The Association Challenge Cup


October 14, 1871
A meeting of the committee of the Football Association, convened for the purpose of taking preliminary steps for the institution of the above trophy, was held on Monday last, when the captains of all the association clubs were invited to attend.

Mr. Ebenezer Cobb Morley, the president of the association, was in the chair. The committee comprised Messrs.: Charles William Alcock (honorary secretary), Alfred Stair (honorary treasurer), D. Allport, James Kirkpatrick, Morton Peto Betts, J.H. Giffard, and Charles Stephenson, in addition to representatives from the Royal, Engineers, Barnes Wanderers, Harrow Chequers, Crystal Palace, Upton Park, Windsor Home Park, and Lausanne clubs.

After some discussion, in which an objection was entered against the establishment of the cup this season, owing to the difficulty of deciding the ties, in consequence of most of the fixtures of the several clubs having been already made, the proposition “That a Challenge Cup be given for annual competition, open to all clubs belonging to the Football Association,” was unanimously carried, the proposer being Mr. Charles William Alcock, the seconder Mr. M.P. Betts.

A committee to draw up the rules necessary for the guidance of the several contests was then formed, and it was ultimately, on the proposition of Mr. D. Allport (Crystal Palace Club), resolved that a sub-committee, consisting of Messrs. Charles William Alcock (Wanderers), R.H. Birkett (Clapham Rovers), J. Kirkpatrick (Civil Service), J. Powell (Barnes Club), and A. Stair (Upton Park), be appointed to form a code of rules to be submitted to the approval of a second general meeting to be held at Boy Court, Ludgate Hill, on Monday evening next, at half-past 5 o’clock.
(Source: Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle: October 21, 1871)

The FA Cup-trophy.

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