You simply couldn't do this, nowadays, and being a (once-beardy) liberal, I think that is probably a good thing. The Zulus were formed by Sheffield footballers in 1879 to play benefit matches for the widows and orphans of the Zulu Wars, but they soon fell foul of all sorts of allegations that they had trousered some of the money in order to pay themselves a wage for playing! This was an era when the game was still staunchly amateur, according to its public face, although ad-hoc payments to good players were rife. (Chesterfield's Tommy Bishop played five games for different clubs on successive days in one week in 1880, and you can bet that he didn't do it for a handshake and a cup of tea.)

One of the team's last acts before disbandment in 1882 was to turn down the invite of a tour to South Africa, of all places! The report is of extra interest since it contains one of the earliest references to Chesterfield as "The Town Club," a distinction that was probably stressed to differentiate it from the Spital Club, who were by then styling themselves as "Chesterfield (Spital.)"
The Sheffield Daily Telegraph report is hilarious - this extract (via the British Newspaper Archive) describing the halftime "truce" in the beer tent, and the scene once it began pouring with rain, and the Zulus' burnt cork make-up began to run: