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Football Rules

21 August -17 December 2013


Treasures Gallery

FA Minute Book

On 26 October 1863, at the Freemasons’ Tavern in London, a group of men came together to form The Football Association, with the objective of establishing a unified code of rules to regulate the sport.

At the centre of this display is the FA Minute Book, compiled and handwritten by Ebenezer Cobb Morley, which documents the origins of association football. From the first six meetings it took to agree the original 13 laws of football 150 years ago, to the inception of The FA Cup and the first international match, it is the most important book in the history of the world’s favourite sport.

Come and see the book that founded the beautiful game.

Related event

To coincide with this display, we are holding a special event with sports artist Paul Trevillion - creator of the long running You Are The Ref strips - and former head of Premier League referees, Keith Hackett.

You are the Ref

Mon 23 Sep 2013, 18.30-20.00

In partnership with the Football Association