Victorian Football

What was football was like in 1863? The feature covers unusual aspects of the early game involving rules, kit and crowds, and also highlights some key teams, players and matches from the year in which association football was created.

"The Victorians invented the lightbulb, the telephone and the flushing toilet, but their greatest invention was surely association football - a universal code under which the game could finally flourish. But the FA's Laws of the Game - drawn up in late 1863 - were very different to the rules we're used to today."

Read the full story in the June 2013 issue of FourFourTwo.


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