Oldest soccer rules book sells for $1.4 million at auction - ESPN

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 15 03:31:06 UTC 2011

Agreed on both counts. Two "buts"--rugby, at least at some point (and still
occasionally today) was listed as "rugby football"; and irrespectively of
Association Football's existence in 1857, the point is that "cross-bar" was
used in its current meaning even in that narrow context before 1875. If it
wasn't 1857, it would have been 1863, at the formation.


On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 3:26 PM, David A. Daniel <dad at pokerwiz.com> wrote:

> Association Football only started in 1863, that is, as "football of the
> football association of London", so references prior to that - such as 1857
> - were about precursors, not about association football, which is what the
> encyclopedia is about. The goal being over the crossbar sounds like a
> version of Rugby.

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