The hearts and souls of our club

Richard Tims
'Chairman Rich' has masterminded a turnaround in the club’s fortunes since taking over in 1999. At that point Sheffield FC were playing in front of 'one man and a dog' at the cavernous Don Valley stadium, with no fans, no cash and not much hope of making it to the 150th anniversary in 2007. But a combination of passion for the club and a shrewd business sense has seen the fortunes of the world’s oldest football club transformed. The club now has a ground to call home – the Coach & Horses Stadium in Dronfield – a loyal fan base and an ever increasing army of worldwide members. "We’ve come a long way, but there’s still a long way to go," the Chairman told the SFC site. "We’ve got big plans for this club, for the 150th anniversary in 2007 and beyond."

Alan Methley
Alan recently celebrated his 70th birthday, and last year he also celebrated his 50th year of involvement with Club, where he has held every position from player to treasurer to his current role as Mr President. He started as a right winger for the World's First Football Club all the way back in 1964... he's been with us ever since!

Chris Dolby
Foundation Director
Having been with Sheffield FC as a player and First Team manager, Chris returned to the Club in 2013 to take over running and development of community and education programme with the World's First Football Club. Chris also holds the honour of being the first professional Asian footballer in England.

Bill Towning
Club Secretary, Company Secretary & Accountant
Bill took over the running of secretarial duties at The World's First Football Club at the start of the 2014-15 season, having served as Under 19s and Reserve Team secretary over the past decade. Is the integral part of both the running of the day to day matters of the football club, whilst also acting as the liaison with both the FA and the league.

Gavin Smith
Sheffield FC First Team Manager
Gav is a Club Legend who enjoyed an illustrious playing career at Sheffield Wednesday, Bolton Wanderers and Preston North End and went on to ply his trade in Non-League at Gainsborough Trinity, Bradford Park Avenue, Worksop Town and Sheffield FC before moving into coaching and management. Took over the role in May 2018 after impressing in a caretaker role.

Helen Mitchell
Sheffield FC Ladies General Manager
Helen plays a pivotal role organising the Sheffield FC Ladies squad and is well respected by all at Sheffield FC. She joined Norton Ladies from Chesterfield LFC in 2001 as a player, but when the manager left at the end of that season, Helen took over the reins and helped to bring about the affiliation with Sheffield FC in 2003. The Ladies team has been transformed over the past ten seasons to become a hugely successful and professionally run team thanks largely to Helen's dedication, enthusiasm, and sheer hard work.  
Paul O’Brien
Head of Operations
Paul has been involved with Sheffield FC for over 5 years both with the Ladies and Men’s 1st teams.  In April 2017, Paul joined the management team to take primary responsibility for all staffing, the stadium along health and Safety of all home games.  Paul makes up the 5th member of Clubs management team which is integral to the day-today running of the Football club.  Paul has himself played football for over 40 years, a highly regarded Goalkeeper finishing his playing career in the Amateur leagues.

Stuart James
Media Manager and Matchday Secretary
“Jamesie” is probably one of the longest loyal supporters of Club, and was one of the people behind the popular fans’ website Behind the Flag, which was launched in 2002. After contributing to the Club’s matchday programme for the best part of a decade, Stuart came on board with Sheffield FC in 2010 to take the publication to the next level, leading the design and editing team to produce a new style programme, the members’ newsletter and other printed media and the website. Along with his commitment to Sheffield FC, Stuart is also an ardent follower of Manchester City, Luton Town and Celtic, working for a Recruitment Agency in his spare time. 

Andy Dixon
Club Historian
Andy is a recent convert to non-league football having been a supporter of Sheffield Wednesday for many years before seeing the light. He is a statto with no experience of journalism or website management who somehow volunteered himself for his current role at the club and is now just hanging around until he is asked to leave.
He works for a consultancy company as a statistician and is a geek on facts and figures, particularly where Sheffield FC are concerned. Other than dragging his young son to freezing cold non-league football grounds he enjoys drinking wine and is a black belt in sleeping.

Chris Booth
Club Chaplain
Chris joined Sheffield FC as the club chaplain at the start of the 2017/18 season, he has been a sports chaplain for 8 years and previously served at Sheffield Eagles Academy and Sheffield Steelers. His role as club chaplain is to offer a listening ear - so that you can talk with freedom and in confidence, be an encouraging word, be understanding, provide support and offer a prayer - if you wish? 

Robert Zitzmann
Foundation/ International Relations
Robert has joined our Foundation in 2012. Born in Germany, having lived many years in Spain, USA and Ireland Robert has a strong international background and love for football ever since he started playing the beautiful game at the age of 5. 

Legal information:

The club's legal name is Sheffield FC The Oldest Football Club In The World Est. 1857 Limited
The Company is a private company, limited by shares and registered in England & Wales, Company 03088676
Registered Office: The Home of Football, Sheffield Road, Dronfield S18 2GD

The following individuals have a significant interest in the Share Capital of the Company: R Tims, J Healey, P W Leoni Sceti (LSG Sports Limited)