FA founding fathers: the men who shaped football

In the year that the Football Association celebrates its 150th anniversary, I wrote an article for When Saturday Comes about the FA’s founding fathers, including Ebenezer Cobb Morley and Arthur Pember.

“It was Morley who organised the ‘meeting of captains’ on October 26, 1863 at which the Football Association was formed. Morley was the captain of the Barnes club in south west London and, as a player, was singled out for his ‘very pretty play’ in newspaper match reports. At the inaugural meeting he proposed ‘that it is advisable that a football association should be formed for the purpose of settling a code of rules for the regulation of the game of football’.”

Read the full story in the May 2013 issue of When Saturday Comes.

Published by Paul Brown

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