Football Rules OK… at the British Library

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To mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association the British Library have just put on display the very first FA football rule book in their Sir John Ritblat Gallery as part of their Treasures of the British Library display.

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. It took six meetings to agree on the original 13 laws of football, which were reproduced in the FA Minute Book, lovingly compiled and handwritten by Ebenezer Cobb Morley, and is today regarded as the most important book in the history of the world’s most popular sport.

The rule book will be on display in the gallery between 21st August – 17th December. It is the latest addition among a host of treasures from the British Library vaults, including a 13th century reissue of the Magna Carta, William Shakespeare’s first folio, some of the very earliest versions of some of the classic works of English literature, and a selection of original written lyrics by the Beatles.

For further details of the exhibition, visit the British Library website here:

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