Football in 1863

To mark the FA’s 150th birthday, I wrote a feature for FourFourTwo on what 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 July 2013 issue of FourFourTwo.

Football in 1863


Paul Brown

Hello. I am a writer called Paul Brown. This is my website. It's basically a portfolio of recent work, plus an outlet to post quick pieces and plug my books. I write about football history, extraordinary true stories, and all kinds of other stuff. For more info please see my about page or contact me.