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

‘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.

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London Daily News | 27 October 1863


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North London News | 31 October 1863


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Chelmsford Chronicle | 30 October 1863

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