They were published by John Lillywhite of Seymour Street in a booklet that cost a shilling and sixpence.
The FA was keen to see its laws in action and a match was played between Barnes and Richmond at Limes Field in Barnes on 19 December. Bryon Butler wrote in an Official History published in 1991: “The FA’s early influence on the game at large was not dramatic or even widespread.
Morley wrote to Bell’s Life, a popular newspaper, suggesting that football should have a set of rules in the same way that the MCC had them for cricket.
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It was a period of high ideals and ready compromise”.
The move which probably did most to broaden the outlook of The FA and spread its influence over a wider field was made at a meeting at the office of The Sportsman newspaper on 20 July 1871.
It took place at Hamilton Crescent, the Partick home of the West of Scotland Cricket Club, on 30 November 1872.
The admission fee, as it had been for the first Cup Final, was a shilling.
Apparently, many of them felt that competition would lead to unhealthy rivalry and even bitterness.
The first Cup season turned out to be quite truncated with withdrawals and byes.
There could be no authority without laws and six meetings took place in 44 days before the new Association could stand on its own feet. ‘Football’, they thought, would be a blend of handling and dribbling.
Players would be able to handle the ball: a fair catch accompanied by ‘a mark with the heel’ would win a free kick.
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.
The clubs represented were: Barnes, War Office*, Crusaders, Forest (Leytonstone), No Names (Kilburn), Crystal Palace**, Blackheath, Kensington School, Perceval House (Blackheath), Surbiton, Blackheath Proprietory School and Charterhouse.