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Yorkshire loves its football, and is the undisputed birthplace of the modern club game! The area is home to some of the biggest names in the sport, and you'll find exciting action on offer every week of the season.
Known as 'The Tykes', Barnsley Football Club has played at the highest level nationally, but currently represents the region in the second tier of English football, the Championship. In fact, they have more experience at this level than any other club in the football league!
Barnsley, which has enjoyed a spell in The Premier League, has a fierce rivalry with its Yorkshire neighbours from just up the M1, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United. As recently as 2006, Barnsley beat Liverpool and Chelsea on the way to the semi-finals of the FA Cup - a competition the club have won on one occasion!
Barnsley FC has produced some notable talents over the years. Their great striker, Tommy Taylor, went on to win two league titles with Manchester United in the 1950s. And in the 2008/9 season they fielded the Football League's youngest ever player, Reuben Noble-Lazarus.
Come along to Barnsley's easy access home ground Oakwell, the centre of a multi-purpose sports development right in the town, and watch The Tykes go marching on.
The distinctive claret and amber jerseys of Bradford City, nicknamed The Bantams, recently scaled the heady heights of The Premier League.
Many fans affectionately know the ground as 'Valley Parade', which holds over 25000 and has been completely redeveloped in recent times with some truly impressive stands. The stadium has a place in football history, having witnessed the best and the worst of times, from promotion celebrations to the tragic events of the Bradford fire in 1985, which have been woven into the legend and the psyche of the club, and all who follow it.
Bradford City was founded in 1903, and won the FA Cup just eight years later! They enjoyed two seasons in the Premiership at the turn of the millennium and had a recent upturn in fortunes including a stunning League Cup run to the Wembley final in 2013, after knocking out giants such as Aston Villa and Arsenal en route!
The club's former players are also looked upon affectionately: Dean Windass, Staurt McCall, Peter Beagrie and John Hendrie are to name but a few!
Doncaster Rovers was founded in 1879 and are one of only four clubs to win the Division 3/League Two title three times. Their home strip is red and white hoops which has been the main design of the club's home shirt since 2001. The associated Doncaster Rovers Belles L.F.C. are one of the most successful women's clubs in English football.
The club now play at the Keepmoat Stadium since thier 2006 move from Belle Vue, which they inhabited for 84 years. The 15,000 all seater stadium was opened on New Years Day in 2007 in a game against Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town.
"The Rovers" celebrate some of thier great formers players such as Fred Emery, Clarrie Jordan, Harry Gregg and more recently Billy Sharp.
Did you know Huddersfield Town were the first English team to win three successive league titles - a feat only achieved since by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United? That was in 1926, before their manager, Herbert Chapman, was poached by an un
derachieving team from the south called Arsenal. The Terriers also scooped the FA Cup in the same era.
Nowadays "The Terriers", playing in traditional blue and white strip, enjoy great rivalries with nearby Leeds and Bradford City - not to mention any other Yorkshire sides they happen to come up against!
As the Yorkshire Club, Huddersfield has great community roots and has developed a reputation for having a strong Academy. Great players from the past have included Denis Law and England World Cup winner Ray Wilson.
Huddersfield Town's home is the stylish and easily accessible 25000-seater Galpharm Stadium, which it shares with rugby league's Huddersfield Giants. Come along in 2010 and see if Lee Clark's lads can roll back the years.
Hull City took the football world by surprise when they stormed into the Premiership with a trademark strike from legendary local hero Dean Windass in 2007 and despite mixed fortunes recently they are currently dining from English Football's top table once again!
'Hull' used to be the answer to the perennial Trivial Pursuit question about the biggest city never to have hosted top flight football. Now they host the best teams in the country on a regular basis.
Yorkshire's biggest football success story of the past few seasons, Hull's triumph followed their move to their new KC Stadium in 2002 after over 60 years at Boothferry Park. Great football is guaranteed once again, so why not go along and see if sun shines on the KC band again?
The KC Stadium is easily accessed from the M62 and by public transport too.
Leeds United is one of the great names in English football and, while their recent hard times have been much talked about and well documented, surely it is only a matter of time before they return to the upper echelons of the game.
"The Whites" have competed at the top level for most of their existence, and they even once shared a Champions League semi-final field with Barcelona. Don Revie's legendary side of the 1960s and 70s won domestic and European trophies, and no doubt the Elland Road club is aiming one day to return to the big stage.
