• Early history of football


    Towards 1863

    The game of football began modestly enough, yet it had certain durable qualities, and it inspired a particular kind of determined devotion in its followers. ...

    The Football Association and the first FA rules

    This, then was the sequence of events that led to the forming of the Football Association, a turning point in the history of soccer. The following clubs sent representatives to the meeting at the Freemason's Tavern on October 26: Forest (later to become the Wanderers,
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    The men who gathered together to form the Football Association had one aim and one only:- to formulate a set of rules by which all footballers, no matter which of the many and varied codes they ...

    1863-64 - The first football match under FA rules

    The first match ever played under Football Association rules was played on January 9 1863, at Battersea Park, London.

    FA President's XIV 2 (CW Alcock 2) FA Secretary's XIV 0

    President's Team: A Pember, CW Alcock, HW Chambers, AM Tebbut, Gray, Drew, RG Graham, WJ Cutbill, A Morten, J Turner, Morris, ...

    1869-70 season

    It becomes curiously apparent, when studying the state of football in this season, that the Football Association having provided a set of fixed and defined rules by which the game might be ...

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