October 21, 1871
The general meeting for the ratification of the rules framed by the sub-committee for the guidance of the several contests in this competition was held on Monday evening according to notice.
Mr. E.C. Morley, the president of the association, was in the chair, and the rules, which will be printed for immediate circulation among the association clubs, were, with some trivial alterations, carried.
After the settlement of the rules the ties of those clubs which have already signified their intention to compete were drawn with the following result: –
Wanderers v Harrow Chequers;
Barnes v Civil Service;
Crystal Palace v Hitchin;
Donington Grammar School v Queens Park, Glasgow;
Royal Engineers v Reigate Priory;
Upton Park v Clapham Rovers;
Hampstead Heathens (a bye).
We beg to call attention to the following rule, which, it will be seen, greatly facilitates the entry of provincial clubs: –
“In the case of provincial clubs, it shall be in the power of the committee to except them from the early tie-drawings, and to allow them o compete specially against clubs in the same district, except in the case of the final ties.”
As the competition is open, without restriction, to all clubs belonging to the Football Association, secretaries of clubs desirous of entering for this present season must signify their intentions to Mr. C.W. Alcock, hon. sec. of the Football Association, West Dulwich, Surrey, at once, in order that such additions may be made to the ties.
(Source: Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle: October 28, 1871)
Mr. C.W. Alcock.