The First Official Game

“The very first match to be played under the new “Football Association” rules came off on 9 January 1864 at Battersea Park, between the secretary’s team and a side chosen by the President of the F.A., teams which included the best-known footballers of the day. After the game the two parties, their supporters and well-wishers adjourned to the Grosvenor Hotel, Pimlico for a smoking concert. The toast of the evening was “Success to football irrespective of class or creed.”

The Association of Football Statisticians

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