On the 26th October 1863 eight founding fathers met in The Freemasons’ Tavern in Holborn, London to form “The Football Association” and later codify the first Laws of the Game.
The founding fathers of football were Ebenezer Cobb Morley, Arthur Pember, Charles William Alcock, Francis Maule Campbell, John Forster Alcock, Herbert Thomas Stewared, George Twizell Wawn, and James Turner. Last year on the 150th Anniversary they were all recognised, with their relatives travelling from as far afield as New Zealand and the United States to take part in the ceremony honouring their ancestors. A plaque was also unveiled at the Grand Connaught Rooms, the original site of The FA’s founding in 1863, finally there is a permanent record of the birthplace of the world’s most popular sport.
The Grand Connaught Rooms hosted the FA 150 Gala Dinner where the original 1863 FA Minute Book took centre-stage as FA President, HRH the Duke of Cambridge was chief guest.
Valued at £2.5 Million, the book contains the handwritten 13 original laws of football penned over a century and a half ago by Ebenezer Cobb Morley, The FA’s first secretary.