Chairman welcomes Royal into Club of Pioneers
Sheffield FC chairman Richard Tims was guest of honour at the weekend, as the Pioneer Cup 2016 was held in Belgium, heralding the inauguration of Royal Antwerp FC into the Club of Pioneers.
The 2016 edition of the competition saw existing members Koninklijke HFC Haarlem (the first club in the Netherlands) compete against the hosts Royal Antwerp in a Benelux version of the event, which also saw the oldest club in Luxembourg Cercle Sportif Fola Esch take part, held in the historic Bosuilstadion in Antwerp.
CS Fola won the first game against Royal 4-2, with HFC beating the Luxembourg side 4-3, and the hosts 3-2 to lift the trophy for the second time.
The event was lauded a great success as usual, with the circle of friends within the Club of Pioneers expanding even further, and Royal Antwerp proudly taking their place alongside Sheffield FC in the exclusive group.