Sheffield Eagles Heritage Game 2023
The Sheffield Eagles home game against the London Broncos on 3rd September was designated the first ever Heritage Game.
The Heritage Project worked with the Club to make the home game on 3rd September the first ever Sheffield Eagles Heritage Game - the game closest to the anniversary of the first ever Sheffield Eagles game on 2nd September 1984. In the future the home game closest to the 2nd September will become Heritage Game that year.
The Club produced a special, commemorative programme that reflected the design of the first ever programme in 1984. Each copy was individually numbered with “Number 1” being signed by all the Sheffield Eagles players at the game. Below are the first ever programme, the commemorative programme, the signed copy and images of the 40 years of programmes that were brought together for the Heritage Game programme.
The Heritage Project produced a series of five postcards showing players from the 1980s, 1990, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. These postcards were available free at the match and proved both incredibly popular but also provided a starting point for many discussions and recollections.
Share Your Memories
Linked to the free postcards was a further postcard asking fans to share their memories and post them in the Heritage Project postbox. You can find a selection of the comments below.
Using the same images from the postcards banners were produced and placed around the ground showing people the rich history of the Club. These stayed up for the rest of the 2023 season and will be used again in 2024 for the 40th anniversary.
Retro Shirts and Selfie Frames
Fans were encouraged to wear their favourite old Sheffield Eagles shirt, with the ground full of different designs dating back to 1984. Selfie fames were also produced for fans to be able to show off their shirts.
Further photos from the 2023 Heritage Game by Jake Borrill.