Ebenezer Cobb Morley

Ebenezer Cobb Morley

Birth
Kingston upon Hull, Kingston upon Hull Unitary Authority, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death 20 Nov 1924 (aged 93)
Richmond, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
Burial Barnes, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 25793774 · View Source
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A native of Hull,he moved to London where he worked as a solicitor.He was a keen sportsman and established Barnes Football Club in 1858.He became captain of the club and in 1863 he wrote a letter to Bell's Life newspaper proposing a governing body for football.This letter resulted in a meeting taking place at the Freeman's Tavern in London in October,1863.The clubs represented at the meeting included Barnes,Blackheath,Perceval House,Kensington School,the War Office,Crystal Palace,Forest (later known as the Wanderers),the Crusaders and No Names of Kilburn. Charterhouse also sent an observer to the meeting.The Football Association was established at this meeting.The aim of the FA was to establish a single unifying code for football.He was elected as the secretary of the FA.At a meeting on 24th November,1863,Morley presented a draft set of 23 rules.These were based on an amalgamation of rules played by public schools,universities and football clubs. He later helped to form the rival Rugby Football Union.He held the post of secretary of the Football Association until 1866.He continued playing for Barnes and in 1866 he scored in the first representative match,between the clubs of London and Sheffield on 31st March 1866.The following year he was appointed as president of the FA.He also established the Barnes and Mortlake Regatta for which he was also secretary (1862-80).He served on the Surrey County Council for Barnes (1903-19) and was a Justice of the Peace.








































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  • Find A Grave Memorial 25793774
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ebenezer Cobb Morley (16 Aug 1831–20 Nov 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25793774, citing Barnes Cemetery, Barnes, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .