A blinder of a book, complete with foreward by Sir Bobby Charlton, The Rules of Association Football, 1863 stands, arguably, as one of the world’s most important publications. It’s been available in this current print for some time (as in 2006, for the world cup and as one of “The 12 Books that Changed the World”), however it is never too late to remind of the simple honesty and character the beautiful game possesses. With 14 clear rules, the FA established the backbone of the English game… and with these rules gave firm rise to the game’s future.

Legendary broadcaster Melvyn Bragg provides the historic introduction.

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