1878 – Tom Armitage becomes landlord of the Plough using his earnings from the cricket tour of Australia

1883 – Tennant Brothers acquire freehold of the Plough, freehold of a field east of the Plough (later site of Sandygate Motors) and freehold of the cricket field

1897 – Tennant Brothers acquire freehold of field to the east of the cricket field and acquire ‘the premises and the trade’ of the Plough Inn

1898 – Hallam Cricket Club build their first pavilion

1899 – Samuel Lovell reported as the landlord of the Plough when a haystack fire occurred in November 1899. Lovell remained landlord until 1925.

1929 – The old Plough Inn is demolished and the current building constructed in 1929/30. Designed by Wynyard Dixon. Pub reopens in April, 1930.

1946 – During the 1930s a dispute led to Hallam Football Club leaving Sandygate Road but in May, 1946 at a meeting at the Plough, Hallam Football Club were given permission to begin reusing the ground by the landlord, Mr. Oates

1954 – December – official opening of the stand

1958 – A bill was submitted by the landlord, Mr. Fearnley, for water rates and changing rooms, split 25% to Hallam Football Club, 50% to the Plough and 25% to the garage owner

1959 – January 26th – Bill Harris killed by a van on Sandygate Road whilst waking home from a committee meeting at the Plough in heavy snow

1962 – Future Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds manager, Howard Wilkinson, makes debut for Hallam Football Club. In the same year, Wilkinson scored for England in the British Youth Championships

1964 – Dispute sees Hallam Football Club no longer using the Plough

1969 – Whitbread take over Tennant Brothers and becomes Patron of Hallam Football Club

1981 – During a refurbishment of the Plough, the 1879 Skelton Cup is recovered and returned to Hallam Football Club

1991 – Hallam Sports Club acquire a 99 year lease on the sports ground for £50,000

2001 – Enterprise Inns acquires the Plough and sports ground

2001- 2016 – Various managers operate the Plough, from 2008 – 2016, Enterprise assign successive leases to companies managed by Glenn Thorpe and Alan Hirst, two of which are liquidated but Enterprise continue to assign leases to them.

2015 – The Plough is designated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV)

2017 – January – Sheffield City Council unanimously reject Sainsbury’s application for change of use

2017 – February – Enterprise Inns place the Plough on the market