• Early history of football


    1874-75

    From the formation of the club in July 1867, Queen's Park had been invincible, and its goal inviolate. London had its champions, Wanderers, Royal Engineers, Old Etonians, ...

    1875-76

    With time comes change, Whereas formerly the Schools could usually defeat or at least provide the stiffest opposition for teams of old boys or the clubs by reason of their better physical condition, ...

    The Football Association Challenge Cup, a model of a well-organised competition, had attracted but little attention from the football world in general. Considering the large number of clubs up and down the country playing ...

    1877-78

    From its inception in 1863, Association football was a game for gentlemen, its rules formulated by men of some social standing, and its regulations administered by them; ...

    During the early 1880s interest in the game was beginning to show; attendances were rising; the number of clubs entering various local cup competitions was growing; and - thank goodness - coverage in the newspapers was better with reporters taking more trouble to find out who ...

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