Google on Thursday (16th August) remembered British football legend Ebenezer Cobb Morley on his 187th birth anniversary with a special doodle. Morley, who is also regarded as the ‘father of modern football’, was the first secretary of the Football Association (FA) in 1863. He was also the founding member of the association.
FA is the oldest football body in the world, and the organisation is also responsible for introducing the rule and regulations that shaped ‘modern football’. Its head office is situated in London.
Describing Ebenezer Cobb Morley’s role in shaping modern football, Google, in its description, said, “Before Ebenezer Cobb Morley set down the rules of football in 1863, the game was much more chaotic than the version we know today. His 13th rule gives some indication of how unruly football used to be: ‘No player shall wear projecting nails, iron plates, or gutta percha on the soles or heels of his boots.’”
Morley was born in the city of Hull. He left his hometown and shifted to Barnes in 1858 when he was just 22 years old. Ebenezer founded a football club named Barnes Club at Barnes and later he was named the skipper of the club. Morley also used to write in Bell’s Life newspaper and he is also credited for proposing an association to govern the sport. Following Morley’s proposal, a meeting of all football clubs in England was organized which eventually led to the creation of FA.
After the formation of FA, Morley was appointed as the first secretary of football association in the year 1863 later he became the second president of the body and he held the position for the next 7 years.