The FA was formed there on 26 October 1863, a Monday evening.The captains, secretaries and other representatives of a dozen London and suburban clubs playing their own versions of football met “for the purpose of forming an Association with the object of establishing a definite code of rules for the regulation of the game”.He wrote to The Glasgow Herald on 3 November 1870 to announce that such a fixture would be played at the Oval in 16 days’ time.“In Scotland, once essentially the land of football, there still should be a spark left of the old fire”, he said.
Players would be able to handle the ball: a fair catch accompanied by ‘a mark with the heel’ would win a free kick.
Only 12 clubs actually played and there were just 13 matches in total but Wanderers beat Royal Engineers 1-0 before 2,000 spectators at Kennington Oval in a Final described by The Sporting Life as “a most pleasant contest”.
A match between ‘England’ and ‘Scotland’ was another good idea from Alcock.
Civil Service FC are also celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2013.
**This club has no connection with the present Championship club. (There was an annual subscription of a guinea and alterations to rules or laws were to be advertised in sporting papers.) A useful discussion on drafting the laws took place at the third.