What was the first match played using Football Association rules?
March 13, 2005 6:53 PM   Subscribe

What was the first match played using Football Association rules?
posted by Dreamghost to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (4 answers total)
Best answer: http://www.11v11.co.uk/page265

The very first match to be played under the new "Football Association" rules came off on 9 January 1864 at Battersea Park, between the secretary's team and a side chosen by the President of the F.A., teams which included the best-known footballers of the day. After the game the two parties, their supporters and well-wishers adjourned to the Grosvenor Hotel, Pimlico for a smoking concert. The toast of the evening was "Success to football irrespective of class or creed."
posted by Space Coyote at 6:55 PM on March 13, 2005

But what was the score??!!?!
posted by Pretty_Generic at 6:57 PM on March 13, 2005

Best answer: Ah.

FA President's XIV 2 (CW Alcock 2)
FA Secretary's XIV 0

President: A Pember, CW Alcock, HW Chambers, AM Tebbut, Gray, Drew, RG Graham, WJ Cutbill, A Morten, J Turner, Morris, Renshaw, Leuchers, A Scott
Secretary: EC Morley, JF Alcock, CM Tebbut, A Lloyd, C Hewitt, GT Wawn, JP Phillips, Innes, McCalmont, Needham, H Baker, AJ Baker, Hughes, Jackson
posted by Pretty_Generic at 6:59 PM on March 13, 2005

Love the fact that while they played under FA rules there were no rules concerning the number of players. It looks like the match above was play 14-a-side. Thanks for the question and the answer!
posted by terrapin at 8:28 AM on March 14, 2005

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