Soccer Goes Back to Its Old School

(Above) The Norfolk Cloister in which Association Football was played.

The following article, published in 1976 and written by the great football reporter Geoffrey Green, explores the history of Association Football and the claim that the game was first played by Charterhouse and Westminster School pupils.

This early version of the game involved two teams of boys, huddled together in a sort of scrum, kicking a ball towards doors at either end of a long stone floored and walled corridor.

Owing to the hard floor the game caused much damage to the participants.

Charterhouse football is now regarded as a major influence in the development of the global game.

The Times, 1976

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