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Football in Yorkshire

The county of Yorkshire in England is the largest in the United Kingdom, and as such has many football clubs, both professional and amateur. Sheffield in South Yorkshire is recognized as the birthplace of club football by both UEFA and FIFA, because of Sheffield F.C. that is the oldest football club in the world. The Sandygate Road, where they played the first football match is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest football ground in the world.

Currently there are no teams from Yorkshire that are part of the Premiere League, but there are six of them that play in the Football League Championship. They are: Huddersfield Town and Leeds United from West Yorkshire, Hull city from East Riding of Yorkshire, Middlesbrough from North Yorkshire and Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday from South Yorkshire. Sheffield F.C. plays today in the Northern Premier League, Division One South, which is on the eight place (the last one) by prestige in the National League System of England.

The big names

We can't write about football in Yorkshire without to mention one of the biggest names that made football the sport it is today. Those would be: Herbert Chapman who was the manager of Arsenal when they won the top honours in English football. Joseph Whitaker, Gordon Banks, George Raynor, Bill Nicholson, Don Revie and Brian Clough are the names of men that changed football in England forever. There is one more - Frank Womack who played for Birmingham City. Frank holds the all-time league appearances record for the club, turning out a total of 491 times.

The real football is not taking place on the ground or in the stadiums, but in the hearts of their fans. Many pubs in Yorkshire, about 1600 only in West Yorkshire, are the places that many consider the most important part of the game is taking place. The fans, which are more fanatics than only fans, keep the game alive and continue to be true supporters of their teams, no matter what league they are in.