Football Queens & Kings

Chapter 96 – Sheffield v London

This is the first day of March. The newspaper stand has The Times’ headline: “Attack on the Queen!’. The article explains how Arthur O’Connor scaled Buckingham Palance’s fence and brandished a gun in her face with a petition to release Irish Prisoners. The seventeen-year-old was heroically apprehended by the Queens’ Personal Assistant, John Brown and … Continue reading Chapter 96 – Sheffield v London

Chapter 95 – Scotlands Committee Place

I turn to Robert Smith and shake his hand in congratulation.  "This is momentous, Robert, and will greatly increase Queens Park’s influence. We have a seat at the table.", I said. The committee continues with the first amendment to the Association Rules proposed by Wanderers. "Update Rule Three: change goals after each goal is scored … Continue reading Chapter 95 – Scotlands Committee Place

Chapter 94 – Football Association Committee

President Ebenezer Morley, the creator of the Football Association and the first set of association rules, takes the chair at seven o’clock.  “At the 1868 AGM, Morley explained there were no funds and the expenses of £5 had been covered by the officers.”, Robert whispered. “They were effectively bankrupt?“, I replied quietly. “Yes, however, they … Continue reading Chapter 94 – Football Association Committee

Chapter 93 – Arundel Hotel, Strand

Following three days of researching the capital, I circle today’s date in my diary: 28 February 1872: Meeting Robert Smith at six o’clock; Football Association AGM.  Tonight is especially cold, as I meander my way through the City of Westminster to the Arundel Hotel, located at the South end of Arundel Street, Strand. Robert Smith … Continue reading Chapter 93 – Arundel Hotel, Strand

Chapter 92 – The London Search

My week commences with meeting George, my architect friend, who has a great knowledge of London. “I have one objective. A large office with adjoining accommodation, close to Kings Cross Station and an address befitting of Thompson & French.” “I like a challenge”, replied George, and we head into the bustling city. At five o’clock, … Continue reading Chapter 92 – The London Search

Chapter 91 – The London Debate

James Hogg and I accompany our new journalist acquaintance, Malcolm Anderson, out of the Surrey Cricket Ground, when there is a shout from behind. We turn around to find Robert and James Smith, the Queens Park brothers, walking towards us.  “Where have you been?”, I ask, “and more importantly, why on earth were you not … Continue reading Chapter 91 – The London Debate

Chapter 89 – England v Scotland

James Hogg and I stand transfixed as the game kicks off. “Which players are missing from Scotland’s ranks?”, I ask the gentleman in front. “Quintin Hogg and Henry Renny-Tailyour sustained severe injuries this week. Gladstone is unavailable.”, replied the man. Muir Mackenzie, Scottish Captain, allows England to play with the wind behind them in the … Continue reading Chapter 89 – England v Scotland

Chapter 88 – Football Match Preview

We board our carriage and head for Kennington Oval via the Vauxhall Bridge. I hand The Morning Post to James Hogg, which contains an excellent match preview, including the names of the ‘English players and Scotchmen of the metropolis’. “Mr W. H. Gladstone M.P.  is most likely to play for Scotland?”, said James. “Yes, he … Continue reading Chapter 88 – Football Match Preview