Before the first meeting of the Football Association in the Freemasons’ Tavern in Great Queen Street, London, today in 1863, there were no nationally recognised football rules.
The game was played in schools to local guidelines but when boys from different regions met, mayhem descended, so the Football Association (now the oldest football association in the world) was formed to agree a set of rules. It's quite fun to think of the players jumbled up on the pitch with no common rules, so today we're drinking to that memory, and to the FA for sorting it all out, with a Tanglefoot.
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