The Founding of the Football Association – The Freemasons’ Tavern, London, 26 October 1863

Posted on October 25th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘The following resolution was carried: That is is advisable a Football Association should be formed for the purpose of settling a code of rules for the regulation of the game of football.’

On 26 October 1863, 11 football clubs and schools from London met at The Freemasons’ Tavern to form the Football Association, and to agree on a code of football rules.

We thought we’d mark this historic day by posting three, contemporary newspaper stories that report on this momentous meeting.

historical newspaper report The Founding of the English Football Association

London Daily News – Tuesday 27 October 1863

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historical newspaper report The Founding of the English Football Association

North London News – Saturday 31 October 1863

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historical newspaper report The Founding of the English Football Association

Chelmsford Chronicle – Friday 30 October 1863

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