Leeds is the only club in Yorkshire's biggest city, and attracts a huge following of loyal supporters, creating an intimidating atmosphere for opposition teams, even as they ply their trade in the lower leagues.
Situated in Beeston to the south of Leeds city centre, the impressive Elland Road stadium is easy to get to via bus links from the city centre.
Rotherham United - 'The Millers' to fans - have not had the easiest of times of late, including leaving their traditional Millmoor ground in the town, where they had played all of their home matches since 1907. You will now find them playing home games at The New York Stadium, a 12,000 all-seater stadium in Rotherham itself.
The current home strip is red and white; with the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham's coat of arms on the right of the shirt to commemorate the clubs return home.
The club has spent the majority of its history in the Football League's third tier, though its most successful period in recent years found the Millers competing in the Football League Championship during the early 2000s. It has also enjoyed more recent success, reaching the League Two Play Off Finals at Wembley Stadium in May 2010, and gaining automatic promotion after finishing runners-up in Football League Two in 2012-13.
Notable former Rotherham players/manager include: Emlyn Hughes, Tommy Docherty, Danny Williams and Shaun Goater.
Sheffield Wednesday is a famous Yorkshire club with a great tradition, being the fifth oldest club in the English league. The Owls have spent much of their time in football's top flight, including forays onto the European scene.
Wednesday's proud history boasts four League titles and three FA Cups. Since WWII their silverware has been limited to a League Cup victory in 1991, although in 1993 they reached the final of both domestic occasions.
Blue and white Wednesday's massive rivalry with red and white Sheffield United has made the 'Steel City' derby a sporting fixture for the diary for a century or more, when the atmosphere in Wednesday's famous 40,000-seater home ground, Hillsborough, in the north-west of the city, can be guaranteed to be electric. Wednesday's other great rivals include Barnsley, Leeds United, Rotherham and Doncaster.
Hillsborough is three miles north of the centre of the city an can be easily reached by car, bus, train or the Sheffield supertram, which stops a short walk from the ground.
Sheffield United F.C earned their nickname, 'The Blades', thanks to the city's global reputation as a leader in the steel business, and their presence - and rivalry with Sheffield Wednesday - gives a modern day cutting edge to football life in this city that, quite literally, gave birth to club football.
United have made the strip of red and white stripes their own, and their famous rivalry against the blue and white of their fiercest opponents is second to none in football for passion, and not a little quality too.
More evidence of the club's thoroughbred sporting credentials are that it was actually formed, in 1889, by the members of an existing cricket club! The history doesn't stop there, as the famous Bramall Lane location, where the club first played, is where they continue playing to this day. It's also where you'll hear The Blades' own unique, unusual and unofficial club anthem filling the air before and after the game if things go well for the home team!
Sheffield United have won the League (though it was 1898) and also the FA Cup four times in their history. In recent times they reached a League Cup semi final in 2003, and have also spent a spell in The Premiership, from where they were relegated in the most controversial of circumstances in 2007.
York City Football Club is a professional football club at the heart of the community.
After being relegated from the football league at the end of the 2003/04 season, City have suffered mixed fortunes in the conference. The highlights so far being a play-off place in the 2006/7 season, losing to eventual winners Morecambe, as well as a semi-final appearance in the FA Trophy during the 2007/8 season losing to Torquay. Both these games were lost 2-1 on Aggregate.
The club has also played a big role in helping to progress the careers of a number players recently, most notably Clayton Donaldson and Martyn Woolford.
The club currently resides at Bootham Crescent , which for the past few years has been named Kit Kat Crescent after the club offered Nestle naming rights to the ground. However the club is now progressing with plans to move to a new stadium by 2015.
Once upon a time, somewhere in the United Kingdom, Football was invented by two pioneers who believed in the power of the beautiful game and who dedicated their soul to the invention of it: Nathaniel Creswick and William Prest. These two men wrote the rules and laws for a new game and founded The World's First Football Club, Sheffield FC on the 24th of October in 1857.
On Boxing Day December 26th 1860, Sheffield FC played the first inter-city match against its local rival Hallam FC, the Countrymen, founded 1860. This 'Rules derby' is considered the oldest still-contested derby of any football code in the world.
In 2004 Sheffield FC was awarded by FIFA with the Centennial Order of Merit for its achievements for football and its influence of their values for the game. Sheffield FC is one of two clubs of the world, alongside Real Madrid, to have received this recognition. The awarding took place on the occasion of the Centenary of the FIFA.
The club now play at the Coach and Horses Ground in Dronfield.