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Hot off the press – pages added this week

We’re finishing the year with a bang, this week we reached twenty-three million pages in The Archive, having added 285,684 pages in the past two weeks. This week we’ve added more pages to our Trinity Mirror collection, with significant additions to The Coventry Evening Telegraph and The Coventry Herald.   We hope sports fans will enjoy our additions to Sports Argus which now runs to 1979 and includes coverage of the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final. We continue to add to

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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

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