Introduction – Three Hampdens, Two Clubs, One National Team

Football, Futbol, Fotboll, Footboru, Soccer.

This sport is now either watched or played by 3.5 billion. Football is everywhere. Newspapers, Facebook, Twitter and TV channels. 90 intoxicating minutes of drama. It’s so big you don’t notice how big it really is.

In 1800 there was not one single football club. No agreed rules and nowhere dedicated to play.

What changed? It was made ingenious. Open to all – male or female; 5 or 95. Play it or watch it. It drives hope, accomplishment, ambition, envy and ego. Scarfs, strips and hats declare your allegiance. It creates and shapes our history.

Many countries will lay claim to its invention. That debate will never be won. We are going to talk about its innovation and in a whole new way. The pioneers of the modern game have been forgotten in our eyes and its about time that changed.

A chapter will be published each Sunday at 8:30pm. 220 words. Fit for the busy modern world. Its 1 minute of your precious time. PLEASE LIKE, SHARE AND COMMENT. Talk about it. Spread this story.

The first words of the story will get you back next Sunday at 8:30pm….

‘Tonight at half past eight o’clock a number of gentlemen met at No. 3 Eglinton Terrace for the purpose of forming a football club’.

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