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Civil Service FC are also celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2013.**This club has no connection with the present Championship club. (There was an annual subscription of a guinea and alterations to rules or laws were to be advertised in sporting papers.) A useful discussion on drafting the laws took place at the third.
The captains, secretaries and other representatives of a dozen London and suburban clubs playing their own versions of football met “for the purpose of forming an Association with the object of establishing a definite code of rules for the regulation of the game”.
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.
His letter led to the first historic meeting at the Freemasons' Tavern in Great Queen Street, near to where Holborn tube station is now.
Its membership was small and its authority and laws were often challenged and sometimes ignored.
But its motives and ambitions were so honourably based that, like growing ripples on a still pond, its standing grew perceptibly.