The Rules of Association Football, 1863 by Bodleian Library The
(Original Rules)

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In 1863 a group of Victorian Oxbridge graduates, frustrated by the confusing riot of competing rules that characterized the game of  British football, began meeting at the Freemason’s Tavern in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, to codify the rules of the game. They quickly drew up the standard set of rules, creating the First Rule Book of the Football Association, reprinted here in its entirety alongside illustrations and drawings of the game.


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Melvyn Bragg has pursued a distinguished career as both a writer and broadcaster, presenting The South Bank Show and Start the Week. Sir Bobby Charlton is a footballing legend and was capped 106 times for England scoring forty-nine times.
Published September 15, 2009 by Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. 72 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors.