THE FIRST HILLSBOROUGH GAME - 2 SEPTEMBER 1899
WEDNESDAY 5 CHESTERFIELD 1
Before the game, both sides had their photograph taken in the goalmouth at the Leppings Lane end of the ground by Jasper Redfern. The famous Sheffield optician also used this game as an experiment in recording moving image, using his stereoscopic camera, which took a series of photographs that then could be used to create short animations of the action. It was a technique that he had been experimenting with from around 1898 and his first trials at recording a football match took place a few months prior to Wednesday’s first match at Owlerton, when Redfern took his camera to the FA Cup final to record Sheffield United defeating Derby County 4-1.
More than 12,000 people were in the ground, testament to the loyalty of the Wednesday fans. The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Alderman William Clegg, a Wednesday director, started the match at 3pm.
The first goal at the new stadium was scored by the Chesterfield captain Herbert Munday. The experienced Fred Geary, a member of Everton’s title winning side in 1890–91, saw his shot come back off the post and Munday netted to the utter joy of hundreds of away fans.
Less pleased were the home fans and some began questioning the Wednesday players’ desire. This scepticism, however, was unfounded as Fred Spiksley became the first Wednesday player to score at the new home when he ran past the Chesterfield defence and levelled. Ferrier put the home side ahead and in the second half two Spiksley crosses were knocked home by debutant Millar before Brash made it 5-1.
OUTSIDE LEFT FRED SPIKSLEY SCORED THE FIRST WEDNESDAY GOAL AT THE GROUND AND LATER SCORED THE FIRST HAT TRICK